Monday, April 13, 2015

If You Knew Me Then

If you were to meet me right now in this fabulous time in my life you would assume many things about me.

And you would be wrong. 

Right now you might think I'm in shape. What you wouldn't know is that I gained 70 pounds while pregnant with my son and have now worked my fanny (quite literally) off to lose 50 pounds and I still have more weight to lose!

Right now you might think I have a nice, new smart phone. What you wouldn't know is that The Big Dawg and I lived years without smart phones and only recently purchased them when he got his job.

Right now you might think I'm super active. What you wouldn't know is that I live with a chronic illness, rheumatoid arthritis, and by moving I stay loose, if I don't, I get stiff. It's a painful invisible disease that makes me take multiple naps throughout the week, but I'm in remission after suffering with it for 7 years.

Right now you might think my husband has a great job. What you wouldn't know is that we lived apart while he went to school at UGA and we both (again) worked our fannies off to be where we are right here, right now.

Right now you might think I only work part time and never worked a "real" job. What you wouldn't know is that while my husband was in school I worked full time, cleaned houses, substitute taught, and took money for any job somebody would offer me. We were able to graduate with very little student loans because of the hard work we both put into those 4 years.

Right now you might think I'm the mother of a beautiful son. What you wouldn't know is that we struggled for 3 years to have him, suffered a miscarriage, paid thousands of dollars in tests, drove hundreds of miles around Georgia, and dealt with rude comments from others about "why" we don't have kids YET.

I know you know me right now you might think many things about my life, who I am, and what I've been through... but you would be wrong. And that's ok! It's about loving and accepting each other in the good times in our lives and the bad.

A close friend of mine once told me life is like a wheel. Some of us are at the top of the wheel while our friends are being dragged through the mud. We are supposed to support and help them because pretty soon the wheel turns and we will be the ones dragged through the mud.

How can we judge a little less and love a little more? Today is my grateful heart post and I have to tell y'all I'm so grateful, SO DARN GRATEFUL for the trials and experiences the Lord brought into my life. Because of Him and because of my experiences I know how to be compassionate, how to truly be in the moment with someone, and how to sincerely give of myself.

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

What are some things people might assume about you... 
if only they knew the real you?

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