like pulling teeth

I’ve started this post three times already this morning. Each time I was disgusted by the whiny nature of it, clicked “cancel” and stormed away from my computer.

This is what I look like.

Stubborn chimpanzee

Oh, well. I also put together a 100-piece Strawberry Shortcake puzzle with Nina each time, so I redeemed my loss.

Here’s what I’m going to do. Focus on my blessings. Count them even. Because goodness knows, PMS or no, there’s no reason I should be feeling pouty or self-pitying right now.

So here goes:

Why I’m Blessed

1. My husband is sitting eight feet away from me and whistling (literally) while he works.
2. My two older girls are off at school learning. Both are doing well with good reports from their teachers.
3. Autumn leaves are pretty.
4. The cold I’m getting could be something much, much worse.
5. Besides a runny nose (Nina) and a super-loose tooth that won’t come out (Ava), my girlies have no health problems.
6. We have our 3rd Life Group meeting tonight, and we are really enjoying getting to know people.
7. I get to speak to a wonderful group of women on Friday night and two times on Saturday morning. God knows what they need to hear, and I’m counting on Him to tell me.
8. I love to write, and people pay me to do it.
9. We’ve gone to 13 zoos in the past 79 days. We love zoos.
10. My home is warm.
11. I have a beautiful niece scheduled to make her first appearance in just a few short weeks.
12. I have 6 nieces and nephews already here, and I’m excited to spend more time with them soon.
13. I taught Livi how to play Dutch Blitz and she loves it. She loves games.
14. My husband is handsome and talented. And still whistling.
15. God provides for our every need and thinks it’s fun to wait until the 11th hour. I agree. Fun, fun!
16. I have a lot of friends who encourage me–in real life and via the web.
17. We had a fabulous weekend with my sister and brother-in-law. Eight hours isn’t a bad drive to see people you love.
18. I’m starting to really love animals. They make me awestruck. Whoever created them is AMAZING.
19. I get to eat lunch with my oldest today at her school. She’s hardly even embarrassed about it.
20. I have some cool (if not really vague) ideas for homemade Christmas gifts. Counting on God to provide the funds.
21. I’ve never doubted that my parents love me and are proud of me.
22. My cousin Kelly is coming to see us in a couple weeks. Woohoo!
23. My birthday buddy Jamie is coming to celebrate our birthdays together next weekend. Woohoo!
24. I got up early and ran a little bit this morning.
25. My hubby takes really cool pictures and preserves happy family memories for us.
26. God is in control.
27. Christ is God’s “Yes!” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
28. The sermon at Stephi’s church Sunday was about playing to an Audience of One. I’m so thankful that pleasing Him is all that really matters.
29. I’m mostly caught up on dishes and laundry.
30. I’m in love with my little girls.
31. Gabe is done whistling and is now muttering, “Stupid thing!” But if I know him, he’ll be whistling again in a few.
32. I’m thankful for xanga and the encouragement I give/receive via it.
33. Holding tight to lots of God’s promises. I know He’s faithful.

And I’ll stop at 33, because that’s how old I’ll be in 10 days. (What?!?!) It’s been a fun ride. Have a great day, girls! I’ll be praying for you!

Meerkat lying down

Checking out the elephants

Baboon

With a herd of elephants

Lion cub

Elephant eating

22 thoughts on “like pulling teeth

  1. ClutzyButtercup

    What a wonderful post (even if it came out of a PMS moment!)  It is a revolutionizing thing when we can see blessing in all that God allows us to experience in life…When we choose to believe Truth and not feelings.

  2. stephaniedawnbasham

    So you have a cold, huh? Daniel’s at the doctor right now and I just started feeling icky a couple hours ago. Hmm.

    I need to make lists of blessings more often. Thanks for the much-needed reminder.

    It’s amazing how you got that herd of elephants to stand still for you to take a picture with them. They look like they’re practically frozen! 😉

    Love you!

  3. setapart1979

    I’m looking like the monkey today too but I was really blessed by reading about your blessings! I’m thinking that now I look more like a happy monkey instead as I think on the blessings of my own :-p

  4. YoGrandmaYo

    Wow!  Thanks for sharing all your blessings…at least 33 of them!:)  What an awesome way to get our focus where it should be!  See ya Thurs!  Love you!:)  Are you really gonna be 33?!  I musta been awfully young when I had you!:)

  5. rebates

    Okay, so I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought the elephants were real.  I took a second look thinking, “no way, how’d they get the zookeepers to let them get that close!?”  Then reality set in…

    Thanks for the reminder of blessings…

  6. faithchick

    @mtaviano – no way.  well, i guess at least i figured out that they were elephants & not monkeys.  i’m going to look more closely.  huh.  now i’m really, really disappointed.   (and i feel like i just had my first ever, genuine blonde moment.)

  7. der_lila_Stern

    If I had unlimited money I would totally hire Gabe to be my photographer for everything I do!  WOW!

    I LOVE reading your blog.    It is so encourageing to be reminded of the everyday things we take for granted.  I pray God removes your frustrations quickly! 

  8. beccaware

    You encourage my heart. I don’t know you, but I’m having a bit of a whiny day, too. I’ve now started to think about the good and once I think about specific things, there’s a lot of good. Two specific things- God provided money for us to fix our furnace (in an envelope from people who love us) and my little boy is making clay creatures in the kitchen right now.

  9. YoYoYoder

    Hooray for #11! I can’t believe I’m going to meet her so very soon! I hung up the clothes that were on hangers from my surprise baby shower in the baby’s room yesterday and put the other stuff in her top drawer. It made me so excited and happy!

  10. schmett73

    Ah, Marla… in my mind, a hallmark of true wisdom is the ability to recognize when we’re mired down in the ick of everyday life and choose to count our blessings instead of letting ourselves sink any deeper.  Don’t know if that made a whole lot of sense, but I sure hope you know what an inspiration and an illumination of Christ that you are to so, so many. 

    I will be praying for you.  Just got done reading about a woman’s mother who dabbed perfume on her daughter’s wrist to remind her that God hears all our prayers, and that they are fragrant to Him.  I will dab some on my wrist on your behalf today.

    Love and prayers,

    Lisa

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