Monday, January 22, 2007

Happy Monday!

Well, I must say, I had quite the pity party for myself since my last post. But thanks to my wonderful husband who gave the most effective guilt trip lecture, I got over it. I realized that my problems were rediculous compared to the world around me.

For example, I complain that our house is too crowded with stuff. First of all, I have a house, and to have too much stuff-to say it out loud now seems CRAZY! Then I started talking about how hard having a fourth child was going to be. Yes, it will be different and might bring a little chaos for a couple of weeks, but there are people who can't have kids and I am having my fourth. We have some very close friends who have had so much trouble in this area, and when I thought about them and the way I was acting, I wanted to call them and apologize for my attitude. So, you know who you are, I'm sorry. Not that I did anything to you, but I felt like I owed you that.

I really can't remember what else I was complaining about, but I can assure you that all of the things were stupid. I am one of the most blessed women on the planet. I get to live out one of my few dreams in life, being a stay-at-home mom to my three amazing children. Thanks to my husband, I don't have to worry about taking them to day-care everyday. I get to be the one to take them to school, pick them up, make their meals, read to them, love them. It is the most amazing job EVER. I have a wonderful family, no matter how crazy they are : ). I have amazing friends that I couldn't live without. I am just overwhelmed when I look back over the life I have lived and see that God has chosen to bless me so abundantly, in spite of myself and the choices I have made.

So, the next time I get so "woe is me", I will have this post to look back on and remind me that I actually have no real woes in my life. I love my life and honestly wouldn't trade any of it for anything. I love you all and hope you have a blessed day.


Stephen Shirley said...

It is pretty crazy how blessed we are. It certainly is more than we deserve.

You bring such joy into my life. I just got your e-mail with Luke's "comments" at the end. It's enough to bring a grown man to his knees in thanks everytime. Thank you SO MUCH for being my wife.

Leslie said...

I certanly know how you feel!! But I chalk my "pitty parties" up to hormones! Plus, you have a lot going on with your busy family! It's perfectly ok to feel sorry for yourself every once in a while!! And Stephen is so wonderful! I know he was really there to "snap" you out of your phase!! But I know sometimes it's easier to look at what is wrong with our lives than to be thankfull for what is right!

Take Care :)

jtcosby said...

Elizabeth, you are one remarkable woman! I know it is frustrating to have pity parties...and sometimes we ALL have them, remember how wonderful you are and remember how much other people see the light in your eyes and your life. You are amazing! :) Are you interested in getting together this week?