Over the past two weeks I have seen two young mothers with at least two or three young children pushing shopping carts full of their belongings. They were homeless and the kids couldn't have been older than about 10 years old. I know those mothers are feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders. Each time I saw these young families I wanted to stop my car and jump out to offer them some kind of help. I didn't have any money to offer, or much of anything. Both times, I was on my way to work so I couldn't even offer to give them a ride in air conditioning to where ever they were going. I didn't want to be late myself. Should I have sacrificed, been late to work, and helped them? I don't know. It's funny to me that opportunities like this always come up at the most inconvenient times in my life. Needless to say, the images of these young families have brought me to tears and remained with me ever since I saw them.
Yesterday, I had a moment. I got really scared and worried. As soon as I posted yesterdays blog entry things started happening. My daughter text me and came over to help me with a few things. As soon as she walked in the door our electricity in the house shut off. Several years back Kevin and I switched to the pay as you go service here. I'm not sure if we pay more for that service, but it has been a good thing and a bad thing all at the same time. Yesterday would have been one of those bad times if Danielle could not come to our rescue. She was bringing me the little bit of cash she owed me. I was grateful she could bring it to me so we could get gas and a little money on the electric. Since our little money issues my cell phone was turned off too. We don't have a landline in the house, we just use our cells. I guess while I was gone, and after my Mom had read my blog post, she text me to tell me she was on her way with some cash to help us out. As soon as we got home from putting a little money on our electric service my Mom stopped by and gave us $300. I was so grateful! She saved the day....literally. My Mom said she wished it could be a million dollars. My Mom and Dad have never been rich by any means and I know they know exactly what we are going through. They have been in our shoes before and I know they will help us out (or even my brother or sister's) whenever they can and I really appreciate that. Kevin's parents have also never had lots of money either. They have had struggles throughout their lives as well. They have also helped us out whenever they can too. Kevin and I do not like that we have needed so much help and we have tried to not be a burden to anyone. I think that is what kills me to most that we do need so much help and that we do feel like a burden to others. I work and do what I can, then when there isn't enough to cover our expenses it can be a very defeating feeling. At the same time, we also feel very blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives that have literally kept us from becoming homeless that words cannot express the gratitude we feel. We have truly been blessed and have seen many many miracles in our own lives! It has been amazing and I know that it is because of these amazing people in our lives that we are not pushing shopping carts full of our belongings like those two young families I mentioned before. We still may not totally be "out of the woods" so to speak, but it is uplifting to know so many people have out backs and will come running if we need them. That is a wonderful thing! I just hope some day when Kevin and I are able, that we too will do what we can to help others out too. It's may not always be easy to be the receiver, but some day we may be able to return the favor and become the giver too. My point in mentioning all of this?? My post yesterday was me going through an extremely rough path. I'm a little better now. I know the immediate struggles we are experiencing right now will pass eventually and life is still good, even through all of this. It is! We have so many things to be grateful for. I just get a little side tracked when everything comes at me all at once. Enough said.
A few rambling thoughts....
Lexi has been jogging with a friend every day since she got home from girls camp. I'm impressed. I'm glad she is getting out of the house. She also got all caught up with her online class too. She was a couple days behind with Girls Camp. She has also been swimming several times since she got home from camp too. Once with friends after they went jogging Monday, last night after Mutual at her leader's house, and then again tonight at another friends house. Today she got a call from a member of our bishopric asking her to speak in church Sunday. I told her before she left for camp that this was going to happen. I just had a feeling. She didn't like that I turned out to be right. LOL!
I came home from work today to find that my family room had been cleaned up. All of Kyle's gun stuff had been put away. All of his work stuff like his bullet proof vest was put away too. Lexi even picked up the suitcase and unpacked it. I was thrilled! I never expect my children to clean my entire house while I am at work. I will give them chores to do, and I do expect them to pick up after themselves too. But there for a while I was coming home to them not doing anything and I was not a happy camper. Coming home to things picked up was awesome! Thank you kids! They should be happy I'm not like this wife and mother....
Kyle found out that his shift at work will be changing in August. His assigned location will change too. He will be at the downtown Phoenix location then. He wasn't very happy about the change. You see, Kyle is at the bottom of the seniority list right now, so he doesn't have much of a say on which location he gets assigned to. He will be at this location for a year. Kyle says it's super boring because nothing ever happens there during the shift that he will have. I felt sorry for him. However, there are some changes coming to the department and eventually he won't be the low man on the totem poll anymore. Plus, maybe this will be his incentive to work hard to get hired as an officer and go back to school on his off time. That is always a good thing. Kyle has always wanted to work for someone like the FBI. He is going to need a degree for that! So, get going son!!! You have excellent educational benefits with the job you have. Time to utilize them and get your education. Do it!!
