Thursday, January 6, 2011

Think About Such Things

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.-Philippians 4:8

About a year and a half ago, I wrote a post about being intentional with your thoughts.  (Please visit or revisit that post, or this may not make any sense at all.) 

Well, today was one of those days where I had to be intentional about being intentional. 

Talk about down in the dang dumps.  I'm tellin' ya'll, I simply cannot handle a sick baby.  Cannot.

As much as I'd like to think of myself as a pretty positive-thinking person, sometimes I can't just take everything with a grain of salt and go on throughout the day as if everything's okay.  I'm telling ya, it's like some days I feel like I can take on the world, whereas some days I feel like I can't even take a shower.  Today was the latter.  (And at this point, if you're thinking I'm crazy, don't tell me.)

 Hamp has been crying for the past two days straight.  I'm assuming it's his teeth trying to come in, but he's also a little congested with a cold.  My poor little man has been so irritable, miserable, and just plain pitiful and that has a tendency to make me feel the exact same way. 

So while I didn't want to 'waller around' in the negative, I decided to focus on the things that made me smile - the little things throughout the day that brought me joy (or kept me from joining in with Hamp and just screaming).

#1 -  My big preschooler was so proud of what she made in school today, she asked me to take a picture of it "for Daddy".   I love that she's proud of her school work.

#2 - and the fact that she flares her nostrils sometimes when she smiles, just like her daddy.

#3 -  This little guy finally found some relief and took a short nap, in my arms.

#4 - This precious, family-sized bag of goodies was left over from our cookie decorating party...AND they were in the fridge, which means they were cold and crunchy, just the way I like 'em. 

#5 - seeing that about three-fourths of my grocery list is crossed out and accounted for, because M to the Izz-A volunteered to stop on the way home from his meeting and pick up the things that were on the we-need-it-NOW category.  The other stuff can wait.

I know ya'll are diggin' my stationary.  Don't worry, you can get yourself some from Burger King.  And the pen?  Teacher supply store, baby.

#6 - watching Kate and her daddy work together on their garage project.

#7 -  seeing this little guy get some fresh air and go longer than 5 minutes without crying. 

#8 - a pink washcloth and a blue washcloth -- well, not the actual washcloths, but what they represent:  A little girl and a little boy who have my heart. 

#9 - Leftovers from last night = tonight's dinner

#10 - A couple of new parts and they got it running!


Elizabeth said...

Hollie...this post made me smile! Hope your days get better! :)

Charis said...

Super cute :)
I'm with ya in the difficult-day category, this one has been a doozy!
For your little guy, you can rub a little clove oil on his gums, numbs 'em right up & is totally safe!
(get clove oil from an herbal shop near you, or I use this website a lot:
Good luck!

Becky said...

Thanks for the reminder Hollie! Hope Hamp feels better tomorrow.

Stephanie said...

I love your post, and I also read the old one, I agree that most of the times we tend to think of the negative things, and I am still in the process of learning how to be more positive when the day is not too bright. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Abby said...

I hope your day was better today, sweet friend. I have had {many} days recently where I just feel totally blah - and know that dealing with a fussy child doesn't make things any better. I hope for your sake and his, those choppers come in soon :)

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I needed this post today. We've had a rough day in this house today too with the non stop crying. Hope both our babies get some relief soon.

Madison said...

Great post!

MiMi said...


As you know I have been MIA for quite some time, but have recently jumped back into blogging. I have so missed all of my blogging friends!

I can't believe how much your precious family has grown! Kate is getting SO big and the little guy is adorable! Congratulations! I can certainly see why they have your heart!

I look forward to catching up on what's been going on with your family!


Jen S. said...

Hi Hollie!
I hope your little guy is feeling much better. That can be so very hard.
I really enjoyed your previous post on intentional thoughts. It was JUST what I needed to thank you very much.
I appreciate it.
By the way, the pictures of your daughter holding her school project is just priceless! She's such a doll!

Candice @ ChiaSeedMe said...

Such cute pictures Hollie - I especially love the one of Hamp sweet:)

Good for you for still finding the good in a day that seemed all bad. I've been having way too many days like that lately, and it's definitely not easy.

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