Wildflowers are not weeds. They are a sprinkling of God’s pleasure. He has liberally sowed their seeds in the most random places so we could get a glimpse of his love at every turn. Wildflowers are small and simple; however, these humble flowers have three great qualities that make them my favorite.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis
I never intended to go to college. I knew that I wanted to be a stay-at-home wife and mother, so I didn’t see the point. But as my senior year of high school ended, I panicked. I was supposed to be an adult after all. I had no idea what to do, so I decided to give college a try. It was the only way that I could think of to avoid growing up for a few more years. I was faced with another decision that I wasn’t prepared for. What did I find interesting enough to study? What did I have passion for? I could only think of one thing: babies.
This began as a sweet, simple story about how I switched careers and it was the best decision I had ever made… and fortunately for anyone reading this, it has turned into a far less boring, raw and honest testimony about how starting over has been a theme in my life, is a theme in all of our lives, and how I have learned to acknowledge and embrace it instead of crying (like I used to).
Starting Over - If Starting Over Were a Sport, We Are at the Olympic Level.
On June 6th, at 11:57pm, our first child was born. 72 days later, we made the decision to start over. We were rubbed raw with the newness of our life: newlyweds, new parents, and new caretakers for an adult with special needs. One of us was newly unemployed. Grief for the loss of Alex’s mother, who had passed the year before, was renewed every morning.
When I wake up, I realize that Charlotte has crawled into bed with Emmie and me. I cuddle with both of them and think about how much I love these girls. I would do anything for them—including apologizing to their dad. My stomach is one huge knot, and I feel terrible for how I acted toward David. I can’t believe that was really me. The girls and I make pancakes together for breakfast and afterwards decide to bake peanut butter chocolate chip cookies—David’s favorite. Just as I am pulling the last batch out of the oven, my phone rings. My heart drops when I see that it’s my oncologist on the phone.
Are You Protected? 3 Myths about Disability Insurance Provided By: Sarah Goldsmith, Financial Advisor
Do you have insurance for your most important financial asset? You may think you’re covered because you have insurance for your car, home or even jewelry. Unfortunately, if you don’t have adequate disability income insurance, you may not be protecting what matters most—your paycheck.
The reality is that few American workers are financially prepared to weather an injury, illness, or unplanned medical expense. Make sure you’re protecting your financial future by acquainting yourself with these three disability insurance myths:
Lessons Learned by the Lion King - By Heather Neds
Emma, a spirited three-year-old little girl with a rubber band holding together a little clump of hair on the top of her head, Pebbles Flintstone style, bounces happily around from one thing to another like a bee spreading pollen. As she moves about, her laughter fills the room and smiles are shared with each person she encounters. Her blue eyes, rimmed with a dark grey, draw you in, and they are framed by the longest, darkest eyelashes that you’d swear will swallow her up each time she blinks.