"If life is just a bowl of cherries,
then what am I doing in the pits?"
Some days you might think it just doesn't pay to get out of bed...then again, some days you pop up like a cracker jack, ready for any and everything. Which do you prefer?
Personally, I like the 'pop up' best; and since I expect it that's usually what takes place. Of course...there are exceptions.
Michael and I have just slowed down and are about to get off the roller-coaster we've been on for a few weeks...and the coming off is very nice, thank you!
Each time we'd reach one of those frightening heights...wow! Here we'd go down to the depths and in spite of smiling, my stomach was anything but a bowl of cherries! You've probably been there, done that, right?
Reality comes with the pits...but mindset has more than much control over the bumps! Life can and often is full of bumps...ups and downs...some individuals have more than others. I was one of those who had lots of bumps and they did bother me at times; looking back on them? I was so blest w/happiness in spite of those ups and downs.
Thinking of the past has me smiling...because what was predicted for my life by physicians and what usually happened to people w/my medical problems didn't happen...on the contrary.
The most amusing was that I wouldn't be able to become pregnant...and if per chance I did, I probably couldn't carry full term...in other words we would have no children...period. Yikes...my ambition was to be a wife and mother.
Surprise, surprise! We had four beautiful, healthy, not so little baby boys...in less that five years time...now how about that? Actually I wasn't so wild about the time frame but it all worked out beautifully. Look at my four men now!
Money was never a problem because we didn't have enough to worry about...but we always had enough.
We had no insurance...ah, those were the days but we made it through the four babies, complicated leg surgery for me...surgery for one of the children. We always had enough.
M's father gave M an acre of minerals for his birthday after we were married...that was in the 50's. The two of us had a big surprise in the 70's when we received a piece of mail with a big check inside...very big, to us!
The envelope bore the return address Pride Oil Co. Abilene, Texas in purple letters...we smiled at that and dubbed the royalty 'God's Little Acre'.
It was funny because M had attended ACU two years prior to our meeting/marriage. ACU's colors...purple...they were the 'purple pride'.
M's dad had attended ACU in the 1920's and played on the football team. (Never hurts to throw in a little trivia, right?)
Okay, it might have been coincidental but we called it a blessing.
One time M and I emptied ourselves for God...three months later he was diagnosed with the fatal, incurable condition of Amyloidosis. Less than a year later he was blest with the diagnosis that his was localized and was not affecting any of the vital organs...the blessing of a reprieve. The specialists pronounced him 'lucky'...we corrected them with 'blessing'. They agreed.
Looking back isn't always a smart thing...all depends on what one is looking at...but when M and I look back we see this. We were always happy and content...when you're in the military you aren't concerned about 'keeping up with the Jones's' because everyone is on the salary charts for all to see and lots of contemporaries...every one's in the same boat. That's what you might call 'good training'.
Could be the two of us are overly simple. If so, then simply put that's okay because we're extremely happy, ever so content and more in love with each other every day. We have a common goal and that's to live for God.
M and I aren't always the smartest cookies in the box so we probably don't always know what we need (really?); however (and this is a biggie) HE does!
We've had more than enough from the beginning!
From my heart...to yours,