Everything is relative. I am sure that most of you know that.
I have had a bad week, but it sure could be worse. That is the thing that pushes me along, and makes me get through it all. And, today is a better day than yesterday.
My hubby and I were discussing this last night. I was feeling overwhelmed and needed to cry a bit on his shoulder.
Fuzzy, our 10 year old, was asleep in our bed so I snuggled into the day bed in our playroom with my hubby. My hubby joked that it felt like we were having a "conjugal visit" like up in the mansions up in Newport, Rhode Island, where Mr. Astor and Mr. Vanderbilt had separate bedrooms from their wives. Hubby said, "It's like we are rich like them!"
After we stopped chuckling at the thought, I said to him, "You know, we are rich, much richer than most." My tears dried up and I decided to list all our riches as we lay there holding each other.
We have each other. After more than 15 years together and close to 14 of marriage, we are still each other's best friend. We still love being with each other and laugh and smile and hold hands together. Not a lot of couples still feel that way after all that time.
We have three incredible children. Each one unique, but each one very bright, very caring, and full of desire to learn and to love. We must be doing something right.
We have our health, in relative terms. My hubby is healthy, a bit overweight, a bit of arthritis from old sports injuries, and a bit of borderline blood pressure, but no cancer, no heart problems, nothing major.
I do have some health issues that are chronic and long lasting, but no cancer and no heart problems. I'll deal with what I have, it could always be worse. Truly, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, are not the worst things out there.
My hubby has a great job and provides for our family very well. We have to juggle, but who doesn't? There could always be more - but there could be less too, we have been there, and it isn't fun.
We have my parents here with us. I cannot even begin to put a value on all their help and love. Just being here, the kids get so much from having their grandparents in their lives every day. They help us with the kids, they help me with cooking, cleaning and managing a big home for seven. They are priceless riches.
We have lots of family and friends who love us and care for us. Our kids also reap the benefits of lots of friends and a great community.
The bottom line, we have God in our lives and He is good. He has blessed us with many riches, many rewards, and much love.
I am grateful, very much so, for all our riches. My hubby is too. Thank you, God, for everything.
I kissed hubby goodnight, and left him to snore in the play room and I climbed back into my big, comfy king-size bed with my son. He was snoring too.
Life is good. Really, really good.