Monday, January 17, 2011

Thankfulness...

Yesterday I was a total grump all day and everyone was getting on my nerves and I was so irritable. I whinged and moaned about moving again and even posted on facebook about our 10 moves in 10 years, and two international moves...blah blah blah..
Everyone knows that moving house is right up there on the ‘stress’ scale. Especially when hubby still hasn’t found a job and the kids and I will be invading my parent’s home for an undefined period of time.
This morning those bitter feelings arose again as my husband jumped in his car and drove off to work and I was left with the ‘house of chaos’ and three bored children, little support and a daunting task ahead.
BUT, in light of all that is happening around here (ie. the FLOODS) I decided it was time to suck it up and be thankful for all the BLESSINGS we have..which are abundant!
For starters, we have all our ‘crap’, like it or not, enjoy sorting it or not, we still have it. Many others don’t around here at the moment so Im embracing our crap – ALL OF IT

Then there is the fact that we are doing a jolly good sort out so when we buy another house and unpack it will be so ORGANISED!! YAY!! Long may organised last!!

We've got these little characters to keep us smiling..


Next is the fact that Miss 9 has been an absolute blessing this week. She has helped so much in the BIG PURGE and continues to amaze us with her constant willingness to help.  As a reward for her helpfulness and commitment to tasks she is earning plenty of extra pocket money and she is somewhat motivated by this – HEHE.. but I love seeing her love language in its full glory.
We are also so thankful for beautiful friends and sleepovers.. Miss 9 and her bestie are going to miss each other like crazy, they are such gorgeous friends, so kind and caring to each other.. it makes my heart swell.
And theres the gratefulness to my husband who agreed, to appease his grumpy wife, that I could add an extra suitcase to our luggage and pay the extra so I can take my SEWING MACHINE ... YIPPEE!!!

Im also thankful to my lovely cousin and friends who will be there to help me out with the kids when the movers come in and when we have to clean.
Im grateful to having this beautiful Great Uncle in my life. Sadly, he passed away on Saturday at 91 years of age.  Him and my great Aunt were like grandparents to my sister and I and to our children too.  They lived their lives as Christians and they were a wonderful example to us. They leave a big gap in our family, but my Uncle had a long and productive life and missed my Aunt so much.
We were so lucky to have them in our lives.
I’m going to have to keep reminding myself today of all we have to be thankful for.
What are you thankful for today? What are your blessings?

8 comments:

Fiona said...

I'm also packing for an international move and I'm so thankful to be heading back to Europe, that I really don't care how much work is involved. Spent today sorting through cupboards looking for stuff!!

Hope your move goes smoothly and the kids settle down quickly.

MNM's said...

Ah yes, being thankful in all things. Sounds like you're doing a good job of putting it all in perspective. I guess we are all allowed and probably need a chance to wallow from time, but being able to put it into perspective is SO the answer!

After venting on my blog last night (which I don't often do!), I got a massive attack of the guilts when I went to bed thinking about what people in Queensland are currently facing compared to my small dramas :-( I shall suck it up and find ways to be positive this week!

Maree: said...

Lovely Post Leonie..Understand Totally about the Moving...
Chin Up & Soldier On..you'll be back home before you know it...
happy Packing...
cheers

Cat said...

It is so good to sift through and find the things to be thankful for!

At this very moment I am thankful for a comfy bed to hang out in, a warm house and a sweet little freckled face 8 year old boy who is laying beside right now sleeping....

love and light

Spagsy said...

I think that the spirit of your Uncle and Aunty have indeed rubbed off. They's be smiling down on you.

Widge said...

Good on you leonie. Awesome job at finding things to be thankful for when you are obviously having a very stressful few weeks! Big ups to you, you are an inspiration.
I am thankful for my family..even if they do drive me crazy!! ;)

Sue said...

Oh my heart goes out to you moving so much. It does sound like you have an absolute wonderful family and so much to be thankful for. Since you have moved so many times what a wonderful blessing to know that you have had to purge the house of things you don't really need. So many people just keep accumulating junk over the years and don't know what they have. That is one big blessing not to have so much that you truly don't need.

TracyP said...

I think about the year I had last year and losing my husband, then I look at what is happening in your neck of the woods, I see families losing loved ones, homes possessions, I see a whole State suffereing. I am thankful that I have all my 'stuff' and a safe home over my family. I am thankful I can be in a position to offer donations to help the flood victims, and I am thankful for people like you who share and encourage!