Enduring All Things: February 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Airplanes

This week, for Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for...

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This weekend, Pearson and I are flying to Memphis to go to 2 wedding showers for our good friends. Thanks to airplanes and my grandpa being a retired Delta pilot, we are going to fly into Memphis Saturday Morning and fly home Sunday night. It will be a short, inexpensive trip and it makes being there for Ashley and Taylor possible. I am so grateful for that!
I am very excited first of all because I get to see my best friend for the first time since my wedding. Second of all because I haven't been able to be there for her very much since she got engaged so I finally get to be a part of it. And lastly because I haven't stayed overnight with a bunch of girls since I graduated from Harding over a year ago. I am so excited!
So this week I am very thankful for airplanes and other means of transportation that make our life today so easy. And I am thankful for my grandpa who did his time at Delta and now his family reaps the benefits. Thanks, Pepaw, for letting us use your retired pilot privileges!

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Mrs. Charlene Maugeri
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thankful Thursday: My Job

This week for Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for...

My Job
I work for M3 Accounting Services which makes accounting software for hotels. I work in the QA department testing the software.

I really do love my job. This week I was put on a new exciting project that I hadn't worked on before. This made me think about my job and how blessed I am.

I am blessed first of all to have a job. I know so many people who are out of work. I got this job right out of college with connections through the Church and I am so blessed to have it. I was able to save a lot of money while living with my parents while Pearson was still at Harding and now that we are married we live comfortably with no financial worries. I am so thankful for this because I know what worries and problems money (or the lack there of) can cause.

I am blessed to be surrounded in this job by good people. The president (along with a few other employees) goes to church with my parents. Everyone I work with is so nice, smart and positive.

I am so blessed that the company wanted to keep me when we moved to Ohio. This meant that I didn't have to find a new job while trying to get married and move across the country. I didn't have to start fresh with new faces at work while having new faces everywhere else. And as an added bonus, I get to work from home. I am spoiled. I never have to go out in the snow if I don't want to and I can work in my pajamas. And best of all, this meant that the company thought I was valuable enough to go through the hassle of my working from hundreds of miles away.

I am very thankful for all the blessings that having a job brings, and am especially thankful that job is with M3.

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Love, a very blessed, Mrs. Charlene Maugeri
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Husband

Since it is Valentine's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to try to express, on this Thankful Thursday, how thankful I am for...

My Husband

Alright, time to brag... :-D

I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband who loves me no matter what. When I am moody. When I am upset. When I feel whimsical. When I am being difficult or impossible. When I am late. When I am determined. When I am angry. He loves me always. I cannot express how thankful I am for that.

I am so blessed that God gave me such a Godly man. Pearson loves God more than he loves me (which is good). He seeks every day to serve Our Lord. He is a spiritual leader in our relationship. He makes church, reading the Bible, and praying a priority.

I am so blessed to have a supportive husband. He takes all my crazy ideas and aspirations in stride. He never puts me or my thoughts down no matter how ridiculous they are. He is always on my side.

I am so blessed to have a brilliant yet humble husband. He is so smart. He is in school for a PhD in Biophysics! But he doesn't think he is that smart. He just thinks this is normal. Or he at least thinks he is at the same level as other people in his position, but he can talk circles around them about this science stuff.

I am so blessed to have a passionate husband. He loves what he does and he doesn't do anything halfheartedly. That is so attractive to me. He pours his heart and soul into everything from science, to our relationship.

I am so blessed to have a husband  who truly cares about me. He is always asking how my day was or if I slept well. He asks these things because he really wants to know. He also is always wanting to do things for me because he is such a gentleman. He is so thoughtful.

I am so blessed to have an appreciative husband. He tells me often that he loves our home and how I have set it up. He compliments my cooking (even when it isn't very good). He thanks me for working hard every day while he is in school.

I am so blessed to have a husband who loves his family. Especially his brothers and sister. This tells me how great of a father he will be some day. He also loves my family like his own. This makes me fall in love with him all over again.

Sorry if this post was too sappy for you, but I can't help it. Sometimes you just have to brag, you know?

I wish everyone a happy Valentine's Day whether you spend it with a significant other or with people who love you in other ways. And remember to always be thankful for the people you do have in your life.

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Mrs. Charlene Maugeri
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thankful Thursday: My Health

So I think I scared some people with the title of my last post, earlier this week. Sorry if that was you. Some people thought either Pearson or I might have had cancer. We do not. So I thought it would be appropriate to share for this week's Thankful Thursday that I am thankful for...

My Health (and My Husband's)
I am healthy. I mean really. At this moment in time, I have nothing wrong with my health. Not only is there nothing wrong with my health, but I am doing things to be more healthy and stay that way for the first time in my life. Sure when I was younger, I played sports, but that was for other reasons. I didn't spend time every day conditioning or practicing to stay in shape, it was to get better at the game. But now, Pearson and I have started eating better and we are both trying to work out a little every day. Anyway, I digress.

I am so very thankful to be healthy in a way that I cannot control. We both have been blessed with healthy bodies and the ability to exercise. There are so many people who, for whatever reason, are glued to a bed or at least in a wheelchair. Or who have to be fed through a straw and cannot do anything by him or herself. Some of these things are direct results from their actions (smoking, bad eating habits, being stupid teenagers and causing accidents) but some, like cancer, seem to just happen. I am thankful nothing like that has just happened to me or my husband. Or any of my close friends and family for that matter. Well, not recently anyway.

In short, I have four working limbs, healthy insides, and a brain (and some motivation) to know how to keep them that way as much as is in my power. And I thank God for all of these things.

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Love, a very healthy, Mrs. Charlene Maugeri
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Monday, February 4, 2013


It seems like everywhere I turn, I hear another cancer story. Everyone I know either has cancer, or has a relative or friend suffering from it or had a loved one with it in the past. It is bringing me down. Cancer stinks. It's times like this that I try to remind myself that God is in control but it is hard. You think, why would God allow someone so young to be taken from this life? Or why was someone with that wonderful attitude swept away from the earth where he or she could continue to do so much good work for the Kingdom? Or for what reason did God see that these children don't need a mother anymore? Or a father? Or sister, brother, grandfather, grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend? What have the people left behind done to deserve this?

But I know we are not punished on earth by God for our actions. Illnesses and disabilities are not direct effects of our sins.

When Jesus passed a blind man outside of the temple, His disciples asked Him if it was the man or his parents who sinned and caused him to be born blind... "Jesus answered, 'It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.'" John 9:3a

You see, the man was blind because God had a plan to use his disability to help bring others to follow Christ. One of the stories of cancer that I recently heard is of a man who was in remission but his cancer came back recently. He contacted his brother and asked him to come and talk about Salvation and the hope we have in Jesus! It is possible that in this situation, God is using the cancer to bring the affected man to come to know Him.

There are a few situations where we can see God at work but there are many more others through which we, as mere humans, cannot see God at all. But we know He is there. We know He has a plan.

God doesn't give us all the answers because he wants us to wonder. He wants us to want to know more. If we knew everything God did and why he did it, wouldn't we lose interest? Proverbs 25:2 says "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings." God made us as humans to want to search for reasons.

So while it is frustrating to not know why God does something, or allows something to happen, I am willing to bet that the alternative would be worse. This is where faith comes in. If we have faith that God has a plan and he knows what he is doing, we will be comforted in a way that nobody and nothing else can do.

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Mrs. Charlene Maugeri
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