I couldn't decide which of the few things I was grateful for to write about last night, so I guess I'll try to shorten up a couple of them. I mean, I'm allowed gratitude for more than one thing, right?
Yesterday evening I had the joy of taking a solo trip to Target. Moms love that! As an added bonus, I remembered that is put Patsy Cline Heartaches in my car after The Great CD Purge of 2016. I think most people can agree that "Crazy" is a real work of art, but I maintain that "I Fall to Pieces" and "She's Got You" are equally as remarkable. Even though I'm gratefully and happily married, those songs make me feel feelings. Her voice is so soulful in "Heartaches" that I almost can't stand it. If you think "Crazy" is lame but haven't explored her talents beyond that, I recommend checking her out.
When I got home from shopping it was bedtime for the kids. The half-birthday boy, #3 was all primed up and acting adorable. One-and-a-half is one of the greatest ages for cuteness, I think. He mostly says "yeah" and he loves to hug and kiss and do his "sleepy face" and wrestle dad and the brothers. He is silly and loves making us laugh. If only he wasn't in a "must be carried everywhere" phase. I'll be grateful when that's over.
I am also pretty happy with myself for (finally) handling a preschooler's meltdown calmly and like an adult. Most parents do this daily, but I tend toward shouting and anger. For some reason (holy spirit, I suppose) I was able to calmly handle an epic tantrum from #1, despite death threats and fake puking. I hope I can continue that pace and teach him a little better how to handle his emotions.
Yesterday was a long and trying day, but even in those sufferings I have something to be thankful for!