My monthly "gift" came and of course I did not have the proper supplies (pretty sure I had 4 weeks to prepare...still not prepared), I have a pile of work for my job to get done or even just organized, I have a stack of bills that need to be paid...(and I still need to set them up on auto-pay one year later), I need to sign Izzy up for Gymnastics, Ellie needs school supplies, I started to organize/clean out Milly's closet and drawers and had to run out the door half way through- so it is all laying out on her bed (that KILLS me), I haven't paid attention to the blog in a while (check), I have an inbox FULL of sleeping baby questions, I am slacking on my quiet time (which I strongly desire to change immediately), my face is a giant zit right now, I have poison Ivy on my arm which continues to drive me nuts, I have poison Ivy in my yard- I know where it is- and I need to pull it, I need to clean my gutters out, I need to have tree trimmers come out to give me bids on trimming several trees before they destroy my roof during one of these storms... to add to that, we cant really afford the tree trimming right now with all of this back to school madness, my car needs to be taken in because it randomly turned itself on and off as I was driving down the road today, I need to order the Bible Study for my group that starts next month, I need to plan the small group meetings we are doing for a small group of Ellie's friends, I need to finish my book that I have been trying to read for 3 months, I found the papers of things Ellie was supposed to be studying all summer- so I need to shove that information in her in the next 7 days, I have baskets full of laundry (I just did laundry yesterday and put it all away this afternoon), I should probably cook a real meal one of these days soon (it has been a WHILE!), my husband informed me he would be working a full weekend (which stinks), my nails are a wreck, I have hundreds of unread emails I need to address, I have friends that don't remember my voice, my hair REALLY needs to be done, I haven't been to the dentist in a year and need to make the appointment, I am supposed to go to the OB for a re-visit and haven't scheduled that, I need to go to the eye doctor since I haven't updated my prescription in 6 years, my house needs to be cleaned, poor Milly needs a book read to her..at some point....and on and on!
Those are the things on my mind today- (of course I could have accomplished a lot of them while typing this out- but "the gift" made me dive in bed with a heating pad and my computer the second the girls went to bed- which was after a 30-minute battle of pulling Ellie's tooth!) So, here is what I am going to do- turn it around! I am going to tell you all of the things I am extremely grateful for today!
That God gave me a monthly "gift" so that I could have babies (although now that the tubes are tied, He is welcome to take that gift back at any time!), so blessed to have a fun job that is so flexible with such an awesome understanding boss (and I got to put on a cute outfit today to go into the office), I have a beautiful home to pay bills for, my child is healthy and able to do gymnastics, that Amazon has great school supplies and free 2 day shipping, Milly has clothing to wear- darling clothes, I have a blog with fun people who actually read my random "stuff", people want to ask me for sleeping advice (although, I am really getting too far out from that phase to remember what I did), I have a Heavenly Father who desires my time and attention and He offers me grace when I am a BIG mess, that I have a giant tube of zit cream, a Clarisonic and Glam Glow for this mess of a face, that poison ivy is on me and not the girls and that it is really not that big of a health issue, that trees are so sturdy and God is in control of every branch, that I have a great car to run around in, that Fall Bible study is starting back up soon- so excited to get back in the swing, Ellie has darling Christian friends, there is no experation date or book report due on my book, Ellie is a smart girl and will do just fine in first grade despite my lack of "summer learning time", SO grateful for my amazing washer and dryer, that my husband works late 90% of the time and doesn't notice that I haven't cooked a "real" meal all summer, that my husband is willing to work and that he has been able to come with us to the lake a lot this summer compared to past summers, I am grateful for the $8 polish change at Natural Nails, that my inbox is 80% Pinterest emails that can be rapid-deleted, my friends give me grace and accept my random texts as love, I am grateful for purple shampoo to mask my hair issues, I am grateful for a husband who has tea parties with his daughters when I am out of town, I am grateful that we got to go to the lake so much this summer, I am grateful for FUN girlfriends, I am extremely grateful that I have more to think about than myself... I am grateful for 3 little girls and 1 amazing husband who make it all worth it and FUN and most of all...a God who so completely cares for me, provides for me and offers me supernatural peace through all of the madness of life!
There you go- not quite sure why I needed to "blog" about this- but if it helps someone refocus on all of the amazing blessings we have and helps to put all of the "stuff" of daily life into perspective- fabulous! (or it might just make you say- "Jenica is a nut case") either way-- I bet it makes YOU feel better! haahaa
I think this is becoming my "life verse":
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:34 NIV)