Anyhoo...Yesterday was the last day of my week off of complaining. The insomnia of the night before resulted in a massive headache that refused to die. That coupled with some minor irritations at certain family members, who will not be named, and I found myself on the phone with Melissa in a full on traditional Chaotic Joy rant. It wasn't until later in the day that I realized I had fallen back into my grumbling ways. I think this may partly be Melissa's fault though. She really shouldn't be such a sympathetic listener.
So, true to my pledge, I am going to do a quick list of the ways the things I was grumbling about were in fact, blessings.
- I didn't fall asleep until 6:00AM. The blessing: The Man got up with the kids and let me sleep in until 11:00. And he didn't make even one "I told you so" comment about the late afternoon coffee that caused the insomniatic incident in the first place. He's a keeper, that one.
- Clara was overtired from the night before and fell and got a fat lip making her generally a troll. The blessing: TLC ran a Jon & Kate Plus 8 marathon. God did not choose to bless me with 6 toddlers at once. Can we get a Hallelujah? (And really, Clara is a blessing in her own right. A very loud blessing.)
- I had a butt-kicking headache all day. The blessing: Yeah, I couldn't really find a way that this was a blessing. However, my joint ailments have pretty much disappeared so that in itself is pretty.freakin.awesome. You'd think I would have been celebrating and not whining about my head.
- AND, while this is unrelated, I also went out with two of my very best friends (one of whom was the infamous Melissa) for dinner. Including cheesecake. Kid free. Divine.
And, speaking of positivity, I just read this fantastic post by Meg and I think this will be my next challenge. Go on. Go read it. Hurry up....
Are you back? Wasn't it great? Don't we all just wish Meg was our mom now? I am totally a "No" mom and I think my kids, especially the middle two, could do with a little more "yes" in their lives. And since this is our first official week of summer, it's a good time to begin. Thanks Nutmeg for inspiring me. (Although I am still not sure I could let my children paint with mud and food coloring. Baby steps.)