February 11, 2019

What I Learned In January

I know it's the second week of February, but it's never too late to share what you learned at a particular point and time.
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It's important to chart growth, reflect on lessons and share with others.
I learned that January was long, but filled with great moments. Did it feel like the month was never going to end? YES! But, it was full of some great times. Dinners enjoyed with my family, quality time lounging on the weekend, reading a few new books, and much more! Savor those moments.

January was filled with sickness. I mentioned that I was under the weather- first with a viral infection and a cough that is still rearing it's ugly head, then diagnosed with a sinus infection and bacteria infection. Bella has had a runny nose that has. not. stopped! Ethan got tennis elbow and even Chuck who never really gets sick has felt yucky off and on. While all this is NO fun at all- these bad days are better than not having shelter on a cold night, or no food on the table. While healthcare isn't always affordable, I'm thankful that our family has options and help.

Life isn't perfect, and there were a few times I felt aggravated during the month. I tried my best to bite my tongue and talk when I was ready so that nothing came out of my mouth due to anger. I'm not the best at being quiet when necessary and am trying my best to be better at this and be a better role model for my children. I think I'm making improvements. Hooray for that!

While nothing life-changing or monumental seemed to happen to me personally, our children had big moments. Ethan completed his first high school elective class- Woodshop and really excelled during it. His final project was a wooden nightstand, and I still tear up thinking about the day he brought it home. He walked through the front door with it and I cried happy tears- SO very proud of his work and persistence. It looks professional and it's so awesome to see him enjoy something so much. He chose these classes over a year ago when we were completing paperwork for high school, and to watch him grow is  remarkable. He started Spanish and Carlito is really enjoying that too!  I can't wait to see what the rest of his high school career is like. And as I mentioned a few weeks ago, Bella started walking. She's REALLY on the move now and only crawling about 20% of the time. It's amazing to watch her explore new things and that she STILL gets excited when she walks to us. Seeing the light in a child's eyes is really special and I feel so blessed each and every day for Ethan and Bella. Something doesn't always have to happen TO you for it to be special- a very important reminder!

I learned to enjoy the quiet times. January was COLD in Erie and between the sickness and frigid temperatures, unless we had set plans on the weekend we really didn't leave the house much. We took it easy, did some cleaning, relaxing and I read a book almost every weekend. I love taking that time after the holidays to slow down, and as I get older I really appreciate the quiet moments.

What's something you've learned recently?

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