Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I'm Moving to Australia!!!

Lastnight Caleb asked me to read to him one of my favorite childhood books. He brought it to me and at first I thought, "Perfect! This book just about sums up how I've felt the last several weeks!" The book is called Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Written by Judith Viorst. Have you read it? If not, you should! It is very cute and always makes me and the boys laugh!

Here is a summary of the book:

Have you ever had a really rotten day? Alexander has... He wakes up with gum in his hair, he trips on a skateboard, and then he accidentally drops his sweater in the sink - all before breakfast! Alexander can already tell - it's going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!

Alexander's day continues to go downhill as he gets smushed in the car on the way to school, his teacher doesn't like his drawing of an invisible castle, and Paul doesn't want to be his friend anymore. There's no dessert for lunch, there's lima beans for dinner, and even worse: there's kissing on television! It's enough to make you want to move to Australia! It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!

At the end of the book Alexander's mom tells him that some days are like that.....even in Australia!

Australia was sounding very good to me too, until Alexander's mom reminds us that we can have bad days(or weeks!), wherever we may be. Oh well!

Although I have had a tough time emotionally over the last few weeks, I see the sun coming up over the horizon. I know that warmer weather is just around the corner and I know that bad moods can't last forever! Plus, my mom just retired this week.....Congrats Mom!!!, and she has promised me that she will come over and help with Gavin so that I can get out and do some fun things with the boys this summer. And, she said that she would come over so that we could take walks together, so that I wouldn't feel so lonely. And, Joel's mom just called and said that between her and my mom they could learn to care for Gavin and all of his equipment that he comes with, so that Joel and I can get away for our anniversary next month! Not to mention, I have already started feeling better after Sunday's sermon at church and knowing that this life is short and the best is yet to come! Until then, I will just look at this sweet face, because he always makes me smile! (Unless he is having a seizure, which makes me sad to see. But, so far he hasn't had anymore seizures that I've seen since the 3 that he had on Saturday!) Praise the Lord!

And, If these things don't work, THEN I'll consider moving to Australia! :)

"I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth — Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD." Psalm 40:1-3


Heather said...

We so love this book!!!One of our all time favorites.I am so sorry life has gotten you down.I know the stress and strain and toll life can take on you can be so very overwhelming.I wish I had the easy answers.The gift and blessings of those that surround us and lend a hand,can make all the difference.I am glad you have that.The pull of feeling we are not there for our other children is equally overwhelming.Know that they will be okay.More than okay.Life with Gavin will yield gifts and has yields gifts beyond compare.Stay strong my friend.You are doing a great job.You are an incredible mom doing an incredible job.Please do not doubt your ability.God will continue to be your guide.And if you move to Australia ... will you consider taking me??

*Love,love,love the pictures of sweet Gavin

Alicia said...

Gotta love that book... so funny and yet so wise! Thanks for the insight and perspective. Call me up if you decide to go the Australia route, I'll be right there with you!! :)

Yet again, Mr. Gavin is as handsome as ever!


Michelle said...

I'm loving that last pic ecspecially...sooo cute!

Australia, can I come?

Anxious AF said...

Just catching up. You sound better in this post. Dont move to Australia, even though we have never met, I would miss you if you were that far away:)

angie said...

As long as you can still blog from Australia....because I would miss you too! I know that I've never met you, and I don't respond to your posts very often, but I always feel like I am right there with you when I read your posts.

Annette Gysen said...

That is a great book! So thankful that your and Joel's moms are supportive of you. I'm a fan of them =D!

Shan said...

I love reading here, you're absolutely right. By sharing your feelings so many other identify with you. I LOVE the last picture!

Sandi said...

Thanks for stopping by,I look forward to spending some time on your blog....it's just been crazy around here.
I love his smile, I can almost hear him laughing through the picture and I bet it's a beautiful sound.

Your honesty is refreshing too!

connie said...

OK, can I tell you the truth, now? When "I'm moving to Australia" popped up in my sidebar,... and, mind you, I have not been keeping up much, with traveling for work training, getting sick, etc .... I refused to go look at your blog! That heading depressed me, and I guess I decided to engage in some avoidance. This was the first time I decided, OK, I have to face it. So I came here, specifically looking for this post.

You cannot mess with my head this way.

Here's the other silly part. I have no idea how close we are, geographically. And with internet, blog, email, it wouldn't matter if you moved to Singapore to live next door to Vera and May ... you'd still be accessible.

What is wrong with me?!

I'm glad you aren't moving. :)

Unknown said...

I love that book too. I remember reading it with my dad when I was in nursery school. I can still relate to it.

I am depressed to know that things would not be magically better in Australia! If only!

Inspired said...

That is my favorite book on the planet. It is not just a kids book, but its a lesson we can all benefit from : ) I'm glad your "moms" are there for you to help out and soon you'll be able to enjoy some time.

Think of you everyday & wish I lived closer to give you a squeeze!