Monday, June 16, 2008

Life Is Beautiful

One of my favorite blogs to read each week is the Nesting Place. Nester is full of decorating ideas and is known for her window mistreatments. She often tells her readers, "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful."

This week Nester has asked her readers to share about their imperfectly beautiful lives, and this is my contribution. I invite you to step into my world by looking at these pictures to see my imperfect, but beautiful life.

Rachel and an English Springer Spaniel puppy

Anyone who knows me knows that my life isn't perfect. I struggle daily with a chronic illness that makes life quite challenging. In this picture I am outside with a 4 week old puppy, smiling, and enjoying life. What you don't see is that Will had to help me walk from the house to the yard because I was too weak to do it on my own. I was in pain, feeling faint, and was only able to spend about 20 minutes outside. I didn't feel well, but I was happy.

My life isn't perfect, but it is beautiful. I'm so thankful for the life God gave me, the family I have to help me, my husband who faithfully loves me and cares for me, and my son who makes me laugh every day! Life is beautiful because I have hope and joy in the midst of trials. Life is beautiful because I have Jesus as my Savior. Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10, NIV). Yes, He has given me a full life. I am blessed. Life is truly beautiful.


While we were visiting family in Minnesota recently, we had some wonderful afternoons outside. I was able to go out twice, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were even purple tulips that bloomed while we were there! Purple tulips are my favorite flower.

Will throwing football

William and an English Springer Spaniel running in the field

I loved sitting on the porch, watching William run in the field, and watching Will and his brother throw a football.  

William playing with a tricycle

William loved the cool tricycle.

three generations: Bill, Will, William

The Three Bears: Bill, Will, and William

William playing in the garden

Rachel and a puppy

William and a basket of English Springer Spaniel puppies

English Springer Spaniel Puppies!

William holding an English Springer Spaniel puppy

William, Rachel, and a puppy

It was hard to be outside, but it was fun. My life isn’t perfect, but it sure is beautiful!  

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