I rarely post on this section of my blog anymore, but more personal long-form stuff seems to fit better here. Stephanie has written a Blog Your Heart post and invited us to join in. It always seems like a good idea, ya' know? Even if I don't share much personal stuff here normally.
- It hurts my feelings that neither of my sisters sent me a birthday card or a gift or called me. Both of them sent a Facebook message saying they'd call and neither of them did. Seriously?
- I'm grateful for my job and our health insurance, but I wish I could be home more. I'd love to work at home, part time, and be there after school, instead of having G. go to the after school care the three days her Daddy is teaching in the afternoon. But I'm grateful that we have affordable care right in town, even if there are things we don't love about it.
- I'm proud of myself for having fit in some exercise three days this week. I never feel like it, but not only is it good for me, but it's setting a good example for G. Now I need to encourage either a fitness center membership or a treadmill for the house, so K. will get into a routine, too.
- The first month of third grade is over already. I'm glad G. still wants to tell me things about school and all the interpersonal drama that goes on between her and her friends. I don't remember that aspect of elementary school. I love that she will tell me things like, "I have a crush on Jeremiah."
- There are so many important conversations to have with G. I want her to have information and ask questions, but I know that once she knows about how babies are made, she will be less innocent and look at the world differently. She's eight. There's only so long I can put this off. For now, I answer things as they come up. I want things to be in the proper context -- i.e. this is something special to wait for when you get married -- but she has classmates whose parents weren't married when they were born (and has asked me about that.) Aside from the religious aspect, I told her that having children is such a big commitment that you want to make sure that you have a strong commitment and relationship and friendship with the person who will be the father of those children and that I feel having children within a marriage is the very best thing to do.