Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Memories

When I was 9 years old my family moved from Texas to Tennessee. I had heard that it snowed in Tennessee so I very excited about the possibility of a white Christmas even though my parents told me numerous times not to count on it.

My grandmother flew in from Texas to spend Christmas with us. Christmas Eve night I got up in the middle of the night and looked out the window to see if it had snowed. After about the fifth time getting up, my grandmother told me to get back in bed and forget about the snow.

Christmas morning we woke up to nine inches of snow. It was AWESOME!!!!! Santa had come and left presents under the tree, but we didn't care. My brother, sister and I spent the entire day outside sledding, having snowball fights and making snow angels.

When we sat down for dinner there were still unopened presents under the tree. The snow was the best Christmas present ever!!!

I'm hoping for a white Christmas this year! :)

What about you? What are your favorite Christmas memories?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tiger Woods and Marriage

I have been following with some interest the Tiger Woods saga. Interesting that there is probably just as much finger pointing at him as there is defending of him.

This whole thing has made me very thoughtful. The reality is all of us are very vulnerable to stumbling. If you think you have the world by the tail when it comes to your marriage or life in general - WATCH OUT! This world is filled with temptations. Just one choice in a weak moment could change your life forever.

This is why I think it is critically important for individuals and couples to surround themselves with people who will hold you accountable and help you make wise decisions. When you are an island unto yourself it is easy to convince yourself that "you'll just do it this one time" or that "nobody will ever find out." TRUTH always comes out sooner or later. And it usually doesn't just impact one person, there is often a very painful ripple affect that impacts many innocent people.

I heard an interview with attorney Laurie Puhn about this situation. I thought she said something worth repeating..."a man is as faithful as his character is strong." I think this is true for all of us.

I saw the beautiful picture of Tiger and his family. On the surface they look like they have it all. Underneath the surface I know these people are imperfect human beings who struggle just like the rest of us.

I am sad that Tiger did what he did. I am hopeful that with help the Woods can come out of this with a stronger marriage.

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