Another year past but there so much that will last for years to come. I'll share two of them with you, because they mean the world to me.
- Sheldon and I travel out to Cuba for the first time in January. It was an amazing experience for the both of us. There was so much we had never seen that it we felt it was important to bring our son out there to see. We will be leaving shortly after the new year.
- The three of us took a trip out to Minneapolis for our birthday celebrations and we got to watch two NHL games. (Something we don't have in this area.)
- Jadden got straight A's in his last report card for grade 4.
- Jadden and I made our first garden and found great success out of it.
- We got to share a week of camping with Sheldon's family.
- We booked a cabin for a week and were able to share it with many friends through out our stay.
- Sheldon is coaching the local Junior hockey team instead of Jadden's team. It's been a great learning experience for the both of them.
- Jadden has improved so much in hockey and became the captain of his team.
- I started a course "The International School of Ministry"
- We've had so many days and evenings that we'll remember that were spent with our friends and family hear in our home.
#2. Spiritual Growth:
- My relationship with God has been strengthened and has been built on a firm rock. I have been through a lot and I have pushed myself to see God in the light He wants to be seen in. He has spoken to me in ways I can't explain and He has given me a foundation that I can now find independence and strength from.
-God has shown Himself to my husband and given him a new light to walk with. My husband has become the spiritual leader in our home and his faith and growth surprises me daily.
- My son is pushing his way through the confusing stage of getting older. (yes I know that could speak for everyone) He is slowly growing from a child into a man. With help from God, he has found confidence in the fact that he can be himself because of God's plan for his life. He understands that the decisions he makes for his life can come with consequences (not just from mom and dad) and he's constantly goes to God for new strength and understanding. I'm so proud of him and his choices.
What are some of your great memories from 2008?
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Another year past but there so much that will last for years to come. I'll share two of them with you, because they mean the world to me.
Posted by candypb at 9:23 p.m.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I pray for you and your family this Christmas, that you will all have a Merry Christmas and Gods Richest Blessings through this Holiday Season.
What an amazing gift we have received, Our sin's are washed away because of this day. I absolutely love this story of Jesus' birth and how He rescued us from such a sinful world.
God Bless you all.
Posted by candypb at 10:58 a.m.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I can't believe that we are going again!!!
This picture is of us in Cuba a year ago. We were only dreaming to think that we would possibly have the chance to go again. We are going with the same couple (Shel's Sister and Bro-in-law), but we are bringing our children along. I know that this will be life changing for all of us, especially our kids.
We want to go out there with toys and much more to give to the people. These people have so little and I think it will be great for Jadden to experience this and give to the people and children in need.
So early January, we are off!!!
The picture below is the expression we got from Jadden when he found out.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This is the project my husband has been working on for two weeks. We can wait to get out our skates for our first skate. He's been working on this rink every night into the wee hours of the night and it looks like we will be able to put it into use very soon.
This is ice brings back a lot of memories for me. The house we own is the house I grew up in and this is the first year that we can bring a part of my dad back onto this yard.
When I was young, my dad and uncle made an ice rink for us every winter. It was something we looked forward to every year, because we knew that people would start showing up and it ended up being a party every night. You know the saying, "If you build it, they will come." Well thats what happened with my dad's ice.
They built beautiful boards, 4 feet all around. Complete with lighting and was built to the full size of a professional ice rink. They had a big heating shack built with a wood stove inside. It was the ultimate haven for our family. So great that we would have sleep-overs in that shack.
The ice my husband is building, as I speak, is built in the exact same spot that my day had his ice. You can see the light's in the pictures above, the electrical cord that we used is the same one my dad used. We found it over grown and stuck in weeds when we started cleaning up the plot for the rink. You have to remember that this was from a long time ago. At least 20 years!
The heating shack is still there but we can't use it, seeing it's rotting away and we didn't build the rink nearly as big or fancy. But it means that world to me. It's a dream come true and a great place for our family to enjoy evening and weekends.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I finally had a chance to sneak outside and get the front entrance decorated.
My husband and my father-in-law were such sweet hearts and built me a pergola this summer.
This was one big thing I was looking forward to.
