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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

26 October 2015

sunrise thoughts 26 October 2015

Today I awoke up with a mix of feeling excited & feeling overwhelmed. The weekend went by so fast. We accomplished a lot and had some fantastic moments together as a family:

  • We shared a relaxed Friday evening after a busy week
  • I got tons of yard work done in preparation for the winter months
  • We got to visit with our church family on Sunday
  • The Little, The Mommy & I visited the local Pumpkin Patch
  • We worked on the winter condo for the laying hens
  • The Little & I ran and played in the open field at sunset on Sunday and then
  • We all enjoyed a bonfire to close out the busy weekend.

It was a GREAT weekend - one full of moments that will become cherished memories. But, I still woke up with a long list of things that needed to be done around the house and the knowledge that I had a date to ride in the combine again all day.

I scrambled to get things done & texted our friend to ask if we could meet up at noon instead of the first part of the day. I did the few morning chores that had to be done and kept plugging away at the inside To Do List. I laid out things so that I'd be ready to head out as soon as I got the text or call from our farmer friend.

The text came... the harvesting was COMPLETED last night. And, for our friend, today was devoted to cleaning equipment & winter preparations on his farm. I had a mix of emotions again. I hated to miss one more day riding alongside my friend in the combine. Those are special times that few get to enjoy. Although disappointed, I was somewhat relieved knowing that I might actually get the inside things accomplished leaving time for more needed outside work this afternoon & evening. The coming winter has no regard for whether we are ready or not.

When I was little & my grandma could see that I was upset by something that had happened, she'd softly say, "Roll with the punches, Honey!" She said it with a grin on her face & a look in her eyes that those words had played a special part in her journey. 

I didn't get the full impact of her words those many years ago -- or the way in which she might have meant them. Some things are best understood after years have passed. Literally speaking, when we ROLL with a punch or a fall, we lessen the impact of the hit. We haven't avoided the hit at all. However, we have put ourselves in a better position to recover from it and possibly avoid injury at all.

So, when things don't go quite as planned,
If you do, you're more likely to get up & carry on -- in the best way possible.

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  1. Don't Grandma's have the best sayings? And we hear them when we are young and never forget. I'm so glad I stopped by, beautiful memories, beautiful words.

    1. YES... they do! My grandma & mom filled my head with all sorts of sayings - ha ha! Thanks for your kind words & for coming by to read!!

  2. I have rolled with the punches so often in my life, I am beginning to look like a round bale of hay!!! Love your posts!

    1. Our physical appearance sounds JUST ALIKE too!! We must be related :D Thanks for the kind words Susan. Your encouragement & support are so greatly appreciated!

  3. YIKES!! Accidentally deleted this comment from Tara Ulrich :/
    "Sounds like it was a great weekend. Finishing the harvest is always such a good feeling. "
    I totally agree Tara. Thanks for stopping by!!!

  4. I love that saying too. What a neat story. I am jealous of your farm life. That's always been a dream of mine.

    1. Thanks for stopping by the blog Natalie. I always wanted to live in a more rural setting - after having grown up in a small community in North Carolina. We are still the "city folks" around here. But, we are enjoying being here - for sure! Maybe some day you will also have a little "farm life" in your world. You just never know with God :)