After a little bit of a rough go in our life the past couple of months, which is a bit too personal for this blog, I've come to recognize how blessed our life is right now. Sometimes I don't feel like we deserve it when I see what others have to go through, especially lately. Although we too have hit some bumps lately, for the most part, life is really wonderful right now.
I'm the type that tends to wonder occassionally why life is going particularly well when I'm not experiencing a trial or hardship. I had kind of an "aha" moment this morning during my personal prayers that gave me the insight that instead of questioning why life is so good right now, I need to be grateful and enjoy it and use this time to do things I haven't been able to do in a while...attend the temple, personal scripture study and service. I need to be filling my cup for when life does get harder and more complicated and something happens that we aren't prepared for. It was a bit of an awakening and I know before long there will be something that will be stretching us again and pushing us to grow (namely another baby and pregnancy, or finding a job, Ammon becoming chief or moving, etc) and I need to essentially enjoy life now and be grateful for the calm before the storm.
I thought I would use today to list some things that I'm not taking for granted right now and that bring me a lot of joy.
Our Weekend in Nutshell: 1. Paisley smiles 2. Making "money" out of helicopter leaves 3. Ammon's favorite Sunday dessert 4. The bugs the kids caught to send to cousin Brayden..ha 5. Family Jumping Time on the Trampoline 6. Paisley's newest smile!
♥ Watching the bus drive by each morning and exchanging the sign language "I love you" sign with all three kids as they hang out the bus windows
♥ Making Paisley smile, giggle or coo at me
♥ flirting with Ammon through texting
♥ watching our four kids play in their soccer games
♥ taking walks in the evenings with our kid- me pushing Paisley and the other four riding their bikes
♥ stealing a walk with Ammon around the block after the kids go to bed
♥ our health
♥ cooking a new recipe off Pinterest
♥ making all different kinds of smoothies
♥ anticipating our future
♥ seeing Ammon growing into a competent, capable surgeon
♥ eating healthier
♥ hanging out with Karli before she starts kindergarten in a couple of months...shopping, lunch, reading books,
enjoying her help with Paisley and the house, etc.
♥ taking some time to do things for ME, like walking the half marathon in a couple of weeks
♥ getting out of debt
♥ talking my friends in different places all over the country on the phone or through text
♥ our trip to Florida in May
♥ Brynlee's baptism coming up
♥ Paisley sleeping ten hours or more each night