First of all, wow, thanks for all the "dog" info! This is my conclusion (if Dave agrees): we will 1) have the kids do a bunch of their own research with help from those great comments and from the internet, 2) have them write up a proposal for the best kind of dog they think our family should have, 3) have a "review board" (comprised of Dave and myself) look it over, 4) see if the kids really stick with it and get to that point. Then we'll go from there. I'll let you know what happens.
On to my thoughts for today. I just found this quote:
A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. ~Honoré de Balzac
I love it because it's so true. As the Mother of my family I set the stage for the happiness of my children through my attitude. If I'm stressed-out and sleep-deprived (which I have been much too much lately), I'm a completely different mother than I am when I have a great attitude and I go about my daily tasks cheerfully and with thankfulness. I know my kids (and husband) can feel the change because it really does set the tone in our home. Scary to have that much responsibility, but true.
This month my "focus" is on my attitude. I know that as much as I try to "keep it real" on this blog I sometimes tend to make it look like it's all smooth-sailing around here. But I'm here to say that man alive life can be tough sometimes. Sometimes I feel like one of those little stretchy figurines and everyone is pulling me in different directions and some of my limbs (or sanity) just may break right off from all the pressure. And at that almost-breaking-point my attitude is awful. I rant and rave. I huff and I puff, and I'm a horrible example of dealing with stress for my poor kids.
I realize that if I plan out my time a little better I'm so much happier.
So in order to keep my "happiness like a beacon" for my kids this month I'm working on personal prayer to keep me on track to stick to doing what's most important when I have extra minutes to fill, and planning out my days the night before (that's a huge deal).
I think it will change my life.
Here's to hoping...