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A Place Called Vertigo

by Sherry on November 26, 2012

in College Life,Faith

Have you ever experienced Vertigo? It is like a non-stop ticket on the tea cup ride. When I was a kid the tea cup was my favorite ride, as an adult, the vertigo tea cup ride could certainly go away.

I get vertigo at times when I’m stressed, the weather changes, or I’m tired. The past couple of weeks I could answer yes to all the reasons. I am blessed with two kids who try to help me out around the house and even type for me so I can blog, do my homework, etc.

The one blessing in all this spinning is that I’ve been able to have my kids in the kitchen and try to teach them to cook. I’ve done this many times before but usually wind up taking over- yes, I’m a little controlling in the kitchen. Right now though, I have no other choice but give directions and let them go for it. It gives me a new perspective for the week about my kids as I see them work away. They have really grown into their person with different thoughts, personalities, etc. from mine. My daughter is meticulous in all she does, she has great faith when it seems life is lost, and loves through her service to others. My son is pensive, quiet, and tries for accuracy but at times is not. He is determined to help, loves the Lord, and has a tender heart for his family, friends, and animals.

This week I’m thankful to God for both Emily and Dale. I’m thankful that God gave them strong, capable minds, attitudes, and beliefs. I pray in the coming years that God strengthens them in their faith but also in their ability to serve, love, and strive for their dreams.

Thanks for being a blessing to me by being a part of my extended family in blogland.

May God bless and keep you and bring His peace to your hearts-

Sherry

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Sherry

Something to Belive In

by Sherry on November 26, 2012

in College Life,Faith

Maybe I truly am a child of the 1980′s but when I started thinking about what I was thankful for I started to hum Poison’s song, Something to Believe In. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why that came to my mind but I looked up the song lyrics and could see clearly why. The song speaks of an inner discontent that the writer has for family, friends, and those never truly met that seem to have been lost or forgotten.

The lyrics- “Sometimes I wish to God I didn’t know now
The things I didn’t know then
Road you gotta take me home “
seem to really sound out to me. Why? I’m a little older than the typical Fontbonne student, I’m in my 40′s. There are many things in life that have thrown me off course as far as family, friends, and my education. This lyric speaks to me because I do truly wish at times that I was a first time student in college with all my hopes and dreams ready to come true. Instead, I have a new perspective and life experiences that at 18 I didn’t have. I’ve suffered the loss of my dad a week before my wedding, been graced with two children and a husband, been estranged from my mom I loved dearly only to reconnect with her last year when she was diagnosed with brain cancer. My younger self didn’t have any of these life experiences and was carefree, wow, to go back.

Then, I happened to think that if I went back I wouldn’t have the joys of having my two children and knowing what a blessing it can be to be a mom. By being a mom, I gained selflessness and compassion beyond merit for another. Those are two of my biggest blessings that I’ve got in my spirit the ability to act without thinking of myself and showing compassion and care not only to my kids but to others.

I also wouldn’t know the hurt the loving someone and having them leave your life either through death or on their own. When I take time to have perspective each of those have led me to me to being a stronger and more capable person. When I was younger without this experiences I was constantly relying on my dad or husband to bail me out, to be my knight in shining armor. Through my life experiences I’ve become more capable than I ever thought.

Lastly, is the relationship with my mom. When I was younger my dad told me the sun rose and set on me when it came to my mom. I can never remember a time when she didn’t love or support me. I wish that I still had those feelings when it came to my mom. But she chose to disconnect from me for over six years which is time that is lost. She chose to not see my kids growing up or talk with me which breaks my heart. This Thanksgiving though, I am thankful to God, that He gave me a loving mom as a child and into early adulthood. I can even see a blessing in that she has brain cancer. What? I am able to re-connect with her and see can be a part of my life again. The relationship is not perfect and our time I fear at times is limited but I’m thankful for the cancer because it has brought me back to her.

The song ends in these lines -
“You take the high road
And I’ll take the low road
Sometime I wish I didn’t know now
The things I didn’t know then
And give me something to believe in”. This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for a new perspective that comes from age and experience. I’m thankful that I’ve got a firm foundation in Christ most of all that helps, encourages, and gives me something to believe in daily.