The puppy is doing better about getting to where he needs to be to do his business. He trots outside like he is a big dog, goes right out to the grass, and does his thing. Once that is done, he will go to a dirt area and plop himself down to sit for a spell out there. He hasn't taken off running outside yet, but I'm sure it's coming. When he first went outside he didn't want any part of that. In fact, he would step outside and turn around and want to come right back in. So, he has come a long way in a short amount of time. I'm just glad he is doing better about going outside. That makes me happy.
Here is a photo of the little dude!
Isn't he cute!! He is so sweet.
A quick list....
1. What is your occupation? Wife, mother, Transfer Specialist @ Charles Schwab.
2. What color is your underwear? White
3. What are you listening to right now? My husband and my son talking in the bedroom and a show on Netflix.
4. What was the last thing you ate? Chocolate covered graham cracker cookies.
5. Do you wish on stars? Of course I do!
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Pink
7. How is the weather right now? HOT! It's about 110 degrees outside.
8. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Kyle on my way home from work.
9. How old are you today? 49 years, one month, and two days old
10. Favorite Drink? Lite or Sugar Free Lemonade or Ice cold water.
11. Favorite sport to watch? I would say Basketball and Volleyball
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? That's a silly question. Of course! How do you think this blonde hair stays that color. I have a lot of grey to cover!
13. Do you wear contacts or glasses? I wear glasses. I was told I have excellent vision, but I also have an astigmatism with a lot of eye strain. So, to correct that and to help with the eye strain I really should wear my glasses all the time, but I tend to only put them on when my eyes are bothering me.
14. Pets? I don't have any pets, but my oldest son and daughter have a dog and that dog lives here with me. Danielle can't have a dog right now, but as soon as she can...she is getting her dog!
15. Favorite month? I would have to say October when the weather starts to cool off at the end of the month each year, and the Spring months when the weather is cooler and you can open up all the windows and let the fresh air in! I love that.
16. Favorite food? I'd have to say Mexican Food, and more specifically a burrito. I'm a sucker for things wrapped up in a tortilla.
17. What was the last movie you watched? Believe it or not....an old 80's movie. Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
18. Favorite day of the year? Fourth of July. Thanksgiving. Christmas. Halloween. Easter. Usually the big family get together times of the year.
19. What do you do to vent anger? That depends on what I am angry about.
20. Hugs or kisses? YES! Both please.
21. Cherry or blueberry? That depends on what they are in. I like Cherry flavored drinks, and blueberry muffins.
22. Living arrangements? I live with my husband, my oldest son, and my youngest daughter.
23. When was the last time you cried? Yesterday
24. What is on the floor of your closet? A box with some silk flowers in it.
25. Who is/are the friends you have had the longest? I would say those that knew me when I was a little girl.
26. What did you do last night? Ran a few errands. Talked with my Mom and my oldest daughter for a bit. Had a long discussion with my youngest daughter about budgeting money....AND saving money - when to start saving for retirement. It was a good talk.
27. Favorite smell? I love all of those Bath and Body Works candle melts. I like the yummy scents they have for fall, as well as the light fresh scents they have for Spring and Summer. They are awesome!
28. What inspires you? Opportunities to use my creativity.
29. What are you afraid of? lots of things..... Getting old. Losing a job. Health problems. I think the kinds of things most people would be concerned about.
30. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? With cheese and bacon
31. Favorite car? An SUV. I love my Mom's car....a Nissan Murano
32. Favorite dog breed? English Bulldog
33. Number of keys on your key ring? three
34. How many years at your current job? 10 years, 6 months, and 19 days
35. Favorite day of the week? Friday!
36. How many states have you lived in? Three
37. How many cities have you lived in, name them? Phoenix, El Paso, Mesa, Apache Junction, Big Spring - Webb AFB, Queen Creek-Williams AFB, and Lompoc - Vandenberg AFB.
Quote of the Day:
It's been a busy couple of days and this weekend is going to be just as busy too. The car is going to the mechanic. Lexi and I will be mowing the lawn. She wants to learn how to do it. Kyle will be working. We will be giving Lexi the time and space to work on her classes while we work on a few things around the house. Lexi also will be preparing her talk for church. So, a few things to get done, but nothing to crazy. It will be good. Life if good. Life is great.
Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.