Right Frame of Mind

I’m up early this morning.  Youngest girl is going on a field trip.  She was so excited.  We pulled on her skinny jeans, slid on shoes and tied her scarf.  I should have taken a photo.  After preparing her sack lunch with a peanut butter sandwich, Cheetos, Oreos and G2, she was off.  DH took the kids to school on his way to work. Thank you hubby.

I’m going running this morning.  After scrounging up my layers of running clothes, including sliding on my compression socks and shoes, I decided to watch an inspirational video to get me in the right frame of mind.  This one was perfect.  I felt compelled to share it with you, my lovely readers today.

Doesn’t that put everything in perspective?
I think so.
Have a beautiful Friday my friends.


"What are medical school loans?"

Today I had the pleasure of taking my youngest to her first Pom competition. It was about a 2 and a half hour drive so we had plenty of time to talk.

A: “Mom, why did y’all plan to move to _________? (the city we currently live in)”

Me: “Well, it wasn’t really planned. Dad’s work offered to pay off Dad’s medical school loans.”

A: “What are medical school loans?”

Me: “Money we borrow from a bank to pay for medical school.”

A: “Dad is going to medical school!?”

Me: “No, he finished several years ago. We are still paying the money back to the bank.”

When I began to think about our conversation memories began to flood my mind. Then tonight I read the following quote on facebook that a friend of mine posted:

“It’s always harder than it looks. Never desire to succeed like others until you know what they gave up to get there.”

My husband has been out of medical school now for 10 years. I think by this time next year we should have the medical school loans payed off. That’s a long time! How glorious it will be to have those behind us. So MUCH has happened to get us to the point we are in our life. It hasn’t been easy. We have sacrificed and we have made certain choices to bring us to where we are today. And believe me, it hasn’t gotten any easier. Life is rough with or without money. Seriously! I never thought in a million years I would marry a Physician. Honestly, I never truly cared what my future husband’s career was going to be. All I ever cared about was marring someone who was crazy about me as much as I was about him. Actually, I shouldn’t say that’s all I cared about. I wanted ‘HIM” to be as devoted to our Heavenly Father as I was. I figured with our love and God’s love we could endure life’s challenges. Am I kidding! I never thought about life’s challenges back then. I was and still am a hopeless romantic. lol 🙂 But I do know now (by way of experience), that it is that LOVE and our FAITH that gets us through. I’m grateful for my husband, our children and the life we have made together. I am extremely humbled to think of how Christ has carried me through the years.

Wise footprints,

Angels ARE In Our Midst

Saying this week has been a challenge for me is somewhat of an understatement. There is no need for me to go into details. I really don’t want to “relive” the week anyway. One day this week I was feeling very down. I noticed a brightly colored gift bag in between my storm door and my front door. I brought it in the house and looked inside. Two of my very favorite treats were inside, Extra Cheddar Flavor Blasted Goldfish (we call them “extra cheesy“) and Reeses. It brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eyes. My first inclination was they had to be from my husband. I quickly looked at the card to see: “Hey Shan, Here’s something to hopefully brighten your cloudy day! I’m praying for you! Love, Sara”

I was in shock. This is my new friend. We haven’t spent that much time together and I am not the type to talk about food. How did she know?! Not just about the snacks, but that I was feeling blue. How did she know? I immediately called her and expressed my gratitude for her uplifting gift. She relayed the story of how she found out from my husband what I liked. Honestly, I am still very stunned that she went to that much trouble to bring me those treats.

Sara, if you are reading this, thank you again. 🙂 You don’t know how much it means to me. I really can not even put into words how very touched I am. Your friendship, although new, is a priceless treasure to me.

This is yet another testimony to me that our Father in Heaven hears our prayers and is mindful of us. I do believe that there are heavenly angels. However, I believe we can be angels to others when God needs us to be. Sara, whether she realizes it or not, was one of those angels for me this week. I am grateful to my loving Heavenly Father and to Sara for listening to His promptings.

I challenge you to listen to the still small voice this week. Maybe you or I can be on the Lord’s errand and bring the joy that only HIS LOVE can bring to someone in need.

Very Sincerely,