Time

We took some time this morning and watched the New Year’s Eve sermon from our church Calvary Chapel of Melbourne online www.calvaryccm.com and it was about Focus…it’s a new year and we should focus on the life we are leading for our kids, being a good role model for them and how our time is spent…you know the average person has 3 free hours a day and statistics say that only 15 minutes of those are spent with our kids! Wow…that is kind of depressing…how is that fully living and enjoying life? 

After hearing that, we both realized how truly blessed we are…we get to travel with our kids and get to spend that quality time  and have different experiences as a family, however I am missing my son Justin quite a bit…he is in Florida and juggling dual enrollment while working, quite a load for a 16 year old but challenges are what he enjoys so I will continue to be his cheerleader and help him achieve his goals. He is amazing and I am super proud of him! I do wish he was with us on this journey though. 
Focusing…

  • Live for today and not the past for that is gone
  • Be a person that you want your kids to be
  • Enjoy your time instead of letting it slip on by, cherish it
  • Forgive as it takes away time and joy from your life

I know easier said than done right…I accept the challenge, Do you? 

Thankful

Happy New Year!! Sitting here reflecting on this past year, the places we have been, the beauty we have seen, the blessings we have received and the ups and downs we have experienced. Sometimes it is hard to see the good in the bad and to be thankful for the hard times. I’ve come to realize that with every down time in life a blessing has come out of it, but in the moment you feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You sit and pray and give it to God to take care of but you still end up worrying and stressing about it even though it honestly does no good. I know I am guilty of that. I am thankful for those times, it has made me a stronger person and I feel grateful that God has always been there for me even when I did not feel like he was. I honestly feel like he has put us in certain places to be a light, I used to question why but have learned to just go with it, we are on God’s path.

At first, I questioned our path and why God chose us to experience this way of life. However it became clear that he made us uniquely for this mission…we were never really settled, we enjoy the gypsy way of life, the traveling, meeting new people, seeing different sights everyday and making people smile. It is all about the experiences and love of what you do and we get to do it together. What a Blessing! There are times when negative may come about, the weather, things breaking on our vehicle, attitudes/feelings…it’s life, it happens. We just try to laugh about it instead of letting it get to us, sometimes we are able to and sometimes we are not. One thing is for sure, we always get through it.

A poem I wrote…Addictions

I wrote this for the way the world is today, I have family and friends that have and still are addicts of some kind….#addictions #encouragement #Godiswithyou #wordsflowfreely #poetryforthesoul

I’m damaged, no good, washed up, alone. I’m sinking, drowning, buried in sin.

I lift the glass, love the taste, it takes a hold of me. Light it, smoke it, cloud your head.

The needle stings as it pierces my skin, the liquid inside burns as it courses through my veins.

I feel good for the moment, I’m high as a kite, makes all of my troubles disappear for the night.

I feel my choices by dawn’s early light, I need another fix, I can’t feel it’s too much.

I can’t escape my reality, I try and try with no prevail. I try to be good but again I fail.

My last resort is to sit and pray, please Lord come take me away.

I don’t like this life I lead, it would not make you proud. I feel shame, I feel lame, I’m troubled within.

I don’t want this torment of letting my addictions overcome me, I’m tired of being the junkie passed out on the floor.

Excuses of my life choices echo in my head, I can’t cope with the stress, I need to get high.

Where am I? I ask as I open my eyes, you are dreaming God says, as he’s carrying me, lifting me high.

You see I am with you wherever you are, you feel like a failure but child you are mine. 

We will get through this, you are stronger than you think, keep your head held high.

You feel alone, full of dispair, but I gave my life for your repair. Come here now child, I love you so.

I’m by your side through thick and thin, so when in doubt and troubles are near, breathe deep, release and know that I am there. 
Written by Lisa Marie 

First blog post

Happy New Year’s Eve peeps! I am currently sitting in a hotel room in Pennsylvania waiting to ring in this New Year with my amazing husband and my beautiful girls, it is snowy and a whole 7 degrees outside….BRRR! I know, what is this Florida girl doing in this kind of bone chilling climate right?? Well welcome to my Life out of a suitcase, we are blessed to be able to travel for work with The Billy Martin Cole All Star Circus, we currently do all the PR for the shows along with perform, I am a showgirl and my husband, Alex “Da Animal” Hilton is the drummer. I am looking forward to sharing our travels and experiences with you!