Friday, June 20, 2014

When LIFE is Tough...

Dear friends,

Hi. :) ...

We've had some tough times this summer. In addition to hospital visits, challenges continue...

I have neglected to take my kids to the dentist for most of their lives, simply because we didn't have the money or the insurance. I have been fiercely independent, and don't like welfare programs. But you know what... I just realized that I have been spending my life WAITING for the time that I can afford to do this or that, and you know what, the time is now! - THE NEED IS NOW! And if I can't do it on my own NOW, then I need to get some help!

*Levi has had a sore tooth, only now and then, so I wasn't too worried, but knew he should see a dentist. Thanks to Medicaid (and a big dose of humility)... I took my youngest son to the dentist this morning! As it turns out, he REALLY needed to see a dentist! He has to go to an oral surgeon to have one tooth extracted (it has an incredibly HUGE hole in it, which we had NO IDEA was there). When I saw the photos of his teeth today - I thought of the dental neglect that his three older siblings have also suffered, and wondered what THEIR teeth look like (now that they are too old to qualify for Medicaid, but still have very little money)... suddenly felt like the BIGGEST mom LOOSER e.v.e.r!

*A couple days ago I learned about a fairly big problem that my husband and I MUST solve, and I came un-glued over it (only because we have had this happen REPEATEDLY; and there seems to be no end to some things!). For a few minutes I WASN'T COOPING - AT ALL! I drove off and called someone and for about 30 seconds, I really let my frustration out over the phone, venting with more angry passion than anyone would care to witness.

But I knew I had to pull myself together so I could help my family to cope. Thankfully, I seem to have gotten the tension out over the phone; I was amazed at how I was able to deal with the challenge in a whole other way... just moments later. :)

What started out as the worst day ever, actually ended as a truly great day; we even went to the theater together as a family and saw a wonderful comedy! :) It has been a couple days, and the problem isn't entirely solved, but one miracle has occurred already, and the problem is much smaller now.

I could list more struggles, but I don't want to. :)

It's been a tough time this summer. But life is still so good!

OK. Maybe I WILL talk briefly about one or two more struggles...

*I have this teenage son who is always butting heads with me! (Note, I don't butt heads with him, he buts heads with me! HA! ;)) In my eyes, this son is often so disrespectful and selfish. AND THEN... THE LORD HELPS ME TO SEE HIM, THROUGH HIS EYES, and I am again amazed and filled with wonder at how beautiful he is!

Not only that, I am blessed to see MYSELF in a different light, and to realize that HE IS GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING I AM GOING THROUGH, and that I appear to him just as he appears to me... He is struggling to see me AS I TRULY AM, just as I often struggle to see him AS HE TRULY IS...

*And then there was the phone call with a family member, in which this person wanted me to know that she was "worried" about one of my children... I think they sometimes tell me they are worried about this child, simply because they know how GREAT I think KNOW this kid is, so they think I must not be aware of the imperfections that exist! :o - Not so! This child is INCREDIBLE, imperfections and all!!! And I am 100% CONFIDENT that this young life is going to turn out absolutely AMAZING! :D - Each and every one of these kids is going to turn out GREAT!

None of us are perfect little angels...

or wretched little devils...

None of us are incredibly wise,

or completely and hopelessly foolish...

We are all HUMAN. Filled with good, bad, wisdom, foolishness, and everything in between!

And we are all just doing the best that we can with what we have!

And no matter how many challenges and curve balls life throws at you... there will be just as many roses to smell and treasures to treasure!

LIFE is Good. :)

***Always remember that when things look grim...

No matter what your struggles, no matter how steep the climb, keep climbing with a smile, and look around for the blessings in life; cause you know what, the steeper the climb, the greater the view!

Your challenges may be comparable to climbing a mountain with loose rocks, slippery slopes, and steep inclines, but keep running the race of life, because in terrain like that - THE VIEW IS always going to be GREAT at the end of a faithful climb! :)

HUGS to all my friends,
Corine :D


  1. Hello Corine,
    What a wonderful post! It is not easy to stay optimistic when lots of difficult things happen to us, but our reactions to everything that happens to us determine whether we're happy or not. You have an amazing attitude and I'm sure you're a wonderful mom because you're always giving your best. I hope things will get better soon!

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I'm very happy to meet you, too! :) I can't wait to read more from you and about you :)
    Yes, Keith truly is amazing and I'm so very blessed to be with him!
    Have a wonderful weekend full of love and smiles :)

    1. Thank you, Beate. :) I have been working hard this summer, and taken a break from blogging to work and save time for family. I AM excited for the time when I will soon be able to get back on here and read and write more, and we can get to know each other better. :) Thanks so much for coming here and for your kind comment! :D


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