Sunday, December 7, 2008

Random Joy

This post is going to have nothing to do with either my illness or divorce. You will not see those words again (well, at least for today).

There are great things happening in our lives right now. I want to celebrate those!! Ellie and her friends had a Christmas dance at school on Friday. So we had a houseful of 7th graders all getting ready together. Assembly line fashion doing each other's hair. What fun!! Thank you God for giving me a home where kids want to be. Thank you for giving me a daughter who still thinks I'm "ok" to be around.



Ellie is the one in the polka dots!


Another blessing in this family is how much my kids love each other. David and Ellie really do adore one another! They laugh together more than almost anyone I know. Rarely is there an argument. For that I am so grateful!!


As many of you know I also have a "bonus daughter". Don was married before and they had a beautiful daughter, P. He was not a part of her life for almost 17 years. Last Christmas she came to meet us and her brother & sister. This Christmas she will again be coming to spend a week with the kids and me. How cool is that? Isn't she the sweetest thing?



There is much for us to be grateful for! Jesus is alive and working in our lives. He is working out His will as we get out of the way. He is blessing the kids and me beyond anything I could have possibly ever imagined. Life can be tough. But for today I choose to focus on the joy. There is much joy. Get out there and look for it and then....praise The One who gives it!



22 comments:

Thy Word Is A Lamp Unto My Feet said...

What a beautiful bunch!

I'll join the crew too if I were living in MI (if they'd let me).

You are a great mom and it's good that kids want to be around you.

May the joy continue to linger around...

Myriam

UL Cards Fan said...

Right on sister!
JOYFUL,JOYFUL WE ADORE THEE
GOD OF GLORY LORD OF LOVE

Those girls know a cool mom when they see one. They all look so pretty and excited, just like teenagers should be. God has certainly blessed you with wonderful children. BUT what you might not so readily admit is that God has blessed your children as well by having you as their mother both pre and post illness. God's love radiates from you Sheryl.

Father God,
We are choosing JOY today, no matter our circumstances because we know that your perfect love for us is more than enough to meet our every need. Amen.

Love you, LINDA

Debra said...

The girls look just beautiful and the picture of your son and daughter shows their closeness!

Praise the Lord for your bonus daughter and that being a great relationship too! Happy Sunday to you!

Robin said...

It brings me joy to hear of your joy! (Especially hearing stories of teenagers that don't make me afraid...my oldest is 11!)

What wonderful blessings God has given you!

Robin

Pam said...

Amen sister... amen

Named Alicia said...

Amen! What a great focus to have! We are to be thankful in every circumstance. Thank you for being a living example of that!

And the girls are beautiful! I hope they had a great time!

Anonymous said...

That is so right about all to be thnak full, your blessed to have the kids come thre.All look so very specail, you have very pretty children. God bless vicky

Jill said...

Amen!!!!!

Amrita said...

Wonderful testimony of God 's goodness.Such a blessings these kids are.
May they always walk with the Lord and grow in Him. Iam sure this comforts your heart so much.
Its so good of you to open your home to your husband 's children, very few women would do that in this situation.

Your daughter is so beautiful.

Laura said...

What beautiful children and the love you have for them is like the love our father has for us.
To celebrate them is what we should do, thank you for reminding me of that.
Love ya

Laura

Kimberly said...

Sherly,

You are right, we have so many blessings that we take for granted every day! Thanks for reminding me to look for blessings instead of waiting until they hit me in the face.

Love ya much,
KB

Michelle said...

What lovely pictures!

Yes, there truly ARE blessings all around! It's so wonderful to hear about the great things going on in your life right now :)

Happy Monday to you, Sheryl!

{hugs}
~Michelle

P.S. Are you supposed to get all that snow they're calling for? They're forecasting 6-8" for us - yikes!!!

Jenn @ Casa de Castro said...

Gorgeous girls!! And that boy's cute, too. ;)

Such blessings. Thank you, Jesus, for these wonderful, happy, bright spots in Sheryl's life!

Courtney said...

Oh my gosh...would you just look at how beautiful your children are? And I think back to when I was in 7th grade....I just remember awkward and gangly...these girls are all beautiful and look much older than 7th graders!

My boys are going to be that old, soon, aren't they? I'm going to wake up one morning and Lane will be driving Ellis to high school. I am terrified of them growing up, but just like I wrote in my email this morning, I pray for God to help me let go...even if just a little.

How wonderful and what a complete blessing to have your children love and respect each other. Thank you for sharing your joy with us.

(Now get back to voting! ha!)

Courtney

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Wonderful post of praise and thanksgiving. I most definitely cheers our Father's heart to hear His children praise Him amidst the pain.

Very beautiful girls. I can see the family resemblance in your children and you.

I love how close David and Ellie are. Precious!!!!!

I love how you said and Ellie thinks I'm ok.
Love ya,
Paula

He Knows My Name said...

I'm so glad you posted this! Happy, Happy times!

hugs, janel

Debra said...

Sheryl,

I have an award posted for you on my blog. Come and get it! Blessings to you!

Courtney said...

You're flipping hilarious...thanks for your comment and the laugh. I'm so glad I have witty friends. :)

Shanita Waters said...

hi... this is my first time here. I love the pics and I am glad to see that you are still able to keep your joy. So many of us experience "changes" in life and dwell on them but you've chosen to record it all for His glory. May God bless you abundantly. I am looking forward to getting to know you and am praying that God will heal every area of your life.

Blessings!

Shanita Waters said...

hi... this is my first time here. I love the pics and I am glad to see that you are still able to keep your joy. So many of us experience "changes" in life and dwell on them but you've chosen to record it all for His glory. May God bless you abundantly. I am looking forward to getting to know you and am praying that God will heal every area of your life.

Blessings!

His Girl said...

your children are gorgeous. i get that's a superficial comment for such a great post, but that is what I have to say... gorgeous!

Just say Julie said...

Looks like a fun time at the dance! Your kids are gorgeous! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!