A fresh garland to hang along the pergola for Christmas.
It feels so cozy and it adds a perfect touch to our country yard.
I made all my decorations out of ceder, pine branches. This is something I love to do, but it takes a lot of time.
I started the first weekend of December and I only finished now.
And of course, my dog, Cleo had to help too. She was my guard dog for all those "man eating squirrels."
(Have you heard of them, we have them all over our yard.)
Monday, December 8, 2008
I was so hurt this last weekend. It wasn't because of some huge conflict that I had with a friend or an unexpected accident. It was the feeling of disrespect.
A person overstepping their boundaries after I has asked them not to. (Sounds like our kids, doesn't it?)
I talked about this with a close friend yesterday and I was shocked to see that he/she didn't understand where I was coming from and I couldn't understand where their thought pattern was going either.
This person was looking at how small these issues where and I was looking at the big impact these small issues were causing in my life.
The story of Adam and Eve struck me like a brick wall!
If you would only look at them eating the apple, you would look at that as a small thing. Wouldn't you? Just eating an apple is not all that big. We over look the "small" part of this story because we know the ending, It's "BIG" and we are living in a sinful world because of it.
How often do we look at what we are doing and justify it as something small. "There's no way that it could cause grief." But to the receiver, it does.
How often do we sneak around a person because we think they won't find out? How do you think that person would feel if they knew?
This situation has given me an opportunity to look at my life pattern, and I encourage you to take a look for yourself. Not just for yourself, but for the people around you.
Are we spending each moment out of our day seeking God and trying to please Him? Are we listening to what we are saying to others? Is it filled with gossip or deceit? Is it a loving conversation that wont hurt a person and will it show everyone you know respect?
It's not only what comes out of our mouths, lets take a closer look at our actions too.
I'm not saying this to fill anyone with shame.
I have seen myself do this a million times. But this weekend was the weekend that God showed me what it felt like to be the receiver. I promise all of you that it doesn't feel good, not even a "little."
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I hope you can all enjoy your Christmas this year.
The excitement of putting up the tree and decorations, buy gifts for the people you love, baking cookies for company and my favorite, listening to Christmas music.
What are your favorite things about Christmas?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
You would think that if you wrote something as great as this you would put your signature on it.
I kinda like the idea that its an unknown author in the book of Hebrews. We don't have the opportunity to focus on anyone other then God Himself, and what He requires of us in our daily walk with Him.
What is said in this book is real and sometimes harsh. But it can be very rewarding when you understand it's message and try to live according to it instructions daily.
The world "Discipline" has become an unpopular word in our society, but according to Hebrews, discipline is necessary in our life. One of the most important areas for believers to have discipline is in their thought life, because every act is the product of thought. "Have your thoughts focused on Jesus." Hebrews 3:1
If we don't discipline ourselves in our thoughts, we could very likely turn away from Gods calling for us and be attracted to the things of the world. Every time that we are lead away from are calling, the works of God through our lives are delayed or even destroyed.
This makes me think about yesterday during our family devotion time. We read about the story of Eli and his wicked sons. (1Samuel 2:12-36) They weren't disciplined enough to think about what God really wanted from them. They were treating the Lords offering as worthless. But in their minds, it was something very little and they figured no one would notice. I in God's eye's it was very sinful. God then told Eli that because of this, his two son's will die on the same day and none of the men in his family will live to old age.
The words in chapter 25 are very harsh but also very true.
If one person sins against another, God will take care of him. However, when a person sins against the Lord, who will pray for him? (1 Samuel 3:25)
I have found for myself that I need my quiet time with God. The more I read in the Word and spend time listening to God, my calling becomes more clear. Reading Hebrews really helped me to see what God intends every believer to do. I encourage you to take the time to read through Hebrews and ask God where He wants you. I promise that it will take a lot of discipline to achieve these great goals that God has set for us, but with our minds set on Him, we can do anything.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Jadden's Buddies, Brent (Grooms Man), Elmer (Groom), Stacey (Best Man) and Jadden ( Junior Best Man)
We have finally become a family of Five.
You ask why I would you say that. Well, if you have read my post through out the last couple of years, you will have noticed that I had a teen pregnancy, and Elmer is Jadden's birth father.
