Friday, September 20, 2013

today i am thankful

i woke up this morning at 4:40am, stumbled through the house to get my coffee going, changed out of my pajamas, and then woke jordan up.  he got himself ready for school and practice.  at 5:15 i woke andrew up and grabbed sofia out of her bed and got them in the car.  by 5:20 we were on the road.  jordan has water polo practice at 5:45 and this was really the only way of getting him there.  

we came home at 6 and i let them go back to sleep but then rushed to get them ready and out the door to school.  in the car we practiced spelling words and challenge words.  i know they are tired but there is a test today and i've been gone every night this week at school so this is the only chance we have to go over them. we end the study session with, it is what it is.

this morning was one of those mornings where i wanted to complain and say "this would be so much easier if bobby were here." i could be sleeping and letting the kids sleep. i could have been home a few more nights while one of us was at all of the back to school nights.  but instead i was thankful for the moment.  being up early, seeing that other people are up that early, no traffic (always something to be thankful for on the 405).  thankful for getting to school on time, properly dressed and fed.  yes, this morning would have been easier if bobby were home, but it was fine.  we did it.

the question i am most often asked these days is "how are you doing it?"  3 kids, 2 schools, a hectic schedule. and the answer is easy - i'm not doing it alone.  i have so much help and support.  and honestly i have no other choice.  this is us now.  it is what it is.

so today i wanted to say "thank you" to every single person that has helped us along this journey, and there are so many.

to the parents who offered me their frequent flyer miles to go visit bobby. thank you.
to my dear friend who picks up jordan every morning and takes him to school even though i am not keeping my end of the bargain. thank you.
to the moms who offer to take sofia to a play, to drop off and pick up andrew from a party or who just say "if you need help, let me know". thank you.
to the girls who went to lunch with me and let me vent for 45 minutes. thank you.
to the friend who sent me a facebook message with "friendship thoughts and support vibes". thank you.
to my friend who gave me a hug this morning cause she could see i was struggling. thank you.
to the ladies who read my blog every week even though my postings are random and sporadic. thank you and here's the link to that recipe.
to my fantasy football team who gave me the biggest win during the first week and reminded me to trust my instincts. thank you.
to the teachers who remind me what a special place our school is and that the work i do is for a purpose. thank you.
to the mom who took jordan to water polo practice on saturday so i could enjoy some time at home with the kids. thank you.
to my parents who help me with the garden, fix things around the house and watch the kids at night while i go to meetings, back to school nights, and socials. gracias.
to my sister who takes me to dinner cause i really needed some girl time and a fantastic meal. thank you.
to uncle jessie for watching the kids and making it so fun for them. (and for being named jessie which sofia thinks is cool because of full house). thank you.
to the mom, whose husband passed away a few years ago,  and is offering me words of encouragement. you are my hero. thank you!
to my in-laws who pick up jordan at 9pm on wednesdays or come get him from school while i go to a meeting, and help me with laundry, dishes, car repair and meals. thank you.
to jordan who has grown up so much over the last few months. who has put sofia to bed because she wasn't listening to her grandparents. who tells me every detail of his day. who despite being exhausted is happy and cheerful. thank you.
to andrew for helping me find humor everyday. for stepping up when jordan is not home and taking the lead as the man of the house. thank you.
to sofia for reminding me everyday just how much i am loved. for keeping me on my toes. for the snuggles and cuddles that i need everyday.  thank you.
to all 3 kids who watch me make mistakes and don't hold them against me. who see me get stressed out and make me laugh. and who sacrifice their time for the good of the family. thank you.
to bobby for working so hard and despite having a stressful, difficult, very long day calls me every night to check in and say "i love you." i miss you and thank you!

i couldn't be more blessed.  i couldn't feel more supported.  i couldn't be more grateful.

thank you!

1 comment:

Alexa said...

Beautiful Betty. I needed to read this right now, because even though we are in different phases of parenting, I'm finding my own challenges with a toddler, an infant and starting back to work. You are right, this is our life right now, these are our moments. They can be so hard while we are living them, but someday I have this feeling I'll look back with a bit of a nostalgia and say: "Those were the days." Or maybe I'll be retired, sitting on a beach in Cabo with Matt holding a margarita - then I probably won't be saying that. Haha. Hope you are well! :)