Once Upon A Time.. Our Life as A Fairytale

Once upon a time, in a faraway land… just about anything could happen.  I could find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow or be the adored queen in a grand kingdom.  I could marry the perfect prince and raise the most well-behaved, loving children in all the world!  This is not a faraway land, however, and though it rains quite consistently here, I have yet to find a rainbow yielding a pot of gold!  While my heart’s prayer is that my friends and family do adore me, there is certainly no kingdom full of loyal subjects.  My prince, though wonderfully and completely mine, is no more perfect than I, and our offspring are a definite mix of all our imperfections.  This beautifully imperfect real life fairytale is OUR LIFE and our story for the telling.  Our life is a fairytale of its own making.  Most days are full of magical things like dress-up and race cars, the occasional boo-boo, and lots of snuggles and kisses.  The little people in my house are excellent at making messes and keeping the excitement going. Thankfully their queen is just as talented at cleaning up and calming the masses (or is that taming the messes?). We love our adventures together as a family, whether it’s a family vacation to Disney, a day out at the mall, or a pizza-and-a-movie night at home.  One will never find perfection under our roof, but there is more than enough love, action, and adventure to go around.  Living life to the fullest does not always have to mean grand adventures or daring stunts.  For us it simply means counting each day as the blessing it is and reveling in the togetherness, the grandness, we find in every single moment we have as a family.  We have survived our own pitfalls and slain a few dragons in our time.  Each day and the adventures it holds is just as important and valuable as the day before, or the day that follows.  My pot of gold is the treasure I have found in being a wife and mother.  As long as my family feels the same way about me, then we have lived well.  Our story is what we make it, and there will be a happy ending as long as we are together! Post by Mandy Roberson. Mandy is a mother of three, wife to her Hero, and she when she isn’t blogging at Pennies and Blessings, she is making hairbows, taking photos, reading Bible, and keeping busy with her adorable family and home. In her own words “God has entrusted me with many blessings and a bit fewer pennies, and I’m trying to do the best I can with both!” You can learn more about her in her post The Need and A New Direction.You can find Mandy at Twitter @PennyBlessings

This post is part of Blissdom Conference ticket giveaway.

  1. That was really great Mandy. My heart is with you and Jeremy and your lovely children. Being beset with trials on every side can make you who you are or it can break you. The hardships of this life can be used to an advantage if you are willing to allow them to make you tougher for possible tougher times that may be around the corner for the many. I fully expect it, therefore, I am willing to acccept it. Let God’s will be done and come Lord Jesus is my mind set.

    “Happiness is a state of mind, more than a location or a situation.” Truer words have not been spoken. Circumstances were seldom ever easy for Jesus (from his birth to his death), so who am I to expect anything better. I am thankful that my life has not had to approach any fraction of the hardship he endured, yet I have known the hardship of identifying with his cross work and taking a position “outside the camp” knowing the reproach that comes with that position. Today, I thank him for it. (I didn’t much like it or understand it early on, but today I can and do rejoice).

    My heart is with you on this and I apologize for not getting to it sooner. First days of a new year are tough with my work and I’ve enjoyed a number of adversities away work these first 20 days of 2010.

    I hope you win. Again, this was really good. You go girl! All the best.

  2. Mandy, I feel like I should be giving you a writing grade, and it definitely would be A+. I enjoyed reading your story. The simple things of life are the key to happiness. Our blessings go alot farther than our pennies. I am praying for you. Love Ya

  3. Mandy,
    I’m late responding to your guest post but hope that you are still able to read this. I really enjoyed reading this blog post. I love the fairytale style in which is written. I’ve enjoyed being your friend in true life but find that I look forward to your blogs as much as our phone calls or girls’ day out. Your openess with your faith, and love for people truly shines through all you do online and off. Hope that you are able to inspire others as you have me over the years since we met.


  4. Mandy,
    I love reading about what is going on in your life. I’m so glad we are friends! You have a gift from God and I enjoy watching you use it!

    Love ya!

  5. You are doing a great job with your blog, which is no surprise – you do great at anything you do. What a wonderful way to embrace the life God has blessed you with. Looking forward to reading more. Love from our gang to yours.

  6. Mandy – I love the enthusiasm with which you speak of your family and the way you keep a positive light on how crazy being the mother of three can be. I only have one, but I can imagine it is hectic. Anyway, I wish you luck with your blog contest and hope all goes well with your home business. Keep up the good work!!

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