When I woke up this morning, still not feeling well, I thought of a lot of things I could complain about. But complaining never makes you feel good. In fact, for me at least, I always feel worse, because now I’m mad about whatever I was complaining about. So instead, I’m going to tell you guys the things that I’m thankful for!
- Buying our first home. In less than a month, we’ll be moving into about twice as much space as we have in our apartment. Izzy will have her own little (it’s actually rather big, for such a little girl) room, across the house from mommy and daddy’s room. No more talking in whispers after Izzy’s bedtime, afraid to walk around for fear of waking the little one. The bedrooms are pretty separate from the living areas, so once we move in, we’ll be able to …well…live, after Izzy’s bedtime. Not to mention, no more bringing groceries in in the rain, or being afraid to leave the car running so it can defrost. We’ll have a two car garage! Our own outside space, and plenty of kitchen space. A quiet neighborhood, which means no more hearing someone else’s tv, or loud vacuuming overhead that wakes Izzy up while she’s napping. I have enough for a whole thankfulness blog post just on the house! I feel really, really blessed!
- Byron’s new job! He really loves the work that he’s doing now, which has translated into less stress, which means less stress at home. Which means a happier home. Say it with me “ahhhhhhh”.
- Visual Luxe. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some really great people, and it’s given me the chance to supplement my families income while I stay home and care for Izzy, which is really important to me! It’s the first thing that I’ve done on my own, that I’ve been really successful at, and I’m grateful! I had to pray for removal of the spirit of fear, and God has honestly showed out. In ALL areas of my life.
- My marriage. In our 3 short years, we’ve had our ups and downs, but I’m grateful for mostly ups. Especially through the layoff, and subsequent financial strain, and stress, which for a lot of people, could have destroyed a marriage. But instead, it forced us to grow up. It made us prioritize, and it made our relationship stronger. It showed us exactly how much money we “really” needed to live on, which has prepared us to move forward into financial health and freedom. So many young couples get wrapped up in buying, buying, buying, and not even buying things that are useful, but just things for the sake of having them, without considering their financial future. I am grateful that neither of us have that in us, lol. We’re both pretty frugal! Besides that, I’m grateful for a husband who believes in me, and who challenges me to be the best that I can, in everything that I do. Sometimes it’s annoying, and sometimes it just pisses me off, but when I think back, I’ve always come out better after it was all said and done.
- Izzy! Her personality shines through more and more every day. Some days she’s quite the diva, but I’m happy for ALL of the days. So many little ones struggle daily with illness and injury that I have to celebrate Izzy’s energy, and playfulness. It easily could have been quite a different situation. When we went to visit our family this weekend, Izzy met at least 20 different people. She didn’t cry, or shy away from anyone. She talked, and played, and laughed, and made us all clap with her. I think Izzy may be one of those people who “has never met a stranger”. She definitely knows who “dada” and “mom-ma” are, and she understands “no”, “stop”, and “hands off”. She dances her little booty off to any music, and even (wordlessly) sings along! It’s really a joy to watch her learn, and grow, and discover new abilities. Although being home with her all day can be exhausting sometimes, I’m glad that I haven’t missed anything.
I have a lot more, but the post is getting a little long, so I’ll stop here, and pick it up next week! What are you thankful for today?