Did you see how I've had a change around here? Mmmmmm, long overdue I think. A new banner. New headers (there may be more to come!) and a general 'tidy up'. I've still got more to do so don't be surprised if you see more changes in the coming weeks.
Gratefullness - is that a word? A few of my friends will already know how the lack of this in society is grating on me at the moment. From a recent interaction with a ton of children expecting things, to my own not being grateful for a trip to the Gold Coast. To adults putting their child at the front of a half hour que to general all round selfishness. Since when did society become the 'me me me' society where your own 'rights' became more important than anyone or anything else?
Which brings me to my own kids. They get a lot. They are lucky. So 2 things.
1. How can I teach them to be grateful for what they receive? For what they take as normal? How do I let them see that some of the things they take as normal is in fact something to be treasured, not taken for granted? I would love some feedback on this if you have any ideas...
2. When we went to the Gold Coast, Andy put a 'rule' in place. If they wanted to buy anything, it had to come from their pocket money. I freaked out. They don't get much pocket money and we didn't give them any warning. "It's not fair". In fact it was very fair and a great idea.
They spent their holiday looking at things and deciding if they liked 'whatever' better than something else they'd seen. Assessing whether the $15 spent was worth it. Or were they better to buy a couple of smaller priced items.
At one point I thought they were being so good about their spending money that I'd go and buy them the 'treasured items' they were waiting to buy on the last day. I didn't. And am so glad I didn't. To see them purchase those items was fantastic. They were so proud of themselves. So pleased with what they brought.
It taught me something. And maybe that is the answer to my previous ramblings. Perhaps I give them things too easily?
I've just heard from our architect. The scale model of what our place will look like is ready. We'll get to see it as it will be. Oh . My . Goodness!!!!! So cool!!!!! Also the computer drawings are nearly done. Means we'll be able to put it to tender soon! Before Xmas!! Meaning we'll be able to start as soon as the builders are ready next year. Wow. It is finally happening. The start/stop of this project is in 'full speed ahead' mode and I just can't wait!
I've just heard the news that three Kiwi soldiers were killed in Afghanistan last night. Wow, kinda makes all the above irrelevant huh? My thoughts and prayers go to the families of those brave soldiers. I'm so sorry for your loss.