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Monday, November 24, 2008

It could be worse

Well, the germs seem to have finally run their course through my little family. In the end, we all came down with something at some point in the last two weeks except for Brian. He stayed healthy until he went camping with the scouts at which point he managed to mess up his right shoulder. He's been in a tremendous amount of pain for just over a week and he can't hardly use that arm at all.
Not a big deal for me, normally.
I mean, sure, I felt bad for him, but as long as the kids and I were getting better I could deal with his temporary handicap. Until...
The dishwasher stopped working, the van sprang a leak in the radiator, and the heating element in the oven fizzled out. Oh, and the cable TV stopped working this morning. And let's not forget that Christmas is coming.
I have to admit that I was feeling pretty sorry for myself Sunday morning. Between being sick for two weeks and having things breaking down right and left, I was pretty sure I had reached my limit. No more, I silently prayed, please no more!
Then....
One of the speakers in Sacrament Meeting read a children's story about a mouse who had a very bad day. He tripped and fell, stumbled into a hole and was stung by nettles. What he didn't see was the cat, the bird, and the snake that would have eaten him if it weren't for his misfortunes.
So.....
It could be worse. The kids are healthy, Brian's shoulder is getting better, we have hot running water that we can wash the dishes by hand with, the van got me home before breaking down and the microwave is still working. Heck, we even have a grill and a stove if we can't get the oven fixed quickly. Not to mention the extra exercise the kids and I will get from walking home from school instead of driving.
As it turns out, when I cultivate gratitude and look for the positives, my limit vanishes.

5 comments:

Rebecca said...

Hey gorgeous! I would love to hook you up with some beauty advice -anything I can do, I'm at your disposal! You should have my number, right?

Pat said...

Good attitude there girl. You are right of course, there is always something worse that could have happened. I know that from experience. So many times we found ourselves in similar circumstances and wow we made it through and I felt so much better - because we had survived and everyone was still alive to tell about it.

I love you and am so proud of you!

Love ya,

sues2u2 said...

Man, once again I get to "look up" to you! I have been having a great pity party & decided it was high time I took a break from it!

Way to go, sister of mine. You are awesome!

Rachael said...

Wow - I've been feeling a little bit of that lately too! That's a great reminder though to check the attitude - I guess these situations are what we make of them! Hang in there!

***We will be there over Thanksgiving - let's DEFINITELY get together if you're going to be around!!!

Dutson House Happenings said...

So sorry to hear about all of that! Hopefully you'll be able to get all that stuff fixed soon. I'm glad that you're all starting to feel better.