Sometimes it is easy to see all the negative around you, that’s one of the reasons I started doing a weekly Thankful Thursday post.
Toys cover the living room floor, tumble off shelves, and seem to multiply overnight. It can drive me crazy. But, even as the chaos makes me nutty, I am thankful that my children have so many people who love them and give them gifts on birthdays and holidays.
Out. Of. Control. That sums up the past 2 nights getting kids down for bed. And I don’t just mean the kids. I could spend hours going over all the things I did wrong. But mistakes are made for us to learn from, and thankfully tonight went much smoother.
And then there’s the big one for the week, which probably contributed to the craziness of bedtime from the past 2 nights.
This week the husband is on night shift.
I hate night shift. I hate having to keep the kids quiet so Daddy can sleep. I hate having to sleep in our king-sized bed alone. I hate that when he does wake up, and the kids are all excited to see him, that he often has just enough time to eat dinner with us before he winds up having to leave for work yet again. I hate not getting to really talk with him. I hate the sad looks on the kids’ faces as they watch him get in his truck. I hate the stress we all feel by the end of the week.
But, I can choose to look at it another way.
I am thankful that he has a job that allows me to stay home with the kids. I am thankful that he isn’t away for weeks on end, that he DOES get to come home at the end of his shift. And, while he is on night shift, he often leaves little treats for the kids to find in the morning — donuts or a lollipop; I am thankful that he finds little ways to let us know he misses us, too.
Take a moment to look past the negatives this week and look for the positives. Leave a comment telling us what you’re thankful for this week.
Or, link up your own thankful post!