I am a Sweetheart to One and a Mommy to Four Loveable Babes, one of which is smiling down on us from Heaven. I am learning to dance in the rain. Come with me on my journey as I make the most out of Life's mud puddles.

Put on your rain boots. Great adventure lies ahead.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sunrise, Sunset

Today was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Ever had one of those? While part of me wants to purge myself of the horrible details, another part of me doesn't want to waste the time and energy regurgitating the emotional and mental vomit of the day. It was seriously THAT bad.

Sufficeth to say, it was one for the record books. And yet one I hope I forget sooner rather than later.

That said, days like today are important. I'll tell you why. It is on days like today that I have the opportunity to reach deep. And I mean REEEEALLLY deep to find just how far my roots go. Am I who I proclaim to be? Or when the going gets tough is it just a little too rough? Sometimes the answers I find are comforting. And other times I find myself wanting. But isn't that the purpose of these experiences? I would like to think so.

So tonight I'm going to take a long, hot bath, curl up with a good book or movie, and let the evening pass away with my loved ones close by. Today was rough. There's no but's about it! And that is okay. Those minutes, hours and days will come. But tomorrow can be better if I allow to be so. And as the Sun sets and the darkness envelops the sky, so will the Sun rise and bring with it a renewed sense of Hope, Light and Promise.

I love that.

Tomorrow IS a new day. A new day. A chance to start afresh.

Good night, Sunset.

Good morning, Sunrise.

What took you so long?


  1. I wish I lived right next door so that I could barge in and snuggle you with loves and crazy funny jokes! Oh how I wish I lived right next door.
    I'm sorry today was an especially hard day. I'm so sorry.
    By the way, it's me, Jackie

  2. Hi Mandy! You are such a talented writer! Thanks to the beautiful Haley, one of my most favorite bloggy friends, I know a bit of the backstory about your lovely Bennett. I don't know you personally, but I want you to know I have been sending you prayers and love all the way from Alabama since I heard about the terrible heartache your family experienced. I am excited to follow along on your journey...you are a true inspiration to me and so many others! Keep up the amazing BLOGGING, girl! xo Ashley

  3. I am so sorry that today was so awful. I wish, I wish that some how you didn't have to have these dark days and wrenching moments. I pray there are legions of angels assisting you!
    I was going to send you an encouraging text today, you were on my mind of course, but I pushed off the thought as a hope not bug you. I should have listened and sent it, I'm sorry. Not that a text could have changed the day... but you are BELOVED. You are believed in! You are strong and beautiful and radiant! You are prayed for constantly.
    I pray in the dark nights when the sun is setting before the sunshine that you will find our Precious and Glorious Savior Abiding with you!

    Abide with me; 'tis eventide.
    The day is past and gone;
    The shadows of the evening fall;
    The night is coming on.
    Within my heart a welcome guest,
    Within my home abide.

    O Savior, stay this night with me;
    Behold, 'tis eventide.
    O Savior, stay this night with me;
    Behold, 'tis eventide.

    Abide with me; 'tis eventide.
    Thy walk today with me
    Has made my heart within me burn,
    As I communed with thee.
    Thy earnest words have filled my soul
    And kept me near thy side.


    Abide with me; 'tis eventide,
    And lone will be the night
    If I cannot commune with thee
    Nor find in thee my light.
    The darkness of the world, I fear,
    Would in my home abide.

    O Savior, stay this night with me;
    Behold, 'tis eventide.
    O Savior, stay this night with me;
    Behold, 'tis eventide.

    May His light encompass you! WIth Him may your family abide!

  4. I'm sorry you had "one of those days". So discouraging, but you my friend are a remarkable woman. You have no idea how excited I am about this new blog. You inspire me every day. Love and prayers sent your way.

    P.S. I heart your header more than you know.

  5. I saw painters at your house today, that could not have helped! I enjoy reading your posts!

  6. I love that you have a place to get your feelings out and that you can do so in a way that we can all benefit. I think of you often and remember to count my blessings and savor the important moments life offers.



  7. Dear Amanda, YOU are a ray of sunshine! We some pipes leak (two levels down...) and some serious disaster cleanup around here last night, but your great attitude puts things into such perspective for me!! Though my challenges seem nothing compared to yours right now, thanks for helping me make it through with your contagious optimism and your "hope in Christ!" Much love, Jenny Bullock

  8. im sorry you had a day that bad. Im sure you have had more than your fair share. we love you. we pray for you.

  9. I wish I could say that every day will be sunshine and joy . . . but walking the path of deep grief will produce some days that feel like you described . . . the best part is that there is a new day around the corner . . . the sunshine will return . . . joy will be felt once more. Even with the most amazing outlook and faith that you and your dear hubby have . . . . . you will still be tested and tried . . . you will be refined into PURE GOLD. I'm humbled and honored to share your incredible insights as you walk "the road less traveled." We love you.


Thank you for being a part of my journey. I appreciate your supportive and healing comments. Here's to a Promise of Sunshine!