What’s going on in your life?

    Maybe it’s lighthearted or serious. Maybe it has to do with sex and marriage, or nothing to do with it at all.  How are you keeping busy? Are you traveling? Are there life changes?  Any there any “wow” lessons the Lord is teaching you?

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      A difficult teen, 3 sets of company in July, and trying to have faith.

      A bright side is the company we have now are helping us with all sorts of work. Our yard is now in tip top shape.

      On the floor Answered on July 26, 2019.

      I don’t know if this applies to you, but when my oldest was making unwise choices and he would not listen to anyone talking to him, and just did what he wanted to do, justifying it along the way, my mom shared this, and it was a hope that I held onto then, and still do even in my own life.

      “The disciples were shut in and locked behind doors. They were letting no one in. Jesus can go through any locked door.”

      Our children may not let us in and will refuse to listen to direction and wisdom, but they can’t keep Jesus out. Know that He is at work.

      on July 27, 2019.

      Thanks, SC. I will hold onto that as well!

      on July 27, 2019.
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        Last Fall we found out my dad needed to do about a 6 month long round of chemo (leukemia, and this is round 3 or 4 over the last 20, almost 25 years). We were living in W TX, far from family in Idaho – gotta be where they’re drilling for oil if you work in the oil field. At the same time, we were struggling with life in the area, especially our teens. W TX is a crowded place during an oil boom, and school life is rough when schools are overcrowded, under funded, and lacking teachers. So, during Christmas break, we moved my DW and kids home to Idaho to be close to family and to get back to the small town life we’ve always loved. It was definitely in line with God’s plan for our family, as everything lined up so well and we have seen tremendous blessings ever since. The only problem is that I have not been able to leave TX. The separation is, as I keep telling people, not ideal. We work hard to communicate, take advantage of the digital tools we have to be a close knit family, and make it all work. I go home about once a month, for a weekend, then back to it.

        Queen bed Answered on July 26, 2019.

        Wow, that’s tough. Is there a chance you might get relocated in or closer to Idaho? Are you looking for a different kind of job?

        on July 26, 2019.

        I’m not not looking, if that makes sense. I have actually applied for a couple spots in our area. Actually, the optimal thing would be a rotational schedule, something like 2 weeks on/2 off, which we’ve been on before. We were under the impression, when we went ahead with the move, that my job was moving toward a rotation again. Let’s just say I’ll believe it when it happens. It’s rough, but the changes in my kids’ lives have made it totally worthwhile.

        on July 27, 2019.

        I am praying right now that the Lord will get that rotation in place for you, or open the door to what is best for you and your family.

        on July 27, 2019.
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          Thank you both for your prayers.
          We didn’t sleep last night, but we are still together.
          Marriage is the hardest thing sometimes even when both really love one another.

          I think we’re both wounded and raw right now, but we feel closer even though that sounds wrong.
          I think I’d give anything for this to never occur again. We’ve both caused damage.

          Thank you Dutchess, and thank you SeekingChange. For both your prayers and admonition.

          Double bed Answered on July 28, 2019.

          Marriage is hard.  I am learning, we can’t expect life (marriage) without conflict, but if we come out of the other side with greater intimacy, then we are heading in the right direction.  It sounds like you two are heading the right direction, even if you don’t realize it in the midst of the hurt and pain.

          on July 28, 2019.
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            We have been traveling (vacation), having a funeral and unexpected company, more traveling (family reunion), and making plans for more traveling in a few weeks (an anniversary trip, 25 yrs).

            We are expecting grandbaby #2. I have ‘end of the year, state requirements’ to finish up for our homeschool. Son #3 is going in for his first job interview at son #1’s work place this week. Son #2 has moved into full time work and training for management.

            In the midst of this, we get to be a support to my dil in her family drama (divorce, affairs, eviction, etc). Also, getting to deal with the fun ministry things like smoking marijuana outside the church and what kind of expectations around MJ use and serving. And people’s opinions of guns in church.

            We are also thinking our marriage therapy/counseling might be coming to an end, or at least to a place for a break.

            Under the stars Answered on July 26, 2019.

            My dil is cramping and spotting.

            on July 28, 2019.

            Oh no! How long does she have to go? Praying that the baby will arrive only in God’s perfect timing and not a moment sooner or later.

            on July 30, 2019.

            She wasn’t too far along, but she miscarried last night.

            on July 30, 2019.
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              I left the house for the first time Wednesday and we have resumed our Fun Fridays for our DD, where all her friends are invited over to hang for the evening. She’s begging for school supplies on Amazon since I’m not doing any store shopping right now, and I’m doing a LOT of hanging out online, particularly at TMB. 😀

              Under the stars Answered on July 26, 2019.

              Signs of healing are nice! I always appreciate your presence and what you share on here!

              on July 26, 2019.

              Thank you; that makes me feel good! I enjoy your wisdom as well!

              on July 27, 2019.
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                Some things are routine,  some things are new.  Have been traveling for work a lot lately,  but instead of the  hated hotel stays,  I now pull a 26 foot travel trailer so in some ways home travels with me.  My dog, Serenity, travels with me.  She is anything but serene,  but she helps me to be.  My son has been on the last few jobs with me,  and he has really started to find his self confidence and no nonsense dedication to difficult tasks.

