I’ve written once or twice before on the topic of ‘perspective’. I think it’s because it plays such a crucial role in our lives right now. Without it we could SO EASILY wallow in all that makes life difficult for us.
- Jared’s losing his vision to RP
- Therefore he can’t drive any more
- He was recently laid off
- We can’t afford a housekeeper
Okay the last one is just a joke (sort of). Pretty heavy…scary and wow a whole bunch of other words that conjure up negative emotions. It’s easy to drown in it all. But when we step back, take a deep breath and look again we realize how every heartache and challenge has a purpose. So let’s try again:
- I am convinced without a doubt that as Jared loses his vision God is making it clearer what a real man is, and Jared is becoming that man
- Being laid off is never a good feeling. Finding a job when you can’t drive sucks too. But we decided this was the kick in the proverbial butt that we needed to change our life, follow our dream and start a company so he could work from home.
- Starting a business is hard. Even harder is working from home with 3 young children (we like to call it ‘Crazytown’). But let’s be honest, the perks are AWESOME. For example, last Thursday the natives in this house were restless. Jared suggested a picnic at the zoo and voila – best lunch break ever.
Chasing Daddy around and then time for our picnic!
Heeeeeere hippo hippo!
What’s the zoo without a little treat?
Oh and look…we found Luke’s hair twin!
I know without a doubt that our challenges are not just ‘bad luck’. That in fact it’s how God brings us to the point where we have to choose to either sit in self-pity or find the courage to finally achieve our dreams.
What are your challenges and how has changing your perspective helped you?
Love your perspective Jennifer, and I love the pic of Jared running for his life. Challenges are just that, obstacles to be overcome or merged into our current existence. Sounds like you guys are making the absolute most of life while dealing with everything that life can throw at you.
I think about Jared most every day and truly pray his vision is restored. Even if it’s not, you’re right about one thing, he’s a great man.
Thank you so much Frank. Jared and I have the utmost admiration for you so your feedback is so valuable.
So inspired by how you guys handle everything…..love you both.
Thank you sis – love you too
I found this book to be a really good scorue of info both as student and now as a working optometrist. It has good, concise descriptions and the 2-page layout per condition is excellent. The photos are really good for explaining diseases to patients in-office. Easy to look up what you need due to the A-Z scale on the side. This is a book you will actually use in your career. Highly recommended!!
“Perspective”—One thing’s for certain; that is, you both have it. You are both truly an inspiration. Interesting Sidebar: If you look closely, you’ll see that you can’t spell the word “Perspective” without the word “Per
fect”…of course, minus the letter “F”. But that’s quite fitting, isn’t it? That is, as long as you maintain “Perspective,” you can/will never “F“ail. Keep Up Your Courage! Sending lots of Love, Prayers, and Respect your way.
Ha! I love that Michael, good point. Thank you so much as always for your kind words!
Wow. So true. Perspective is everything. I’ve had a difficult year and found I had two choices – wallow in self pity and depression or know that my losses have made me realize how blessed I am. Life will go on, and you can choose to let it happen to you, or you can choose to make it happen. Good luck with your challanges!
Christina I’m so sorry to hear it’s been a hard year. Depression has certainly got the best of me more than once. In hindsight though the times that were the most painful are often what led me to the most blessings. I hope this is true for you now. Thank you for your comment!
I just absolutely love that you are blogging more, every post is great, but this one especially. Your gratitude is exactly why you and Jared have such a wonderful life. What a blessing for you and your 3 sweet littles. I admire and adore you!!
Thank you Robin! The feeling is totally mutual my friend. Wait until you see Friday’s post…there just might be a *wink* your way 🙂
Just catching up on your wonderful blog. As I am always obsessed with gluten, I did a random search and found this which you may have already found, but I thought I would share just in case. p.s. you are so darn crafty (as in arts and crafts) and good at it! take care!
Leslie thank you for sharing this!! What a cool article…here’s hoping 🙂
I just love your pictures and posts of your little man. What a gorgeous little boy,