For the past two days, I have been living with major frustration - ok, now I know some of you will think - "that's not so bad - you should try my life" but I do want to take a post to dispell the rumor that my life is always glamorous!!! (I can hear the laughter now!!) You see, it all started getting ready for the Superbowl Party - I was making a dip that required shredded swiss cheese - because of the frugal wife that I am, I thought I would shred some I had at home. I put it in my wonderful food processor and clicked on the lid and started shredding. Well, no one warned me that swiss might be a bit hard and could clog my machine - nope, I just stuck it in there - the lid shot off - even the blade almost shot out AND it broke my food processor. Seems minor, I know, but NOT TO ME! I LOVE that food processor - we got it as a wedding gift - and have lovingly sung its praises for the past 16 years. In my state of grief, I turned to Joe (my rock in times like this) and said, "And I know we're a little tight right now so we probably can't even buy a new one." To which he replied, "You are right - we will need to find a way to do without it." *sigh* It is at this point that the tears started - should I even admit that!?!? Somedays are just bad, you know!?!? So Kitchenaid - if you are reading this - I would be happy to try your NEW 7 cup food processor and blog about it's wonderful qualities!! (You never know who may be reading!)
But that was not to be the end of the badness...Monday we go to get our taxes done - we have them figured by a professional - who are you kidding, we have to - I can hardly do 6th grade math somedays!! So he tells us we OWE this year. Ok, we kind of knew we might owe if our second adoption didn't go through this year, but I don't think we dreamed he meant owe as in ALMOST FOUR DIGITS!!! Oh my - I'll admit it - when I found out, I sat down and cried. (I think by this time Joe is wondering if I am pregnant as those are about the only other times in my life when the tears were OUT OF CONTROL!!) BUT, I think today, that my wheels are already turning, I mean really - look at THIS GUY - he owed TONS and didn't have to pay, and now he works for the president. So I have started praying for that - a new job! OR that the year of jubilee will be re-enacted and all will be fine - that is my new plan. I like that law in the Old Testament - why can't we start it again today!?!? And here my positive side is showing through - at least I got to use MY money for the last year - that's positive, isn't it!?!?
I'll be real honest on another front - I love being home with my kids - most of our days are very good together. I enjoy teaching them school - they are fun to be with and USUALLY good workers, but yesterday was another story - no one wanted to work and then when they did get finished - they had so many corrections that we were doing school until 8 pm. I did not do what every homeschool mom does at least ONCE every week, I did not threaten them with the old "I can put you in school" routine. But I wasn't very gracious either, I did handle it well and so I had to apologize. But I can do that, and they can see a REAL mom - one that fails often!
So - I wake up today - ready to take on another day, be more patient, be more loving and gracious, handle our struggles with more strength. And as I sit and type this - I look over at the dog - dragging her bottom on the ground. (I know TOO MUCH INFORMATION, but hey, it's real!) I know she needs to go to the vet and have her anal glands aspirated again - I am thinking positively here - remember, it's a new day. I smile - first of all, I know I won't have to do the cleaning out of those glands. And secondly, I am glad I am not the poor dog that has to have it done as I'm sure it's not a pleasant process. Then I wonder - is that comparable to hemorrhoids?? I suddenly have a whole new sympathy for the dog! But it's a new day - the dog and I will keep our chins up and face it fresh!
When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.