Friday, September 16, 2016

Luke 6:37

This time last year was a very very different time for me in my life. It's funny how the people you think have this perfect life around you are really experiencing some of the hardest times of their lives. Everyone on this planet experiences some type of trial or influential time in their lives. Everyone has the happiest of happy times and the lowest of low times. We are all so busy going through each day in our own ways no one really knows what happens behind closed doors. No one really knows how someone else is feeling inside.

I know for me over a year ago the same was true for me. Many of my friends and family thought I was fairly "normal" if that's even something true. But what they didn't know is I was dying inside and hurting and making everything in my life so much harder than it should have been or needed to be.

I am writing this not because I want everyone to know my "problems" but because I have been that person that has judged someone for the things they were doing that I didn't think they should have been doing. We are all quick to judge. We judge our family and our closest friends. We judge our neighbors and our employees but many times we don't stop and pause. We don't stop and think about what they could be going through when they leave work, or go inside their own home. We don't know the battles they face daily or the stress they are put through.

Luke 6:37 says this:
Judge not, and you will not be judged;
Condemn not, and you will not be condemned;
Forgive and you will be forgiven.

You see, everyone judges others. It's nature! We do it when we don't even realize we are doing it. But by judging someone else, it makes me no better then you. Or the person sitting next to me at a ball game. Have you ever been judged? Have you ever felt how it feels to be looked down on?

I can tell you that I have judged. I have judged people, family and friends for doing the exact same things I have done in my life that I was so quickly to judge on. I have never been very biblical. I believe in God and I pray every night or driving in my car on the way to work, but I don't plaster my beliefs for everyone else to see. It's never really been my nature.

But I lost most of everything I had over a year ago. The decisions I made at the time were part of why I lost most everything, but much of that was from judgement against me and the decisions I had made. People didn't understand why I was doing what I was doing. But at the same time, I really didn't understand why I was doing those things either.

James 4:11-12
11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.[a] The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

There is only that should be judging and I am pretty sure last time I checked none of us on this earth are that person. Verse after verse talks about how judging someone else is wrong in the bible. So why do we choose to do it to the ones who are suppose to mean the most to us? I know I am guilty of it. I know the person I am and the beliefs I have are good, genuine beliefs. I was to do what is right in Gods eyes every day. Does this mean I will fail? Absolutely! 

I ask anyone who reads this to just do this. Next time your faced with a situation where you are judging someone else for the decisions they are making or the actions they are taking in their life that you don't agree with, remember you have done all of those same things to. Stop and think about just being a positive influence for that friend or family member. Pray for their guidance and wisdom to see what right and wrong. I guarantee that will mean more to them then any judging you may do. 

People need support when they are going through hard times. Supporting someone who you don't agree with is hard. It's testing. But leaving them and abandoning them is even harder. I lost almost all of my friends. Or maybe the people I thought were my friends. People judged me and are probably still judging me for the decisions I made a year ago. Just remember I am the one that has to own up to the decisions I made one day when I meet the great man upstairs. Not you! 

What have I learned through all of this? I will try not to judge others. I will try not to give up on those I care about when they are doing things I disagree with. Because I know they just simply need a few people in their corner to pull them out. And pray! Because, well that great big book of really difficult words is never ever incorrect! 

Friday, September 9, 2016

How To Rebuild after Divorce?

As I am trying to rebuild pretty much everything in my life I find myself have a hard time with a few things.  I am sure that many of you that have been through similar situations are struggling with something similar to myself.  Finding the correct answers are always a struggle to me.  Should I not be hard on my kids anymore because I went through a divorce?  Should I be harder on them so they do not make my same mistakes?  Why is it like a vacation at daddy's house but so strict at mommy's house or vise versa?  Why does my oldest child look at me sometimes like he hates me?  Am I hugging them enough and telling them I love them enough?  Do they understand I still love them as much as I did before the divorce?

I do not care who you are or what "type" of divorce you have been through, questions like this go through your head at some point in time.  For me, I lost everything.  I lost my husband, my home, my vehicles, my sense of stability.  But I also lost respect from my kids, friends and family.  Everything that was normal in my life was suddenly gone. Poof!

Its been over a year since the divorce and I still find myself distancing myself from friends that my ex husband and I had together.  Many of them I do not talk to anymore or very little.  I have found myself isolated and a lot of it was done by my own doing.  Many time I put up this big, brick wall and act like loosing my whole life doesn't matter to me.  "Its just a life." "I can always rebuild a new one with friends who love me no matter what."  The truth of the matter is, it hurts.  It hurts to see friends that I was so close with not interacting on my Facebook page with my posts, but liking my ex husbands posts.  It hurts to know I wont ever laugh with them again or talk with them about my kids or theirs.  Deep deep down its hard to know that the life I did love is gone, because I was selfish.