We have gone through some very rocky moments, but all together it's been a Blessing.
Jadden has been the #1 reason we stuck it out and push through our selfish feelings. We decided shortly after Sheldon and I got married that we wanted this to work and Elmer was with us 100%. While Jadden was growing up, we were too. Funny, the way it sounds, but that's the truth. We were all very young at the time, but we were all leaning on God and He pulled us through.
Jadden has been able to grow up with his whole family surrounding him and supporting him through his life. He has a ton of people loving him and praying for him as he has been growing. And he seems to be doing great with it.
When he was very young, we told him that Elmer, Jadden and Sheldon and I are a family and it will stay that way all his life. Now we have a family of Five. I can't believe that I finally have women to hang out with. Our Christmas and any other event we celebrated together was me with three boys. Boys = sports! Not the greatest for me, but it worked.
Wanda is an amazing person. I love to see her strength and acceptance towards our family. She is very quiet, but she brings so much joy to all of our lives. Again, I feel so very Blessed as to how this has worked out. I know that we will be able to share our lives together and both be Blessed with a great relationship.
So that's my story. And I have to give God all the Glory! We couldn't have done it with out Him.
Friday, November 7, 2008
My son has his first big moment of being a Best Man! Junior Best man, that is.
Brent (Grooms Man), Jadden (Junior Best Man) and Elmer (Groom)
Check him out! Mama is so proud!
It was very hard for me to release him out onto the bad roads. We had our first snow fall this night and the roads are covered with slush and ice seeing we had rain before the snow began.
They are traveling and hour away for pictures, so I'm praying for safety as I speak.
Elmer and Wanda (read the cake)
Last week of freedom (Fredom lol)
This is the lovely couple who is going to tie the knot tonight. I can't wait!
I'll have many pictures to share with you tomorrow.
I wish you all a Blessed day and safety for anyone who has to face the bad roads.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
What urges you to be a better person?
- When you take a day and spend it with the one's closest to you.
- When you have a deep conversation with a friend.
- When you hear a message in church that relates to your thought life.
- When you lost your patients with your child.
- When your well on your way to reaching your goal.
- When you meet your child "finally" in their territory, so they understand you.
This has all happened to me in the last 36 hours. Incredible! Don't you think? I'm rejoicing in the Lord. I have seen Him move in my life and show me incredible things through these very points. I have spent many moments in tears, just being captivated by His power and plan. He is speaking to me and showing me where I need to be.
And most of all, He is telling me to slow down. Open my eye's and see what He has put in front of me. When I have listened, I have been blessed beyond measures.
This is what makes me want to be a better person.
I had to share this with you today, because I'm almost crawling out of my skin in complete happiness.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Did I do enough? Will I have changed enough to get through this? Can I really memorize this much a put it on paper tonight?
These are the questions that have been going through my mind for the past week.
I started a course at the beginning of September and it really took a lot out of me to step out and register for it. I have never done well in school and I was afraid that my past would come back to haunt me if I started school again.
I am attending The International School of Ministry (ISOM).
Today I have the first big test. I've been studying for the past week, but I just don't know what's enough. I'm praying to God to give me knowledge for tonight, because of my history. I used to freeze up when a test was put in front of me. I hope that doesn't happen tonight. I really want to do well!
Please pray for me. I'll need it!!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Definition: is to take a day to thank God for taking us through a harsh storm.
Intresting what I find when I get couriuos. This was one of the definitions I found when I looked up the word thanks giving.
Everday we are faced with storms.
Sometimes our thoughts start clouding up through out the day and it begins overwhelming us with lies and condomnation, becoming a storm thats out of control and fills us with unhealthy thoughts.
Sometimes we have to face illnessess that drain us completely. Once again planting a storm in our lives.
At times death will overwhelm us with greif, giving us the uncontrolable storm that takes a long time to heal the moarning and loss, missing the one we love.
Then we have the on going temptations, bad habits, raising our children and relationships that can push us in and out of storms.
