Reflections on a Day Gone Bad (Saturday)

I think perhaps I should  have just stayed in bed today! Well, like THAT would ever happen but I can dream, right? My day first started going awry when I had to go to the grocery store with 5 kids. Any of you who have shopped with 5 kids (12, 10, 10, 2 1/2, 5m) knows what I'm talking about. Of course, if you have 18 kids and you go to the grocery with only 5 of them it probably feels like a vacation. lol Speaking of vacations, I sure would like one. Sigh. Anyway.... I got home from Kroger (which I abhor but I won't go into all the "why's" now) and had to nurse the baby. I figured the cold stuff could wait but I knew the ice cream couldn't so I asked one of my twins to put it in the freezer. Finished nursing and started putting groceries away only to discover that the ice cream had melted and leaked out into the bag onto other items. Mmmmmhmmmm...."but MOM, I didn't hear you". Sigh. Baby starts screaming, phone rings, gotta nurse baby again blah blah blah.

It's 11:30pm and my pantry items are still on my table. I'm hoping no cold items are hidden in there with them. That's been known to happen before.

Anyway, I digress. So, back to my story (I mean complaining). Right as I'm starting to nurse the baby I learn it was my husband who called and he informs me he's had a flat and that I need to come get him. I nursed enough to tie the baby over, left something outside for a friend to pick up, and hurried on my merry (NOT) way. I get to where I need to pick up my husband  and learn that the insurance rep who was supposed to be coming to our house to look at our truck (because somebody hit my husband's truck last Saturday) was on his way. Well, seeing as the truck was on the side of the highway broken down, chances of it being there was 0%.  So, my husband tells him to meet us there, along the side of the road. We have a 7 passenger van. Whenever my husband is with us, it is filled to capacity. Three big kids in the back of a van all squished together equals trouble, which they supplied in spades. Luckily, it didn't take long for the guy to arrive. Now we were on our happy, happy, joy, joy (NOT) way to the tire store. After about an hour, we were on our way back to the truck where I was able to drop my husband off.

Now, after being able to sit down for the first time in hours, I can reflect on what went wrong. Not with my day, but with me and the way I handled my day. Being Bipolar, I have a tendency to get agitated and stressed easily and today was no exception. I should have reflected on:

Philippians 4:11  "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, IN WHATSOEVER STATE I am, [therewith] to be content."

Hello out there. "WHATSOVER STATE". I'm assuming that means agitated and stressed.

I should have reflected on:

1 Thessalonians 5:18 "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

I'm not sure how to be thankful for a tire going flat, or kids fighting but I know that I can be thankful that we have a vehicle and I can be thankful for my children. I can be thankful that we have money to go to the grocery store. I can be thankful that I have a house that holds the table that holds the groceries that we were able to buy. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and focus on everything that is going wrong. I can now focus on what went RIGHT about my day. On the way to the much abhorred Kroger, my little boy, in the sweetest voice, said to me "Mama, Look! There's two Frank's picking soybeans! They're compines". LOL My son loves Cars and now calls all combines "Frank". He talked all the way to the store about tractors and picking beans. Listening to him babble is music to my ears. We also got a free Red Box movie coupon and rented Furry Vengeance. VERY funny movie! Another "right" was my littlest one looking up to smile at me while nursing. Getting a check on the spot for our damaged truck was another. My husband ordering pizza for us so I wouldn't have to cook, one more.

So, as I sit here waiting for laundry to be done for church tomorrow, I am finally content and giving thanks. But, I must say.... I sure hope tomorrow is a better day! LOL


My So Called Homeschool Life said...

Hmmmm....not sure why this is showing up as a Sunday post. My clock said 11:45 when I published it.

JamericanSpice said...

You handled it better than I ever would. I've been known to go off. I'm a hot fuse. Not a good thing. I'm trying.

And now I'm rethinking wanting to have five kids :)

I love that you got to sit and reflect on all that we should be thankful for.

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