Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Gratitude

I am just completely overwhelmed with gratitude this week! I just have this amazing life that I am so thankful for.

Working at the coffee shop has been just the medicine for me. It gets me out of the house, socializing with people, serving people, and just being in an amazingly positive atmosphere. I love it! I work early, get home just as the kids are getting going for the day, and they don't even notice that I've been gone. It's just been so fun!

I've really been so aware at the things that people sometimes complain about that others would be so thankful for. I wake up every morning feeling safe and loved, I get into my car and have this AMAZING view of the mountains surrounding me, and I have everything I need + a whole lot more. I have these three incredible kids that just make my world go 'round. I am just SO grateful!! Funny thing is that, as far as challenging times, this has been one of the most challenging in our entire married life. We have had a rough year financially and things have not been easy but it isn't even worth comparing to all the wonderful things that surround me!

Something I've noticed this week, that makes me really sad, is this attitude in people now that the kids are back at school. I can't tell you how many people have come into the coffee shop celebrating the fact that their children are back in school. It makes me so sad that more people don't enjoy their kids. I would be so sad if my kids were going back to school. I honestly enjoy being around my kids and we have a grand time together! I don't ever feel that I wish I had my days without them, quite the opposite really. I have moments when I need alone time and that is when I retreat into my bedroom and have my alone time but I can't imagine them being gone all day long. They are often wrapped up in their own projects and games, so it's not like we are constantly interacting, but just having them near me is grand!

"Sometimes we must pause, in our pursuit of happiness, and just be happy."

4 comments:

Heather's Moving Castle said...

I know what you mean about the back to school thing.

I'm glad all is going great with the coffee shop other than anti-teens. I love teens overall. I know my boys will be fine. I never worry about that.

Much peace and joy to you!

Heather ;)

Ren said...

This is just TOO funny. I just posted about this at Unschooling Basics! We were talking about that attitude yesterday while up at the creek and how children have to endure this societal scorn of their very existence.

If you replace the word "children" in many sentences with "women" or any other group in society, it would be deemed unacceptable.

Sad really.
I'm glad there are children in the world for whom there is great joy at their presence. Every child should know what it's like to have adults light up when they walk into the room.

Heather said...

I have heard lots of mom's saying stuff like that too at football practice. It's sad.

suchlovelyfreckles said...

Hi, I first found here a couple of months ago, reading Kev's article. Wow, it stirred up quite some movement around these parts. Everyone in my homeschooling community talked about it. It was THAT powerful. :)

Well, I'm back... and I just read your post, and I'm right there with you. My kids are still younger, and I know several moms whose kids are just starting school. The way they talk... the relief in their voices about their kids going off to school soon, was sad to hear. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to unschool. My 7 and 5 year old thrive!!

:) Come and visit my blog too, if you'd like. :)