When we moved here, I knew it was the right thing to do. I knew it was what we needed to do and we have received so many blessings since we have been here. There are times though that I question things, I guess it is because of my lack of faith. When money gets tight and we are trying make ends meet I wonder if we really thought things through all the way. I ask Michael if we are going to be able to make it financially. Trying to take care of a family of 8 sometimes requires more than what we have. I won't lie. I don't like going shopping. Trying to get what we need with the money that we have is hard. I am the one that makes the menus and gets the groceries. Michael reminds me that if we are doing what we should as a family and living the best that we can that everything will be all right. He is right. It all works out.
When we decided to switch schools we were surprised by the reactions. There have been several times that I have thought it would've been a lot easier if we would not have done that. There are days when the kids struggle with friends or other issues. There are times when the cost of gas to go to all the functions adds up to more than what we expected. I pass some one on the street that used to be my friend, but now won't speak to me. I wonder again if we thought this all through. Then things settle down and again it all works out.
I have to go back to the promptings and feelings I originally received. I knew then that the decisions made were the right ones. I draw on those feelings again and it brings peace to my mind to get through the rough times. The other day I recevied this quote in my inbox. It is from Pres. Thomas S. Monson. It says; "So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can bring peace and contentment."
This really impacted me. Our circumstances will never be perfect. There will always be bumps in the road. If we would have stayed in Wyoming, we would not have had Michael in our daily lives. He has kept in contact with those he worked with there. Not only would he have been gone, but the income would also have gone down and our financial situation would have been tighter than it is here. Having Michael home every night has been such a huge blessing. I have friends that will always be my friends no matter what school my kids go to. They also have friends and opportunities that they would not have had had they stayed here and gone to school.
We have to look around us and see the blessings, be content with what we have and choose to be happy. Promotions may or may not come, money may always be tight, friendships will change, bad days will happen. During it all though, if we can look look for the good, keep our attitudes positive and choose to be happy, we will receive the peace and contentment that we need and want.