Sheriff Sarah

Sheriff Sarah

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Quote of the Week: Blaise Pascal

I love a good quote so to help me post more regularly and (hopefully) to make you stop and ponder life at least once a week. This time, from one of the greatest minds to ever live. Pascal was brilliant and lived far too short of a life. Renowned as a mathematician, he was also a philosopher.

"As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all."

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Living a Dream When Your Life is Anything But...

A dear fellow liver mom and true warrior, Erika White, whose 5-year-old daughter, Emerson, is terminally ill maintains a blog detailing the ups and downs of her family's life as Emerson battles to live another day.

As I've contemplated my own New Year's goals and dreams, I read Erika's January 11 entry. It's pure magic. But don't let me spoil it. Read it for yourselves and disseminate it as widely as possible. THIS is what life is about, people. Life is precious and the days we have are numbered. Treasure them - really, treasure each single minute you have.

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year, New Challenges, New Decisions

Happy New Year to all my blog followers! I trust your Christmas was exceptional and full of joy, love & laughter. We enjoyed the closeness of family & watching our kids' eyes light up with each new gift they received. Despite the goldmine of gifts, I'm grateful my children know the true Reason for the season.

 Inexplicably, yet another year has passed. I'm beginning to believe my prayers back in my childhood (and especially during school!) for the days to pass quickly has been realized the older I get. Didn't we just have Christmas? Didn't we just celebrate all the kids' birthdays? Didn't I just turn (gulp) 44 years old? Coming to grips with the fact I can't stop the continual march of time is one of those issues I need to surrender to God in 2012. Seriously, it's sometimes very difficult to watch things change so much in a seemingly short stretch of time.

With a new year brings new challenges and not just letting go of my pointless battle with time. I'm nearly two months into a new job and that brings its own challenges & adjustments.

There's the challenge to keep Sarah healthy, as best we can. She's made it nearly six months in between clinic visits and we are grateful. She's battled colds and coughs throughout but nothing that's warranted additional labs or hospital visits.

How about the challenge of keeping up with three kids' homework and involvement at school? I was able to spend the first two months of the school year volunteering and sharing time with all three at school. A joyous time, to be sure. Now, the trick is to keep up with spelling tests, handwriting, science projects, book reports and everything else!

Or, the challenge of setting aside time for my marriage? We all know muscles atrophy over time if they are not utilized every day. Marriages can do the same. The challenge this year is to make the time (not find the time) to nurture my marriage every week, whatever form that takes.

And decisions? There will be plenty to make this year. Finally complete my degree or not? Take substantial writing courses to hone my craft and create publishable work? Visit Disneyland or put it off another year? Perhaps the last decision is one my children find very important but you catch my drift.

All of us have things awaiting us this year. What are the challenges or big decisions that face you this year?