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Small Graces

This post is part of weekly series inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".

sometimes they slip by without notice
sometimes they are very hard to see
other times it's very clear when they are happening to me

they are a reminder to the heart there is more to this life than meets they eye...
He is in the small graces, the little moments when the miracles come...

small graces pointing me to the larger one...
little glimpses of the kingdom come

The beginning of last week started off really well. On Sunday, after church, we spent the rest of the day out and about as a family. We ran a couple errands, ate at our favorite fast food place, Chipotle, and then went ice skating. It was the perfect start to a week!

I wish I could say all of the week went that smoothly, but towards the end of the week my PMDD kicked in and all of a sudden I felt very weighed down. Everything feels harder and currently, not being anxious or annoyed takes a lot of work. I know that those behaviors are not ones I want to give in to. That while sitting around vegging-out in front of the television sounds very tempting, it won't make me feel any better - just worse. That even though lots of little things are irking me, taking out my frustrations on others will just lead to more guilt. I feel like, during these times, I am constantly fighting to make the right decisions - it's a really crappy road sometimes. 

I'm seeing process, though, and am feeling more in control. I can recognize the symptoms and set plans accordingly. I'm thankful for the workout Jeremy and I have been doing. It's tough but getting it done in the morning makes me feel like I've at least conquered/done something; which for some reason brings me peace. 

Likewise, I've been very thankful for our Valentine decorations that last couple days. They are a little bit of prettiness, and a reminder that there are days ahead when I will have energy again. 

Our membership to the children's museum was a big blessing this week. It was nice to have a fun place to take the kids were they could burn off energy and I didn't feel the need to plan/entertain them. 

So grateful for these precious kids themselves, who give me so many reason to smile and laugh. Little Lady is currently obsessed with her name and every time she see's a "K" she squeals with delight. 

She also had me snickering, when she walked around all morning with one of her baby dolls in her dress, "this baby wants out, but I keep telling her 'no' she has to stay!" 

Lastly, I'm so appreciative of Jeremy. He does such a good job of listening and emphasizing. I'm grateful for today, when he took the kids for the afternoon so I could have quiet.

picnic lunch at daddy's work

So that I could rest, clean, and prepare for the week ahead. I'm thankful that even though this is a crappy road sometimes, I know I'll never have to go it alone.


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