Goal Obtained

Finally! A goal reached! What you may ask? College. That’s right, college! I am 56 years old (December). I started my career in the Navy. College was a minimal thought as well as a different career path when I was younger. Now, looking at what is ahead of me, now is the right time. My father had a desire to see all of his children obtain something that he could not: college degree. Being a wife, mother and even grandmother is very fulfilling. Being in business for myself as well as helping others is also very fulfilling. So, why college? Because now is the right time. Now is the time I have to accomplish a goal that earlier seemed unobtainable. But I can tell you that it is not and you are not too old!

So whatever it is that you think has been delayed, think again, it just might not be time for you. But there is a time coming….wait for it. You will know when it is right.

(I chose this picture because it depicts how most of us feel when we have accomplished a life long goal.)IMG_6576.JPG

Taking the first step

Well, I have taken the plunge. Yep, that is correct! I am walking! Nothing new there, I walk on a somewhat regular basis. However, I was presented with a walking opportunity in which I have asked others to join me. So now I am asking you. Can I tell you a story? Great!  About 6 years ago, my 5th grand child was being born. Every one is excited when that happens! What we didn’t realize was that he was early. Being early he had to go into NICU for help. That was a very new experience for me and my daughter in law and son. Needless to say 6 years later, Micah is doing well.

Back to the walking part… there is an organization that I didn’t know much about until about two weeks ago. March of Dimes. I started learning about this organization. They have a March for Babies on April 26. I will be there. That said I am raising $250 as my goal. Small to start with I realize, but I believe that I will receive that and more ~ with your help! I am learning that I am NOT an island. Asking for help is a humbling experience for me. Why, because like many people, people have let me down. However, that doesn’t stop me from reaching out to YOU. No amount is too small.

You can donate at: http://www.marchforbabies.org/cathemyers

I thank you in advance for your generosity. If you would like to be a part of my team, I would love to have you. You can sign up at the same link. For the moms and children of premies – we say thank you! IMG_0271

The Gift at Christmas

These are the gifts we have received this year.

These are the gifts we have received this year.

More gifts

More gifts

I love this time of year! There is this expectation that comes with celebrating Christmas. Whether you celebrate the birth of our Lord or looking to Santa to bring gifts, there is just something about this time of year that no matter what happened prior to this time, there is excitement in the air.

This year has been a whirlwind of decisions and emotions. There has been leaving and cleaving for our baby girl. There has been leaving friends and finding new friends. There has been a stretching in our hearts that only could have happened by all that we have gone through in this year. And at this season, we are being stretched more.

I have to admit that I didn’t want to write all of this out. It would mean that I would have to acknowledge my own sinfulness and desires for gifts. Like most people, I love gifts! I feel very special! I am special! However, this Christmas season, I am looking at gift giving from a different perspective.

I read an article where some parents had decided that their children would not be getting gifts under the tree because of their behavior. They wanted their children to understand the importance of obedience, of giving and the gratefulness of receiving. There have been pros and cons to this. But no matter the opinion of either, this is their choice because they are the parents.

Some would say that we made a mistake. Some would say that we missed God in timing with this move. However, if I am to look at things the way my heavenly Father looks at them, I would have to say that as my parent, He knows me pretty well.

There will not be many gifts under the tree this year, at least not the kind most people will get. I am being asked to have a different perspective. This year under our tree will be the gifts that have been given to us by our heavenly Father. The gifts that won’t spoil or be thrown out or re-gifted. The gifts under our tree will be those that last for a lifetime even eternity when salvation happens.

Through this year, we have been given many gifts. The gift of friendship. The gift of a new son-in-law. The gift of the mountains. The gift of love. The gift of family. The gift of surrender. The gift of joy in the midst of hard times. The gift of understanding oneself a little better. The gift of breakfast in bed. The gift of giving of ourselves. The gift of fireside chats and cookouts. The gift of friends sharing a meal.

Our gifts to others will be simple, yet heart felt. It will be packed with all the love in our hearts for them. And isn’t that what Christmas is really about – The love that was shown to us by a baby in a manger? That is still the greatest gift of all! No matter what happens in this world, His love will continue to fill my heart so that I can love others. Merry Christmas!

Year in Review

This has been a year! Most professionals say you should take a look at what you accomplished in the previous year and set goals for the next year. For our family it has been a whirl wind. Who would have thought that by the end of this year we would be living at the foot of the mountains in Virginia? Who would have thought that our baby girl would be married? Who would have thought that grand baby #8 would be in the “oven”? Who knew my husband would retire? Who knew we would have to be stretched in our faith? Who knew that we would have a new church family (that we love!)? Who knew we would go from one non-profit ministry to another? Who knew we would have to say goodbye to some famous people and not so famous people? Who knew we would have to face life head on and allow it to develop our character? Who knew? I for one wasn’t sure how this year would look in review. But pondering it, I could get tired, but it has given me hope and faith for the coming year.

Change doesn’t come easy to anyone. Especially when you feel as though you are in the pressure cooker of life. Boy, you realize what is really inside of you that “smells” like an onion! My husband is famous for quoting that line in Shrek that says “we have layers”! Boy do I! I never knew or would have known until this transforming journey I have been on. So with all the brokenness that has happened in our lives ~ here we are living a blessing in disguise – all I can say is I am looking forward to the new year.

Oh and if you haven’t guessed “who knew” – well God did and I am grateful He continues to love me to life! It is a wonderful journey!

Reflections for this season

Christmas tree? Could be!

Christmas tree? Could be!

Well, Thanksgiving has come and now is gone. Black Friday has come and now it is Cyber Monday. It amazes me how quickly the hype for the last two have evaporated with no thought to the Thanksgiving holiday – really! Expect for social media, not sure any company said Happy Thanksgiving! Now on to Christmas! Four weeks away, the hustle and bustle of the season. But what really is the hype about? Certainly not the real reason we celebrate. Very few take time to reflect the reason for the season. I am not knocking the giving of gifts. I am not knocking all of the preparations that goes on to get ready for this wonderful time of year! I guess since we have moved to the country with a slower pace of life and my husband’s retirement, I am looking at things a little differently. Most people have their tree up to just take down the day after or New Year’s day. There are parties to attend and people to catch up with. However, can I encourage you to take a moment and count your blessings. Truly look at your year from the prospective that all in all it has been a good year. Yep, not everything went your way. You may have had to face reports about health or family members that just “broad – sided” you. But even with all of that, it has been a great year. I am looking forward to finding that tree that will fill our living room. Watch my husband put up the colored lights (wonder how many it will be this year?)  I am looking forward to the smells that a fresh tree will bring! But I also want to remember that it is not about all of the gifts that will come my way or that I will be giving. I want to take the time to enjoy this season and reflect on all that this year has taught me. Looking forward to going into the new year with anticipation and joy!

My First Day

“Elisha, it’s time to get up.” Daddy said as he rubbed his back. Rolling over and rubbing his eyes, he peeked at his daddy. At once he knew it was the first day of school! He jumped out of bed!

After breakfast, Elisha brushed his teeth and combed his hair. Daddy and Mommy walked him to the bus stop. It was at the end of his driveway. Butterflies were in his tummy. Elisha gave his best brave face. He was in a family hug when the bus came for him. He took a big breath and as the doors opened, he got on the bus. He took his seat and waved to Daddy and Mommy as they waved back. This was his first day of school and he was going to have fun.