Sunday, February 12, 2012

If...

If you can start the day without a cigarette,
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pills,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches, and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct them,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics,
Then – my friend you are almost as good as your dog.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Things Are Looking Up

I've had a lot going on lately, so I've been offline for a while. You never realize how connected the world is until you take a week or two off from social media and return to find messages from people hundreds and thousands of miles away asking where you've been.

That said, there have been some good things going on in my life, so maybe 2012 is going to be a much better year.

One of the best is that my husband got a new job. The company he had worked for was having major problems - they said they could no longer afford family medical coverage, which meant we had to pay around $300 a week for insurance, then they had several weeks where they were either working minimal hours (20-25 a week) or were laid off the entire week. They are not able to pay operating expenses, and it looks like the company will be shutting down soon. Because of this, he'd been looking for another job. He got one, with higher pay and much better benefits (we'll save over $500 a month, just on health insurance), and he seems to enjoy working there so far.

Another positive thing is that some old friends of ours started a church at the beginning of the year. I've done my share of religious wandering in my lifetime, but I wanted a church that I liked attending and would feel good about raising Robbie in. I had been going back to the church my husband I first went to. I love it there, but it is 20 miles away and my husband does not go to church now, so he did not like me "wasting gas", as he sees it, to attend. My old church was also very small, so there was no nursery, which became a major issue when Robbie started walking and outgrew the age where I could give him a bottle and let him nap through the service, or keep him still with a toy and some Cheerios. The new church has an awesome kid's program, and he seems to like it. I also like it, even though it is way different from what I am used to (contemporary worship & a different style of preaching). It's also pretty cool to be a part of something like this and see how much it is growing.
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