Gratitude Challenge: Day 2

Gratitude Challenge: Day 2

My days have been come extremely stressful recently. This has got me really rethinking certain things and making changes in my life.

Work particularly can be an emotional roller caster most days. I guess this is an opportunity to pour out my feelings, – today was no exception and after breaking down in tears I made a huge decision. I am not sure how it will play out and frankly I am scared but I guess it is better for my mental health and well being.

After a particularly difficult day, I love to come home to my kids. Their smiling faces and loud voices just melt my heart. I am blessed with two lovely boys and I thank God every day for them.

Today, I am grateful for D & G. My heroes.

IMG_3101.JPG

31 Days of Gratitude: Hello December

31 Days of Gratitude: Hello December

I find it hard to believe we are in December already! Seems just like yesterday we were heralding in the new year. As the year draws to a close, I decided to give my self a challenge; to write about at least one thing I am grateful for each day in December.

To start this off on Day 1, I have to say I am grateful for LIFE. It certainly is great to be alive. I realize I am not where I desire to be, but I am on my way.

November Reflections

November Reflections

November seems to have gone by pretty quickly, it’s been a good month for us as a family. For me it has been a month of learning. I have learnt so many new things regarding my roles as wife and mum.

Every new parent will attest to the fact that a baby changes things in a relationship and we are no exception. One habit we developed in the last couple of months and really enforced this month has been; spending time together once the baby in bed every night. I have learnt to be consistent with D’s bedtime,ensuring that he is in bed early, giving the hubs and me time together.

We attended a Couples’ Timeout event organised by our church around mid-November, we had to take D with us because we didn’t have any child-care arrangement, but it was fun still. The event was on a Saturday and started about mid afternoon and was over by about 7:30/8pm. The theme was Submitting to one another. I can honestly say that before then I never heard of this portion of the Bible because the usual emphasised verse is the one regarding wives submitting to their own husbands. The guest speaker was Pastor Ruth Essien and I must say I was refuelled by her talk.

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
– Ephesians 5:21

Something else I learnt or discovered this month is regarding being a wife, mother and homemaker. At several times we have discussed the issue of getting help around the house, but I do not feel the need for that right now. Sure, it would be great to have someone to take the load off me and not have to do certain tasks, but I have discovered that with proper planning and management I can accomplish most of my tasks without getting overwhelmed. Funny enough, it was one of the questions that came up during the interactive sessions of the Couples’ Retreat. I now manage my tasks spreading them out over the various days of the week.

Yes, November was a learning month and the number one thing intake away with me is making time for the important relationships in my life.

Standard

Happy New Year!

20120101-185652.jpg

“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”

-William Arthur Ward

*img source

Standard

New Year’s Eve

2011 is slowly drawing to a close, it has been an amazing year. A year filled with changes, challenges and victories. I can honestly say that it has been a year filled with many, many blessings.

At several points during the year I faced challenges and drawbacks. I am thankful to God for the grace to overcome all. I have an awesome support system around me.

It was a year of relocation, a very emotional one but the reward is waking up next to the man I love everyday.

As 2012 approaches, I’m doing a self-examination. I am a wife, daughter, mum-to-be,friend…etc and I’m examining all my roles and looking for ways to be the best. There’s room for growth and improvement and I acknowledge this.

2011 was an amazing journey. Expecting great things for 2012.

Unbelievable

Unbelievable

Today, I’m going to share some bits I can still remember of a BBC journalist’s conversation with what appears to be two Manchester rioters/looters (their faces weren’t shown on camera).

Journalist: You can pay for this stuff?

Rioter 1: Yea, but why miss a chance to get stuff for free.

Journalist: What about your parents?

Rioter 1: My parents know I’m here, nothing’s gonna happen. I’m not gonna get grounded or shouted at, well I might get shouted at…

Rioter 2: What are they going to do? The prisons are overcrowded, I’ll take the caution, or what are they going to do? Give me an ASBO?

Journalist: Why are you here?

Rioter 1: We’ve come out for money, this is our payback.

Rioter 2: Because everyone’s doing it…

 

The last response “because everyone’s doing it” is really saddening. A lot of times when I rode the bus to work and there were school children in it I was always disgusted to hear kids of not more than 10 years old using swear words. It was also obvious that most of them had become so materialist, had a sense of entitlement and no regard for authority.

Plenty has gone wrong in society and it is reflecting in the youngsters. I don’t know what it’s like to raise a child and the challenges it brings, but I figure as a parent you can only pass on morals you yourself exhibit and have got. Of course, there are external influences which parents cannot control but I think if more parents set better examples, showed more interest and instilled discipline in their children it would go a long way.

There is a well written. thought-provoking eye witness account of the Salford riots on this site, worth reading. One interesting bit of this account is “…mothers sent small children in to fill shopping bags with food and beer because they are too young to be arrested”. This is when the looting of a Lidl store was being done, this happens to be across the road from where I lived in Salford.

*An ASBO is an Anti-Social Behaviour Order