It's all about how you choose to look at the sh- I mean the stuff that happens in your life.
So here goes....
Sh - Stuff that happened: I had to spend money that we don't really have on new pants.
Altered Perspective: I'm down a size and my fat pants no longer fit!
Sh - Stuff that happened: When I got back in my car, the battery light was on and my car told me that my battery was not charging, whatever that means. The needle on the battery gauge proceeded to nosedive on the drive home.
Altered Perspective: My car started! I was able to drive almost all the way home! Who needs a speedometer or a gas gauge?!
Sh - Stuff that happened: When I got to my mechanic, his "CLOSED" sign was in his door.
Altered Perspective: Since he's only a little one man shop, that probably just meant he was out to lunch. Or possibly reading the paper in the bathroom. Isn't that just quaint and provincial?!
Sh - Stuff that happened: The minute I turned off the main road onto the side street leading home, my car died completely.
Altered Perspective: I was able to coast down the hill and make it to within about 1/4 mile from home!
Sh - Stuff that happened: Couldn't get out of the car.
Altered Perspective: Who needs power locks? Who needs the driver's door? Who needs power windows, I didn't want to climb out the window anyway, what am I, a loser? Now that I've lost a little weight, it's easy peasy to extricate myself from behind the steering wheel and climb over the cup-holder-storage-compartment-area over to the passenger's seat and out the door b/c that lock never worked anyway, see, isn't that a good thing?
Sh - Stuff that happened: Triple A informed me my battery's dead and my charging system ain't workin'.
Altered Perspective: Yay for Triple A!!!!
Sh - Stuff that happened: Tow truck hauled Beulah up onto the flat bed and drove me and my car to my mechanic's, while I silently prayed the "OPEN" sign would be in the door.
Altered Perspective: Wow, what a wonderful car is my Beulah. 205,000 miles and this is the first time she's had to be towed, not counting those pesky collisions! And look! Bill IS open, PTL!
Sh - Stuff that happened: Couldn't pick up my youngest from school. Couldn't take him to his appointment.
Altered Perspective: Yay for my friend Theresa! She was able to pick Daniel up from school and deliver him all the way home for me!
Sh - Stuff that happened: I will have to pay through the teeth, with money I don't have, to repair my ancient jalopy.
Altered Perspective: Maybe I can make it all the way to 300,000 miles! Go Beulah!
Sh - Stuff that happened: I begged and pleaded with you on a daily basis to vote for me in some stupid blog contest.
Altered Perspective: You voted! The voting is all done and you got me into the Top 25! In fact, I'm like next door neighbors with the Duggars on this list! Raise the roof!
Sh - Stuff that happened: Yeah. There's still that....
Like Mr. Rogers used to say (paraphrased), Won't - you be - my Followers?
A Little History
Quite frankly, I don't know what I was thinking at the time. We went from 3 kids by birth to "oh, let's adopt a 4th" without a whole lot of deliberation.
While adopting said 4th (in Kazakhstan), we met a young man of 8 yrs by the name of Borya. Thought he was a pretty nice kid and years later found out we could adopt him too. Only thing was, he came as a 2-in-1 package with his younger sister Ylia. What the hay, said we, and rushed headlong into the adoption process. Again. To adopt two kids that were 10 and 13 at the time.
Started a blog to keep track of where my head was in this adoption game. When Borya and Ylia arrived home, we were suddenly the proud parents of six kids, ages 9, 10, 11, 11, 13 and 13.
That was back in 2009, but I still blog. I figure what doesn't make us laugh makes us cry, and I'd rather be laughing.
Also? We live on a farm(ish) with a few dozen critters. You're just as likely to read a post about the farming side of things as you are the parenting side. Thought you might want to know in case you have allergies or something.
As for the structure of this blog, I pretty much post on a daily basis, and I tend to be all over the place in what I write about, so if it's nice, neat and compartmentalized you're looking for, be off with you now, you won't find it here.
I do have some structure, though, I'm not a total bohemian. I roll like this:
Mon: Mirth Monday. A little somethin' to make you chuckle.
Tues: Sometimes Adoption Tuesday, sometimes A Tip For Tuesday, sometimes random thoughts.
Weds: Wordless Wednesday. Usually a photo or some artwork from myself or one of my oh-so-talented children.
Thurs: all random, all the time.
Fri: Farm Friday. Speaks for itself.
Sat, Sun: More random musings.
Feel free to explore and don't be shy -- drop me a line to say hello, and be sure to add yourself as a follower. Feeds my ego in a big way. I'm very insecure.
Cast of Characters
Meet the fambly:
Our Family in 2009
I'm on Top Mommy Blogs!
An award? For ME?
The Lazy Mom Award for Most Popular Lazy Mom Tip of 2011 is.....