Editor’s Note: Lagniappe and Page and Palette teamed up for the “Ridiculously Good Life Essay Contest.” This contest is part of Page and Palette’s 2nd Annual Bay Jubilee, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 14 at the Christian Life Center in Fairhope. This year’s speaker will be Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms or legs, but despite his disabilities, he says he has had “a ridiculously good life.” So we asked people in our area to tell us what makes their own life “ridiculously good?”

Today, we present the second place winner, Carrie Odom.

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“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

As a mom, I am not defined by my children. I am a canvas created by a loving, merciful God.

Years ago, my son would gently pull the “spots” which dotted my neck. He would laugh, “Mommy has spots”! He was proud of his discovery. The “spots” are evidence of fun summer days dancing along the beach as a child. The dermatologist calls them skin tags, but we just call them Mommy’s spots. They are simply a reminder that I have enjoyed life.

My skin, like my life, is not flawless, but each blemish reminds me of a past experience. Not all of which make me smile, but they do make me who I am.

My past has created me. My past reminds me that I CAN do all things through Christ.

I CAN…..
give life to wonderful little people.
find joy working in the office and in the home.
be a single mom five days a week while my husband works out of town.
run all over the place to baseball, soccer, and Sunday School while loving every minute of it.
encourage my kids to “power through” tough situations.
embrace life with an understanding that loved ones may pass away all too soon.

I CAN do all things because my God knows no limits. Therefore, I am not bound by limits.