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    Soul Speaking

    Soul Speaking

    Well friends, it has been way to long since my last blog post. How is it that time can seem to get away so quick? I have had several moments where I felt led to sit down and type but the time just hasn’t allowed for that. The list of excuses go from 2 year old, work, horse shows, and I could keep going but for now I am just going to be thankful for the opportunity of a spare minute to type out my thoughts. To recap from my last blog, I spoke of how music speaks to be! It allows me to relate in ways I am unsure how to communicate through. I am not always good at explaining myself or my feelings but a song can seem to sum up everything I feel. The song I was writing about in my last blog was People are Good by Luke Bryan. It just speaks to me. The words are so true and raw, and I love that. So let’s continue.

    “I believe you love who you love, ain’t nothing you should ever be afraid of”... Well this little sentence will turn into a completely different blog if I am not careful. Some people know and some don’t, but my sweet hubby and I are 19 years apart. It was a challenging beginning to our relationship, not because of anything either of us did, but the struggle came from people around us. Those circumstances were tough and tested our relationship from the very beginning, but I knew when we somehow survived those rough months, we would make it. During our early times together, we completely remodeled a small home together where I then moved 3 hours away from home. Having never been away from home or family before, this was tough. But after making that little house our home, being so far away wasn’t so bad anymore. We explored our new town and new home together. I will forever cherish those memories together. We grew so much during that time, and it will forever be one of my most favorite seasons of life. Let’s fast forward 5 years later, and we have since gotten to move back closer to family and welcome our sweet baby boy who isn’t so little anymore. He is a crazy (almost) 2-year-old that runs our lives. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. This is a pretty amazing season of life that I am getting to enjoy with my husband. He is so special to me and spoils me daily. I couldn’t want for anything more.

    “I believe this world ain’t half as bad as it looks, I believe most people are good” .. Isn’t is sad how a few sour apples can ruin it for the rest of us? It seems the news these days is filled with bad. The good rarely gets recognized because it is always over shadowed by the negative. It is so easy to get stuck in a pattern of hearing the bad and negative and you suddenly start feeling that way. I feel it is so important to look for the good. Especially in people. Life is tough and being that we are all sinners, most days we fall short and mostly we fall short of our own expectations. Each and every night I am given the opportunity to lay my head down for the night and reflect on my day. I try to think about all the positive blessings that occurred that day. And each night it seems that the good always seem to outweigh the bad. In doing this nightly ritual I have found to be a much happier human. I had to break that cycle that the media tends to portray to us, all the bad that is happening every day and find that I have so much more to be happy about. It might seem like a small thing, but I am sure that when you try it, you will find it will become one of your most favorite times of day.

    ‘I believe them streets of gold are worth the work, but I still want to go even if they are paved in dirt” I don’t know about you, but I don’t know what heaven looks like but I have my own thoughts on what I hope it’s like. So let’s break this down a little more. Those streets of gold are so worth the work. Every day is like a journey for me. And that end reward someday (hopefully later, rather than sooner 😉 ) is to make it to heaven. I mean and there has got to be a pearly gate, right? At least that is in my vision! One day Bryan and I were having a conversation about what we think heaven looks like. I was describing my version to him and it went a little something like this. To me there is nothing better than open fields, hay fields, crop fields, really just the good ole country side. And when I say country I mean no houses for miles. Just me and the open air. I want that. It’s what makes me happy. But in those fields in heaven, all I wish for is a Target. I mean it sounds so cliché to say but Target is my guilty pleasure. I could walk around it for hours, and if you ask Bryan, I do somedays. I always get a little smirk and eyeroll from him when I mention we should go. But I feel that those two very different things being my most favorite things, I get to have them in my vision for heaven. And I am not ashamed 😊     

    Friends, I cannot reiterate this enough. Find what makes you happy in life. I am getting to do a job that never ever seems like one. I get to have my sweet boy with me most days and spend almost every day with my sister. I am living the dream and you deserve that too. You do you. Until next time.

