Remember, Lest we forget

November 11. I can only sit here and try to imagine what those soldiers, what the people of this world, felt when all was ceased.
I don’t need November 11 to remind me of the freedom I have at the expense of others.  I’m reminded every morning when I wake up safe and sound,  I’m reminded when I can dress how I like, I’m reminded when I pick up my bible with freedom to read Gods word, I’m reminded when I leave my house and walk the streets, I’m reminded when I am in society living amongst others, I’m reminded just being a woman who is able to vote, I’m reminded each and every time I enter church, I’m reminded right now writing these things and sharing them with you.

Lest we forget the other 364 days of the year as we live in freedom.

I am so thankful for what complete strangers have done and have sacrificed for me.

Let us remember everyday and not take it for granted.

Thank you soldiers. Thank you to both my grandfathers who sacrificed their lives, thank you.

Remember, lest we forget the other 364 days we live in freedom.

Poor Poor Me

Being poor is an attitude. Get in check with yourself and start counting the blessings you do have instead of blaming others and always “looking over the fence” at what someone else has. Sheesh, I was reading some posts on Facebook this morning and people will go off on having a hard life or being financially poor because of Toronto’s new mayor or because of what someone has done or didn’t do. This kind of living is hard on yourself and it keeps you stuck and unhappy.

Get up, show up and put on a right attitude. When your thinking is poor, so is your life. When you act poor, so is your life! No doubt people have hard times, I’ve been there but I decided I’m not going around looking at what I don’t have or constantly say, “I’m broke, I’m broke” No, it’s time to change that stinking thinking and it’s time to stop acting poor! Now today is a new day, wash up and put on a new attitude! Your life is now, stop waiting for your external world to change before you change your attitude and outlook on life. And let me tell ya, if you have kids guess what? they are watching and they are hearing it all. Do you actually want them to grow up feeling poor? Nope not me either!

Come on friends, lets pull it together, lets claim our life back and start living rich, start living fresh, start living well!

Happy attitude check day to you ;)

Do It

I’ve come to terms with the hurts and un-forgiveness from my past. This brings me to a place of serenity. This also brings me to a place where my “angry cup” is not so full that when life happens, I don’t “freak” out. I urge you; turn around and face your demons, if not, they’ll keep chasing you down. By suppressing them doesn’t mean you deal with them. Free yourself. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t have many days when I’m upset. I accept that life happens and I remember how grateful I am to have a Savior who saves me from myself and the daily situations that happens in life.

Don’t let your past hold you. You hold it and make something beautiful from it <3

Go on do it, YOU can (yes, yes YOU can!) I guarantee happiness, and freedom come along with it  ;)

Dare To Dream

What are your dreams? Do you even have any? Do you live life day to day waiting for the weekends to get here or for the day just to be over with? Are you caught up in the hustle and bustle of letting life live you?

I dare you friends, dream a dream! Put a goal in front of you. Dream a BIG dream. Let it scare you.

We need motivation and that does not come from our outside world, that comes from within us. It comes from wanting to achieve and succeed in our life. It comes from working towards something bigger than ourselves.

How do you get a dream?

Let me ask you, what would your perfect day look like?

Say, ten years from now, it’s your perfect day, what would that consist of? How would your day start? What would you be doing and who would be there? Go on, let loose for a minute and let your thoughts get away with you. What would it look like?

God did not create us to live a life of mediocrity. He sent His son Jesus so we may live life in abundance. I always say, life is an action word. We need to put action into our lives and live it! So come on now, what are your hopes, dreams and goals? And most importantly, what stops you from achieving them? I know, I know I’ve been there too, fear, financial issues, time, the “can’t be me” attitude, the busyness of life, and whatever else excuse we throw in there to stop our own selves from going after the dreams and goals we have in this life. Listen, God did not place those dreams and goals in us if He had no intention of helping us reach them.

So, how do you go about getting some dreams and goals if you don’t have any? I suggest writing down all the things you’d like to do in this life. yes write down even those crazy out of this world ideas. Go on write them down!! Now, divide them up and for each one put a little action plan in place. Ok for example, lets say someone wants to travel the world helping others less fortunate but they don’t have the money to get started. They can start off by writing their dream to travel to places where the need is great. An action plan for this would be this person can start off by helping those in their own community first.  Most importantly, be sure to see and read your dreams and goals list everyday. You get what I mean? Let your dreams and goals be BIG and BOLD.  Some may come to pass and others may not but that’s not the point. the point here is, having dreams and goals gives you passion for living and motivates you in life. It keeps your mind focused on  reaching those dreams and goals and keeps you from wasting your precious time worrying what others are doing or not doing. It places your energy where it counts and where it matters.