Its hard to know that you were once so important to others and now your nothing.  My kids grew up with their kids and they were best-est of friends.  My kids will ask me questions about why we do not see these people anymore.  They have even said "mommy does not talk to them anymore because she is mad at them." Or "We will never see them anymore because Mommy and Daddy got a divorce."

As a parent that will KILL you inside.  Its like a knife in my gut every time something like that is said.  You do not know how to respond to it.  You do not know how to make it better.  Sometimes I feel like I am trying my best and getting absolutely no where.

So how do you rebuild when you have lost everything?

I do not have the answers for that question.  I do however have what everyone tells me to do.

1. Rather you wanted the divorce or did not it still hurts.  Its still hard.  And you still lost someone you loved at some point in your life.  So Let Yourself Grieve.  The experts say it takes about half the time you were in the relationship to fully mourn the loss.  Let go bit by bit.

2. Keep A Journal. I am good about writing, but not always in the same place.  For this moment in my grieving process I would say this blog is the place for me.  That could always change and I am sure it will.  Writing out my emotions helps get them out.  If I did not write I would keep it all in till I exploded, seriously...... I would!

3.  Lean On Friends.  This one I struggle with because I am having to rebuild everything I once knew.  I can say that through my divorce I still have maybe 2 close friends.  That is a tough, tough pill to swallow.  I did not think very rational when I went through my divorce and this caused a lot of my friends to hit the road.  I try to think about this positively and say they were not really friends if they could not help me through my hard times and struggles.  But lets be real. Its still hard and hurts very badly.

4.  Seek Professional Support. Yea.... this is the toughest for me by far.  I do not like talking about my problems at all.  Period!  My ex husband begged me to go to a therapist and work through my emotions and feelings.  He wanted me to even if we did not work things out.  My parents begged me and even my current boyfriend has told me I still need to go.  I went for several weeks a few months ago and stopped because I thought I was good to go.  Recently I have decided to go back.  There are so many things you cannot work through yourself.  So please, listen and go! You cannot do this yourself.

5.  Reinvent Yourself.  Understanding your strengths and weaknesses is important.  I however, struggle with figuring out what those are because I feel so confused and lost sometimes.  I think subconsciously I know what they are, because they have been instilled in me since I was a kid.  But you loose a sense of self worth when going through a divorce.  Even if its for a moment.  I am still working on this one.  Its a work in progress.

6.  Make New Friends.  I have never been someone that has a hard time making new friends.  However, I feel myself holding onto the old friends because we were all so close.  This is not healthy and I know its not.  But its almost like you have to mourn the loss of these friends you have lost.  You have to make new friends that have the same interests as you.  For me I have 3 kiddos.  So I need friends that have kids and can do the same type of things as myself.  This is as well a work in progress for me.  But I am getting there.

7.  Start Dating Again.  I did start dating again which was a mistake so soon after I split with my husband.  Huge Mistake.  You have to have time to work through everything.  And lets be honest, I had not worked through everything and drug them through my shit (excuse my language) with me.  Its not fair to them or you.  Work on you! You cannot be the best person you can be in a relationship when you are torn down by the last.  Plus if you have kids, which I do, let them heal to.  This was a huge deal for them and I should have been much more focused on them and myself.  Just sayin!

8.  Get Smart With Your Finances. Yup.... for me this was a HUGE issue.  I had stayed at home with our 3 kiddos for the last nine years, so not only had I not had a job in nine years, I personally had not had to go out and make money for my family.  Huge shock! Huge!  During those years I had stayed at home with my kids I had gone back to school and received my bachelors degree so this did help me in looking for a job.  Once I got a job I struggled with it being just that.  A job.  What I wanted was a career.  I was 31 years of age and had no career.  I have to say I have worked very hard and I now would say I have a career that I am loving so far.  If you need help with budgeting, ask friends how they do it, or family.  There is someone out there who can show you how they make it work.  Stay on top of it.

9. Forgive Yourself Completely.  Your marriage did not work out for whatever reasons it may have been.  You made mistakes and so did he.  You cannot go back in time and change what is already done.  You have to forgive yourself of the hurt you have caused others.  You have to forgive yourself for the failure you feel inside.  I struggle more with this then anything in my life.  I do not forgive myself at this moment.  And it has been a true struggle inside to try and rap my brain around the things I have done.  Ask for forgiveness from who ever you feel like you need to.  Pray a lot.  Turn to God and understand that he forgives you too.

