I love my daughter. She's always got my back and knows me better than anyone except my mom. I got a call from her this morning basically telling me that I haven't been myself lately and reminding me that we really have great lives. Whenever I find myself worrying about things, I always try to tell myself that there are so many people out there who are so much worse off than I am. However, I've had a dark cloud following me the last several months but didn't realize how bad it was until my daughter's call this morning.
I started rattling off things I'd been thinking about (I evidently needed to get it off my chest!):
Wanting so badly to sell our house but not being able to
Wondering if we were going to need to move all the kids up the the property into a commune because of the horrible economy.
Not being able to come up with a good plan for a much-needed family get-together.
Not having Jake home.
blah, blah, blah
Then she reminded me of what I always say. "Life is good."
It was a gentle butt-kicking I needed. Life really is good you know, and here's what I have to be so grateful for and will now focus on:
A husband who loves me - even though we're much like Al and Peg Bundy!
A family I can always trust and talk to.
3 wonderful kids who have turned out to be more than I could ever have hoped for - despite some of the things I've done.
A daughter-in-law and son-in-law that I love and feel so lucky to have. You're extremely fortunate if your children marry someone who loves them (almost) as much as you do. Thank you Heather and Tim for loving my kids.
Jake will be home - where he belongs - soon.
A mother who is so special to me (and everyone in our family) that I can't imagine not having her as my best buddy.
A beautiful home.
A beautiful piece of property that we'll someday live on.
A few friends that I think the world of and would do anything for and I know would do anything for me. (I'm basically quite anti-social - not that I choose that, but because I'm just not the life of the party like my sisters are so people have a hard time getting close to me). Jaci, Denise, Casey - I love you!
5 WONDERFUL grandkids that I think love me almost as much as I love them - and it's the best feeling in the world.
So, thanks Jacki, for giving me the lift I needed and the gentle butt-kicking to remind myself of how wonderful my life really is. You are my sunshine...