Everything I have mentioned here will will surely bring you to a point of sadness. Grief, because of the uncontrolable world we live in. God is always there. Watching us, crying with us and trying to hold us through our storms. He is faithful and just! He will never leave you!
So now we had this day of thankgiving, why not take a moment to give thanks to God for taking us through all of our storms through out this life, year, day, whatever it might be. He is always there to calm the storm and hold you in his arms.
2 Samuel 22:17-19
He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who are to strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of disaster,
but the Lord was my support.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
This is the next step of my Personality post....
For thoughs of you who haven't seen my last post on personalities, I encourage you to take a look at it before your read any further.
Four basic styles
produce 16 combinations
We can be combinations of each of the four styles and most
people are a blend of two styles
-dominance & independence
-bigger & better
-win with flair
-desire to be correct
-steady flow of more
-approval from helping others
-specialist to specialise
Seeing some of you found out your personality last time, I figured we could go the extra step and see if we have any combo's of personalities...
I am still just a plain old Supporter! not that that's a bad thing. I have to say that it suits me well.
Did you stay the same or did your personality change?
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Look what I got!
My husband decided to treat me to an amazing gift for our anniversary! After watching the video, The Bible Experience on you tube, and watching me cry through the whole video, my husband decided to treat me. It just got in and I can't wait to listen to it while I make my pasta sauce and salsa.
I wish you all a Blessed day.
Take a look at the video, it's amazing!
Monday, October 6, 2008
I was talking with my sister-in-law this morning and was informed on the exact personality is was according a shape. Yes, A shape!
Being so very interested in this, I took a look through google to see if I could give you the same info. I didn't find the exact one, No shapes, but I always think that theres something to say about your own personality. You can find out a lot about the person you are and the person God entitled you to be when you become conscious of your life and the personality you were Blessed with. Take a look at what I found and I urge you to take it to heart. I'm sure you will see your purpose more clearly as soon as you find your personality. I did... For thoughs of you who want to know, I am a Supporter!
Do it now, can do attitude
Goal oriented & a self starter
Assertive & Competitive
Task & information focused
Decisive & want control
Fast paced often impatient
Prepared to take risks
Want to be noticed
Direct & open
Animated & emotional
Creative, enthusiastic leaders
Lots of ideas, bubbly, outgoing
Fast paced & spontaneous
Prefer working with others
Excellent persuasive skills
Want to get along
People oriented team players
Help others & solve conflicts
Relaxed & friendly
Cautious, risk averse
Enjoy harmony & trust
Patient & cooperative
Dependable & predictable
Avoid conflict & good listeners
Want to get it right
Accurate & meticulous
Logical task & information focused
Detail oriented & precise
Slower paced, quality not quantity
Cautious & risk averse
Structured and orderly
Dependable & predictable
Set high standards
There is so much more to add to this, but I'll leave it at this for now. There might be a follow up with more info tomorrow.
What personality are you??? I would love to know!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Every day in my time with God, I meditate according to the feelings and thoughts that are provoking me. Then I start reading and researching (love google) and God leads me to what I need to hear, and I can then start work on areas in my life that I sometimes don't even know I needed help with.
This past Sunday I was lead into a very in depth week of devotion and fasting. I can't really say that I have ever been lead this clearly. It's very exciting, so exciting that I involved my husband in this journey. At the very moment that I opened it up to Sheldon, my heart began to swell and I was Blessed immediately. It was another confirmation that I was heading into the right direction.
Now, being on day 3 of our big event, I was lead to the topic of Perseverance. I have to say that it is my favorite topic, but I thought that it wouldn't lead to this.
So I listened and obeyed and my spirit was renewed once again. THANK YOU LORD!!!
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but we one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
God gives grace in the difficult places when we turn to Him. That does not mean that troubles are instantly gone, but He will work His perfect will in us to mold us to the image of Christ, He promises.
It is during those times of deep suffering that we are tempted to turn to the idols of the world in the same way that the Israelites turned to the idols of the nations when God seemed far off. But when anyone turns from God in the midst of suffering, they not only lose out on the possibility of spiritual growth but they postpone the real help that God both promises and provides.
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the rock eternal.
