Friday, May 29, 2009

On a happier note...

Let's be realistic; my life is NOT as bad as it can get. I know that there is always another shoe that can be dropped or thrown with cleats first at my head. So the fact that we are having what some families would consider much more manageable issues isn't too far from my heart. I still have family to provide for us, should we need it. We are all in one piece, able to breathe and run and feel the sun on our faces. I am extremely aware that my life IS a good one. We are just experiencing a very rough, gravel road right now. The pavement will return in a bit. We just have to keep on walking and not give up. On that note...

Things I am grateful for:

~ The sun has arrived and brought the breeze as a friend. The day has been gorgeous and the lilacs are in full bloom. Their scent has been wafting through my house all day. So, even as I sat on the phone with different companies that we owe money to, I was easily calmed. Ahhh... lilacs....

~ I found ways to cut $40 out of our monthly bills simply by making a few calls! Whoot!

~ I have found friends online that have humbled me with their sweetness and generosity. You know who you are... Thank you.

~ Our health insurance kicks in on Monday!! Halleleujah! No injuries until Monday, please God?
(for that matter; no injuries AFTER Monday, either! I need to be specific in my prayers...)

~ My daughter has started to "write" stories and narrate them back to me. Her latest scribbling went something like this:

"Once upon a time, me and my family lived with our happy hearts. We sang a song called "We can never live without you, Corinne." And we were very kind and lived happily ever after with our happy hearts. The End."

I mean, HOW sweet is THAT? The "Happy Hearts" stuff killed me. Later, she said we were living with "happy hearts filled with rainbows." Good Gawd, I had tears in my eyes!

~ The hours may suck, but Patrick has a Job. And that isn't a guarantee these days, so I am extremely grateful for that. The fact that he can also try to sell houses at the same time is a blessing that most families don't have. We actually have a CHANCE to get out of this debt, if the right wheels continue to spin the way they have been spinning...

~ 3 days of school till summer! THAT is the best part. Free days, pool time, swingsets, hot dogs... I love summer. And I love the lazy, open days that are stretching out in front of us...

10 comments:

anymommy said...

That's a lot to be grateful for. I adore summer and the smell of lilacs.

Babe in Babeland said...

It's always sooo good to look at the positive. Good reminder to me. Amongst the stresses and the struggles, life is beautiful!

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

I SO know what you are going through. Trying to focus on the good things is what gets me through the crazy amount of stress too. (I love Corinne's little story. And insurance on Monday. YEA!!! Ours starts then too!)

There's a song I heard that has been in the back of my mind for the last several months -

"That's when it happens. When you least expect it and you know God has heard every prayer....when the sun breaks through the darkness and heaven surprises you...when you least expect it. "

Finally, after struggling all of these months, the sun is breaking through. (Right in the nick of time too.) I still can't believe it.

I know things will get better for you guys too. It will.

In the meantime, you DEFINITELY need to pick up the Gratitude Attitude Award (lemonade stand pic)from my blog. :)

Lis Garrett said...

Hugs for you, Tracey! I love that you can see the light, even on those dark days. :-)

Dana said...

I'm glad to see that you're able to see the silver lining. It's always such a better feeling to be able to look on the bright side. Even when our finances look like garbage (like now) I always think, "Well, they can't take anything from me that really matters." (my kids) It's only money....too bad it's so important to so many people. Wouldn't it be awesome to live on a trade system instead? Or be an animal and have NO responsibilities? Yeah, I know, crazy things I think of....

Corinne's story was lovely!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

This is uplifting and promising and plentiful... I will be thinking of you, more good things to come.

Steph

sheila said...

Great post! We've been cutting stuff out of the budget too. I'm actually considering getting rid of our home phone and just keeping the cells. That's a toughy.

Loved this post. Yes, so many little things to be grateful/happy about and so well put by you.

And I love summer vacation too. Cheap meals! The grill! Kids sleeping in when I'm not! Yea! lol. Hope you have a wonderful summer! Stay injury free (at least til Monday, lol. You're funny)

CaraBee said...

Way to stay optimistic. I'm a firm believer that having a positive outlook is half the battle. S

Sophie, Inzaburbs said...

Sending you hugs.
You do have a lot to be grateful for, and a positive attitude that will see you through.
And lilacs ... I could forget the world existed if you wafted lilacs through my house!

pattyandthemoos said...

It is going to get better. Hang in there.

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