The Best is Yet to Come

Clouds roll in and sprinkle the city with warm rain as I sit here at my computer alone. Being alone is becoming more commonplace as my husband helps me work through my goal of becoming an established writer.

Getting used to the quiet is difficult, spending my days with three loud and rambunctious children hardly lends itself to silent times. I don’t have to rush through my work and instead read and enjoy, edit and review, hopefully giving you a better piece of post.

To kick off my week of thanks is a big hug and thanks to my husband, who has become a more loving and caring husband, harder worker and understanding partner. Although I’m not lucky to have him, I am blessed to have found him.

This last week of summer has been a rollercoaster of emotion and complications. Yet sitting here, I am thinking of all that went right.

One morning, I walked down our walkway and was hit in the face by the overgrowth of our front tree. I managed to reach out to a neighbor’s gardener who was in the midst of trimming her landscape. Looking to scale back my lush tree, I inquired about the price. Although not expensive, I couldn’t justify paying the amount to my husband. I’m sure he would opt to do it himself. I politely declined and left to run an errand.

Upon my return, I saw him walking away with fallen debris. I started shaking my head thinking about how I was going to tell my husband. When I got out of the car, I said that I figured he didn’t hear me decline his services. He promptly replied “It’s ok. Some things are more important than money,” and walked away.  Being a blessing to another is more than just words and although I can’t repay him with money, I’m hoping that there’s at least one person who needs landscaping services in the West Palm Beach area and hire him: Powell’s Landscaping and Design 561.379.8049 and they did a great job.

On my most recent episode of Run Your World podcast, I spoke extensively about my experience at the The Homeschooling Expo. My son can be a little flighty and we have been strongly considering homeschooling so that he can excel. I found out some great specifics that I talked about on the podcast, but overall, by the end, I was confident that if that option has to be exercised, I would be able to handle his education.

As much as I wish my children would do chores and treat each other well all the time, they are like many other children. They don’t, won’t and can’t. I have tried several types of reward charts, but with the age gap between my preteen and my toddler, I found it hard to keep all of their information straight. So, I came up with a universal reward chart that just rewards all good deeds on any level. We go through a lot of stars, but it’s worth it.

Recently, baby Butterfly decided that she no longer enjoyed the colorful and playful cage that we call her crib. She has been trying to escape, slowly getting one leg firmly on top of the rail. So, it was time to remove the giant pen and allow her to roam free. After much thought, we decided one low profile full bed for them was in our future. In preparation, I rearranged the room. What a difference that made for the room, it’s brighter, easier to manage and cleaner. Now, I just need their new bed.

Even though I love having all of my children home, I’m ready for the pressures of summer to be over. We conquered our Bucket List, although I failed to update you all on our adventures. While enjoying the children, my blog took a back seat and I don’t regret a minute of it. Now, summer is almost over. Bunny is headed off to middle school and it’ll be nice to get back into a routine. Of course, if I start homeschooling, I have to figure out how to manage all three for many hours in a row.

We really did have a magnificent summer, skipping a major trip and spreading out the funds to visit a lot of local venues. We spent lots of time under the sun, with friends, and some without. Museums and parks were frequently visited. We spent lots of time with out-of-town family who graciously ventured to us. Unlike previous years,  where disappointment hung in the air from promises not held, we did something everyday thanks to the LAMP program…and friends with pools. Hopefully, I can get my son to do a follow up post soon enough.

Becoming a godparent is a huge responsibility. I recently accepted the opportunity to take on the roll. This led me to travel to California for her dedication. Being kid free, I wanted to capitalize on the trip. I was able to write, write and write some more, including submissions to anthologies and paid websites. I never thought I would opt for airplane sleep over sleeping in my bed, but it’s better than a foot in the face. Or being woken up four times in night. Or walking your child back to their bed. Ah to the small victories.

I am truly blessed to have family nearby and this summer reaffirms our decision to move cross-country. My in-laws are magnificent and even the short times my children spent with them were a Godsend. The bonds between them are getting stronger with each visit, with only a small twinge of envy from me.

Like everything else, selling is a skill that seems to be one that I don’t have. I have been diligently posting items on eBay and OfferUp, with lots of interest, but no purchases and no indication of why. Even so, I finally successfully sold something on OfferUp and eBay. I can feel my Scrooge McDuck coming out! eBay has taught me some valuable lessons which I have to relay in a post.