10.  Make a Bucket List.  I did not do this until I met my boyfriend I have now.  This is really cool and it gives you something to work towards and look forward to when there may be so much negativity in your life at the moment.  Try it out.  Here are some of my bucket list examples I have on mine.

  • Visit California
  • Squat 300 pounds (I went backwards on this)
  • Support myself
  • Buy a boat
  • Run in a Spartan Run
  • Visit Australia
  • Travel down Route 66
  • not live paycheck to paycheck
  • start college funds for kids
Some of these may look like goals, but these are some of the things on my bucket list.

Divorce Sucks! What I had pictured in my mind is no where close to how things are.  Nothing turned out the way I had hoped.  Even though things have not gone the way I had hoped for, I have to stay positive.  I have to keep going and I have to learn to forgive not only others but myself.  It does not happen over night or within a few months.  It takes a long time working through it and realizing you are a good person, you have a good heart and your values and beliefs are stronger than they ever have been.

Divorce sucks..... But you can get through this.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016



The "D" word is scary in itself.  I remember growing up it wasn't a word you said very often, if ever.  It was a scary word.  An un-known word.  This word was not something that I knew anything about.  I had friends who had gone through a divorce with their parents, but all I knew was they got two Christmas's out of the whole deal.  I am going to be pretty real in this post.  Only because I feel like a lot of people that are younger than me or that have not been through a divorce have a totally different outlook on divorce itself.  Knowing the true, real emotions of a divorce is something life changing, depressing, unknown to many, and something that can affect your whole world in an instant.

Talking about my personal life is never something I have done, even with friends or family.  I keep all of this pretty private and secret.  I may talk about a lot of other things but my personal life is not something I blast out there for the whole world to see and hear.

A little over a year ago my divorce was final to the man I was married to for almost 9 years and even to this day sitting here trying to type this, emotions come up that I thought were long gone.  On a daily basis I tell myself I will be fine.  I will and have moved on.  I will be strong once again soon.  I will forgive myself for the things I have done or did.  I will someday be able to look at my children again and know that I have their best interest at heart and someday I will be me.  The me everyone seemed to like.

But for now, I go through the motions.  For now I pretend like I am okay.  For now I try and do everything I can for my kids in the best way I know how to, because at the end of the day being a mommy is my most important job.

Divorce changes you.  It brings out the very very worst in someone.  Some days it seems to define who I am or what I feel like I have become.  Some days its hard to function still.  Sometimes I think about all of the things I could have done to change the outcome.  I even find myself wondering if this is really what God had in-store for me.  Maybe I wasn't talking enough to God to see all of the warning signs.  Maybe I should have prayed more, or given to the church more.  Divorce changes you, it tests your faith, it makes you feel like you have failed at everything you built.

Still to this day I talk to God and ask him why?  Is he testing my faith?  Is he wanting something that I am not giving him? Why would he want anyone to go through a divorce?  Why would he want innocent children to go through a divorce?  Why couldn't he help us?  Why couldn't he want us to work?  Why on earth would God, who loves for all of his children want me to go through the pain I have gone through and seem to still be going through daily?  This is not something that just fixes itself.  Its living changing.  You can pray every single day, but it seems to just drag you down like a terrible disease.  

You see when people are in a marriage, its tough for them to see what needs to happen or maybe what they need to do to make their marriage better.  Your living in that moment.  Sometimes the other person does not listen to you or maybe they do not put your needs up there where they should be.  But maybe you do not do those things for your spouse either.  Its so easy for us all to point the finger at someone else rather than ourselves.  Its so easy for us to not see how we are contributing negatively in a relationship because we are so overwhelmed with emotions and believe we are entitled.

If anyone thinks it gets easier after divorce.... untrue.  My daily struggle is real.  I live it every... single.... day!  No matter how much you have forgiven yourself for the wrong doing you may have done.  No matter how much you have healed from loosing your best friend but he is still very much living and breathing everyday.  No matter how much you pray and apologize to yourself, kids and family, you still let someone down you loved so much to have children together and build a life together.  You still feel guilty every single damn day for just simply giving up.

