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Since I lost my job back in May, it’s been really hard to write.  I’ve spent my days looking for work, trying to start a business, and worrying about money.  This week, though, some prayers were answered, and I can breath just the tiniest bit easier.  I was approved for unemployment, so the small amount of money that will bring in will allow me to find the job I really want, work on my business with more confidence, and most importantly, spend some time with my kids.

So, this week, I did all of those things.  I refocused my job search, and started applying only to those jobs that I really think I would enjoy.  And, in doing this, I realized something about myself that I guess I always sort of knew, but it really showed itself yesterday.  I applied to a job that made me really excited….and it’s an excitement I didn’t see coming.  The fundamental point of this job is to read reports, write reports, and ensure that programs are running as they should.  It’s a lot of computer work, and a lot of detail.  And that made me…dare I say?  Giddy.  I got giddy over reports.  This is news to me.  But, I was so excited about the job that I completely rewrote my cover letter to basically say, “Hey, this incredibly boring job makes me really excited!”  It was a little wierd, but now I know what to look for.

Second, I worked a little bit harder on my business.  I went to the Small Business Development Center, and did financials.  I realized that I really can make this my full-time job if I really put my mind to it…and I really want to.  (Side note:  If you need a resume, please visit me at www.myremarkableresumes.com)

Third, I spent a lot of time with the kids.  This is something that I’ve never really been able to do with any joy…not because I don’t love being with my kids, but because there has always been an underlying worry about money.  While that worry is still there, it’s a little less than it ever has been in the past, and I was able to take a break from all of the stuff I “should” be doing, and just enjoy them.  So, I took The Girl shopping to spend some birthday money.  The Boy had some money saved up too, so he was able to shop too.  We went to the mall, got Brian a Father’s Day gift, and spent the rest of the time in “kid stores”.  We spent a few days at the pool.  They went to the fitness center with me and played in the raquetball court while I exercised.  The Girl and I did Pilates together.  The Boy and I cuddled in bed in the mornings before The Girl woke up.  We built a birdhouse out of popsicle sticks.  We watched our tomatoes and cucumbers grow.

So, while I’m still worried about money, I am so glad to have a little breathing room.  I’m so happy to be refocused on what is important.  And what is important is my family and my own happiness.  And that it what I am going to pursue.

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Dear Girl,

In just a few hours, you will wake up.  It will be your birthday, and you will have reached the ripe old age of 7.  I can’t believe you are already 7.  It doesn’t even seem possible.  But, here you are, growing up right in front of my eyes.

In addition to today being your birthday, it is also your official stage debut.  Now, you’ve performed on stage before, but this is the first time you have lines…and quite a few of them, I might add!  You are the Wicked Witch of the West (and your best friend is playing the Wicked Witch of the East) in the  First Grade Production of the Wizard of Oz.  I can’t wait to hear your evil laugh!

You don’t know this yet, but Daddy and I bought you the cage for the mice you’ve been saving up for.  I can’t wait to see your face when you open it!  You also got some birthday money in the mail today.  You have more than enough for your mice now, and I wonder what you’ll start saving for next.

Also, your brother bought you a rather “grown up” art set and sketch pad.  We love the way you draw, Q, and I really hope that it is something that sticks with you forever.  Of course, The Boy is really hoping that you’ll share your art set with him….it might be a nice thing to do.

With 1st grade coming to an end next week, I hope that I have some time to spend with you this summer.  I love spending time with just you, and I’m sorry that it doesn’t happen as often as we would like.  But, with summer just around the corner, I’m sure we’ll be able to steal some time together…even if it’s just cuddling in my bed in the morning.

So, Baby Girl, I hope you have a great birthday! Always remember, you are my favorite little girl!

Love,

Mom

Oh, one more thing!  Thanks so much for that last 6 year old hug you gave me before bed.  It will stay in my heart forever!

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