Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Strawberries and Sunshine

Sometimes blogging can be a very difficult thing to do. I find that particularly true when life isn't exactly going according to plan. Because life can be messy. It certainly isn't contained in five minutes worth of daily reading material. And as any blogger can tell you, you are darned if you do and darned if you don't share all of the details of your life.

On one hand, people will gossip about you, call you out, and roll their eyes if you get too personal with the bad stuff that's happening in your life. Many people are very supportive when you share your struggles and your true feelings and show your imperfections. Many other people think that it's distasteful. Darned if you do.

On the other hand, people will gossip about you, call you out, and roll their eyes if all you ever share is the good stuff. The safe stuff. All of the things that make it seem like you are trying to paint this perfect portrait of a fake life. The other half of your readers WANT to read about your occasional blunders and get bored when life is just too happy. Darned if you don't.

Personally, I try not to dwell on the negative...if you haven't guessed. :) Growing up in a church setting, I was taught not to glorify my mistakes, but to share them if they could help someone else or if it was something that I was working on or trying to overcome and wanted help with. I have to say that's it's proven to be great advice, and it has certainly saved me from regretting a few things later. (I might hold some kind of world record for un-published blog posts. There have been many times I've written a novel, slept on it, and then decided NOT to hit publish the next day.) That isn't to say I've never published something I have regretted later. Whoops. :)

So. All of that is to say that life is a little messy right now. I enjoy sharing all of the good things we experience, but there are parts of my life that are really sucktacular. I don't feel comfortable sharing the details here, because these things are beyond my own little family's scope, but I don't think it's always necessary to know all of the details to appreciate when someone is just going through something. We could really use your prayers right now. Specifically prayers for the right things to say at the right times...that we always keep our focus on God's will...and that he ultimately gets the glory from this situation.

I apologize for being so vague, and please know that we are all in good health and all of that. This is actually something we have been dealing with for a long, long time. It's not anything new. But for anyone who has ever thought that things must always be coming up roses for the Robert's...wrong-o. We get to deal with real life, too. We're in the trenches of it.

In spite of life's hardships, we manage to find sunshine through the clouds. Yesterday was a beautiful day filled with strawberry picking, water gun fights, and chocolate cake. Not bad for a Monday afternoon. :)

My mom loves to garden, and this year she has a lovely strawberry patch which is producing a TON of strawberries. A few have been ready to pick, so the girls took turns helping their grandma find a few gems so that we could sample the first little harvest of the season.

The vast majority are still tiny and green, so I foresee a lot more strawberry picking in our future.  No one is going to complain about that.

And the verdict was...that they were delicious! The strawberries have a wonderful flavor and are completely pesticide free, so you can't beat that. :)

After playing out in the sun for a while the kids decided that they needed to try out all of John's new water guns, and boy did they have a blast running around outside, shooting each other (and the adults!) and getting completely soaked. Oh, to be a kid again!

They especially enjoyed torturing my brother Justin. :)

Haha, completely drenched. Eventually we needed the kiddos to dry out, so we told them to water grandma's plants instead. They thought it was a great idea - score one for the parent team. 

It's nice to forget about your worries for a while and just laugh and play. :)

And make chocolate cake.

Because chocolate cake always makes it better. 

I suppose that now I have to make some sort of analogy to tie this all together. 

You know, sometimes life is like strawberries in the sunshine. A little sour...a little sweet. Okay, no. That's too cheesy even for me. :) Life is like a water gun?

Yeah, that. Life is like a water gun. For no reason. It just is. Feel free to interpret that any way you'd like - the Picasso of analogies. 

Haha. I am thankful for sunshine even on cloudy days. There is always a reason to smile...so I hope you find MANY reasons to smile today!


Heather said...

I never know what to say to people at times like these...so just think of this as a post I wrote, and give yourself the always optimistic advice that you would give me. Cause it always help :)

Hang in there!

Cassie said...

i enjoy what you write no matter what.
love the good days and the bad. the happy ones and the sad.

be you - that's all you can be.

i keep that in mind with my blog a lot. it's not always going to be perfect, but sometimes, just like you said i will write something and sleep on it, wake up, re-group and Take Two.

sometimes, you just need to Take Two.

hang in there!

Sara Simpson said...

Thinking and praying for you And your family. I agree with the sharing good and bad. I tend to only share the good but don't ever want to come off as too braggy. You are not alone there. Things will get better!

Sarah said...

The struggle is real. What to & not to share. Just always, always be yourself. I have something that I have wanted to vent about for quite awhile now.. But whenever there is another party involved.. I don't feel as if I have the right to make it a public affair.

Big hugs Roberts!! Love all five of you!!

Christine Pettijohn said...

Whatever you guys are dealing with you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Adrien said...

Thank you so much, girls! Love you all!


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