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Monday, April 5, 2010

Daisies, Rainbow's and Baby Toes

Lately I have been feeling pretty down. I have spent entirely too much time doing school work in the past two weeks and am still behind and then there are the uncertainties of what is to come next year with my job. Where will I be placed? What will I be teaching? Will I even be employed? Needless to say, I lay awake a lot at night. To top it off both of my kids are sick with fevers, coughs, and strep....again, my brothers dog was killed in the road this morning, and Eric's car is in the shop....again. Ahhh...life. I decided I need some positive vibes in my life so today while I was disinfecting my house and creating a force field around it so no more germs can come in, I thought of all of the wonderful things that I am thankful for, even when things go wrong.

>Bryce's belly giggles
>Open mouthed baby kisses
>Cailyn singing "I love mommy and I love daddy" in the backseat of the car
>Waking up to chirping birds
>Sun rays shining down (my dad use to say that was God blessing someone)
>Family-so good to see brothers, sisters, neices, nephews, moms, dads, cousins, aunts, uncles,
grandparents this weekend
>Being able to celebrate an 80th year of life
>Laying on a blanket on a warm afternoon
>Super fluffy overstuffed pillows
>Down mattress pads
>Running water, warm house, and food to eat (simply, a roof over my head!)
>My students-as stressful as my job is, I love their mischevious smiles, their geniune curiousity, and
random outbursts ("FIRE IN THE HOLE!!!!!!!!!!")
>Mountain Dew
>When my cat licks my nose
>Catching snowflakes on my tongue with Cailyn
>Watching Cailyn and Bryce play together
>The smell of Bryce after a bath
>A calm winter night snowfall
>The first blooming flower in my backyard
>Swinging--never too old for the weightless joy of swinging high
>Music-I love how it can change your mood instantly
>Singing and dancing with my preschoolers. I worry about nothing but having fun and fun is what we
have!
>My husband. He is my everything.
>My kids. They are my everything.
>having an excuse to watch old Disney movies again
>Seeing how my students have grown throughout the year.
>Internet
>Old Navy PJ pants!
>Mouse traps
>Bare feet in soft green grass
>Warm windy days
>Childhood memories
>Dreams
>LIFE :-)

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I am already feeling better and smiling. As I head to bed I remember a quote by Charles R. Swindoll that states, "I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it"

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