My house is calm. The boy is asleep. It's 1000 degrees outside, ok, only getting to 103 today I know - so cool in comparison to 1000, right? lol
And since it's Thursday, it's all about Small Successes. And people, they are very important. In our every day life, we have peaks and valleys and especially in those valleys, we must hold on the little things... the silver linings... the small successes.
Who's with me?! If you are, link up at Catholicmom.com's Small Success Thursday!
Small Success #1 - I want to give praise. Our small fix on our Air Conditioner is HOLDING. The guy is still looking for a unit to meet our $7K or under goal. We may have to adjust. Regardless, we are remaining cool. And we are thankful and consider it a huge success. SO thankful to have an air-condition repair man in our neighborhood.
Small Success #2 - this week, we kept to our no spend and did not eat out anywhere. Yep. Huge success. Stuck to my meal plan. In my defense, with no air and such last week, we did order pizza one evening when cooking became unbearable. But all is well this week and we have done well.
Small Success #3 - Family Game Night. It doesn't always happen these days... the almost 12 year old is getting to the age where he would almost rather be anywhere except next to us... but last night, my hubby said, "Family Game Night" and after their discussion and compromises about which games to play (they settled on Sorry and Headbands) we had a fun time.
Small Success #4 - A real vacation. Um, yes, we are going on one later, in the Fall. We like to go off season and have not been on a true, don't answer to anyone else, vacation in years. We are going to South Padre Island and we're going to enjoy it. We love our family trips, to visit friends/family. But that is typically what we do because we are taxed for time, etc. But this year - it's just going to be us, for a week, at the beach. We will visit a turtle conservatory, a local zoo, take a horseback ride on the beach, fish, get massages and whatever else we want... just us. <3 Why is this a huge success? 1) because we are finally financially able... and 2) My husband's work just doesn't always allow it. Not complaining, but we have canceled trips due to schedule changes. But the big boss said, GO ON VACATION! YAY... For that matter, we also booked a weekend trip in November to go to the Chickasaw Indian Multi-Tribal Festival. Doesn't that sound fun? It does to this homeschool mama. Fall, in Oklahoma, with my guys... learning about history... and exploring. YIP to the EEE.
I read this yesterday and it's so true. So thankful for my daily emails from Franciscan Media:
One of the difficulties we may have when our lives become unmanageable is that we find dealing with other people to be difficult and we may even struggle to maintain a relationship with God. Caring people especially can find themselves carrying unnecessary crosses as they become lost in the maze of trying to meet everyone’s crazy expectations—including their own! -from Spiritual Resilience
When we remember that GOD's is truly the only expectation we must meet, how much happier we are. I bought the book. I'll keep you posted.
Anywhooo... I hope and pray you have a great rest of your week.
Love, Hugs & Blessings.