Are You Struggling Today?

It’s amazing to me when I hear people assume that if you don’t complain or talk about your struggles; that you must no have any.

BULL!!! 

Our struggles are our stories!!! Embrace them and learn to grow from them.  That is your message to the world around you.

In keeping with today’s topic; I will share some of mine…

I am a very happily married woman of almost 20 years to my amazing hubby.  Do you think that it’s been bliss ever since the day we said, “I Do”???

FAR FROM IT!!!

…and to those of you who are, or have been married know that it would have been a complete lie for me to say otherwise.

We started out as your average “happy” young couple with dreams of a family life, successes, growing in our faith and many blessings.

While I can’t say we aren’t enjoying all of these today, it sure has not been “easy” in any respect.

Which reminds me of a joke my son told us this summer;

“Why did the washing machine stop working?…. Somebody threw the towel in…”

=D =D =D

We all have struggles and if we stick with what needs to be done consistently; we can work our ways through them and come out stronger than ever. This doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to complain to everyone around you or share all over social media about your issues…

Because there is such a thing as an “unfollow” button and that will get pressed if you make complaining a habit. Instead, act as though everything is going great and your reality will become so. You have more power over your progress and success than you know.

My point is that although life has had it’s share of ups and downs for us, we never gave up. We kept refocusing on helping each other and moving forward in the best way we could understand at the time. There is no fairy tale life. There is no perfection for anyone. I know we will continue to have our struggles but without them, we wouldn’t be as happy and as strong as we are today. My hubby is my best friend and I know he has my back just as much as I do, his.

But you have to get a little bit (sometimes, a LOT) uncomfortable before you feel proud of where you’ve come from…

Let’s focus in on the happy parts of today!

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Embrace the Funny Moments

So, I thought I’d share a funny story that happened this week as we headed out of town on our yearly family beach camping trip.

I rode in one car with my daughter who was driving. (which is so awesome that I don’t have to be behind the wheel at all times these days!) Hubby took the boys in a second vehicle with most of our luggage and supplies.

As we drove along on the freeway, I was zoning out after a rather hectic morning, (I mean, seriously, when you are staying busy with a crazy long checklist, it never fails that things will always come up and work to try and derail your plans. Not so much, luck!)

All of a sudden, my daughter shouts out, “What’s he doing???” in an exasperated and very annoyed tone. (they seem to pick up LOTS of things from their parents…lol) 😉

I glanced to her left and saw a car keeping in line with our vehicle.  She was trying to have them either get ahead or slightly behind us, with no luck.  I didn’t really see the driver but assumed they were just keeping pace and weren’t really aware of how annoying the pace was to my daughter.

For some reason, I decided to make a second attempt to REALLY look  at what this “person” was doing and leaned forward in my seat enough to see that there actually two young men in the other car who were smiling and trying so hard (obviously not successful) to gain the attention of my 18 year old driver.

Apparently my attention surprised them (probably since they didn’t see me as well in the passenger seat) and they finally sped along and stopped their attempts to impress my daughter. She thought that it was hilarious! Here,she was annoyed and then when I explained how they really couldn’t see me until I leaned forward and fixed my attention on them and they both shot looks of “HOLY CRAP! That’s her mom!” bahahahahahaha =D

About five minutes after this happened, the freeway was slowed down and stopped by a highway patrol car. Obviously there was something ahead of us and we were left sitting in a parked car for at least 10 loooooong minutes and we happened to be parked directly behind these “friendly” young men’s car.  They obviously weren’t too thrown off of their antics yet, as they both opened their car doors and jumped out to run all the way around the car and back to their original seats…smiling and laughing and glancing one last time towards my daughter.

Seems like fate fate gave us a good smile after our very stressful morning!!

Do you find humor in your days when you most need it?