Thursday, July 15, 2010

New possibilities and more

I was talking to someone about the recent positive changes in my relationship with A, and she said that because I was open to changes there, I'll probably start seeing new opportunities cropping up all around me soon.

Boy, was that the truth!

I was feeling unfulfilled and bored at work. Now, I've got several new opportunities in front of me at my company that have me feeling energized and excited again.

I was feeling overwhelmed and isolated because of R's sensory issues. Then, I found a Yahoo group and other SI parents' blogs. And, while I've been thinking about starting a second blog just to write about our journey with R's issues and his therapy, just reading about the severity of other children's SI issues made me realize that R's are really not that big a deal. I feel so badly for other families' struggles with this, but at the same time, I'm so thankful that our struggle is pretty minimal by comparison. It put everything in perspective and made it feel manageable again.

There have even been lots of little things. A great deal through work for joining a local gym came up, so my friend and I agreed to join and force each other to go. We started this week, and I loved it! Then, I noticed a neighbor throwing out a bunch of stuff one day, and I snagged a sweet little side table. It was dark green and needed some sanding, but I've since painted it white (it's drying from the last coat now), and it will look so nice... somewhere in my house. :-)

So, you know that saying, "When God closes a door, He opens a window"? In my case, He's throwing open windows all over. And, moving in some new furniture. :-)

I wonder what other new possibilities He's got in store...


sandwhichisthere said...

mix one tablespoon of dry mustard with one quart of warm water. Spray it on your plants. You can add some tabasco to give it extra boost. That should solve most of your bug problems. For trees, purchase Tanglefoot at a garden supply place. It wiil stop caterpillars and ants and is non-toxic unless you were to eat the whole container. I would place the band higher than R can reach or he will get all sticky,

Anonymous said...

I love your optimism and perspective! And, yes, God does open a lot of windows. Happy that you are on the lookout for them now! xoxo

Kansas Bob said...

Ditto what Stef said about your optimism!

Kristen said...

Dad - Thanks, I'll try that. I've tried just the Tabasaco spray before with no luck. These little buggers eat marigolds (leaving only a brown stick behind), yarrow, butterfly bush, bee balm, mums, even sedum. What the heck!?!? It's very discouraging.

Stef and Bob: Thank you! I'm trying to stay positive as much as possible. I've found that doesn't work as well when you're exhausted and hot, though. ;-)

sandwhichisthere said...

it is unusual for any bug to eat mums. Could your problem be rabbits?
All of my love to you and your family, always,

sandwhichisthere said...

I don't think that it is necessary to go on a mad cleaning spree for In-Laws. They are family and they are on your side. They remember the times of having a young child at home and they don't walk around with a white glove making an inspection. Take some time to enjoy your time with them. Meals are more important than tidiness and A is the man for that job.
I hope that R feels better. Not too much better as he has a ton of sympathy in store for him if grandparents are visiting. He might score some nice stuff from this injury. Stuff that you will have to pick up after his grandparents are gone,
all of my love to you and your family, always, daddy