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January 21, 2012


Six doesn't feel like it at all!  On Facebook this morning I posted this about our 6Th wedding anniversary...
Marriage is like climbing Mt. Everest. It is sometimes hard as hell and you want to quit but someone who had gone before you told you how beautiful it is at the top so you keep going! Today Brian and I got to Base Camp number 6 and there is no one who I would rather climb to the top with!
It's completely true!   I can't see myself with any other man.  T

I heard the comparison of raising children to climbing Everest and since we don't have any kids ( sorry Princess and Chance) no two legged kids, I thought of it from an aspect I know.  Marriage...
From what I understand about Everest it isn't the nicest place all the time.  Actually probably MOST of the time.  Blowing harsh wind, sub-zero temps, feet and feet of snow n' ice (sounds like North Dakota!).  But so many people do this amazing thing- they let nothing stop them and they summit one of the tallest peeks in the world!  Men, Women, people with disabilities, people with chronic illnesses, black, white- whatever! They want the rush of being "on top of the world".  Brian and I both read a great book not that long ago called "Together On Top of the World".  Because I read this book from front to back and looked at the collection of pictures in the back I feel I have the right to tell you- you should read it too!  I couldn't put it down.  The couple in this book climb all 7 summits together!  They over come and over come while falling deeper and deeper in love with each other.
People who climb Everest most times are planing their next trip up that fabled mountain before they see the top.  The sights are breath taking and the pain and suffering are worth it in the end.  And that is why I compare marriage to climbing.  If given the opportunity to STOP and look around the sights are breath taking!  Sure, there are times where it is "hard as hell" and I want to give up!  Toss in the towel!  People get divorced all the time!  It would be easier if it was JUST my money, debt, laundry, dishes, blankets and remote!  But then who would I spend my money on with no husband? Who would I celebrate with when I write a check and pay off 2 of my consolidated student loans (just did that the other day only 2 more to go!) Who's wallet would I wash accidentally? Who would I cook for so I can have those dirty dishes and who would I eat with? Who would I cuddle with in bed at night? Who would I explain the plot of the movie to and remind him "that's the bad guy"?  If I tossed in the towel and quit half way through the climb I would have missed out on so much!  I am truly blessed to be with the man who has been there for me, fought for me, held me while I cried, laughed with me (and at me).  I am going to leave you with one of the bible readings from our wedding day...6 years ago today...

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.  Song of Solomon 8:6-7

January 8, 2012

2011: In The Rear View Mirror

2011- a year full of change and ups and downs and everything in between!
January 2011- HAPPY NEW YEAR! Got a kiss at midnight from my hubby! <3 Celebrated our 5th year of marriage!

February 2011- Preached my first sermon AND  was asked to do another :)

March 2011- My BABY sister became a teenager!  Happy Birthday ButtChin, Nicole.  My Grandma Lane celebrates another Birthday in her 80s.

April 2011- Brian's brother encourages him to head to North Dakota to work...I discourage him because it is "just too far".

May 2011- Lupus Awareness Month! Preach sermon #2 AND was asked to do another.

June 2011- Brian's 33rd birthday, My 28th birthday and my Little Sisters wedding day <3. Preached my 3rd and final sermon in Wisconsin.

July 2011- Announce in both churches and on Facebook that we are moving to North Dakota...This blog starts.  My Grandma Lane breaks her hip and has a successful surgery  July 21st Brian leaves for Williston North Dakota.  July 22nd the RV is packed and with help from family I am on my way to see Brian!

August 2011- Find a church who needed us as much as we needed them!  I was asked to preach and Brian to play.  Grandma Lane has another surgery on her hip...comes out OK in the end! Brian starts work in the Oil Field!  10 year class reunion, I am sorry I had to miss it.

September 2011- Grandma Lane gets the "OK" to leave the nursing home.  My dad is the BIG five-one! My in-laws bring my car to us! Brian finishes! Preaching again.

October 2011- Started my first North Dakota job. Grandma Lane is HOME! Met my new doctor, he has plans for me that don't involve Prednisone! We anticipate a cold winter and buy a 100lb LP tank for the RV. October 18th my fist date with Brian 8years ago!

November 2011- First snow of the year, just a dusting. Windows wrapped and skirting on the RV.  Went home for Turkey Day, surprised my family who didn't know we would be there...poor dad cried!  Visited Brian's family too.  The trip was sort lived but WORTH it! Start a new job after the fist doesn't work out.

December 2011- Brian helps train a new driver. Constant 40+* days with no snow.  Was asked to preach the first sermon of the new year. Christmas wasn't the same without family...and snow but Brian and I had a good time at church and got a ham dinner with the Pastor and his wife. New baby born in to the Ford Family.

Just remember......People will forget what U said, people will forget what U did, but people will never forget how U made them feel -Maya Angelou