Blogging is a whole different ballgame with a toddler. I almost envy those mommies who have it all under control, four kids under the age of 5 at home and still manage to consistently produce amazing blogs. I am simply thrilled if my kid has less than one meltdown, is clean and happy and there's food on the table (sandwiches count) at the end of the day.
In my [less than enough] quiet time this month I have been working on a grateful heart. Gratefulness in everything. Not just the easy stuff to be grateful for.
It has made me keenly aware of how much I have let things (mostly out of my control) change my heart from grateful to ugly in a matter of seconds. The craziness of this spring has really taken its toll on me - and our family - so I am working on remembering to give thanks always. I am positive that a grateful heart and mindset has strengthened our marriage (that is so easy to neglect when life gets crazy), my friendships and made me an overall happier person.
I would be remiss to mention some of the huge things I am GRATEFUL for this month and season:
God's abundant blessings over Holden Uganda, including providing the most wonderful Administrative Assistant we could ever dream of, Jennifer Young (and the funds to pay her)! Chet and I were becoming quite burdened with the workload (what a blessing to be able to say WORKLOAD in reference to Holden Uganda, huh?!), so Jennifer joining our team couldn't have been more perfect. I am in AWE of how efficient she is, and so very thankful for the timing she jumped on board. "This girl is on fiiire...." ;) ;) (Sorry Jennifer, if you ever read my blog. I couldn't resist!)
Providing a buyer for our home in Snyder, and even more miraculous, a BEAUTIFUL home for us in the Lubbock area. I'm probably prematurely mentioning all of this, since both closing dates aren't until June 28th, but I am confident and at peace about it all. Praise God. We were beginning to think we would live in an apartment for 6-12 months (which isn't bad at all, and I was totally accepting of that idea), until we found the "right" home for our family...but yet again...God's provision for us was overwhelming. We toured 8 of our favorite homes last week, and the moment I walked into this one, I just knew it would be the one we would live in one day. I am actually humbled by all of the connections...the current owners were just in Uganda (and plan another trip shortly) CARING FOR ORPHANS! Um....goosebumps. We are blessed more than we deserve.
My husband. He should probably be the first one I mentioned. He has tirelessly worked his normal hours at work (which are far from normal, but I suppose "normal" for the oil field), and still manages to come home and take care of his family, keep up with his portion of Holden Uganda, and does everything he can to spend time with us. He is truly amazing.
The little person who keeps me on my toes 24/7, makes more messes than I knew possible, and truly brings HAPPINESS into our home. They say toddlers are sponges, and that is exactly how she is. I adore watching her learn and play. She is extreme in everything she does, as she has always been. There is never a middle ground with Grey, and oh how I love her for it. She will get so upset over something she can't touch or play with one second, but then the next moment she will wrap her arms around me in the sweetest hug and plant the most precious kisses on my face. She will "accidentally" say words here and there (we have realized she can talk, she just chooses not to), and when we praise her for it she becomes incredibly silent. It's like she knows how much we want her to talk. ;) Stinker. She is officially 20 pounds now and seems to be growing like a weed. She hasn't slept this well in her entire life (around 8pm-7am!) and eats almost as much as I do.
14 months is hilarious, inquisitive, fun and crazy.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18