It is very easy to count our sorrows and notice when things go wrong in our lives. Indeed, it is part of our human nature to take things for granted and pay less attention than we should to the positive things. For example, I rarely think about good health until I am unwell. Thus, I have decided to more specifically count my blessings this year, and spend time consistently reflecting on them. I plan to write a weekly gratitude list post to help me do this. I am sure these posts will remind me of how fortunate I am as I review them throughout the year. I trust that this discipline will help my attitude to be one that is more of gratitude.
Here is my first list:
- It was such a treat for my husband and I to be with our Precious Sparkle on his first new year. I was pregnant with him when we stepped into 2014; and he slept into 2015 whilst I watched him. Aww, what a privilege!
- I am glad that new technology makes it easier and cheaper to keep in touch with family abroad. It was lovely wishing our folks, who are an hour ahead of us, ‘happy new year’ and feeling like we were ‘together’ in some way. In addition to this, the delight on my mother in law’s face when she saw her grandson through Skype was thrilling to watch; what a moment to remember when he ‘met’ some of his uncles and aunties. Thank God for our Lebara International Sim card, Skype, Sky broadband, and all the other companies whose products enabled our lovely extended family ‘meet up’ to happen.
- I am very thankful that we have now all fully recovered from the horrible cold at the end of December; how lovely not to be wiping Precious Sparkle’s nose every few minutes and feeling sorry for him when he struggled to breathe and feed at the same time. Good health is definitely priceless. 🙂
Working Breastfeeding Mum
- I properly started work again after maternity leave and I made it through the week despite a number of challenges and annoyances along the way. I am thankful for my colleagues who kept asking me about how I was getting on and helped me in whatever way they could.
- I also managed to go home every lunch time to breastfeed Precious Sparkle. I am so thankful that we live a walking distance from where I work; this has been especially useful when I have had to run to make it back to work on time to teach my last lesson. 🙂
- I am so thankful for Additional Paternity Leave rights in England. This has made it possible for my husband to care for our son whilst I am at work. It really makes my return to work so much easier, knowing that Precious Sparkle is with his dad; and our breastfeeding journey is the better for it because I can go home to feed him.
- It was lovely knowing that many dear friends prayed for my family and I as I went back to work; this was not my favourite decision and I am definitely knowing God’s help to adjust to my new situation.
Mum and Wife
- I have struggled with the best way to bathe Precious Sparkle in recent weeks; we don’t have a bath and he has clearly outgrown the portable one we were using for him. I am so glad that I have now found a safe way to bathe him in the shower that is convenient for all of us, and works with my earlier start in the morning because of work.
- I am very thankful for some brilliant food deals I got from Tesco; it can be such a treat being in the right place at the right! 🙂
What are you thankful for this week?
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