If Someone Had Told Me… (thought-provoking Thursday)

by SomeGirl on April 17, 2012 · 31 comments

If someone had told me five years ago that…

I’d homeschool,

Be gluten free and dairy free (and make bread from scratch – which was not so pretty, but very tasty),

Have my own blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry plants (which will hopefully live and produce fruit),

That I’d cover a lovely black wrought iron fence with chicken wire,

Have a puppy,

and seven chickens…

I’d have said they were CRaZY!!

Yet, I’m so thankful for exactly how my life has turned out so far.

(And I’m glad to have a new card for my Rebel so I can start taking pictures again!)


How is your life different than you would have expected five years ago?


Something to think about.


A Maui Blog

OOOhhh I saw the link you left on Twitter with the title “if someone had told me…” and I followed. I love this post. I have so many surprises in my life now too that if someone had told me years ago I would say they’re crazy.

I have some similarities with you, like I never thought I would own a puppy, and now it’s like my 3rd child :)

I enjoyed reading your list and the photos are very nice. I will do something like this on my blog too. Thanks!



I’d love your gluten-free/dairy-free recipe! I think it looks delicious! I miss our homeschool days and keep wondering if God is going to call us there again!. So glad you’re ready to take more pictures!


I love you. So much. And am tremendously grateful for who you are in Him. :)

Karen Debenport

If someone had told me five years ago that…
my 5 year old would never see 6,
praise would be the salve for my sorrow,
I would be able to answer the question, “How many children do you have?” without crying,
each day I would grow happier for her than sad for me,
I would learn, thanks to my sweet SIL, to take more pleasure in the formerly mundane activities of life,
I would really love having a teenager,
and that joy would really return because in Christ we have hope,
I MIGHT have thought you were cRaZy.


Oh, how I love you, Karen! Thanks be to God for the Hope that we have! {{{hug}}}

Spring B.

If someone had told perfectionist, stubbornly independent, super-active me five years ago that:
I would develop an autoimmune disease that would suddenly cause dozens of food/medicine allergies,
I would spend over a year bed-ridden with kidney and lung problems,
I would have to learn to walk again,
it would test my marriage to its breaking point,
I would keep right on homeschooling and praying and believing,
I would find new joy in every step and breath I take,
my husband would become my best friend,
God would use my weaknesses to show me His unfailing love and strength,
I would have five spinal fractures at the age of 36 and be able to say I have never felt better, more blessed, more alive, and more determined…
I sure would have said they were CRAZY!
I am so thankful that our God has a plan all His own, and thankful for your thought- and smile-provoking post. :)

Spring B.
Nashville, TN


Hahaha! I know the feeling! Do wish we could have chickens!


If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would be happy, I would have laughed. Which would might give the illusion of me being happy at that point, but in reality, the laughter would have been sarcastic. I had just come out of a abusive marriage and was a frustrated, poor single mother who didn’t trust anyone or anything except God. I didn’t believe that anyone was every truly happy, they were just wandering around stupidly smiling and not realizing all the crap that was happening in their lives.

That God sent an amazingly patient man into my life that has come to be my best friend, my husband, a loving and gentle stepfather to my children and a provider for our family. While our life is not perfect or stress free, I have actually had moments of happiness for the first time in my adult life. Genuine happiness. That’s a pretty sweet gift.


This is great!! Five years ago I was finally pregnant after miscarriages….and I was terrified of what was to come. Now??! I wouldn’t change a blessed thing!! Love the puppy – so cute!


I have to say your chickens are so cute! And the bread looks very tasty…

Amanda @ The Pelsers

Same here. Never would have guessed this is where I’d be 5 years ago. Then again, I had a 6 week old baby 5 years ago today, so I probably wouldn’t have been listening to much of anything :)

I make GF/DF bread using the Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day recipe. From the same people who wrote Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Uses rice, sorghum, and tapioca and my family loves it.