For myself, I find myself mad many days.  Mad that I let my children down mostly.  Mad that I did not try harder than I did.  For me I ripped my children's happiness away from them because maybe I was being selfish and only thinking of myself.  You see, being a good mom is doing what is best for your kids.  Its seeing their needs over anything else.  Its understanding that your job in this world is to give them everything you can.  Give them all of the tools they can to succeed in this life to the best of their ability.  Your job is to protect them and to be there for them when they hurt.  Your job is to show them how you love their father and how he loves you.  Its also for them to understand that life is not easy, but its not worth giving up on.

So why is divorce hard?  Because i did everything in that above paragraph wrong.  So why am I so mad?  I am mad that I let myself down.  I am mad that I let me kids down.  I am mad that maybe I just did not pray enough.  I am mad that I did not have enough faith in the one man I loved at one time.  I am mad because this is not how I saw my life.

The question is now.....!  How is someone who has been divorced, rebuild?  How do they move on?  How do they sort through their emotions and become a better person?  How do they help their kids understand they are sorry for putting them through all of this?  And how do you simply heal?

Today, I am trying.  I am just trying to be better than I was yesterday.  Today, I will do my best to just not be mad.          



Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My Happiest Happy Place

I always talk about how life does not seem to slow down or wait for you to figure out your next step.  You just seem to have to roll with what comes your way.  My parents are big at planning.  Figuring out their next move.  If something happens what are they going to do about it before it ever happens kinda people.  Even though this is how they function... I do not.  I cannot stress over things that are out of my control and I feel like I have for the most part always lived my life this way. 
Until now. 
Until the last seven months have been crazy and swirling out of control. 
This past weekend I took the kids to the lake.  It was Labor Day weekend and like most holidays growing up, the lake is where we were. 
I have gotten away from the lake this past summer.  But coming back and being at the lake and with my kids and family is the best place on earth. 
I mean look at this view.

Family has always been very important to me.  I come from a smaller extended family.  I have no blood related siblings. 
I do however have a cousin.  We have been close for s long as I can remember.  He is closer to me than any brother ever could be.  And he has 2 kiddos that I adore.  They have moved a few hours away from us now, but when I do get to see them I spend as much time as I can with those precious kids of theirs.  I love them with all of my heart.
This first picture is of their oldest Raylee and myself.  She calls me Aunt Lynn and it just makes my heart melt into a puddle.  She is a silly little girl.  

This is Gracie my daughter with Ramsey their youngest.  I am called the baby whisper because she is one tough little lady to get to sleep.  I guess after having 3 kiddos myself putting another baby to sleep seems to be a cinch.  

If its one thing that I have learned is this... There is something about being at the lake.  My kids feel it, I feel it.  And its not just any lake.... Its this lake.  Possum Kingdom is where I grew up.  Its where my kids have grown up.  Its where I hope their kids, kids grow up. 

For some reason, it does not matter what is going on in my life at the time when I am at the lake.  Its the one place that makes the most sense.  Its the one place that feels like home even if I haven't been there in months.  Just sitting there and looking out at the lake helps me remember just how lucky I am, even if at that moment I don't feel so lucky. 
I look at my kids and see how happy they are.  I see their innocence.  I see their smiles.  And in that moment I know that when I am at the lake with my friends, family and kids that this is my happiest happy place.  

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

How Do Kids See God?

God has been the talk in our house lately.  My kiddos recently went to Vacation Bible School at the church in our town.  They have asked a ton of very in depth questions about God and Jesus as well as the differences.

My oldest is very smart and    knowledgeable about the bible.  He knows more about the stories and the deep thoughts then I ever did at that age.  On Wednesday of last week, Troy my oldest said "mommy, I think I want to get saved."  And I was excited by this conversation.  I asked him of course why he wanted to make this decision for himself and he at first didn't really have a clear answer as to why. 

"Troy, you need to understand why you want to be saved before you make a decision like that," I   responded back.  He then said that its because he wants to accept Jesus into his heart. 

This was a much better answer than the first and it warmed my heart. 

I was in about the seventh grade when I decided to get saved, so him really understanding and being able to explain it to me at the ago of ten is awesome. 

The next day, he returned from Vacation Bible School and told me he made the decision to get saved today.  I was beyond excited for him. 

We then discussed being baptized some and I explained to him it was not something he had to run off and do right away.  Being baptized too is a huge decision and he needs to make sure he is ready for that when he decides. 

What warms my heart about this is God has always been in our home and our family.  My children have always attended mother's day out and pre-k at this church in our town.  They have always known that God is important and needs to be in our lives, but knowing that my oldest son who is only ten years of age understands Jesus and his word to the point he wants to accept him into his life fills my heart with Joy. 

