7 Things I’m Thankful For

 

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1. A loving husband – Other than being my hero when it comes to spiders, (and other creepy insects) He is the one I lean on when I need major support. Yes, having those girlfriends is soo needed, but nothing substitutes a loving hubby who can lend a listening ear, and sometimes a loving rebuke! And of course, he makes me laugh till I cry, especially when I try to have a serious conversation with him. Have to be honest with you, I get angry when he does that, but it’s a little hard to show him you’re angry when you are curled up in a fetus position on the couch from laughing so hard! I really should be used to it by now. 🙂

2. My kids- How else would I find out that I’m selfish and lazy, if not for these little beings who constantly need my attention and care! When God says children are a blessing, He means it! Blessings don’t always come easily with pretty packaging. They aren’t always earthly possessions either! Blessings are those things that refine you, make you more beautiful and bring you closer to God. Children definitely fit the bill!

3. Sleepless Nights- There’s nothing like a few sleepless nights to bring out your true self! (she isn’t pretty!) God has been showing me how much I’m dependent on Him and how much I need to work on my self control, my love and peace.

4. Truths of Scripture- I say truths, because many times, I read scripture, and I take it for granted. There, in this amazing Book, God decided to reveal to us, lowly humans, His TRUTHS, His promises to us that never change! WE change our minds daily. As soon as we decorate a room, we get tired of it and want something different. We buy the next “thing” that will finally make us happy, and realize it doesn’t. We long to start a family and have kids so we can stay home with them and invest our time and energy into raising them, and as soon as the hard times come, we change our minds and long to go back into the work force (speaking from experience). So how wonderful it is to know that God doesn’t change! If He promised something, He WILL carry it out. How wonderful and terrifying at the same time! It’s these never ending truths that have become so dear to me as of lately. I’m learning to think on these truths, whenever a wave of doubt, or darkness comes my way (which with the lack of sleep it definitely has). I constantly have to tell my mind what to think. No, God DOES care, He does see, He does hear my pleas and He WILL answer! He is my rock and my shield, my salvation! 

5. My church family- I’m in a little protective bubble here! It’s a world of its own, a great big family that blesses and encourages me! None of us are perfect but we all strive for the same goal- to be more like Christ. And that’s what unites us! I can’t imagine moving away and not having them around!

6. A working roof over my head- There were a few times where for some reason our ceiling would leak. We would fix it (or so we thought) but then in the same spot water would leak out again. I remember placing buckets in our baby room and having to not forget to switch them when they would fill up. Oh, it was a miserable time. So now that the rains have come, I’m truly thankful to be able to sit in a house with a working roof. What a blessing!

7. Baby wipes- Thank you to whoever is responsible for this creation! It literally cleans ANYTHING! Just yesterday I used them to get out  Sharpie stains from my couch! Truly amazing! Here’s a little secret; sometimes, when I have unexpected guests arriving, I will wipe my kitchen floor using baby wipes. 🙂

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Daylight Savings

Today is the day where you technically get an extra hour of sleep! Everyone except all the mothers in America. Sadly it doesn’t work on kids. You know, it takes a while to train a child to go to bed at a certain time, it’d be nice if time was the same the whole year through, less shifting of bedtimes! I’m joking of course, but really…I need to go get my “extra hour” of sleep now. Maybe if I didn’t have expectations of sleeping in, I wouldn’t be so disappointed with daylight savings!

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Finally a blogger!

My first post…well this is new. I’ll start by introducing myself to all who will read, all 2 of you:) .  My name is Tonia, and I’m a Christ follower who constantly fails in small and big ways. Yet, with His help, I get right back up and continue in the marathon called life!  I’m also a stay at home wife and mother. I married my husband a little over 7 years ago, my highschool sweet heart, and so far it seems our marriage is only getting better! It helps that he’s a big goofball, so he keeps me entertained! We have two handsome boys; Evan who’s two, and Nathan just turned five months.

 

This whole blogging idea started a few months ago when we were having a conversation about what I’m good at… I think it was in a moment of darkness after surfing the web a wee bit too much and coming to the realization that…I have no skills or gifts (call it what you will!). There are so many super moms out there that are crafty, knit, cook, clean, make their own furniture, take super awesome professional photos, all the while looking like they belong on a cover of a magazine and their kids somehow never misbehave!. Well, being the great hubby that he is, he tried to cheer me up and we literally went through everything, trying to figure out what I’M good at and what I can do as a hobby. In the end, he gave up and told me to just go and become a seller on eBay (you know, because apparently I have a lot of junk lying around). Long story short, I decided to write about what goes on in my life as a way to unwind, relax and clear my mind. And if it happens to help or interest someone out there, then hey! That’s great!

 

Honestly, I don’t know exactly what I’m going to focus on here…(at the moment I should probably go focus on my two year old who is taking this opportunity of mommy typing away to enjoy that sugar on the counter) But whatever it may be, my hopes are that it will be encouraging and real! 

 

Till next time!