Rachel Ramey

Ooh…what is that bread? It actually looks like real bread, and not the sponge-like stuff that passes for GF “bread” at the store.

Sharon O

Five years ago I was working full time in a pharmacy leading a very full and demanding life. Now I am semi-retired doing day care four days a week and writing a blog. Created two books and working on another one. Yes life has changed, for the good.
I have learned to slow down. Enjoy the sun and wind and relax.
God has moved me in a powerful direction that is still in process.

Jeannette Duwe

Righteousness begins with a thankful heart. We couldn’t begin to pen our futures and imagine them to be so crazy and grand all at the same time! Thankful we have a Heavenly Father who has that one all figured out! Thanks for the great reminder to be thankful for the life we’ve been given to live – each day!

Betsy at Zen Mama

I feel the same way! Isn’t life grand?!!

Lisa W

Oh wow… 5 years ago I wouldn’t have even thought about writing a book let alone 8 and soon to be 9. It’s amazing what God can work with and produce when you think you’ve run dry. Simply amazing…


The biggest is that I have THREE kids. From the time I was a kid myself, I’ve planned in 2. The Man Cub is our total, complete, didn’t-think-it-was-medically-possible surprise. But after having him here the past 18 months, I’m SO glad he’s here!!!


Just yesterday I posted such a thing on Facebook – I never expected to put together a lacrosse set (net and sticks) by myself and then play lacrosse with my boys in the backyard, but that is exactly what I did yesterday afternoon. Lacrosse is a completely new sport for me, and I didn’t grow up playing sports at all – but I’ve never even been to a lacrosse game – so it was beyond ironic, but so fun. My boys grow me everyday.

Jamie (@va_grown)

If someone had told me 5 years ago that it would all be ok…that I would be ok…I would have laughed bitterly at them and then ignored them. And yet, here I am today, blessed beyond words and wallowing in the joy of every mundane day, blogging pictures of rainbows and brand new flowers and sticky newborn lambs and brilliant blue eyed children.

It is because of his compassion that we are not consumed…his mercies are new each morning…

Vanderbilt Wife

Five years ago I would have been astonished that my husband would not have his PhD or be a professor. I would have never believed that we would foreclose on a house. I wouldn’t have been able to bear what I now know was coming.

But because of all of it, God has drawn me so much closer to Him. Praise Him.


Wow, you guys are giving me goosebumps (the kind you get when you sense the Spirit at work)… Thank you for sharing your stories! God is at work in our lives… and I LOVE seeing it!


Love this! The pictures are beautiful. I was reading your bio and saw “Red Raider.” Did you mean Texas Tech??? My hubby and I met in Lubbock!


Yes, my freshman year was there. :) After I transferred to UNT (in Denton… totally different feel since it was a commuter school). It was a fun first year! Loved the school spirit and the wonderful friends I made there!



Laurie Collett

Since I became a new creation in Christ, each day is an amazing adventure! Only He knows what tomorrow will bring, let alone the next 5 years! (Hopefully He’ll come back for us before then, though!)
Thanks as always for the great post and photos!
Love in Him,


I want chickens!! Are they difficult to deal with?? :)
My life has only changed for the better in the last 5 years, with aging comes maturity and I appreciate every lesson I’ve learned along the way.


They’re not difficult so far, but we’ve only had them a few weeks. So far, I’d say, “Go for it!” :)


So true that if we follow God’s plan, it doesn’t always look like we thought it would! I never expected to be not painting murals and living on a lake but I love my life, even though I miss the work. Blessings, Debbie

Deb Chitwood

I would have never guessed I’d be a blogger! I love your list and photos, Michelle! And I’m thankful for how my life has turned out, too. :)


Aren’t you glad His plans are better than ours?


Great post. Trying to find my thoughts and I think of my response and at the same time I’m thinking about the next five years. Whatever comes though, God is here. With me. Grateful.

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