Sunday, September 11, 2011

Truth be told, I have not enjoyed this summer.  I am hoping it will top my list of 'Worst Summers Ever' (as if I had such a list), because I think I would rather live in a land of perpetual winter than redo this one.  I am feeling guilty for being such a downer, so I decided to write a blog post on the good things that have happened this summer, mostly to remind myself that I am so freaking lucky.  So here they are in no particular order (in fact in a pretty random order):

  1. To start off with, I have some amazing kids.  I just really love them.
  2. We are living in a wonderful house.  It is the best place we have lived, in my opinion.  We have a fenced back yard, a garden, plenty of space, our back yard goes up to the elementary school, etc.  I like it.
  3. We have a good ward and great neighbors.  We are able to trade babysitting with a great couple on our street, so we have been able to go to the temple regularly.
  4. Besides that, we have family close to babysit, as well as some nice girls in the ward.  I have never felt like we have so many options for babysitters.
  5. We weren't sure we were going to be able to stay in our current house past the summer, but the people who were going to move in backed out.
  6. Dallas has never been so helpful with the house and kids.  It is quite amazing.
  7. I have had 3 job offers, as well as other jobs wishing to interview me.  I am currently working two jobs, both of which I feel so lucky to have.
  8. Dallas didn't get a job, so we get to stay here.  I have to admit that it is nice to be able to stay in the same place for a while.
  9. Dallas hasn't had much work since I started working, so we have been able to relax a little bit, which is really so nice since it seems like he has been so busy with work and school for so long.
  10. Speaking of that, Dallas graduated.  Woohoo!!  He is now a bachelor, a master, and an artist(?).  I am proud of him.
  11. I got to spend a week with my sister, Erin and so got to know her and her kids a lot better.  I am so thankful for the support I feel from my family of origin.
  12. We met a great friend, Stephanos.
  13. We have been able to go to some great musicals and operas.  
  14. It is so great to live so close to both families, though I wish I had made it to Nampa more often.
  15. I didn't die from the horrible infection in my leg.  In fact, I didn't even get close to dying.
  16. I got a sewing machine.  
  17. I am getting some really cool photography experiences.
  18. I am learning so much about myself and my kids.  And patience for all of us.
  19. I love Dallas.
  20. My testimony in my Savior, Jesus Christ has increased 4-fold.  
Okay, so there are probably a million more things that are wonderful, but I am going to go to bed.  I do feel better.


Laurie said...

good for you! Where are you guys living now? I thought you were in kentucky or something. Chin up you are amazing!!!!!!!

Karen DelFante said...

Psalm 23 (paraphrased extensively any errors are the fault of Karen):
"Yea, though I've walked (and may still walk) through some dark valleys, with gut wrenching heart ache and uncertainty, thy rod and thy staff comforts me. Faith in my Shepherd Jesus Christ allows me to hold on and take a step forward in spite of the darkness. He leads me to green pastures. He nourishes my soul with the waters of his love and grace. He gives me strength. He annoits me with precious oil to comfort and help me. He will never forsake me, no matter how difficult to path, now matter how far I may wander, my Shepherd, my Savior will always be there when I cry out to Him. And I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever."

I hope the above comment is not too esoteric. Thank you for sharing your list of thanks giving. It strengthened me. Your beauty and grace shines through. God be with you and Dallas and your beautiful kids. I love and admire you Emily :) Karen

Kamille said...

We have LOTS of the same feelings! It was so good to see you a couple weeks ago. Hope to see you more this coming year! Take care, you're amazing!!!

Anna said...

My blog feed is messed up, I'm just now seeing you posted! Well, in any case, I'm glad you have a long list of things to be grateful for. I did that when I was particularly weighed down and it does help, at least a little. I hope things are going better now.

Sarah said...

Aw, I love you Emily. I miss you and appreciate this post. I am glad to know you are still kicking and remaining optimistic.

Amy said...

What a great post. I'm so happy for you!

Halsey said...

This was a fun post. And I hope this summer is proving much better. It was fun to see Dallas a while back. You are both great people.