Then I immediately thought, forget that. It's going to be a great day, I already got all of the troublesome bits out of the way. And it was. Great. I took the girls to the dollar store (which they love), and out for ice cream cones. Then we spent the rest of the day at the beach and played games in the evening. The girls got along and enjoyed each other's company. And I enjoyed theirs.
But it could have continued to suck. We could have done nothing very fun, and the girls could have squabbled all day because I was grumpy and unwilling to help them or engage with them. I could have grumped about the fact that my car died a while back and we are now sharing one (not super reliable, no-air-conditioning, very small backseat for three girls) car with my husband, and we live in an unfinished house, and the dishes and laundry will never be done.
BUT, I'm excited that we can look into buying another car because my husband just got a modest raise from his job. I'm grateful that my husband has a job. I'm grateful that I have a husband. I'm grateful that he is willing to support the family while I focus on raising our daughters without school. I'm grateful that we live in a big ol' house on a beautiful piece of land (that we can afford because it's unfinished) and that we can take our time to build walls and lay flooring, (etc.) room by room, and have the satisfaction of doing so.
It's not overwhelmingly hard, but it's not easy, to remember to be grateful when things start out kinda sucky, but it can make all the difference between a day (or a life) well spent and enjoyed or one trudged through.
Today was a bit cloudy at times, but I didn't want the end of summer to go by without soaking up more time for playing and swimming at our nearest state park.
Then we dug up some dinner.
Now off I go to see Sylvia's puzzle that she just finished putting together and to help Ayla make play dough cupcakes and to help Camille with a tricky sudoku puzzle in her CD-ROM game Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge.
May peace and wellness be with you in your 'wild and precious life'.....