What an awesome God we have. My goal and I encourage it to be your as well, is to have faith and remember that God can be in control. If we want God to work in our lives, we need to give him tools so he can work miracles. "What," you ask, "are his Tools?" We are!!!!
We just can't give up. Persevere!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
This will give you the chills....... GOOD chills.
A young man had been to Wednesday Night Bible Study.
The Pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the Lord's voice
The young man couldn't help but wonder, 'Does God still speak to people?'
After service, he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed the message. Several different ones talked about how God had led them in different ways.
It was about ten o'clock when the young man started driving home. Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, 'God...If you still speak to people, speak to me. I will listen. I will do my best to obey.'
As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk.
He shook his head and said out loud, 'God is that you?' He didn't get a reply and started on toward home.
But again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk.
The young man thought about Samuel and how he didn't recognize the voice of God, and how little Samuel ran to Eli.
'Okay, God, in case that is you, I will buy the milk.' It didn't seem like too hard a test of obedience. He could always use the milk. He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward home.
As he passed Seventh Street, he again felt the urge, 'Turn Down that street.'
This is crazy he thought, and drove on past the intersection.
Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street .
At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh.
Half jokingly, he said out loud,
'Okay, God, I will.'
He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he should stop He pulled over to the curb and looked around. He was in a semi- commercial area of town. It wasn't the best but it wasn't the worst of neighborhoods either. The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the people were already in bed.
Again, he sensed something, 'Go and give t he milk to the people in the house across the street.' The young man looked at the house. It was dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were already asleep. He started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat.
'Lord, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake them up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid.' Again, he felt like he should go and give the milk.
Finally, he opened the door, 'Okay God, if this is you, I will go to the door and I will give them the milk. If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be obedient. I guess that will count for some thing, but if they don't answer right away, I am out of here.'
He walked across the street and rang the bell. He could hear some noise inside. A man's voice yelled out, 'Who is it? What do you want?' Then the door opened before the young man could get away.
The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt. H e looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on his face and he didn't seem too happy to have some stranger standing on his doorstep. 'What is it?'
The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, 'Here, I brought this to you.' The man took the milk and rushed down a hallway.
Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen. The man was following her holding a baby. The baby was crying. The man had tears streaming down his face.
The man began speaking and half crying, 'We were just praying. We had some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn't have any milk for our baby. I was just praying and asking God to show me how to get some milk.'
His wife in the kitchen yelled out, 'I ask him to send an Angel with some. Are you an Angel?'
The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him and put in the man's hand. He turned and walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his face.He knew that God still answers prayers.
This is so true. Sometimes it's the simplest things that God asks us to do that cause us, if we are obedient to what He's asking, to be able to hear. His voice more clear than ever. Please listen, and obey ! It will bless you (and the world).
Phil 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
A true testimony of Gods wonderful power.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine
Song of Solomon 6:3
God has designed this plan of marriage and it works perfectly!
Marriage works perfectly???? I know many of us ask that question at times.
Sheldon and I have been through both rough and amazing times through out our marriage. But I have noticed that all the rough times have performed some kind of a Blessing or Miracle in our lives. With as stubborn as we both are, we have prolonged many sufferings in our lives "because we can always do it ourselves."
I know it sounds pretty bad that I'm focusing on this subject on the day of our anniversary, but when I'm looking back on our last 9 years together I look at everything that we have conquered. As we have grown closer together with God, we have found easier ways of getting past difficult times. We are building not only a foundation for our marriage, but we are building a foundation for our son. It's always such a comfort for a child to be in a safe home. And it's always great to have that kind of an influence of a strong marriage.
My husband who loves me dearly, has helped me grow, given me hope and confidence. He is a protector and supplier, a father and a husband I could have only dreamt of as a child. I thank God every day for this man, my marriage and strength to support my family and be a leader with Sheldon in my home.
In this last year, we have found out that we need our daily time together just to talk, and talk about things that can be left behind in our busy lifestyles. We have found this has given us a lot of foundation for our marriage. There are times when we need to stand together and fight, and there are times when we can celebrate. "I'm telling you, it never boring around here."
I found a list of 12 tips for a marriage on "Christian Marriages Encouragement."
1) Keep God First!
