~Embracing the True Spirit of the Holidays: A Message of Love, Family, and Faith~
Hello Beautiful Souls,
As the holiday season envelops us in its warmth, I'm drawn to the cherished memories that define this time of year. It's not just about the decorations or the presents; it's about the timeless traditions that have shaped my life and continue to guide my journey.
Growing up in a bustling household of 13 kids with two incredible parents, the holidays were a symphony of laughter, chaos, and unbreakable bonds. However, amidst the joy, there are threads of challenges that have been woven into the tapestry of our family's story.
My mother, a beacon of strength and love, battles Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). Her illness, especially as she approaches her 80s, has become a poignant reminder of life's fragility. Witnessing her journey has taught me about resilience and the enduring power of love.
My father, at 80 years old, stands as a testament to his unwavering commitment and dedication. Their love story, spanning over five decades, is a testament to enduring love amidst trials. Despite the hardships and the toll of my mother's illness, their bond remains unshakable, serving as a guiding light for Tarl and me in our nearly four years together and our sights for eternity.
Their example, their sacrifice, and their profound love have been the foundation upon which our family was built. From raising nine biological children to embracing four of us through adoption, their love knows no boundaries. It's this essence of love and resilience that makes the holidays all the more precious.
Christmas, to me, isn't just about festive adornments or lavish gifts; it's a celebration of family, of enduring love that weathers life's storms. The memories etched in my heart are of moments spent together, amidst the backdrop of challenges and joys that define our journey.
The absence of children in our own lives doesn't diminish the depth of our gratitude for the present. We're embracing opportunities to grow personally, professionally, and as partners, building a foundation rooted in love and faith for the road ahead.
The belief in learning, growing, and being vessels of love is firmly rooted in our faith. While our beliefs may differ, the core remains—a commitment to spreading empathy, compassion, and kindness.
In navigating our own challenges and learning to express our emotions authentically, we've found solace in being open and vulnerable. It's in these moments that we've discovered the true essence of connection and the power of shared experiences.
To all the beautiful souls navigating their own journeys, know that amidst the chaos and uncertainty, there's a thread of hope and love weaving through it all. Each day offers an opportunity to create meaningful memories, to share your light, and to touch lives.
During the holidays. It's just him and I.
One day in the beautiful eternity to come we'll have children but in the meantime, we have our talents, creative projects, work, finishing a degree, and getting me a wonderful career that lies ahead. Holidays come at certain times of year but what we both realize is to make each day count. We all have different challenges and trials and I always love My husband Tarl, an INTJ, and I, an INFJ, navigate our unique paths, recognizing that vulnerability and expression don't always come easily. Yet, in our differences, we've found a harmony that defines our bond—an intertwining of strengths and weaknesses that complement each other.
Tarl often shares a perspective that resonates deeply—our challenges in life are akin to choosing from a 'tribulation buffet' before arriving on this Earth. It's a reminder that despite certain unfulfilled desires, life is still a gift to be celebrated and lived to its fullest.
We all can learn and grow, and we're blessed with opportunities in life. These opportunities allow us to strive to be the best versions of ourselves, in line with what we believe our Savior Jesus Christ would want us to be. It's not about what we have or don't have—it's about how we use our time and experiences to spread love. Love comes in many forms: empathy, compassion, teaching, learning, and sharing our talents and passions, whether it's through singing, writing, dancing, or any other skill that comes from the heart.
Being open and personal about our feelings is important. Understanding and accepting ourselves and others take time, but it's crucial for personal growth. It's about acknowledging our limits, truths, and passions. My husband, Tarl, and I have learned this, and it doesn't make us any less; it simply means accepting who we are. This acceptance has allowed us to live a fulfilling life together centered on Christ, accepting challenges constructively, and treasuring our life's journey together.
For me, helping and supporting others is a motivation that goes straight to my heart. I see it as a blessing, using my own experiences to bring love and empathy to others. Even in the darkest of days, I held onto memories that were dear to me, and I wish to share that light with others.
It's about nurturing the light within us and sharing it with the world, always holding onto hope and staying open to possibilities. Miracles do happen, but until then, it's up to us to do our best. We believe that our Heavenly Parents and Savior Jesus Christ understand our deepest desires. It's essential to believe in oneself and in the endless opportunities and paths that lie ahead. Never give up. Reach out to others, find that light within you, and take one step at a time, embracing each feeling and experience along the way.
Our faith anchors us in a belief in learning, growing, and being conduits of love and compassion. It's a faith that propels us forward, believing that with faith, doors open, and fears dissipate.
In navigating life's challenges, we've found solace in being vulnerable and open. It's through these moments that we've discovered the true essence of connection and the power of shared experiences.
To all the beautiful souls journeying alongside us, your presence and deepest wishes are acknowledged and valued. Despite life's complexities, there's a thread of hope and love that intertwines through it all.
As we approach the holiday season, let our hearts be filled with love, our spirits with joy, and our days with moments worth cherishing. From Tarl and me, our hearts overflow with love and prayers for each and every one of you.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and always remember: Keep shining and be inspired!
With love and warm wishes,
Jackie Inspires & Tarl Creates
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