I guess everyone survived the big snow storm. I did not think it would ever stop snowing. My husband had to do snow removal. He left on that Friday morning, and he did not return until Sunday afternoon. He was one tired puppy when he got home. He made sure we were all taken care of before he left ... even the birds. During one of the days it was snowing, I had seen online where our local newspaper was asking for people to send in pictures of the snow. I did. I did not type anything or make any comments, but I sent in a few pictures I had snapped. One of them was of the birds out front in our yard feeding. My husband was very diligent to make sure they had food during this storm before he left. Lo and behold, they put the bird picture in our local paper. They gave me credit for sending it in and providing for the birds. I felt so guilty. It was my husband that deserved all of the credit. He did it all and I had nothing to do with it. I will remember this for next time ... the storm of next year and not anymore for this year!
My Mary Kay business is great and I am having so much fun. I have been sick this past week, however, and I have had to put it on the back burner. I also learned some valuable lessons over the past few weeks. People have no sense of commitment at all!!!! What ever happened to a man's word being his compass in life? What ever happened to the idea that you could take a man's word to the bank because it was that reliable? My dad used to pound this into our heads. He felt if your word was not worth anything, then it spoke volumes about your character. If this is the case, then how sad our world has become. I had 3 - 4 facials scheduled and everyone of them cancelled. I do not mean as in "they called and cancelled". I mean as in "they would not return my calls and blatantly lied to me". I was so discouraged ... not so much by the cancellations as much as I was by the lack of commitment. It has been a real eye opener for me. For a minuscule of a moment, it almost soured my disposition about my business, but then I realized this is just what the enemy would like. Being I have felt all along that God's hand was in this new venture in my life, to simply allow one bad week to turn me away from it ... well it would not fair well with God, I am sure. Life is not always peaches and cream. Life does not always go the way we envision it. Life is not always easy. Just because the road we are journeying on is one in which we feel God put us on, does not necessarily mean the travel will be always smooth. We have to have faith He has a reason for allowing the obstacles. We have to have faith in Him to carry us. And, always know He has a lesson in it all for us to learn and come away with. As soon as I regain some of my strength from being ill for the past week, I am going to jump back in the saddle and carry on. I love the Mary Kay products ... I believe in the products ... I love the business and how it is structured, and I love what I do. Meeting new people opens up a lot of different doors, and I know that I know God put me on this path for a reason or season. This alone is enough for me!
My husband and son are remodeling our kitchen. What a mess!!! They are redoing our kitchen cabinets ... sanding, painting, new knobs. The whole works! It is not being done in the house, of course, but the disorganization it is causing me is driving me nuts!!!! I keep telling myself it is well worth it because it is, and I am so appreciative of all they are doing. The finished product will be so nice. We have wanted to do this for sometime!
Our little baby ... Ms. Foxie Anne ... is not well. We think she hurt her back by jumping off the back of the sofa. She does it all the time, and now she is having difficulty maneuvering at all. She is a bit better this morning than she was yesterday, but it is so heart breaking to watch her move so slowly and cautiously. Normally she is wide open. I have been massaging her back and my hubby has been her doctor. She is on the road to recovery, but I am sure she would love your prayers.
My son got his learner's permit, and I am aging more daily. This has to be the worse and scariest part of raising a child. Putting them on today's roads with the crazies that are out there ... it simply terrifies me.
When he leaves out of the house to go drive, I have to pray and release it to God. I know that He loves my son more than me, and I have to trust Him to return him to me safely. I can remember when my daughter first learned to drive, and the first time she left our driveway on her own by herself. It terrified me. I can recall my ex-husband telling me to calm down and quit worrying. Yeah right! Does a mother ever quit worrying about her children? I do not think so! But, as with all stages of life, we will get through this too.
I am excited about next month because I have quite a lot going on. I am especially looking forward to my Mary Kay conference. It will be so nice to get away with other consultants and share in this fun with them. Then, I am scheduled to take a week off in March for which I have special plans. I need prayer for this venture so if you think about it ... when you are praying throw in a special one for me! I would greatly appreciate it.
My struggle with my addiction is going well. I am entering my second month addiction free. It is a daily struggle, but I have basically given it over to Him. He has carried me thus far, and I know He will continue to provide me the strength I need. I have to fight it daily and continually talk to myself. Of course the talking to myself is not hard to do at all ... I do it all the time at work. My co-workers laugh about it all the time. I hold the best conversations with myself! It gets me through. I am also relying on a daily devotional my sister bought me that goes along with the Daniel Fast. It is very encouraging. I read it daily and some times I read it several times throughout the day. I keep it with me no matter where I go. I would be lost without Him and His words of encouragement!
Well I must end and get ready for work. Just think ... someday I will be able to do this all the time! I know God is paving the way!