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Monday, February 15, 2010

And so it begins...

Today is February 15, 2010.

Today is the first day of my new contract.

The first day of my new job.  The beginning of much traveling.

Today, I am off to Chicago and will be there until Friday.

It isn't getting easier.  The little one is getting bigger.  More interactive.  More mobile.  More adorable every day.

But, this is my season of working outside the home.  It is my husband's season of working from home and playing with the little one.  This is what we are called to do right now.  I've written about this before, but sometimes, I just have to remind myself again...

Ecclesiastes 3:1 - There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.

 So, as I've said in the past - we will do it.  And we will find a way to be thankful and happy.

Instead of sulking and griping about missing my baby boy, I will be thankful for what my Heavenly Father has given me.    In ALL things, I am learning to be thankful.

I am thankful for:

  • a growing, smiling, crawling little one (blessing 238)
  • a wonderful husband who is willing to work from home so that our little one can have one of his parents with him at all times. (blessing 239)
  • a husband who is dedicated to finishing his degree and to loving and supporting his family (blessing 240
  • 4 Puddleducks who love me unconditionally at all times.  For those of you who don't know - the Puddleducks are my animals.  Currently, there are 4 of them.  Why Puddleduck, you might ask?  Well. quite a while ago, my younger sister informed me that my animals really shouldn't have the same last name as me, seeing as how they are not human.  I couldn't fault her logic, so I asked her what she thought their last name should be...without hesitation, she said "Puddleduck" - and so, my animals adopted a new last name and we have never looked back. (blessing 241-244)
  • airplanes and their ability to get me to a far away place fairly quickly (blessing 245)
  • airplane pilots for their quick and solid thinking (blessing 246)
  • my iPhone - seriously, one of the coolest phones I've ever had! (blessing 247)
  • my MBT's  - they embrace my feet and keep my back and knees from hurting (blessing 248)
  • My YouVersion iPhone app.  I love being able to pull up my Bible with the tap of a finger (blessing 249)
  • My really warm coat and scarf - without it, this Texan might freeze in Chicago!  :) (blessing 250)
It is amazing to me how just thinking of and writing down what I am thankful for changes my attitude.  In just a few minutes of focusing on the gifts He has given me, of focusing on today,  I am in a much better mood.  

Thankfully, I was reminded of the importance of attitudes today when I visited MckMama's blog.  I look forward to reading MckMama's posts, but today there was a surprise blogger! Today, the post was written by MckDaddy.  It was exciting to read his first post to my husband and for us to be able to talk about it together.  It was something that I needed to read today.  A reminder to check my attitude.  To live today.  To not worry about all of the traveling that I will be doing in the next year, but to be grateful for what He has given me today.  You can read his post here- it is really great!

I'm definitely still missing my family, but in a much better way.  

Missing them? Yes.  Mad that I am having to leave once again?  Not anymore.

In everything, give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

1 comment:

  1. I am hearing this attitude/live now msg a LOT lately. hmmm... Somebody trying to tell me something? lol