I can't believe it was just a few weeks ago that I was feeling so overwhelmed with all these frustrating things going on in life. I definitely identified a weak prayer life as a possible culprit for feeling like things were slipping out of my control. Matt and I relied very heavily on God to see us through law school and our year in Chicago. I mean, we freakin' moved to Florida in 2009 without so much as a place to live! We had our stuff in our car and 384 cubic feet of space on a semi truck to our name. (We stayed in a hotel for a few days while we looked for places to stay and signed a lease). But anyway, I always had this mindset that once we graduated and got a job and got back to Michigan, things would settle down. We'd become a typical American family. We'd buy a house, a second car, new furniture. I envisioned all of our problems ending once we got that real job and stopped moving. But when we got here, things didn't magically sort themselves out. And I started to realize slowly but sure that I had unconsciously stopped relying on God. He got us through, I said my thanks, and I moved on, I realized. So I implemented a family Rosary in the evenings and added a few morning prayers to the beginning of our day. And suddenly life felt easier.
After six months of searching, a carpool situation magically fell into our laps. Combined with a compromise on the pain-in-the-ass bus system, I now can have the car a guaranteed two days a week, plus any other day I need it without much notice without having to drive Matt to work in the mornings. And this situation can easily be kept up once the baby comes.
I took a birth healing class that has helped me work through so many of my fears and has me feeling really excited about the whole experience for the first time...ever.
I started seeing a chiropractor and after four sessions, I am now completely pain free. I wasn't experiencing excruciating pain, but it was a constant nagging thing that left me feeling very drained by the end of the day. Back, pelvis, side, all the usual pregnancy + carrying a toddler pain. But anyway, I also found out that my chiro has a masseuse on staff, which means I can get prenatal massages for the cost of a $20 copay.
Lastly, that couponing class I talked about earlier is really paying off! I went out this morning to do my full-on grocery shopping (I go once every two weeks; the trip I mentioned in the last blog post was strictly a coupon + sale trip, I only got things that matched up and didn't pay more than $1 for any one item). Anyway, I really did save 50% off my bill this morning! I am so excited about it! Having that extra money each month is really going to reduce some press points for us and let us have a few more luxuries (I have my eye on a zoo pass this summer) without making us reduce our debt payments to the minimums.
I am feeling so thankful and so very blessed. I am in such a good place right now and I am making sure to offer up nightly prayers of thanksgiving for all the blessings. I know life won't always be this smooth and sometimes I will pray and God will say, "no," but it sure is nice to catch a break now and again, to feel God offer a basket of blessings.