This year I am on a journey for joy. You can read more about how this journey got started here.
Lacking joy? I’d love for you to join me on the journey for joy?
So, what sparked joy for me this month?
1.A weekend getaway trip to Chicago. My husband surprised me by taking me to Chicago, my favorite place! He always swore that he would never take me to the biggest crime capital in the U.S. We were planning on going somewhere else for the last 8 year but after reading reviews when he went to book it, we decided against it. He googled other hotels like the one we were going to go to and found one in Chicago! He joked that he still wouldn’t book it but he surprised me by doing it. It was a great weekend! I just love Chicago and being with my favorite person.
2. Successful surgery for my little ones. Our youngest two have snored since birth. Little Guy was a sick baby who couldn’t suck, swallow and breath at the same time. We had a lot of issues for the first 9 months of his life with feeding, sleeping, and sickness. At 4 months, an X-ray revealed that he had severely enlarged adenoids but they wouldn’t do surgery until 9 months due to the risks. At that time they noted that his tonsils were large and we monitored it over time. He had tubes placed in during the same surgery so he was watched every 6 since months until age 3. At that point his tonsils were even bigger and could be removed, he had some snoring and sleep avoidance but he wasn’t getting sick and he was getting some sleep so we opted to hold off on the surgery. Little Lady is a horrific snorer. We discovered this last year on our first family vacation (she’s always had her own room so no one heard her!), she kept us all up. She was so loud. She also had large tonsils but we never took her to the ENT to get them check, it was just observed by our pediatrician. Then this year, when she had a stomach bug and slept in our bed most of the day I saw that she was also having sleep apnea episodes. You bet I talked to my pediatrician after that about getting her into ENT asap. I ended up taking both kids since my oldest had started commenting about his little brother’s snoring getting so loud and keeping him up. After the initial visit, the specialist agreed that surgery was the best route and I left with a surgery date scheduled. He couldn’t believe how big both kid’s tonsils were and that we waited so long. This month, they both went into surgery and had their tonsils and adenoids removed. It was nerve-wracking since they were going under anesthesia but they both came through okay and we are praising the Lord for His protection!
3. Extra snuggle time with the littles as they recuperate. One perk of the surgery is that we are laying low, getting lots of snuggles, hugs and kisses. Now that they are older kids they snuggle less and less. I need to take what I can get when I can get it! Even if they’re sick! It was nice to be forced to use slow down.
4. Winning a dinner for two gift card! I never win anything so I was crazy excited about winning a dinner for two! We needed to get our AC unit and furnace replaced shortly after moving into the new house, the company that did the install does a monthly drawing if you fill our their customer review survey. I decided to go for it and now I get to look forward to a free date night! God is good!
5. Trim Healthy Table cookbook. I loosely follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan. I get on plan and don’t lose any weight so I get off plan. I agree with their foundations of the plan and the science behind makes logical sense to me, so I want to follow it 100% of the time. But when I don’t lose any weight or inches it’s harder to stay motivated. This month I got my copy of their new cookbook, Trim Healthy Table, which is more family orientated and the recipes look much more doable than the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook. I looked through each recipe and found so many things I could make for our family. I’m excited to try them out!
September was a great month for us! God provided for our needs, protected our children, healed them and blessed us all month long beyond what I could ever have imagined. We had a great school month and made many memories as a family. I’m looking forward to next month!