Weighing the Days

accentuate the positive-

choose Joy-


Weighing the Days

I could complain about being tired… again.
I could exasperatedly tell you how Dietrich keeps putting things in his mouth that are not food though he did not go through this stage when he was a baby/toddler. These things include but are not limited to remote controls, feet, clothing, and furniture.
I could fuss in much the same way Madilynn does when it is time to go anywhere or do anything. Her stubborn refusal to wear clothes, shoes, and walk out of the door on her own make her the new poster child for the Strong-Willed Child (remind me to call Dr. Dobson about that).
I could sigh in defeat that though Peter’s new schedule offers the predictability of a somewhat 8-5 day, the training time period offers no flexibility, especially when the bulk of that training is happening in the larger headquarters office, an hour away.
I could commiserate with every other stay-at-home mama about the witching hour as my children demand snacks then refuse to eat supper, Madilynn screams through whatever activity both kids chose right before getting sweet and snuggly, or either child changing their mind about said activity.
However, I’m trying to be more positive. Instead of grumbling about all that isn’t going quite right, I am going to share my joy over the things going well.
Dietrich and I made a to do list with his daily tasks. This list even includes the simple things like getting dressed and eating breakfast before any screen time. His attitude the past couple of days has been much better overall. He is apparently a list person, like his mama.
Madilynn knows some of her letters and numbers by sight. She does not play the identification game on demand as well as I’d like. Most importantly, she knows the letter M, and everything that starts with M is “Madilynn.”
Dietrich’s memory never ceases to amaze me. He told me all about symbiosis because he saw it on Octonauts. We look up things in our World Books when he asks questions. It’s so much fun for both of us to learn together.
I am participating in a new collaborative creative blog called BluSky. My first post ran today and my second will run next week. They will be posted here in the next few days after I do some more editing and add photos.
We are starting to feel at home in our new town. Through a homeschool social media group, I just made a play date for later this week.
We’ve visited two congregations and like both of them. Decisions that come only with first world problems and living in the Bible Belt.
The good truly does outweigh the bad. All in all, the bad isn’t so terrible, just exhausting.


20 thoughts on “Weighing the Days

  1. Chari

    You go momma! My 1 year old puts everything in his mouth but I count it a blessing that if it isn't food he takes it right back out lol.

    1. growin49_wp

      Kids are funny, and all so different!

  2. Kristen

    It's so much easier to get caught up in the bad things and forget about all of the good, even if they are small. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. growin49_wp

      Indeed it is easier, but easy isn't equal to right! Glad you stopped by and found encouragement here today!

  3. Marie

    JOY is always there, we just need to find it and focus on it!! Have fun #spreadingJOY


    1. growin49_wp

      Yes, Joy is eternal! Satan would certainly like to blind us to that, which is why I am making a conscious effort to focus on the good.

  4. Caroline @ In Due Time

    This is so good! I think there is so much power when we choose to focus on the blessings instead of dwell on the hardships! It also removes room for satan to attack when we choose to praise God instead of grumble!

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. growin49_wp

      Satan sure does have a hard time dwelling where praise and thankfulness reside! I have enough going on without his interference! Glad you stopped by and enjoyed the post!

  5. Jerusha T.

    Oh girl, trust me, I feel you. My son is going through the "everything in my mouth" phase, despite being 5 and knowing better, and the dealing with the barely staying awake during the day but cascades of tears at bedtime… Totally overwhelming. And I think it's hard for people to understand that when our husbands work such hours, yes you have a husband, but a lot of the time you feel like a single parent. It's hard! But I admire how you're looking for the positive and trying to do what you can. You've got this! – Jerusha, TheDisneyChef.com

    1. growin49_wp

      My focus on my husband's job now is different, because we endured military life before – a true single while married state sometimes for months at a time. To me, the "regular" day SHOULD be a piece of cake. I think I was spoiled during his months of unemployment. We're all learning how to be a family in the civilian world and well, some days we're not meeting the challenge. Ha. Other days go smoothly… maybe we're "normal" after all (whatever that means).

  6. Rene D

    I chuckled out loud with the list of stuff that gets put in your mouth (specifically – feet LOL) … What a sweet share! Blessings to you in your new home town that you find a space that feels JUST like yours. Isn't it amazing that through Christ (when He is in our hearts) anywhere can be home. God has placed you right where you are – for a purpose 🙂

    1. growin49_wp

      Anywhere is home, if Christ my Lord is only there. Great Hymn. and Who knows that we are not here for such a time as this. I have kept that verse close to my heart throughout the months of transition, trying to see God's purpose and "grow where planted" – not an easy task, but I have faith that He will reveal all things in His time.

  7. Melanie B.

    Hi, I'm new to your blog (here via the Christian Bloggers FB group). I agree 100% that the good outweighs the bad – it's just sometimes hard to see it when you're tired.

    1. growin49_wp

      Isn't everything? Or any emotion is made more extreme when tired. I'm so glad to be part of the group and make new blogger friends.

  8. HungryForGod (Andi)

    one minute at a time – hang in there – and keep our eyes focused on Jesus

    1. growin49_wp

      Those minutes of hanging in are what keep us going. Focusing on Jesus is the only way I have minutes in the first place. Thank you for the encouragement!

  9. Tiffany @ wine-o-mom

    I tend to dwell on the things going wrong in my life, so stopping to reflect on the many blessings in my life, can really change my outlook!

    1. growin49_wp

      Those negative things have a louder voice and a more visual presence sometimes, don't they? I try to take stock at the end of every day, though it doesn't go into a blog post every day, counting the blessings.

  10. Hannah

    Awwww. This made my heart happy. And it made me smile. It made me smile because I love you. It made me smile because God has allowed me to be a part of your family's life. It made me smile because the first thing D did when I face timed you yesterday was run and get his new "to-do" list to show me. Way to go Mama! You are doing a great job!

    1. growin49_wp

      That's a lot of smiles! I'm smiling because I'm part of your smiles.

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