Not only did I almost wipe out a complete aisle, but Avery has learned that my first name is not Mommy and told every single person we ran into my real name. But, she still calls me Mommy so who knows where all that came about.
As for the rest of the potty training adventures, we finally got her using the potty Sunday evening. And I kid you not, after she was done she took a bow and told us "thank you".
That's the cutest potty trained hiney I've ever seen.
I also spent the weekend getting ready to go back to work. Which is something I never thought I would do, but here I am. Ironing scrubs and wondering if I still have any clue on how to have adult conversations that don't revolve around toddlers.
And for those of you who are thinking that it's not in the best interest of my child to work full time, I get it. I really do. It was a hard decision to make and one that took a lot of prayer and seeking God’s will. I know it’s going to be a balancing act and is going to be a pretty big adjustment for my family, but I’m looking forward to seeing what God is going to do in this new season of our lives.
Most of my plans for my life do not work out the way I “ideally” imagined. And I have learned that the art of gratitude can go a long way when it comes to accepting where God has me and staying flexible. As long as I can see God in a situation there is good in it. Paul says in 1 Timothy 6:6 “godliness with contentment is great gain.”
It has taken me a long time to understand that God has all of us on different paths and to not try and force myself into a box where I can’t fit right now. Or let others shame me into one. And I think that in our flesh that is our tendency. To shame ourselves or others into what we think is biblical or the best way to do things. I know that when I get thrown for a loop and my plans come unraveled, I immediately look around to try and find someone to blame or compare myself too.
Contentment doesn’t come from looking around, it comes from me looking up and being grateful for where God has me and what He is doing in my life. And God’s plans are always better than mine because He “causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God”.
If I have learned anything from my life, it is that gratitude opens your eyes to show you how much God has and is working in your life.
Grateful for these two.