Celebrating, Exhaustion, and Marriage?

Welcome to Searching for Moments! We are on the road one last weekend celebrating my father-in-law’s 70th birthday! What a special weekend it has been to see so many in the Schumaker clan! I love watching our kids make memories with their cousins. And Bryan enjoys his time reconnecting with the siblings he rarely gets to see anymore!

I’m blessed to have married into this family. It’s full of love, loyalty, and piles of laughter! Grandpa Bob has blessed countless with his gift of laughter and his willingness to love big. As his daughter-in-law, I’m blessed. As Mama, my heart gushes with thankfulness as I see my children take from his example what it means to laugh even in the tough times, love even when it’s difficult, and live a Godly life.

Grandpa Bob's 70th Birthday Celebrations. Love, laughter, and example. #MomentsofHope - Lori Schumaker

Are Your Exhausted?

The story I am sharing this week is one I need to read over and over (and over) again. Who here would describe themselves as exhausted? I can’t be the only one, right? In her post, Deb of Counting My Blessings, gives us 3 ways to do what we need to do when we are exhausted. Her 3 areas are spot on and I know that when I am consistently monitoring these areas, I do not find myself in that pit of exhaustion. There is one in there that I need to work on the most … who wants to guess? 🙂

Friends, if you are exhausted and you need encouragement, this is 5 minutes you need to take to read this! And while you are there, take a look around at the rest of Deb’s amazing site. I know you will find some great takeaways. Oh, and don’t forget to leave my sweet friend some comment love!

3 Ways to Do What You Have to When You Are Exhausted by Deb Wolf at Counting My Blessings

Building A Lasting Love Story

If marriage is an area in which you need encouragement, make sure to stop back by on Thursday for the second post in my 6-week series, Building a Lasting Love Story. In it, you will gain inside secrets, tools, ideas, and inspiration to loving your spouse well in each season of marriage. It will give you inspiration to keep going and the hope to know it is possible to build a lasting love story.

Building a Lasting Love Story - A 6-week series with the secrets to loving your spouse well in each season of marriage. Join guest writers as they share their secrets and truths from each stage of marriage. -Lori Schumaker - Searching for Moments

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  1. Lori- What great pictures!
    Deb always has such great insight! I visit there often.

    Have a great week!

  2. Oh Lori, your sweet words just blessed my socks off! 🙂 Thank you so much!! I’m glad you were able to spend a wonderful weekend with family. The pictures are great and show people who love to laugh and enjoy each other. Praising God for family time!! <3

    1. Thank you, Deb! Oh my goodness! It was your words that did the great big blessing, my friend!!!
      Big hugs,

    1. Thank you, Michele! I pray you had a wonderful day!

  3. Think you picked a great post to share, Lori!
    Deb’s post was excellent
    Safe travels today~

    1. Thanks, Mel! I loved her post so much! It spoke straight to my heart ♥

  4. What a blessing it is when we marry into a great family. I spent the day with my in-laws and was reminded once again how blessed I am to have such incredible family members to call my own. Thanks for sharing this, Lori.

  5. I love the pictures, Lori. It is a blessing to marry into a good family. No matter what others say, you DO marry the family. I’m thankful the Lord gave me a good family in law. Thanks for hosting the link up.

    1. I agree, Lori! I’m so thankful for both my family and the family I married into! I know I’m blessed, for sure!

  6. Lori, loved seeing the pictures of your sweet family. Happiest of birthdays to your dad-in-love! My mom is turning 70 next month, so we are working on the plans for the festivities in the next few weeks. I am trying to do better about taking pictures whenever we gather as family. I want to capture those moments.

    1. Happy early birthday to your Mom, Lyli! 70 is a big one! I’m so thankful we were able to travel to surprise him and share in the special day!!!

  7. I’m so glad you’ve gotten some time to be with your family, Lori. They’re such a lovely looking family to boot! And I love Deb’s wisdom. So glad you highlighted her blog today. Thanks so much for the linkup, my friend!

    1. Thanks so much for joining me this week, Beth! It was such wonderful family time! Deb is a treasure! I admire her greatly!!!

  8. Hi Lori!
    Shared the hope in Triumph Over Terror in the link-up for this week prior to 9/11. I’ll drop by to visit and share as I have posts appropriate to the theme from my devotional blog or my writing blog.

    1. Welcome, Kathryn! I look forward to getting to know you more!
      Blessings and smiles,