Monday, November 23, 2009

Change, Renew, Rejuvenate

We must always, change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
–Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Whoever said “it gets easier” obviously never had 2 teenager daughters, an adventurous 4 yr old boy, a blended family, and a grandma all thrown into their mix.

Life has been busy.

But who’s isn’t, right?
(Psst…if yours isn’t, please send me your secrets!)

Teen 1 was experiencing lots of stress and anxiety,
which in turn made me stressed and anxious.

Grandma’s unannounced 5 day stay had now turned into a month and a half stay.

Birthday season was steady upon us.
5 birthdays within 10 days in November.
4 birthdays within 12 days in December.

Plus Christmas.

It is so easy to get caught up in life’s daily routine.
Life’s daily trials and tribulations.

Each person dealing with their own problems.
Worry builds.
Resentment builds.
Walls of protection go up.

We were getting to a breaking point,
I was getting to a breaking point.

It was time to take a step back and reevaluate the situation.

We had to make a change.
We had to get back to the basics.

Communication, love, and respect.

about the bigger problems
Which once spoken about weren’t as big as they were thought to be.

Hugs and kisses.
They’re so easy to pick up,
to cuddle,
to smother with kisses when they’re babies.
We forget that when they’re teenagers and rejecting it,
that’s when they need it the most.

No matter how big,
or how small
Everyone deserves it.

Whew…easier said then done
Much resistance, but it’s a guaranteed stress reliever.
They complain, but I know they like it!

It’s amazing how these things that are so basic are easily lost in our daily routine.
But we’ve found them, and we’re working on keeping them in plain sight where we can always see them.

Of course, life’s not all snowflakes and hot cocoa, but we’re enjoying the sleighride.

1 comment:

Nana said...

Keep enjoying the ride, it only gets funner. LOL

Follow along through the fun and agony as we try to figure out how to raise two completely opposite teenagers- Teen 1, the fiesty yet inquisitive one, Teen 2 quiet but wise-cracking and our ball full of energy known as The Boy. It aint always pretty, but we’ll sure try to make the best of it!
These are the stories of our lives…