When Tehya was first born, I would occasionally call my mom and ask to “trade in my parent card and become a kid again.” She would laugh and then listen to me talk about how “tough” it was. I know it was simply a matter that I was trying to do too many things, and I was tired. I didn’t appreciate what was right in front of me. I think this is a dangerous place to be. I think being grateful for what you do have is the best remedy for “feeling sorry” for yourself.
After about a month of feeling sorry for myself every couple of days, I decided to do something about it. Whenever I was feeling down, I would write out 5 things I was grateful for. Soon, my heart would feel full, and I would feel so much better. It was such a simple act, but one that made a big impact.
Today, I’m grateful for Ella. My big helper. She wants to help with everything, so I let her do as much as she can. She listens well, is gentle with Tehya but more important than all of this, she’s healthy. These are all things I’m incredibly grateful for.
Here she is helping me in the kitchen, wearing an apron that belonged to me when I was a kid. She looks so grown up… and who doesn’t love a candy cane apron?