One of my most favorite things to do is go for a walk. Simple I know, but whether it be a stroll down the street or a brisk get your heart pumping exercise type walk it always makes me feel better! I love the fresh air, sunshine, and just getting outside.
It’s free, good for you physically and mentally, you can do it alone or with your family, for whatever length of time you choose and you can do it anywhere. It doesn’t get much better than that! I’m thankful that it’s something I’m able to do daily.
I’m a planner by nature so surprises can be difficult for me. I like to know when, where, and how things are going to happen. So imagine my surprise when one month before my 39th birthday I found out I had a little bundle of joy on the way! She would be joining a house full of teenage siblings.
Initially it took a little time to get over the shock, I would be sending out birth announcements and my son’s high school graduation announcements within two months of each other! I hadn’t been pregnant in almost thirteen years. I was worried about so many things, I was almost through my first trimester, I wasn’t taking a vitamin, drank too much coffee, was over 35, the list went on and on!! But my calm, loving and rational husband helped me to take it all in stride, thank goodness for him! My kids had mixed emotions about having another sibling, they’re teenagers so they were most concerned about how this would affect their life ;)
Believe me when I tell you she was the best surprise ever and we are all so thankful for her!! Baby K has brought so much joy to our home. She’s eight months old now and has us all wrapped around her little finger! We just adore her and it makes me smile everyday when I see the wonderful and caring qualities she has brought out in her older brothers and sister. As a family we have grown closer because of her, she is a blessing beyond words!
I want to be the type of person who always remembers to count her blessings! I don’t just want to muddle through life not recognizing all I have to be thankful for.
So for the next thirty days I’m going to write words of thanks, for large and small things.
Today I’m thankful that I have come to a place of acceptance. It has taken me a very long time to get here, but I think I finally made it.
When loved ones in our life hurt us I think it’s natural to expect an apology but that often times doesn’t happen. It’s important to forgive for yourself, it doesn’t change their hurtful actions but it brings peace for your own well-being. Acceptance allows for healing, apology or not. I know this is easier said than done, but it can be done.
“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” Robert Brault
There are many areas of my life where I’m very patient, unfortunately there is one area I recognized today where I’m sorely lacking. I’ve been wanting to move out of our apartment for quite some time, I always have several complaints regarding our living situation. Now mind you our apartment is very nice, in a safe neighborhood, and financially it’s where we need to be right now. However I tend to overlook these things when I start dwelling on the fact that I would like to live in a house.
We do plan on buying a house but just not as soon as I’d like. I realized today that this is not about what I “want”, it’s about looking at the big picture and doing what’s most financially responsible. It’s not about short cutting it or coming up with alternatives just so that I can have a house. For example I wanted to move out of our apartment and rent a house. This would increase our rent substantially and set us even further back from our goal of reducing debt in order to save for a house. I really thought that was a good idea, until today it hit me that I can’t have everything I want when I want it!
So I’ve made the choice to be grateful that I have a home to live in, with a family I adore! I will be content right where I’m at and stop complaining about where I’d like to be.
One of the definitions of virtue is “the good result that comes from something”, I know that by being patient only good can come. Regardless if we buy a home five minutes or five years from now I’m learning to appreciate more and want less.
This is so easy and delicious!! I kind of eyeball things when I cook so with the veggies and the cheese I just add enough until I think it looks good!
1 Pound ground turkey or beef
Frozen veggies: mix of black beans, corn, peppers (as much as you’d like)
Shredded Mexican cheese (as much as you’d like)
1 Box Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 Cup of milk
Brown the ground turkey with the taco seasoning. Then add the frozen veggies and just cook until they are thawed. Spray a casserole dish with non stick spray and add meat mixture. Sprinkle cheese over the meat. In a separate bowl combine the corn muffin mix, eggs, and milk. Pour the mixture evenly covering the meat. Bake at 350 degrees for
25-30 minutes, the top will be golden brown.
I’ve been working on self-improvement, not always an easy task :) We all have those moments when we wished we’d said or done something different.
So I asked myself “When do I feel best about my behaviors”?
I’m using this list as a reminder of the person that I aspire to be more often!
I like myself better when:
- I’m patient rather than short
- I’m not self centered
- I’m slow to anger and quick to praise
- I think before I speak
- I trust rather than question
- I look to find the humor in situations, laughter is the best medicine:)
What’s on your list?
“Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” Elizabeth Stone
I heard this quote when my children were small and as they grew older and more independent I realized how true these words are. Now that my oldest son is eighteen and preparing to leave for the Army, it rings truer than ever.
He leaves next month for boot camp and I find myself trying to prepare my heart each day. I’ve known for years this was something he felt strongly about pursuing, but now it’s a reality. I think the military is a very admirable career path and I couldn’t be more proud of him! However I can’t help but worry, I want him to be safe above all. I’ve spent his entire life trying to protect him. Everything from getting his feelings hurt in the sandbox, to wearing a helmet during his skateboarding phase, to always reminding him to drive safely. Now that chapter has come to an end. As parents I realize that it’s our job to prepare our children to send them out into the world but the preparing is easier than the sending.