It is Father's Day and I am blessed to have a wise and spiritual leader as the father in my family. This guy often gets "understands" things I don't get. This I will talk about later. But first I want to give him credit for helping me raise our three children. Imagine being single with two small children and wondering how you are going to provide a roof over their heads, stability and happiness when their home was yanked apart by that dirty 7 letter word, "divorce". So what if I'm happier, what about them? So after doing it on my own for about a year I meet their now step dad. I say to him, "How do you feel about starting your nest with two children already in it"? He doesn't only not mind, he embraces it and loves my kids as his own. And then we had our youngest son, who will always be branded, "the baby" Sure there were tumultuous days. Wow...does anyone really live a life without these? Which brings up the title of my blog, "Where is The White Picket Fence?" To some, this question may leaving you scratching your head. White picket fence, what the heck is she talking about? Oh its just this little idea I had from growing up of how families are suppose to be. Once upon a time, my spiritually wise hubby told me (let me paraphrase in my own words, cause I can't remember his, to be honest!) We should not look on the surface of our homes, whether families "look like" they are doing things right (who really is fooled into believing someone has a perfect home...seriously?) But what maters is the end result. Does it matter whether us, or our kids make mistake after mistake, if God is using that to get us to a better place spiritually? Isn't what is on the inside of one's heart (that we eventually learn to trust God and not in ourselves, prosperity, intelligence, fun or anything else) Isn't this what truly maters? So to my fellow strugglers, "Trust in the Lord and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." (my paraphrase from the Bible) so tear down those white picket fences and embrace that barbed wire because it may lead to a better ending. Happy Father's Day to all you dads doing the best you can!