all that to say, discontentment and ungratefulness have been creeping back into my heart lately and i don't like it. i have found myself having little pity parties over our inability to do and have things that are far from necessary. things like vacations, visiting out of state family and yes, sadly, even buying a minivan for our growing family. (side note, it is harder for me to admit that i am sad about NOT being able to own a minivan than i am about an ungrateful heart. seriously, it is.) all those things would be HUGE blessings but aren't things that we need. instead, they are things that only privileged people get to cry over not having. only those people who have all other needs met have time to focus on being discontent about their lack of a kid-wagon or trip to the beach. so, i've been praying that God would just change my heart and once again, grow gratefulness in it.
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me." phil 4
on that note, here are a few things that i have been so grateful for lately...
starting with our backyard
ohmygoodness, a backyard is a game changer with kids. we had adjusted to apartment walks and daily trips to the playground in the past, but with 2 small children nothing is nicer than being able to open the back door and let them run out.
leggings. i have rediscovered the joy of leggings at 7.5 months pregnant. wonderful is all i have to say. no picture necessary.
this chai tea latte mix. i had it for the first time at a friend's house a couple weeks ago and immediately went out to buy it the next day. it's so good. i have a decaf and caffeinated version in my fridge right now. i prefer it iced but hot is an option too.