2) Pray Together!
3) Respect and honor each other!
4) Encourage each other to grow together!
5) Read the Bible together as much as possible!
6) Be swift to hear and slow to speak!
7) Make time to communicate with each other!
8) Protect and honor your marriage vows!
9) Do not let others come between your marriage!
10) Have a "Mission Statement" for your marriage and family!
11) Thank God every day for your mate and the life you have together!
12) Understand that love is a choice, not a feeling!
My goal is to do this every day. My husband only deserves it.
"Therefore what God has joined together,
let no man separate."
Friday, September 19, 2008
"Jadden's Paintballing Birthday Party with his friends"
Well, if you haven't read my last post, I suggest you do.
I was in the middle of getting Jadden's birthday party ready so I didn't have a lot of time.
My son turned 10 today.
It's a little surreal now if I think of the last 10 years. He has been such a blessing to me and Sheldon.
11 years ago at the age of 16, I found out that I was expecting a child. I was all alone, very scared and I lost most of my friend's. Dealing with criticism, rejection and a helpless feeling of how I was going to get through this. The one and only thing that I could be confident about was that I wanted to keep this baby. Now looking back at it, I know it was God.
During this time, Sheldon (for thoughs of you who don't know, my husband) encouraged me and told me that he wanted to help out and stand by me through this. "I know, at such a young age it all sounds a little crazy" But he did stand by me through it all. He helped me through my pregnancy, getting ready for a baby and he gave me a lot of joy through a very hard time in my life. During my pregnancy, our friendship became a very loving relationship that turned out to be true and strong.
Jadden was born on September 19th at 12:51 am. Two day's after his due date (Grandpa's Birthday)Weighing a full 9lbs 12oz. "Crazy kid had to make a grand entrance."
He was perfect to the tee...
A week after Jadden's first Birthday, Sheldon and I were married and our life with Jadden became complete. So far, Jadden is the only child that we have. Our doctors informed us in our first year of marriage that we couldn't have another child. It's been a tough walk for us, but we still believe that God has a plan out there for us. I'm just so thankful that we have been Blessed with our Sweaty, Jadden.
He is our little miracle, who has filled us with joy, peace, entertainment and love.
"I just can't believe that he's getting so old"
I love you Jadden. You warm my heart every day and you are truly a gift from God. You have made me want to be a better person. You have given me a purpose and you have blessed me with our talks. I know that you love Jesus and I'm so thankful that your reaching for great goals.
I love, love, love you boogs...
Happy 10th Birthday
Jadden was wanted us to wake him at 12:51 this morning so he could celebrate the actual time that he was born.
lol... I have to run but I will tell you a lot more this weekend.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Happy Birthday Dad.
In my teens, my mom always told me about how my dad insisted that I wear frilly dresses and had to have pretty hair. I was the youngest out of four kids and the only girl so my daddy wanted me to have it all.
I was his little princess.
Princess in rubber boots, that is...
I never believed my mom, seeing my dad had always been so busy working on the farm. If I ever wanted to see him, I would have to ride along with him on a tractor, grain truck or combine. Most of the time it was spent in silence. I would follow my dad around all day if I could and just loved it if he didn't send me home too early. He worked long hours and my memories only show him asleep when he was at home.
Now as I have grown up and have my own family, I can see all that I couldn't see then.
The very manly man the I looked up to with great respect as a child has become my cuddly bear of a father. His very calm wordless expression has erupted with giggles and joy. His work ethic now stops when he enters our home and we have built a bond that no one can separate. His relationship with God is now seen, and his pride in his children and grandchildren is spoken regularly.
This is the man he was many years ago, but he was working hard to supply for his family. Now he's able to slow down and enjoy his family. The stress of making enough money for food, clothing and recreational events for his family don't need to be his concern any longer.
The Stress Is Gone...
I am so thankful for all this man has done for me. I am so thankful that you can see the joy, pride and peace in his eye's. This man has Blessed me 100 times over. This man has loved me no matter what I've done wrong. This man holds a peace of my heart in his hands.
Happy Birthday Dad.
I love you with all my heart and pray Blessing into your life for all you have done.