Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Counting my blessings

I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed..... I know there are people out there who are doing much more, but going to school, raising a 17 month old, and being a good wife and housekeeper is a lot for me to handle! I have been starting to have more frequent seizures because of the stress... So I figured it was time to count my blessings so that I can see how much I am blessed rather than dwelling on how hard my life is getting, which always spirals into depression.....

I am grateful for family and friends close by that care for me

I am grateful for food on my table, a roof over my head, and a warm place to sleep at night

I am grateful that my husband finally got approved for social security, it nearly doubled our cash income from just under $600 per month to just over $1000 per month, even if our food stamps did get slashed to 1/4 of what they were....

Because our cash income went up, we are able to get a new car...
our old car, a 2-door Ford Escort, was 16 years old the e-brake never worked, the horn never worked, we replaced the head just before our son was born and then the clutch went out, the tires were getting bald and we had no money to replace them, the brakes were shot, and the miles had rolled over at least once before we bought it in 2004 and in 2005 we drove it to Washington from Indiana, after my dad paid for us to have the muffler fixed and a window replaced that had been broken.....
our new car is a 2008 Kia Rio and it had 9 miles on it when we bought it, it has a 10 year bumper to bumper warranty, it gets really good gas mileage, and it has 4 doors, which makes getting Alex in and out much easier

I am grateful for the opportunity to go to school and retrain to be able to work from home as a legal transcriptionist, this way I can stay home with my son, and be able to bring in some money.... because my seizures are uncontrolled, I can't work outside the home, so this is really a great blessing because I love working, doing something that helps my community...

I am grateful for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whithout which I can't imagine how my life would be. I am grateful for the knowledge that families can be together forever, the knowledge of who I am and where I come from and where I can go after this life, I am grateful for a community of loving people who care about me and my family and would never let us go hungry or without basic human needs

I am grateful to live in such a beautiful place, where I can look out my back door and see the bay and the trees and let my son play in the clean grass


There really are so many things that I have to be thankful for... I could never list them all... I feel much better knowing that I have things to be grateful for, it makes the world seem a little brighter!

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