Not the Destination...

Marriage is a journey, not a destination...

At Least I Don't Smell Fish...

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Blessings often come in disguise, don’t they?  As we near Thanksgiving, I always get a little bit nostalgic and intentionally reflect upon my greatest blessings.  The gift of my husband, my children, my parents, my pain in the butt sister, my home, you know all the obvious blessings God has given to me.  However, blessings are not always so obvious…are they?

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"It's Gonna Be Ok!"

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“It’s Gonna Be Ok!”  While I was driving in my car yesterday, I heard these words on the radio.  About a week ago, after going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, I decided to change my radio station from country music to Christian music.  I realized that swearing had become commonplace in my life and I wondered if it was because of the music I was listening to.  Many of the songs on the radio had small swear words in them and I think my mind went numb to them. 

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October Is...

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October is a month that calls awareness to several causes, but two quite different causes touch my heart very profoundly.  Though these causes are not related for most people, they are for our family.  In October we call awareness to Down Syndrome, along with Pregnancy and Infant Loss.  Without one, we would not have the other.  Let me explain…

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Quarantine Life...Part II

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I know some places around the United States still have not been able to venture out of their quarantine life at this point, however, us here, in North Dakota, have somewhat gone back to a bit of regularity.  We are back at church, (socially distanced, of course), we can eat at restaurants, kids have started back at school with a few precautions, people are moving about with a bit more ease.  We are still taking precautions, wearing masks, and not getting too close to large groups of people, but life was starting to feel a little bit better.  Our family was feeling a little bit more at ease.

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Trust...It is the Truth

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In sticking with my theme of anxiety…I want to explore how trust, or lack there of trust, really affects my anxiety!  So, let us begin by looking at the definition of “trust”. 

                Trust: (noun) reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing.

In my walk of the Christian life, trust has also been something I have struggled with from time to time.  In fact, when I was 20, I directed a retreat and I got to choose my own theme for the weekend. In prayer, very quickly, the theme, “No Doubt”, came to me.  I choose a song for the weekend by a Christian band called Petra, also called, “No Doubt”.  (It is still one of my go to songs today when I am struggling!) My theme revolved around the story of Doubting Thomas and his doubt of the resurrected Jesus.   I had a beautiful banner made that had Jesus and Thomas embracing with the words: “My Lord and My God!” I have always thought Thomas got the raw end of the stick.  One time he expressed that he needed to see Jesus, and he was given the nickname of Doubting Thomas for the rest of eternity.  His words of “My Lord and My God!” have become a beautiful prayer that the Church still prays today.  Thomas had great faith in the Lord and in that weak moment of doubt I am sure he learned a lot. 

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Finding Joy in Unexpected Seasons . . . And a Saint Story!

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When my husband and I first got married there was surely an abundance of joy. Being married felt like the most exciting adventure that we could have embarked on and we were ready to jump straight in. We were immediately thrust into a time of transition that was marked by new jobs, a cross country move, and entering into life as full-time missionaries. It was a lot, but it was exciting. 

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NFP...IS...HARD!!! But...a gift?

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I remember very clearly sitting with my husband in my Pre-Marriage Seminar, listening to a beautiful couple give a testimony on the use of Natural Family Planning (NFP) in their marriage.  They had five children and a sixth due any day.  My then, soon to be husband, looked at me and said, very clearly, "I will NEVER consider using NFP until you show me a couple that has used NFP effectively and has three children or less." 

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