I'm feeling like that little engine these days.
It's taken a full three weeks, but I feel like I'm finally getting over this cold! It was a nasty one! And I still don't feel like I'm quite 100%, but I'm getting there, slowly but surely. The girls--yes, poor little Anna caught it too--are starting to heal as well, which helps me start to believe the mantra.
There was one day, towards the beginning of the illness, when I told my husband that I was seriously reconsidering his offer for me to be a stay-at-home mom. The wise man that he is, he refused to have the conversation with me until I was feeling healthy again. I now feel like it's a moot point.
This weekend was Homecoming, and I had the chance to reconnect with a couple of my favorite former students. Seeing them and hearing about their successes is always a great reminder about why I do what I do, but it was an especially strong motivator to keep on telling myself "I think I can, I think I can" at this early stage of returning to my role.
But I know, despite my efforts, that I couldn't do it on my own. My husband has really stepped it up with his household contributions, and Ella has really embraced her role of being my "helper". And I couldn't ask for an easier baby in Anna. But really, I recognize that I couldn't do any of it without faith that God is on my side.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Today's blessing was the chance to get a pedicure with Ella's little friend's mom. It was my "thank you" for bringing Ella into school so often while I was on maternity leave, but it was also a great chance or get out of the house and have some "grown-up" time with a woman who is becoming a great friend.