I am a Texan, a Patriot of the Extraordinary USA, I am very stubborn which at times is a blessing as much as at times it can be a curse haha (my hubby & family can attest to my stubbornness), but that Lethal combination I guess you can say is a large basis of a vocally strong individual.
I am a Strong Woman.
That is one thing I have never doubted about myself. I am surrounded by strong women; my momma, my sisters, grandmas & strong people in general, always have been. Young women leaders, friends & people at church who with or without their knowledge, their strength gave me strength. I seek out strength. Those physically & spiritually strong have always grabbed my attention. Whether I saw their strength at times of normalcy, or when they were broken but carried strength possibly unseen by themselves, it was seen by me. Strength is probably one of the most admirable qualities because as unfortunate as it is, it is very uncommon. The reason being is that Strength is not bought or sold, it is earned & often in our meekness given as a gift. The Beauty with strength is that it can be found in weakness & at times of pure humbleness. At those times, strength comes in doses that build a foundation of strength that can pull you through anything. I say anything in that I, from recent experience have experienced things I never have before & some I have. I had to look at every aspect of my life even going back several years to gather up every bit of strength I could muster. When I thought it was impossible, I was Given added strength from a loving Heavenly Father & Savior. Its sometimes the hardest trips to our own Gethsemane that we are presented with that strength as an added gift & reminder of love from our supreme creators. I am fully aware & believe & more so Know that all that I have & hope to be in my individual life & as a patriot of this nation that I am privileged to call home, would not be possible without our supreme creators. My life, my country, & my family was & will be founded upon by strong, God fearing individuals. I have Big dreams & many many goals but I still at the ripe young age of 25 don’t know what the heck I want to do with my life. However, being eternally grateful for past & current examples in my life, I have Always known the Woman I want to be.
With recent trials I was reminded of & reflected on conversations I had with my pops throughout my life. I often wondered why I had to go through all I had & was going through at the time. But, being a father of three girls (which must have been terrifying for a man, & father) he always knew what to say. He is Not a strong woman but he is a Strong man, physically & spiritually & raised 4 strong children & 3 strong daughters who grew to be strong women. Below is a quote that sums up what he taught & my recorded reflections of those conversations.
If you ever wonder why bad things happen to good people.
It’s because God knows they’re capable of handling it.
My dad was a great example of this, anytime I was struggling or going through something my dad would come have a talk with me & explain that what I was going through was unique to me, & that as big & strong as he is, if he were faced with the same struggle he may not be strong enough to handle it as I am.
My dad is a big guy, (from one of my favorite stories of my moms) He has arms that could bend rail road tracks. Having several of these talks with my dad it always put in comparison & a little shock that someone so big & strong wouldn’t be able to handle what I was going through. But more than that, aside from the many things that those talks taught me, one in particular was a lesson in strength. Not so much of the physical aspect, but being spiritually strong.
If you know me & what I have gone through in my young life, strength is something I desperately needed on a daily basis & now being grown I still cherish those talks & when “bad things” happen, I just whip out my spiritual rail road track bending strength because I’m capable of handling whatever trials life has for me, just like my dad.
After all I am little sam.
I was in Home Goods one day, they had just put out all of their Halloween & fall/Thanksgiving stuff. While walking around looking at all the pretty things, I came near the candles & sconces, I am a sucker for yummy smelling things!! I proceeded to smell & gush over anything vanilla & lots of others that made me gag & then on the bottom I saw several black canisters, I was hesitant to smell them because there were some that were packaged kind of similar to where it reminded me of the horrific scent of said candles.
BUT!! I HAD to it said Lumberjack, & By golly you bet your tukas it was meant to be holy hannah I LOVE this candle!! I tried to Google some info on these candles & supposedly Neiman Marcus used to sell them? Don’t quote me on that, that’s what Google said. But aside from eBay I have not had luck finding these anywhere!! Until one day I was checking out at Marshall’s & they have all of those racks that tempt you with things you don’t even need or to keep you entertained while you wait in the line with everyone in the store who decided that when you check out is the best time to check out, & I spotted it!! That same black canister, I turned it around & it said… Lumberjack!!
I did a happy dance inside. If I ever come across more I am for sure going to snatch em. Have you tried these candles or let alone heard of them? I hope they are still around somewhere & not gone forever that would be so sad. I also have the suit & tie candle & that one smells just as yummy!! You know how good your Honey Bun looks in a suit? Yeah if you could put that into a scent, that is what the Suit & tie one smells like, sexy man 😉 They are definitely more masculine scented but in a strange amazingly good way. If anyone knows more info on these Please tell me!! I will bake you cookies & let you snuggle Diesel!!
One of the Most Influential Women in my life.
In their journey in serving our Savior Jesus Christ, Brother & Sister Riddle blessed the Texas McAllen Mission & the Corpus Christi 2nd ward in particular with their sweet spirits in 2004
Sister Riddle- Confirmed & magnified my knowledge, love & testimony of missionary work.
Sister Riddle- you Never know what she is going to say… Like when we were taking family pictures at my sisters reception & she was asked to join & she was so excited looking around at us all & spotted my bearded husband & said “OH You, You’re Cute!” we all burst into laughter. OR when she predicts the man you’ll marry on the second day we had spent together in person.
Sister Riddle- who when you see whether every day, or after many years, she is just as excited to see you.
Sister Riddle- her love & hugs, expressions of happiness & gratitude when she sees you can make you feel loved for a lifetime.
Sister Riddle- She Always Cries. BUT that has to be one of my favorite things about her because she is the happiest person I know, & they are Always tears of love, support, happiness, & excitement.
Sister Riddle- She is one of the most Beautiful People I have ever met, Physically & Spiritually.
Sister Riddle- her attitude, her actions, her expressions, her spirit, is pure in Christ.
Sister Riddle- when I think of Christ like love, I think Sister Riddle. How she loves & expresses it, is exactly how I can clearly see & imagine how our Savior would show His love & embrace us.
Sister Riddle- like our Savior & Heavenly Father, I cannot fathom how one person can contain so much Love, but then I think, Sister Riddle.
Sister Riddle- You are the type of Woman all Women should aspire to be, & who I hope I can one day become like.
Thank You, Sister Riddle
♡ Samantha Harris