Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Five: Slacking, Haircuts, and Diet Coke

Emmy Mom

I have been a bit of slacker this week. No week long migraines, though I did have yesterday. I am in an intermediate math class which I am determined to pass. I DO NOT want to repeat it! I really do not. I digress, I am happy to participate with my bestie Emmy, in her Friday Five meme! 

1.  I had a battle with Verizon...I won. It was short lived. I made a payment arrangement with them that I would pay the bill on a given date. The bill was then paid with a different card, however Verizon took upon themselves to automatically pull the money from the card on file. Unfortunately there was not enough in the account to cover it. This is why we used the other card. As a result, we were also charged $29 for non sufficient funds.To shorten this story we spent about 90 minutes and two disconnects we have been reimbursed. 

2.  This week, Kristin started volunteering in Ryan's class. It will be an interesting experiment for her. I look forward to seeing the results.

3.  Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Is it just another day?  We are having a nice fancy dinner that involves the whole family. As a couple, not so much. Here's the deal, most if not all of our first several Valentine's were sidelined by other things such as: a laparoscopy, moving, duty, deployment, among other things. We just decided it didn't matter. 

4. We have an outdoor kitty. Well...not really, but it sure comes around a lot. We named it. "Tiger." I don't feed it. (yet)   Although my son wants to. Tiger comes and goes, I am not sure if she/he belongs to anyone but she/he seems fairly healthy.  She/he cannot come in though. Spencer would be too butthurt.

5. It is a 4 day weekend. This is good and bad. Extra days to sleep in, and extra days of "I'm bored!" It's a mixed good/bad. We shall see. 

Okay so it is two in one...but we will count it as one.  I decorate my antenna with ribbon. I can find my car easier that way! haha. Emily got her hair colored. She went dark. It makes her eyes pop, and her freckles! hehe.

Finally Coke got it right! I don't share!
This actually came from my Snapchat. We had fun making it.
Remember last week when it ws 77? Yeah...this was Monday.
A new to me shirt! I love our thrift store.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Trials and Tribulations

One of my oldest daughter's favorite scriptures is Joshua 1:9.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

This scripture was a constant reminder to her that she was never alone even during her darkest times and worst trials. Yes, even a teenager can face dark times and trials. We all face dark times and trials. What is curious to me is the way we brave it and put up such fronts to the world at large.

"How are you" Friends will ask. (We ask this too.) And we genuinely want to know. We are sincerely interested in their welfare especially if something is wrong. So it stands to reasons that our friends/family would likewise be interested in our well being. Then why do we always resort to standard answers such as,"I'm doing good," or "Hanging in there." Instead of just once telling them exactly what it is that is going on? In one short answer, we do not wish to burden others with our trials. They already have so much on their plate I do not want to add to it. Sometimes, we need to share those burdens simply because our friends will have a sympathetic ear that is meant just for you. It might be an opportunity for them to open up to you realizing you both have trials and feels good to unload them. It may not resolve anything, but it is certainly good to know that we can share our trials with each other. It's true, we are not alone in our trials no matter what they are. I know that we are not forgotten. I know that Heavenly Father is there through each of these trials that we face, and I know that He places these special people in our lives to uplift one another in these times of trial. 

While our trials may seem overwhelming or may seem like little to nothing next to "their trials" it is still our trial and the one that we must face. What a blessing to know we are not alone; ever.