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6


    Music is good for my soul

    Music is good for my soul

    I always seem to have at least one million thoughts inside my head right up until the moment I start to type them out. But I’ll give this a go. I wanted to talk a little bit about how my brain works. Now I know that allowing others inside is a bit scary, especially for me because a lot goes on up there, but I felt like maybe others out there could feel the same way.  So I wanted to talk a little about music and specifically about how when I listen to songs that speak to me, I am able to do my deepest thinking.

    I think the reason I am able to think so well while other things are playing out around me is for one I have always been busy, but I have also always been a procrastinator. Knowing that about myself I have literally become an expert at throwing things together completely last minute. Now please know that I am not proud of that little trait I have seemed to develop, but it’s just me. And for right now, I am rolling with it. So back to my music. I have a lot of “favorite songs” and this is one of my most recent. It’s called “Most people are good” by Luke Bryan. There are some in life that bring people down and just down right do the wrong things every chance they get. But growing up where I’m from this song just seems to fit. I have tried to always give people the benefit of the doubt and I know that a few bad apples will always exist. But having a lot of faith in God and learning to find myself through him, this song truly resonates to me. So I wanted to break it down a bit and talk about how it is so fitting for my life, and maybe yours too.

    “I believe kids ought to stay kids as long as they can, turn off the screen go climb a tree and get dirt on their hands” –I mean that truly just speaks for itself. Growing up as a kid my only worry was what adventure Anna and I were going to go on the next day. I can assure you there were not many days that went by that an argument didn’t occur, but growing up with a sister that was 2.5 years older was truly the best thing. She had all the ideas and I was the dumb little sister that would do anything she told me. And that combination seemed to always work. And still does. We would go to our fort, have photo sessions, and I would listen to her sing karaoke a lot. But that brings up a whole new blog post for a different day. We spent hours riding our ponies, teaching them tricks and falling off. One summer we decided to “live” in our play house. We found a cooler, grabbed a gallon of milk and a box of cereal and felt like we could conquer the world. If I could go back and enjoy those years a little more, i defiantly would.

    “I believe we gotta forgive and make a amends, cause nobody gets a chance to make new old friends” I will be downright honest with this one. I struggle with forgiveness after someone that I truly respect has disappointed me. But let’s think about this. If the world was full of forgiving, God loving, faithful people, It’s scary to think what we could accomplish. This is a personally issue that I am currently working on and praying about daily. I would ask that you evaluate yourself as well. It’s truly refreshing for me to talk with God about the problems I am facing, because at the moment I stop feeling alone. And that for me is simply amazing.

    “I believe in working hard for what you got, even if it don’t add up to a hell of a lot” This brings me back to my days of growing up on a farm. Now I wouldn’t say that Anna and I had a ton of chores to do on the farm, but when something was broke, you pitched in to help. When hay was bailed, someone drove, someone stacked and the others helped throw it on the trailer. We weren’t asked, it was expected. Mom and dad didn’t get our horses ready for the shows. They had their own to ride. So if I wanted my horse to be ready, I better get my booty to the barn and ride. Growing up though, Anna and I always had everything we needed. We never lacked the essentials and mom and dad were good to spoil every once in a while. I never remember mom and dad talking much about money or letting us know if the budget was tight that month. We always seemed to get by, but I know that was because they busted their tails to make sure we had everything that was needed. I am not a materialistic person so having the latest and greatest isn’t something important to me. I think I got that from my mom and dad because they taught us that hard work would take you farther in life than anything, and for that, I am forever grateful.

    “I believe most people are good, and most momma’s otta qualify for sainthood.” I mean this whole momma thing could turn into its own blog. Being a mom is so many things. Somedays I find myself wondering how a tiny human could control and dictate your whole life and literally they do. My boy is the sweetest, cutest, (yes I know I am biased), and most ornery little boy ever. He loves hard and cries harder I think. I never fully understood moms until I became one, and I have a lot more respect for my own parents now that I am one. Keeping a tiny human alive and thriving is not always as simple as some might think. He is truly the best gift I have ever been given.

    I am only about half way through the song, but thought that was plenty for today. I encourage each and every one of you to think deep about your life. Find a song that speaks to you and break it down. Do you thrive on chaos or is that really not your thing? Whatever that is, you do you.  Until next time.

    ~She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25