                In the short term,  I am not driving home this weekend,  but my wife is driving up to stay a few days with me.  (The biggest benefit of my trailer is her willingness to come see me out of town).  We will be making a short road trip this weekend to Ft. Sill, OK.  My Maternal grandfather passed away before I was born,  and he is buried at the National Cemetery there.  I have never seen his grave.  Obviously,  I never knew the man, but I feel connected to him.  He Served in the Army in the Pacific theater during WWII.  My mother gave me his New Testament, which was given to him by an Army Chaplain when he accepted Christ in 1947.  I think it was the only thing she had of his.

                 

                Personally,  I am in the middle of a terribly technical job that has left me pretty much drained every day.  I won’t say I am in over my head,  but sometimes I wish my employers had just a little bit less confidence in me.

                Fell out of ... Answered on July 26, 2019.

                Sounds like a meaningful trip for you coming up! And there is a reason your boss has the confidence in you 🙂

                on July 26, 2019.
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                  Thanks to all who have shared so far.

                  Well, DW and I just found out we have an algae in the drain tile around our foundation that is causing a water leak in our basement. (It clogs the drain tile preventing the water from getting to the sump pump). The fix requires putting in a new drain ALL AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE BASEMENT, which requires us to remove ALL THE DRY WALL!! The cost  will be in the neighborhood of 25K!!!!!  I hate algae.

                  On a more serious note, we just moved by dad into assisted living, and my DW’s parents will also be moving into assisted living near us.

                  On a lighter note, I have been able to enjoy golfing once or twice a week. It is one of the best things for reducing the stress in my life (other than hanging out with DW). I have improved to the point where a sizable fraction of my shots actually look like real golf shots; now I just have to get the driver to work more consistently and I will be able to shoot reliably in the low 90’s, or better!

                   

                  Hammock Answered on July 27, 2019.

                  Ouch! I had never heard of such a thing,I guess I am too citified, but I leatned something new today!

                  Will the assisted living be something all appreciate and remove burdens from you all?

                  Congrats on your golf game! I have never played it in my life.

                  on July 27, 2019.

                  People with fish tanks get creatures called algae eaters to keep the tank clean. Maybe just get a couple dozen of those and turn ’em loose??? ;D

                  (I am sorry you are going through all that! Glad God has provided the golf for a stress relief.)

                  on July 27, 2019.

                  The assisted living has indeed relieved my concern for my dad. They appear to be taking very good care of him. The facility is close enough so we can see him whenever we want, and on the weekends we either have  him over to our house, or we take him somewhere for lunch. I am hoping he starts making friends with some of the other men there.

                  As for the algae, I am getting a second company to come in next week for a quote. I am hoping and praying that there is another way to attack this problem. I will post something if there is a better way. I was told that this is ‘the luck of the draw’ since this algae needs just the right soil type to flourish, and that is needs iron in order to grow. Hence, the algae looks red in appearance.

                  Even with this stress, I am ever thankful  for all the good things God has given me, especially the gift of my wife!

                  on July 28, 2019.

                  You have a great attitude!  We haven’t had to face the “what to do with aging parents” yet.  I also hope you find something that won’t be such a hit on your wallet.

                  on July 28, 2019.
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                    Currently enjoying second trimester of my first pregnancy WAY better than the first trimester, getting ready for baby boy with projects around the house/registry/researching/etc, trying to restore relationship with my dad, preparing for DH to make some big steps in his career over the next year, studying for a certification my work pays for while also preparing for me to quit after baby (dreaming of homeschooling!)… I guess we have a lot more going on than it seems just going day to day!

                    Queen bed Answered on July 27, 2019.

                    I always enjoy being pregnant. Congratulations on your pregnancy. Children are certainly a blessing! One suggestion from a veteran with homeschooling, check out a Lifestyle of Learning. It may save you a ton of stress, headache, and burden, for both you and your children 🙂

                    on July 27, 2019.

                    Thank you!

                    on July 27, 2019.
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                      It’s our 24th anniversary today and it SUCKS.
                      I bought him a special engraved piece and he ‘tried” to buy me a new wedding ring set……

                      We’ve been arguing and hashing this out for several hours now.

                      I think he’s packing his stuff and headed out the door.

                      Happy Anniversary to the Man have spent half of my life with.

                      Double bed Answered on July 27, 2019.

                      Urgent prayers for workerbee and her husband. Lord, put your hedge of protection around their relationship and protect it from rash decisions made in the heat of a high-stress fight on a pressurized day. There is so much pressure to make milestones “perfect” that it’s easy to feel like there is no value when anything goes wrong. Remind each one of the blessings you have showered on them over 24 years and the value of their marriage. Flood their hearts with love for you and for each other and bring restoration to their union! We know you can do this and trust you to care for workerbee and her DH!”

                       

                      on July 27, 2019.

                      That sounds somewhat similar to our 24th anniversary (last year). I agree, that sucks, and I am so sorry. {Hugs} May this “new” year only go up from here.

                      I am praying that Jesus manifests Himself to you in the real and intimate way you need….whether it’s your Prince of Peace, Comforter, Guide, your Rest, the Rock, your source of stability, Defender, Healer or the lover of your soul. Whatever it is you need to be reminded you are loved, you are not alone, you are wanted and desired, and you have great worth. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Love you sister.

                      on July 27, 2019.
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                        Busy as all get out as they say in my part of the world. Good stuff though. Family birthday celebrations, our wedding anniversary, a major work anniversary, church stuff, additional work responsibilities, home projects, helping my aging parents.

                        Fell out of ... Answered on July 28, 2019.

                        You do sound busy! “Busy” feels like my enemy. 🙂 Happy belated Anniversary!

                        on July 28, 2019.
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