Money is colorblind

As the summer comes to a close and my organization hits an all time high, I’m looking forward to getting my birthday and event calendar under control. When I think of birthdays, I think of celebrating the good times and being grateful for those in our lives for another year. Hosting parties is not my specialty, but I hope that one day I’ll be able to clear minded enough to pull several off in a year. As the summer comes to a close, birthdays will be upon us, one or more every month until June.

The trials and tribulations of this week does not negate all of the good things that have been happening in my life. How’d your week go?

I’m linking up with Ten Things of Thankful and Finish the Sentence Friday this week. please link up and join along.

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35 thoughts on “The Best is Yet to Come”

  1. Sounds like you’ve had a really nice summer. I love that you’re writing so much and submitting to anthologies and paid opportunities! That’s wonderful! I hope your weekend is fabulous!

  2. I am just so impressed that the landscape guy actually went and did that for no charge! What an honorable man.. if I lived in your area, I would shout it from the hilltops!! It just gives me such hope and inspiration, that there are still amazing, generous, helpful people in this world!!

    I love that your hubs is supporting you, as you invest your time and heart into writing!!

  3. Your kids are adorable!!! Love the story about the gardener, we need more people like that in the world. I love your storytelling type of writing…it’s very engaging:)

  4. Oh how I love to hear stories like the one about your tree guy!! If only he could travel to Indiana. We have lots of trees that need work, and I’d hire him in a heartbeat.
    Congrats on finally selling something! Starting a business of any kind is difficult, but I imagine and online one is even more so. I hope these first sales help get things moving for you.

  5. I’ve always enjoyed short day-trips over extended trips. It’s just so nice to have something to look forward to all the time instead of one big event and then nothing.

    I’ve been attempting to unload items through Kijiji. Some are not moving as fast as I wish they would.

  6. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Some people take the role of godparent very seriously. In our family, it’s just a title – they are definitely not the people I would want to care for my kids if anything were to happen.

  7. I am ready for my girls to go back just so I can start making money. I do not work much in the summer so when school starts.. I start bringing in cash but I do love being around them without the stress of homework.

  8. That was nice of your neighbor to help you. Our yard looks like a jungle right now with all the rain. It is great that your husband is so supportive.

  9. Wow, that’s so nice of your neighbor!! So nice. More important than money, indeed.
    What a summer for you!
    I’ve been having a similar one – submitting to things and applying for sponsored posts I think I can write something good about. I’ve always wanted to do this but I’ve been too afraid.
    We don’t have godparents in our religion but I think it would be SUCH an honor.

  10. Sounds like it’s been a busy time for you, with lots of great opportunities ahead. Looking forward to following your adventures. And if I lived closer, I’d definitely use your landscaper 🙂

  11. We homeschooled our two kids for a while and with all the great material out there now, it’s easier than ever. It’s really just a matter of a schedule and the curriculum that work for you.

  12. My husband has been supportive of me too while I write and yes the quiet oh I love the new quiet while I write I have to agree at first it was hard to understand the lonley feeling but then my mind started to get so many post ideas and a flood of ideas for almost a year started.
    Once you get settled into a routine when the kids go back to school the feeling will be easier. When hubby is at work and kids are at school that’s when I find time to type. When I type in the summer it’s a feeling of guilt vs lonley but hubby understands all that I do.

  13. It sounds like you are truly blessed and have a lot to be thankful for. That landscape guy…what a guy. You don’t hear of those kind of things very much anymore. That would have made my day. My Dad use to do things like that for people all the time…provide service even if people couldn’t afford them.

  14. This is a nice post. I enjoyed reading it. That gardener was so nice, I loved his words, “there are things more important than money.” Truly indeed. There are lots and lots of things more important than money. Let’s start with Family.

  15. I would be spreading the word about your landscape guy. You do not hear many stories of service like that. Sounds like you have had a great summer.

  16. Wow great of the landscape guy for doing that. We don’t have godparents of our kids. We don’t do that, but do have a plan set If anything were to happen to us.

  17. Such an amazing read, I loved every part of your writing. Having such a friendly neighbor is a great gift to cherish & when you have your husband’s support on the other end it is going to be awesome for sure. I am sure you had a great summer over all.

  18. I can relate to pretty much all of this. We, too, are in South Florida, I’ve got three little ones (right now) who we started homeschooling a year ago and life with all of them home is definitely not easy but somehow worth it and there is never enough time for all the writing I want to do! Glad to see a positive perspective on this life, thanks for sharing with #BeyondMommyingSiS

  19. An amazing post, April! I completely have trouble concentrating with only my two at home! I have never been to a homeschooling expo, it sounds great. I have two with birthdays, just around the corner, and plans are being made for them. Have a great weekend!

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