Perspective.

Yesterday started out as not a particularly good day.  Abbie had been up for an hour from 3:30am to 4:30am (I think she might be cutting another tooth).  Chris and I bickered in the morning.  I had to leave my car at the body shop and fell in the parking lot, and I sprained or strained my foot in the process.  Abbie had a chicken nugget at daycare, and I didn’t know how I felt about that since I’ve been trying to avoid giving her junk food.  I was moody and crabby and just wanted to mope.

Midday, Chris texted me some sad news.  He had just found out that someone he used to work with lost his wife in a car accident back in August.  He has a 22 month old daughter.

Hearing this brought tears to my eyes and really made me think.  Yes, I was having a crappy day, but I have so much to be thankful for.  I’m healthy.  Chris is healthy.  Abbie is healthy.

I get to hug and kiss my little girl every day, and she knows just how much her mommy loves her.  Their little girl will grow up not remembering her mother.  She won’t be there for her first day of school, for dance recitals or soccer games.  She won’t be there to help her pick out her wedding dress.  I’m crying again just thinking about it – and I’ve never met them.

It really put things in perspective.  Yes, some days are rough, but at the end of them, I have an amazing family to go home to – including my little girl who I have so many dreams for, and so many memories to make with.

I resolve to be more thankful – to remember even in the difficult moments how blessed I am, and to hug and kiss my daughter every chance I get – even if it’s 3 in the morning.

Just something to think about today.

 

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  1. Wow! This brought tears to my eyes… I couldn’t imagine. This reminds me of that quote that says, “Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something”. I hope that today is a blessed day for you! Enjoy your little girl and love on her as much as you can!

  2. Well said. Too often we are quick to complain on our ‘bad days’ without thinking how truly bad someone else’s day probably is. Thanks for the reminder, I needed this!

  3. This is so great. I can’t imagine what that man and his daughter have been going through. But you’re right, even at 3 in the morning, we should be thankful for being able to be there for our babies. (But it’s oh so hard when all you want to do is sleep!)

  4. Nicely written. It’s sad that we need reminders like this to remind ourselves to be grateful. Thank you.

  5. @chambanachik @Katie @ A Beautiful Little Adv @jessica lynn @Sara McCarty Thanks ladies. I definitely snuggled Abbie a little more today.

  6. This is so true. I’ve tried really hard to spend more time with K too, we’re so blessed to have healthy babies.

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