On the last flight before landing in Sri Lanka.
We have been here a year, and what a year it has been!
When we first arrived here, and we were adjusting to everything- you know, the heat, the bugs, and other creatures -Ben gave us all some words of wisdom.
"All of these things have been in Sri Lanka long before we arrived, and they will be here long after we leave."
I have gone back to this many times. Every time I get frustrated, I realize that I two options, try to change Sri Lanka, or I can adapt.
I have to tell you that I have found it is easier to change myself.
We love it here, and think it is a fabulous place to live! We have created a great life here, and we are excited for our adventures in the next year.
Suppose you get a job for a family; working in their home. Let's say you work for this family for almost a year. Then one day you decide to take money and you get caught. These are things that you should NOT say:
- The kids did it.
- I didn't do it, but you can take it out of my salary.
- I'm a Christain, you're a Christian, you shouldn't fire me.
And of course, you MUST save the best for last.
- Madam really shouldn't leave her purse on the table- out in the open.
Words with Friends is the only game I have on my iPad, so when the boys get ahold of it, the only thing that entertains them is the photobooth app. These are the pictures I found today.
Also from today, Jack and I were running up the stairs and Jack was winning. He looked back and said "Is that all you've got"?
It made me laugh.
I am so grateful for Jackson and Thomas; they are awesome boys. It has just been the last little while that both of them are in a place where they need me a lot less. It has made life so much better, and it is easier for me to find joy in motherhood. A LOT easier. I know there are people who gush about motherhood and how awesome it is from the very first moment, but it has not been like that for me. But it is becoming that way, slow and steady.
I am grateful to be a mom, and ALL of the lessons I am learning. I know I am a better person because I am a mother. But I am not going to lie, it is the hardest thing I have ever done. I think that I thought being a perfect mom would be a lot easier. Imagine my surprise when it has not been easy at all. One of the lessons in life, I guess. ;)
Another week is about to begin. I hope wherever you are, it is a fantastic week.
The boys had spring break last week, and we lucked out when some friends invited us to stay with them at a beach house. It was AMAZING!
We walked on the beach.
We played bocci ball and swam in the pool.
Thomas rolled around in the black sand.
I drank coconut water.
We ate really well.
We had an awesome time. Although I learned that packing for a beach house is different than packing for a hotel...good thing our friends came prepared.
I hope to go back. I promise to pack better.
All this can be yours, if you come visit.