Today is my 48th birthday and I am happy. My family is healthy and well, my older son loves college, (he even made the dean’s list!) and I just now transferred a cash payment for his winter term of college tuition, room and board. Cash, bay-bee!
We make financial sacrifices left and right, but they’re all in the name of supporting our big picture goals. I mend all clothing and dress like a scarecrow, and I’m genuinely content to not receive any store bought gifts. Yesterday’s dinner was turkey noodle soup assembled from our frozen turkey carcass. It produced a laughable 19-kids-and-counting amount. Seriously. The Duggers could stop by and we’d have enough to share! Sure, it would be awkward, but everyone would get a big bowl of soup.
Our lives are far from perfect. Our winter holiday featured our first foray into head lice, so I did 75 bajillion loads of laundry over the past few weeks. I was feeling thin the other day, so I weighed myself and learned that I’d actually added another six pounds onto my already sturdy frame. Also, my middle-aged lady mustache has recently accelerated its growth. My day job is extremely stressful, I have a $2.25 library fine, I live in a 102-year-old house of unfinished projects, and I share a single bathroom with three men.
Life is full of challenges. I can let them bury me or I can choose to keep my sense of humor and soldier on.
I have everything I need and a creative outlet with the blog. It’s my birthday and I’m gifted with the privileged challenge to get my sons through college without massive student loan debt. My sons want to go to college and actually enjoy spending time with me. My husband loves me and I have two library books calling my name.
If I waited until my life was perfect to be happy I’d never get there. Who knows what the future holds? Today, I choose to be happy.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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