We have been hit by one thing after another over the past few months and it’s been physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally exhausting. I mean it folks, I’m pooped. Since we moved, we had one week of calm before the storm of Appolonya’s skin condition started and have since seen 7 doctors, we had to go gluten free for about 10 days, then the muffler fell out from under our car, we thought the transmission went out in our 267,000 mile van, Appolonya and I got a nasty virus (I’m talking gross-nasty…), my husband hurts his knee in a Wiffle Ball tournament (yep, you read that right, a Wiffle Ball Tournament) – but his team won! – and has to be on crutches and in a knee brace for a couple of weeks (he says it’s worth it since they won), all while still trying to settle in from a big move and adjust to a new homeschool co-op group, and Tommy tries to keep up with his graduate studies while starting a new ministry.
But you know what, I’ve been focusing so much on all the little “fires” I’ve been putting out, I’ve forgotten to see the positive. I saw War Room last week. Twice. I realized that I seem to have forgotten who was in charge….. So, last week I started googling positive motivational sayings and Bible verses and printed a bunch of them out. I looked specifically for quotes (and photos) from movies and individuals that our children are familiar with. I took them to Office Depot and got them laminated and wah-lah! This is what I got!
Now, I am aiming at putting these reminders all over our home as reminders. I’ll take some photos after I’ve gotten them hung.
In the meantime, I’m looking at the positives:
1. Appolonya is doing better – she doesn’t have any serious or life threatening illness
2. Tommy is off crutches – no serious damage to his knee and no surgery required
3. The van ended up only needing a $17 part that a family member put on for us
4. The car was fixed by a friend at church for $30
5. I have a ton of new gluten-free recipes that I love
6. We love our new homeschool group
7. My amazingly smart husband has got a 4.0 in grad school
See? Lots and lots of positives! And #8. Our house is finally settled in and put together (but don’t ask about the garages…. they are currently in “enter at your own risk” condition…..)
It’s all coming together. I just needed an attitude adjustment and a reminder that God is in control.