Wednesday, September 23, 2009


ob•sta•cle : something that impedes progress or achievement

Every difficulty in life presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and to invoke our own submerged inner resources. The trials we endure can and should introduce us to our strengths.
--Epictetus, Greek Stoic philosopher (55AD–135AD)

My life has revolved around obstacles; small ones, and some not-so-small ones. Did some knock me down? Definitely! I am thankful I worship a God who doesn’t mind my questions; He is even patient with me when I get angry at Him. That in itself has been therapeutical.

Obstacles are a part of life. We have two choices when faced with obstacles – fall to their mercy or overcome them. I have chosen the latter. People who really do not know me only see me from the outside, they see the limp, the slowness and they see it as a limitation, a weakness. I’ve dealt with the judgments many times—did they hurt? Absolutely. I've felt hurt. I've gotten angry. I've felt insulted. I’ve wanted to react. But I know that if I had just reacted, I woud have let myself down. That is not me. That is not who I want to be and I realized it’s human nature to have the doubts that they had – I don’t blame them for those thoughts- not at all. So, thankfully, I've just let it go (after much venting with family and friends). They are just more obstacles. They are just more incidents of people not knowing what I am all about and not taking the time to know me. But they have made me stronger.

They don’t know the Myra who has never known what a day without pain feels like, who has never known what it was like to just go for a walk, who has never known what it feels like to run and jump with my baby girl, who has never known what it felt like to NOT deal with stares from people wondering ‘what is wrong with her?’, who has never known how it felt to answer the question from a curious 5 year old ‘what happened to your leg?’, who has never known what it felt like to just pick up her little girl and swing her around and just carry her without having to sit down to do it, and most importantly who has never known how to accept someone telling me I can’t do it (I have to find out for myself if I can or can’t). They don’t know the Myra who has “never known” any of the things listed above, but still gets up every morning to enjoy the things that she can do.

I can get up and go to my job, I can get up and hug my baby girl, I can get up and say I carried that baby for nine months – I did it. I can get up and live a life that is “normal” for me. I can say that I have the BEST family in the world. And I can absolutely, without a doubt, without hesitation say I am BLESSED. I, to this day, have not let an obstacle BEAT me, and nobody should ever think that I will EVER allow something or someone to impede my progress.

I leave you with the following chorus to a song that is very dear to me:

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

~Bring the Rain~


Monday, September 14, 2009

Anniversary Video...

I know some family wanted to watch it and my other method was not here it is. Jessica, my sister-in-law, put this together... she did an awesome job! Enjoy!


Mari & June ~ 40 Year Anniversary from Myra Hough on Vimeo.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

40 Years of Love and Forgiveness...


September 7, 2009 my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. It's been 40 years of great memories, some heartbreak, but most importantly 40 years of a lot of love and learning the value of forgiveness.

Last night, September 12, 2009 we celebrated with them and it was a beautiful evening. We enjoyed the night with family and close friends. Thank you all for sharing in the celebration with our family.

I can't even begin to describe my family, my parents. They are amazing. They taught me to never give up, to never say 'I can't'and the value of an education. Not to brag or anything, but in our family alone we have a combined- 12 degrees ;)... a lot of it is owed to the expectation that my parents set for us. We WERE getting a college education, no matter what! No excuses! I hope we can all pass that to our own children... and I am pretty confident that we are heading in the right direction with that.

It has not been a perfect 40 years, not by a long shot. But as a family and by the Grace of God we got through it, we survived. So, thank you mom and dad for EVERYTHING you have done for all of us and for EVERYTHING you still do for us. We could never, ever repay you for it all. Always know how much we appreciate it, how much we love you guys and how BLESSED we are to call you our parents. Happy Anniversary!



The music playing right now on the blog is a song my dad dedicated to my mom years back...enjoy!

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