The 70's. (What was my mom thinking when she did my hair?)
I hope all of the mothers out there had a happy Mother's Day! I went to see my mom and took her out to lunch. She may have seemed like the strictest mom in the whole country, but she was the strength of our family and endured terrible circumstances for the sake of her children. My brothers and I are so blessed to call her mom.
Some of you know that my mother in law passed away suddenly right before Christmas. Even though my relationship with her was tentative at best, her death has affected me more than any other death, even my dad's. My husband and I are the trustees of her estate and as we sort through her huge amount of possessions and paperwork, I'm getting a depth of her that I never knew. I'm seeing such an unhappy person and it makes me sad. It's giving me a renewed sense that I need to get out there and really live my life to the fullest.
There's a concept in many Christian churches and gospel music that has always bothered me. It's the idea that I don't belong in this world and my home is really in heaven. That's so not true, and it can really mess a person up. The truth is that there are some things in this world that Christians shouldn't participate in... murder, rape... Need I go on? But God created this earth for people to live here. It's where we belong until we die. It's paralyzing to feel like you don't belong, and it keeps people from really living their life.
I was talking to a friend of mine about it this morning. She has always wanted to travel around Michigan and really see the state that she's lived in her whole life, but she's never even been to Mackinac Island. We decided that we're going to spend some time this summer visiting a lot of different places around our state. I'll take my camera and post pictures throughout the summer. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Enjoy it!
(If you're wondering what happened to my last post, I deleted it. I just didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings or have anyone think that I'm judging their Christianity. I'm not. I simply want God's best for everyone.)