May you all find something to believe in through Christ this holiday season.

Blessings- Sherry

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This year got really nasty with comments and jabs at each side of the Presidential debate and that was just on my Facebook among various friends. This year the politics of politics took its toll on my mind and spirit. I consider myself liberal in my views and found myself being called out on several occasions by friends. The weird thing to me about this is that although I am liberal in my political views I don’t tend to tell many people about them nor talk about politics with others.

I’m content to know where I stand on various issues. Because of this I don’t feel the need to tell everyone how I feel, persuade them to feel what I do, or try to change them. I guess I’m happy to live in a country where so many views can be held and or expressed. I am thankful to the men and women who have served our country in the military to protect this right. If anything I am thankful to be friends with various people with differing opinions from my own. There is something to be said in learning from others is how I’ve always felt.

This leads me to a story about election day. I had lunch with a very conservative friend of mine that chose to talk to me about politics. I told her that she knew that I was liberal and where I stand but I am thankful that we live in the US where we both can have such differing views and be friends. She backed off and agreed she was thankful that we were friends and that no matter what our political view she was glad she knew me. Wouldn’t this be a great thought for our leaders of our country, state, and towns to have?

I know that I’m praying for our current leaders and will continue to do so in the next year as some change and others stay the same. In reality, our leader, is not a man or a woman but God and through Him all things happen. I would much rather pray that God be a part of our country and how our leaders handle things than spend time debating with one another over fine details. I pray that you will join me in the coming weeks in praying for our leaders that they be graced with God presence and work for God’s glory. Together, I pray our country takes a stand not against one another but to pray for God’s almighty presence and will to be done in our country.

Blessings on your week-

Sherry

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The thing that surprises me daily about college life that I never anticipated is two-fold. The first part would be that I am a non-traditional student. I went to college the first go around as an 18-year-old freshman and then left my junior year. I started back to college within the Pathways program which was a long awaited answer to prayer.

The second part of my expectation was that I would be considered too old and wouldn’t be able to focus because I would have to juggle my job, family, and school. I have found the professors, my advisers, and the Fontbonne community to be full of support. I have to say that I never think of myself as an outsider based on my age, personal struggles, or goals. Fontbonne has shown me that I have family beyond the boundaries of miles or being face to face with instructors and staff. Fontbonne has given me a sense of belonging and community.

Blessings on your week- Sherry

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Creativity Ladder

by Sherry October 29, 2012

In my spare time,  since I was little, I have loved being creative and art. My grandma sewed and crafted and taught me to sew and do a variety of crafty things in the summers when I would spend two weeks each year at their farm. In elementary school I won free art lessons at [...]

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Picture Perfect Family

by Sherry October 19, 2012

My favorite photo memory from Fontbonne is a little more challenging since I’m a Pathways student up in Kansas City. The one thing that my family does each year since I entered the program is go down to Fontbonne for Christmas Around The Campus. It is truly a bonding 5 hour drive for the kiddos [...]

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Pinterest and Prayer

by Sherry October 11, 2012

One of the best parts of being a Fontbonne student for me as a Pathways student is that I get to make my own schedule and study hours because my classes are all online. I know this gives me the ability to work, volunteer, and be a mom to my two kiddos. It also gives [...]

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Repeat

by Sherry October 3, 2012

Many times in life don’t you get that feeling of deja vu or that you are literally living, Ground Hogs Day, the movie over again but in your own life? I know from working with students in classes that many times they repeat behaviors or do assignments not to their capabilities for days on end. [...]

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Fur-Ever Home

by Sherry September 24, 2012

I got e-mail messages about “pet-a-pup day” on campus. I also saw some adorable pics of various students with the dogs. From the pictures I saw online, it looked like the dogs came from a local shelter in the area. I have a particular fondness for the plight of shelter dogs since some of my [...]

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Stress Test

by Sherry September 13, 2012

I’m currently a Pathways student, who is majoring in Special Education. If you’ve read my blogs before, you know my story but here is a little about me. I went to college when I was 18 at NWMSU and majored in English and then switched my major to Elementary Education with an emphasis in English [...]

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