Monday, April 30, 2018

The Climb...It's Worth It!!


I was listening to the radio the other day and a song came on that I haven't heard in a REALLY long time.  Ok, so I don't turn the radio on that often, but still….it made me really think about how I look at my life.  Do I see things as a constant struggle, or do I take the time to see the blessings that are coming each and every day during my "climb" through life.  I'm gonna share the song with you, although I don't agree with the life choices this particular vocalist has made in her life, it is a really thought provoking song I know will impact you as much as it has me.  Go ahead, …..listen, ……think,…..I'll wait.
Image result for mountain climbingI can almost see it
That dream I'm dreaming but
There's a voice inside my head saying
You'll never reach it,
Every step I'm taking,
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but I
Gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down but
No I'm not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm going to remember most yeah
Just got to keep going
And I
I gotta be strong
Just keep pushing on, 'cause

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb (yeah)

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes you gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb (yeah yeah ea ea)

Image result for mountain climbingKeep on moving
Keep climbing
Keep the faith baby
It's all about
It's all about
The climb
Keep the faith
Keep your faith
Whoa oh oh
How many times do we feel  the dreams we have envisioned for ourselves are just barely out of reach?  When the road gets rough on the way to "wherever", how many times do we think "I just can't take another step, it's too hard!".  But how amazing do we feel when we finally reach the "top" of our mountain! 

I don't really care what your mountain is.  We all have them.  Some of you are more willing to admit what exactly your mountain is.  Some of you just need to have the courage to admit there is a mountain standing in your way and you have no idea how to take the very first step to start your climb.  Don't worry about failing.  We're all gonna fail at times.  That's what makes life soo amazing!  We have the opportunity to learn and grow!  We can only do that through failing!!

My biggest mountain is my children - both older and younger.  Boy!  I love them!  But I tell you what, they are my biggest trial but my most absolute, greatest blessing!  Some days I don't think I'll ever reach the top of my mountain because it is nothing but trial after fighting after nagging after negotiating after, well, you get the idea…. then BOOM!! the next step I take they are totally amazing by bringing me "flowers" they found in the grass and saying "I love you mommy!"

I recently went through a rough week with my son.  He is seven years old now and starting to become more independent than ever before.  It seems that when I ask him to do anything, all he wants to do is the complete opposite and disregards anything I ask.  I know what you're thinking "wait til he hits the teenage years!  You're in for it then!!" (I'm here to inform y'all that I've lived through one head-strong teenager and I'll make it through another…and another!)  Needless to say my mountain was HUGE!  I couldn't make it up this particular mountain without the help of a very dear friend that asked me  a question that is probably the most important question that a mamma should always stop and ask herself.  She said, "In the times when it seems as if he's at his worst, have you ever stopped to give him a hug and just say 'I love you too much to see you act this way.'  Sometimes a hug is all he needs."  This advice stopped me in my tracks because I hadn't stopped to give my precious son the hug that he obviously needed at that time.  This was undoubtedly the most amazing advice that I have ever received.  Better yet - IT WORKS WITHOUT FAIL EVERY TIME!!!  I will always be grateful to my dear friend and her courage to reach down and be my helping hand to get me up my mountain.
Image result for mountain climbing
When we face our mountains, there are gonna be times when we need someone to reach behind them and say "I've been there, let me help you through this".  Mammas, you don’t have to climb your mountain by yourself!  There are other mammas that have been there, done that, got the scars to prove it.  Let them help you!  This life isn't a contest to see who can make it to the top on their own the quickest.  If you're in this climb to be the first to the top, you're gonna be awful lonely…not to mention you're gonna have one tough climb.  Take the time to make friends along the way.  They want to be your friend, let them in and let them help.  Besides, with the help of others you will be better equipped to reach behind you and be the helping hand to the next struggling mamma that is trying to climb that mountain.

That mamma may be clinging to the side of the mountain at it's steepest point, not knowing if her grip is strong enough to hold to the side any longer.  You may be the hand that saves her life.  I challenge you to be the hand that lifts.  You have the strength, you've made it this far, help the next mamma up that mountain!!!
Image result for mountain climbing team 
I want to take the time to thank all those who have climbed the mountain before me who have taken the time to reach back to me and help me see that my climb may be hard, but with help it is sure gonna be worth it!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Fun...

It's officially spring (ok, so we had a little bit of snow over the weekend, but it's not sticking around too long)!!  I am sooo excited to be able to get out and feel the sunshine on my face and recharge my spirit after a cold winter!  I can't think of a better way to start the season off than with a FREEBIE from Education.com!  

So without further ado...."Enjoy a word search in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day! Build your child's vocabulary and spelling with other great resources at Education.com!"

 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday....

Ever have a "Monday" sort of day?  Well, that is MY day TODAY!  If you could really see what I am typing as I am typing it you would be absolutely appalled by what you see.  Cuz EVERYTHING that I am typing I've had to RETYPE at least three times before it was fit to publish.  That's right - every word had to be deleted (while it was being typed) to be corrected in some small way.  And that is just dealing with the words in this blog.  Wait til you hear about the rest of the day.  
Yes...you are looking at a failed attempt to "flip" a pancake!!

Hear it goes....

The dryer motor decided to give out on Wednesday so I haven't been able to wash clothes for a few days.  (Good thing we have extras and I washed the "unmentionables" before it gave out!)

I had a doctor's appointment where he told me to get "physical therapy" before any other action can be taken to diagnose my shoulder pain.  Not to mention that I discovered that I had gained a very unwanted 10 pounds!!

The kids took FOREVER getting ready for school today not to mention that as I am typing this post they are taking even longer to do their homework and chores.

I kept dropping my phone (among other things).

My kindle refuses to work with the app that downloads my library books.  (This is major cuz I am having "book withdraw" symptoms!!)

When I went to pay my repair bill for the dryer, I left the money out in the car and had to go get it.

And the list keeps going and going.  I could go on FOREVER but I won't cuz that isn't what I really want to focus on.  I know that at some point in this day (even though it is almost over) things are bound to get better!

I'm gonna start thinking that things are just "hunky-dory" and if I say it enough times it'll be true.  Right?  All I know is that as long as I don't wake up tomorrow on the wrong side of the grass it will be a great day!  So if you are having a "Monday" sort of day, cheer up!  Tomorrow is a new day for all of us!