I had a dream and a goal to write a book. Guess what? It came to pass :)

So go on now my friends, dream your dreams and live life with passion. We get one chance at it, make it count!

And  for all you parents out there, would this not be a great example for our kids? Do we not teach them to go for it in life? Lets do the same. We were created for great things, own it and live it!

God bless <3

17, 19, 21- Living Life

17, 19, 21.

The exact ages my kids are today. The exact ages I was when I gave birth to them. Gosh, looking at them and watching them live life is a breath of fresh air. They go to school, work and have a social life. They have hobbies, they have goals and they are ambitious. Best of all, they’re kids. :)

It’s funny how different their life is compared to mine at that age. I was changing diapers, playing tea parties and action figures. I was living life for them. Living life around them. I’ll tell ya, I was living because of them. You see, I have come to really accept and understand we are exactly where we need to be in life at this very moment. Mine at that time was raising these fabulous kids of mine. And you know, they are really great kids. Just today my son was out with me cleaning up around the house and we are able to giggle together and be in each other’s company. I am so very glad and so very blessed life turned out the way it did. I am also so very pleased my kids are living life and truth be told, that I’m not a granma yet!  lol ;)

So on that short note, I am basking in the fruits of my, ehemm, mine and God’s labor, and I’m enjoying watching my kids grow up. It’s a good reminder for me also to see how far I have come in this journey of life. It has definitely been a journey worth taking!

 

 

For You And You And You…Yes, Even YOU!

May we all get to this point. May we all learn to believe it and accept this truth.

You my precious friends, are redeemed. WE ARE REDEEMED!

God bless you this wonderful Friday afternoon ;)

The In-Laws

As soon as someone starts to say “the In-Laws” many thoughts come to mind, I’ve often heard many speak of their in-laws in a manner that, well, lets just say, is not too edifying.

Today I am here to talk about my In-Laws.

I don’t even know where to begin. Twenty years ago I met their son whom I married less than a year of being together. A year after being married and two children later, I finally met my in-laws.

To be honest as I sit here and write, I don’t know why I have never mentioned them before. Not here on this blog nor in my book. You see, my in-laws are one of the most fantastic people I have ever met.

They did not know me nor did they know my son. I was a package deal when Rob, their son, met me. Me and my little awesome boy Alex who isn’t so little anymore ;)

Did my in-laws care about this? Did they reject this? Did they shun us? Did they have any inhibitions towards this marriage and having an adopted grandchild already???? One word. NO. You know what they did? They welcomed me and Alex like we were their own! They loved on us and accepted us as their family. Who were these people I did not know? My son’s biological family wanted no part of us and here were these in-laws of mine who without even knowing us from Adam, welcomed us with open arms into their heart and into their lives.

Bob and Doris is their name. I call them Mom and Dad :)

They gave my son the second set of grandparents he did not have. They gave me the best in-laws who love me and accepted me that I did not have nor ever experienced.

You know what’s even more awesome? I have a super amazing sister-in-law too! She is so funny and just so great! I gotta tell ya, she’s my favorite but shhhh, don’t tell anyone ;)

Last week we had an emergency trip to New Brunswick, things turned out better than we had anticipated heading out. This trip gave me a reminder that I am very blessed to have these people who are my in-laws in my life. They have added such comfort and much support over the years. I am very grateful that life turned the way it did. Had it not, I would have never met them let alone have them in my life.

Dad and Mom, I want to tell you, I love you both so much. I thank you for always loving us and always being a part of our life and even though we live in different provinces, you always make it seem as if we are so close. You’ve taken us “in” and I will forever be grateful to you both for that.

Roberta, you rock sister! Thank you for everything <3

So friends, that’s what I gotta say about my in-laws. Well, there’s much more but I’m already at 500 words. lol.

I’m sharing a collage of pics with you of my in-laws. There’s Rob and Roberta and her fiance Denis, Dad and Rob, Dad and Mom and there’s a pic of Dad with the girls.

In Law Pic