There is still a ton they do not understand, especially the two youngest children.  But being a parent is tough.  There are a lot of decisions I have made lately that I have struggled with.  Now knowing that I have done something right in their lives is so very rewarding to as well as a reminder. Not only is having God in their lives so important, them understanding why its important themselves is one of the biggest accomplishments a parents can have. 

The two youngest ones will become more knowledgeable with time just like their big brother has.  But as for now, Wyatt will continue to pray for cheese burgers raining from the sky. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Life is Moving To Fast These Days

Sometimes life is funny.  Sometimes what you think is going to happen in your life suddenly takes a crazy turn of events.

It has been a while since I have posted on here.  Life gets in the way.  Its doesn't seem to slow up at all for anything.  We all seem to get caught up in life.  Maybe we don't slow down for the important things or maybe we miss the important things because we are just so caught up in the unimportant things.

If its one thing that I have learned in this life is that my kiddos are my life.  My kids teach me so much every single day on this earth.  They teach me how to be strong, courageous, loving, caring, funny and they prevent me from never giving up on life itself.

These three kids love me unconditionally because I am there mom.  I may mess up or make mistakes but they love me because I am special to them.  They each have such different personalities.  

Troy is strong and stubborn.  He is a lot like myself.  I see a lot of Troy in me.  He is strong willed and tough.  He is so very smart and doesn't ever want to give up.  He has come such a long way in school.  It has not been easy for him by any means but he gives it his all most of the time and pushes through.  If he keeps pushing through he will do great things in his life time when he gets older.  I always say how awesome he is at baseball.  Maybe I am biased, but when he is out there on that field its just so natural to him.  

Gracie is so very smart.  It just comes so easy to her.  School was never super easy to me like it is her.  She contemplates things at her age that I never dreamed of.  She loves her brothers with all of her heart and they mean the world to her.  She is athletic and strong.  She never gives up and she always pushes through.  I love watching everything she does.  It makes me proud to call her my daughter.  

Wyatt is something else.  I always give him a hard time about his attitude or the way he handles situations.  But lets be real here, he is my baby boy.  I was looking at videos of him the other day and he was just so sweat.  That smile of his would melt anyones heart and then some.  He is very loving and just wants to do everything correctly.  When he gets in trouble and I'm disappointed he is disappointed in himself.  He wants to be just like his older brother and looks up to him in every way possible.  

Monday, March 3, 2014

Ten Easter Crafts!

Easter is on its way and with Easter comes Spring.  I LOVE Spring, way better than winter.  

Easter is an exciting holiday in my family.  There are a ton of little ones and seeing them all dressed up is always fun.  

I have made a list of Easter crafts.  These are mixed with kid friendly crafts as well as fun things for those crafty moms to do.  

 This craft is super cute for all ages.  Its also easy and cheap which is a plus.  Head over to Spoonful to see the supply list and instructions. 

  This next craft is super cute as well.  Love how they use the window to see the different colors.  This is something you could do as a craft for a school party and decorate with it at home.  LOVE!  

Over at Better Homes and Gardens I found this idea for decoration and fun.  This idea has a simple craft list and one of those is water balloons.  Check out the how to now.  

This is so cheap and fun.  Plus you can always use the Easter eggs if you ever decide you want something different on your mantel.  Check out the tutorial over at Eclectically Vintage!

Painting Easter eggs are my favorite.  My kids love this to. I tend to like the bright colors so this idea is perfect.  Its really easy.  Head over to Spoonful to see the supply list.  

This idea is simple but cute.  You can put a string on the back and make it a little bunny basket to carry candy.  I found this idea over at Lushome and I just love it.  She has easy directions as well. 

Bunny Eggs-

These little bunny eggs are to cute.  Your little ones could do this instead of coloring the eggs.  Mix it up a little bit.  I found this idea over at Serenity Assisted Living.  Super cuter and fun.

I LOVE decorating now that we have moved into our house.  This garland idea is super cute and fun.  I just wish I could actually sew.  Check it out over at Nana Company.  She even has the templates for the cute little carrot, chick and Easter egg on the garland.  

Here is another different type of garland I thought was so cute and different.  All you need is some modge podge and water balloons and of course some yarn.  You can get the yarn in whatever colors you would like.  I found this over at Mod Podge Rocks.  

This next idea makes a fun activity for you kiddos but also is a fun decoration you can use around your house or as a center piece on your kitchen table.  I love this idea because the kids can help do these.  
I found this idea over at Inspired Parenting Tips.  Check it out for the full tutorial. 

I hope you enjoyed these fun Easter crafts.  Now I have the itch to make something.  Happy Easter!