Saturday, October 24, 2009

Get a new perspective...........

So yesterday was a bummer. See we've got this trip planned to the UK in December and we're going to be there for Christmas. We afforded the flights with last years tax return. Anyway, we had just enough tax return left to give us a bit of spending money while we're there. But then yesterday in the mail we get these 2 bills. Unexpected bills.

I don't know about you but unexpected bills are a problem for us. See, we went from both of us working to me staying at home when I had my first baby. I've been home for 2 years now. If you've ever done it then you know that the adjustment from 2 salaries to one is a bit of a shock to the system. In fact, I don't know what we did with our money! So, anyway, we have to budget pretty tight and we just about cover our bills and have enough left for gas and food. We don't have a comfort zone, or a buffer.

So, in the finish we had to use our last few dollars of our tax return to pay our "unexpected" bills. Bummer. Bummer. Bummer. Now we might not have any spending money at Christmas. Bummer. Grump. Grump. Bummer. Bummer.

So I was miffed, fed up, disappointed, bummed out. So, I went up stairs to get Bella from her nap. She had removed her diaper and peed in the bed (this is not the first time!!) then Chloe woke up and she'd had a blow out. She had poop EVERYWHERE!!! So now I had to change 2 sets of bedding and re-dress 2 children. Could this day get any worse? I sat down in the middle of the room and Bella said "Mummy I can take my diaper off".

I can see that. Grrr. But then I had a thought. Hang on. What if she couldn't? Think about that for a second. Instead of focussing on how crappy it is to change crappy sheets. What if she wasn't developing normally? What if I didn't have the money? What if????? Here I was with my 2 fabulous kids. Sitting in our lovely house that we can still afford in this economy because it comes with hubby's job. And it occurred to me that I was looking at it all wrong.

First of all - how amazing that we can even afford flights to the UK. And the unexpected bills? Well at least we can actually pay them! And so what if we don't have extra spending money? Who cares? What's really important? So yesterday was not a bummer after all. It was a day to give thanks! Thank God. Thank You Lord that I have exactly what I need.
It was a day to thank God that I have a wonderful family that are sooooo excited to see us.
It was a day to thank God that have 2 wonderful healthy kids.
It was a day to thank God that I have a gorgeous hubby who loves the hec out of me.
It was a day to thank God that my life is filled to over flowing with exactly what I need. Thank You God!


  1. What a gift He gave you with that sweet and gentle reminder. Hang in there, my friend and keep looking UP to The One who loves you so very much!!

  2. I can thank God for all those things too. Love you Em xx