Those moments that I find myself incredibly discouraged with work are eased when I am able to clearly see that, it spite of it all, things could be worse. When I am able to make myself see that, I am also able to see all the blessings.
The same goes for parenthood. It's no secret, with two young children with two strong personalities, that the going gets tough sometimes. I've made countless phone calls to my mom where the first words out of my mouth are, "Your grandchildren!" It helps me to hear her chuckle, even if I don't completely appreciate it at the time, and realize, these are the moments that are few and far between. These are the moments that I won't remember a year from now. I have a great family, I should never take them for granted.
It helps to have someone to vent to. I am lucky that when it comes to work and ministry issues, I have a great pastor/friend that will allow me to come to his office and "download." I am lucky that my husband doesn't mind me crying on his shoulder when I just don't know what else to do. I am lucky that my mother is able to bring my back down to reality when my kids are driving me batty.
I am lucky. I am blessed.
I am also lucky that these wonderful people around me, my kids who depend on me, my family that supports me, do not allow me to wallow in the "poor me's." I am not afforded the luxury to wallow too long in whatever woes I feel are irrepressible, and instead, am encouraged to be proactive about the things I can change and accepting of the things I cannot.
Zoe is LOVING school, which is no surprise, she's always loved school. She has gotten in trouble for talking, which is also no surprise. I had a dear woman at church ask me the other day if "Zoe was born talking." YES! she was.
Noah has started back two mornings a week at preschool. He's also enjoying it, and only cries a little when we leave him. The past two weeks he has been in bed before 7:00, if he makes it that long. It's hard work being such an active little guy.
Zach has started back in gear at Wesley and is as busy as ever, and as exhausted as ever. Even with how tired he is, I know he is so happy. He is so fortunate to do what he loves and get paid for it!
I have been busy with trying to get our family into some sort of schedule. I am getting back into our "School" youth schedule along with starting a Life Group at church and volunteering weekly at Zoe's school. I love that I am able to do these things.
I will leave you with a quote from the bedtime story I was reading Zoe tonight, from The Very Fairy Princess: "Even a fairy princess needs a break, to keep her sparkle from sagging!"
Do what you need to do, to help you keep your sparkle!