All I can really think about today is how blessed we are, which is a nice change from my usual thoughts about how much I want to go to sleep.
We have three children now. They are Kya, age three and a half, Wyatt, who just turned two, and Caden, five months. Each has his or her own special contribution to our family dynamic and I cannot imagine life without any of them. Although I am increasingly frustrated with the fact that kids get sick all the time, I am thankful that my kids have strong immune systems that fight off invaders. I am thankful they are running crazy around the house because that means they are healthy and "normal."
I am so thankful that my husband has a job that is fairly secure. A qualified high school math teacher is always in demand. There is very little chance that his job will be affected by this economic mess. Kids always need to know math, and schools are always short on people who want to teach it. Our finances are nothing exciting, but we are committed to our 15 year mortgage and having no credit card debt, something I bucked at first, but for which I am now so thankful. We will have no mortgage at the age of 45 and be able to fund our kids' education, weddings, etc. because of these "sacrifices" now.
I am incredibly thankful that my husband trusts me enough to homeschool our kids.
I am so happy our federal tax refund came in today.
I am also having so much fun with my business. How many people get to make pretty stuff for a living? I have a new account with one of the most fantastic fabric manufacturers and am enjoying the new friends I have met in the crafting community. There are so many incredible designers out there. They inspire me each and every day. I am especially thankful for other stay home moms who want to help each other succeed in their home businesses. That is a true blessing. We're all in this together after all...our kids are the future, and those of us who choose to stay home should band together and support each other. We don't have to do everything alone, contrary to what popular culture says!
And finally, I am excited about Wyatt's construction-themed birthday party tomorrow. This will be the first real party we have had for him. The middle child is always neglected. So this one is going to be a big bash! I can't wait. I'll post pictures tomorrow night!
I am thankful for talented friends who are going to make this party awesome! Raquel, the best cook ever, thank you for being willing to "cater." Tina, the most crafty paper creater ever, thank you for making such creative, gorgeous invitations! Stacey, my new party planning friend, thank you for your AMAZING party favors! They are fabulous!
We are going to have a scavenger hunt for "boulders" (tin foil balls), truck races on a tarp, and running relays around orange caution cones. I am hopeful that Kevin Charette is actually correct about the weather for once tomorrow because it's supposed to be beautiful!!!
Glory to God for all our blessings and for making our life totally bearable even when things aren't going this well. Thank you Lord!