Have you ever been “between” churches? Ya know what I mean? For whatever reason, you are without a church “home” and are in the process of visiting different churches … READ MORE
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I got myself something for Christmas this year… a puppy! Yes, I know. Your first thought is, “are you crazy?” or maybe it was “better you than me”, or maybe you just laughed and shook your head. I assume that, because that’s normally how I respond when someone tells me that they basically lost their little minds to the unending cuteness, whining, and the pitter-patter of four little paws.
If you are familiar with my blog, you might remember my posts about my crazy dog that had issues beyond what training, Prozac, and a dog whisper could fix. I had to put him down about 6 months ago, because he was hurting himself uncontrollably. It was extremely difficult, and I am still saddened by the loss. I swore I was done with pets, and I was just going to keep our older dog comfortable till it was her time, and then we would be a pet free home. Now I have… READ MORE
I remember thinking I could handle anything – even a baby… until labor. I had to be induced, since I was 3 weeks passed my due date and the baby was already over 8 pounds! I headed to the hospital, stopping for some McDonalds french-fries and a hot fudge sundae (because they go together), I checked in and was prepped for giving birth… I remember being so embarrassed in that little hospital gown, and having the nurses just poke and prod where they needed to. I was scared out of my mind. I ended up going through induction all day, to only have an emergency c-section by dinnertime. I was lucky to be my doctor’s very first horizontal incision… 15 staples across my abdomen… whoo hoo! Back then you did not go home after 24 or 48 hours. I was in for over a week. I also shared a room with 5 other new moms. Visiting hours were the law, and no one could spend the night with you – not even the baby.
My biggest concerns back then were not about how to raise my beautiful baby boy, but more about how much pain I was in, and how long was it going to last… I worried about READ MORE
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I’ve seen some blog posts lately that were the letters from the authors to themselves at a much younger age… The, “if I knew then, what I know now” wisdom posts. So, to be a “follower”, and to impart some learned lessons, I thought I would have a go at it too…
At this ripe old age of 44, I can look back at myself at 22, and see a completely different person. I’m actually amazed at the work God has done in my life thus far! If I could write a letter to myself at 22, I would say;
I know you feel like you have the world on your shoulders, and you can handle it. I know that you think perfection is expected in this life of ours, and I see how you strive for it in almost everything you do. READ MORE
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If you’re familiar with my blog, then you know that my one and only daughter, Katie, is spending 2 months is Swaziland, South Africa this summer. I posted about it HERE, when I was still nervous, and she was still fund raising. Then I posted HERE when the fund raising was over… She has just passed the half way mark, so I thought it might be fitting to post about it…
I thought we would not be able to communicate with her, at least not often, but to my pleasant surprise, READ MORE
My last post was about fellowship, and how important I think it is… That got me thinking about an even deeper fellowship, which is the glue that holds me together… Which got me thinking about a time when I was desperate for fellowship with a friend, or family member, and God made it clear that it was only time for Him. I then thought I should share that story with you…
My oldest son has had many challenges in his life. Much more than the average person for sure, and that has made life just a little bit more difficult for him and for those that love him. This week we celebrated his 28th birthday, so we have come a long way! We have some scars, but we also have some faith and we have clearly seen God’s hand in many of the trials we have endured. I am very proud of the man he has become…
When he was 17 he had gotten into some trouble with the law, and had gone to jail for a short period of time. This development had come after a long line of struggles and I was really exhausted. On the morning of his court date, I had to drop two of my kids off at school, and one off at a friend’s house. I had been sick, and I had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for that morning as well. I dropped off all of the kids, and was heading to the courthouse when it all just overcame me. I needed to talk to my husband. I called him and he didn’t answer. So, I tried my mom. She didn’t answer. I called 3 of my friends. None of them answered. At this point I was crying and asking God where the heck everyone was!! I got on a roll and just started screaming at Him. I threw my phone across the van and really let God have it. Why? I kept asking Him. What am I supposed to do? I told Him that I needed peace and direction!
I got the courthouse and my son and his lawyer were outside the courtroom. I was informed that within the hour we could all go home. I had my doctor’s appointment, and I was still pretty upset, so I told the lawyer to drop my son off at the house, and I left. He obviously had it under control.
I arrived at the doctor’s office almost 30 minutes late. The nurse told me that I would now have to wait to be “fit in”. So, being emotionally exhausted, I agreed with the terms and found a seat. About 30 minutes later, I was moved to room on the far left of the building. I sat in there for about another 20 minutes. Then they came and READ MORE
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Yesterday was kind of a girl day for me. I had lunch with 2 sweet friends I hadn’t seen in a few months, and then I had women’s bible study at my house that evening. It was a wonderful day filled with laughing, crying, hugs, and love….
This morning when the alarm went off, I was not pleased. I rolled over and told my husband I was too tired today! He grunted and told me it was because I had too much girl time yesterday… which is “life force draining”. Seriously? Then he tells me that women have the “D.E.F.” (Drama Effect Factor) Then he says that he thinks all women should come with a DEF label… any woman over a 10, should probably be a Nun, because most men couldn’t handle her. Then he actually said, “Men have a DEF issue with women sometimes”. YOU THINK?
He was totally playing around with me this morning and teasing me for keeping him and my son trapped in the basement until 10PM, while me and eight of my girlfriends had a fabulous time together. He was a riot, and it did get me up – mostly to just slap him …
After I got out the door, I was thinking about what he said, and it really did make sense in a way. Women do share emotion. Men usually don’t. READ MORE
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Today was starting out as any other day… I tried to sleep passed 8AM and laid in bed silently going from cursing the sunrise to praying and going over my to-do’s for the day… all at the same time. Really. This is the reality of the OCD-ADD mind.
As I gave in to the light, and headed in to wake the man-child, my Africa bound daughter screamed, “MOM!!” Thinking there was a bug bigger than her, or she was stuck in the closet or… sorry, I guess you would have to know her… and I digress. READ MORE
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I talk a lot. Sometimes I actually get tired of talking. I’ve gotten better over the years, and have learned what conviction is, although sometimes it’s a little too late. That’s the problem with us folks of many words. The more you speak the more opportunity you have to say things that you probably shouldn’t have.
I think the gift of talking, comes with the gift of listening. The first can be self-serving and empty with out the second. Believe it our not, even God pointed that out in His Word… (Pro 10:19, 12:18, 13:3 & James 1:19, Matt 12:26-37 (ouch). If you can listen, you can speak life or death, and even be quiet when necessary. You can help people, or hurt them. I can testify to this, from years of experience! That’s why I think the two gifts go together. God usually doesn’t give us something that we won’t have to work out, besides salvation.
A couple of months ago, at one of my son’s baseball games, I accidentally sat with the opposing teams parents. The lady sitting next to me was pretty sweet, and we chatted all though the double header. READ MORE