I feel like I am walking a very thin line between complaining and voicing concerns that need to be dealt with on a daily basis. I will be the first to acknowledge that us building this house is a HUGE blessing, something not everyone gets a chance to do, and something I am grateful we get to do.
BUT, it doesn't make the challenges any easier to deal with. The weight of this task is often heavy and overwhelming. I am tired; emotionally, physically, and mentally.
I had written an entire post voicing every frustration I had, and I am grateful I didn't hit publish, because while walking that thin line I was reminded one of the best things I can do is count my many blessings.
So here we go:
* Rob was able to convince the attendant at the Delta counter to rearrange his flight yesterday so he arrived home two hours earlier than we had originally planned. Our kids had no idea he was coming home early, they thought they wouldn't see him until the morning. We were just kneeling down to say prayers when he walked in the door. There was a lot of happy screams and three kids almost knocking their Dad over with hugs. It was one of the greatest things I have every witnessed.
* On Monday we were working at the house and our contractor, who is Rob's cousin, stopped by to help us with our fireplace. We were trying to fix a mess the framers made and we wanted to make sure we were doing it right. When he pulled up he noticed something wasn't right with one of the walls in our hallway, upon further inspection we noticed the wall was not straight and off by almost three inches. Rob and Brian worked hard and were able to fix it. I am so grateful he noticed it before all the dry wall went up.
* We were able to find a really great deal on all of our appliances and I was able to get everything I was wanting within our budget. I am so excited and I can not wait to cook in my kitchen, it is going to be amazing.
* Did I mention Rob is home safely and he shouldn't have to travel for the rest of the year? It is a huge blessing and worth mentioning twice.
* He also has enough sky miles to buy me a ticket to go with him on his next trip anywhere in the US, or to pay for a big chunk of a ticket to Paris.
* Yesterday I was sitting at Hunter's football practice when it started raining so they ended practice 15 minutes early, which was a huge blessing because I was able to make it on time to pick up Hannah from ballet class.
* I am so grateful for how responsible my Samantha is, I rely on her so much. I was grateful she was so willing to sit at ballet with Hannah so she didn't panic when I wasn't there to pick her up on time.
* I am grateful for the strength and energy I am given every day to conquer everything that needs to be accomplished. I am also grateful for these trials that are changing me and helping me become a better person. I can see I am very different from the girl who moved here three years ago, and while there have been many days I have asked for things to be easier, I am grateful for everything I have learned along the way.
* Last I am grateful it is the weekend, we have work to get done, but we also have plans filled with good food, friends, family, and football!!!