7 months into 2014, with every month presenting a life-changing challenge of its own – there are times I wonder when this big cycle of change is going to end. On the other, I’m grateful for the opportunities presented in these seemingly difficult times. And thankful for God’s grace that has helped open my perspectives in a positive way with the help of mentors, family and good friends. In fact, a bigger part of me hope it doesn’t stop because while it has been challenging my family & I to get out of our comfort zones; it has also pulled us a lot closer together physically and mentally. We are certainly much closer to achieving the goals and dreams that we’ve been holding close to our hearts, thanks to that big and necessary kick in the butt.
It’s been 2 weeks since the big drama happened. And after taking some time off each other, we’ve all learnt to embrace our disagreements amicably and move on. We will be moving out before baby #2 arrives, and the biggest hurdle for me so far has been trying to find another suitable playschool for Liam especially when he’s well settled into his current one and enjoys attending it very much thanks to the loving environment of the school and motherly care of the teachers.
Thankfully the 2 that we’ve shortlist so far in our new vicinity currently have vacancies, and I’m glad that both schools have spacious outdoor grounds and ample outdoor play time every day. The curriculum does seem a lot more comprehensive than the one Liam currently attends (where he practically just plays, sings and dance all day long), with a strong advocacy in literary programs & reading in both languages. And I’m grateful that when the time for change of school comes, I’d be able to participate in the month long orientation almost every day thanks to maternity leave.
We also brought Liam along for a school tour last weekend and it was nice to hear him say a resounding “YES” and “I HAD FUN” when we asked if he would like to attend school at the new place. I suppose having attend school for the last 6 months have made us all a lot more discerning in our likes & dislikes when it comes to school shopping unlike our very 1st time when we were completely clueless. And for that I’m grateful (#1) that we could make a decision about the new schools we toured very quickly.
Our recent weekends have also been packed with visiting IDs and doing furniture/ home accessories shopping; which have been fun but exhausting with a kiddo that can’t sit still for long unless someone sings and bounce off the display couches with him. I’ve never had an empty home to shop for from scratch so it has been a very interesting experience for the Bo & I so far, providing lots of lovely ideas for our first home in time to come. And for a temporary roof being provided over our heads while we welcome & settle our littlest member into the family soon and extra pair of hands to help us out, I’m grateful (#2).
Another area which I’ve been wanting to do is to help as many people as I can in my own way and I’m glad that this month alone I’ve been able to provide help and opportunities to 4 very good friends in one way or another. It makes me contented to see how I’ve managed to contribute to their business in my little way and I certainly hope to keep this goodwill going. I’m grateful to be able to start making a difference in the lives of others (#3).
De-cluttering. It is only through needing to pack and adapt to a smaller wardrobe space that I’ve finally got down to clearing out 80 pieces of clothing (and counting), donating mint conditioned ones to the less fortunate. I’ve also thrown out 90% of my lifestyle magazines that I used to keep for “just-in-case” future references along with things that I’ve held on to for far too long. It has been liberating…to say the least, tossing out the clutter and making space for new happiness. And I’m grateful (#4) for being presented this chance to do so.
Feeling the closeness. Throughout the last few weeks of drama, the person most affected was Liam. He witnessed me wiping away my tears, saw his papa doing his best to guise away his sadness and was perceptive to the tension that lasted post drama. Yet all he’s been doing is to hold me close with his tiny arms, been telling me how much he loves me, how sorry he is when he climbs over my belly to give me a tight squeeze only to realize that I’m choking away, and throwing happy smiles to everyone around him. I’m so grateful to have him by my side (#5).
There may be adversities thrown in our way when we least expect it. But at the same time there are so many things in our lives that we can appreciate. What are you thankful for this week?