I consider running our family's blog like running an effective Public Relations campaign. I edit the pics to only post the ones I think look best. I edit the words to just give enough information, but not too much. I only write the positive news or funny events -- not the monotonous day-to-day actions or sad news.
I am breaking out of my PR campaign for this post. Another friend of mine also calls it, 'removing your blog face'. We should not be judging or thinking that other's lives are perfect or exactly the kind of experience we wish to have by what we read on their blog. We are all trying to put good PR out there for ourselves & our families.
I have strugggled to want to write this post for several weeks. I don't like to let the whole world in on the quiet details of our family's life. I prefer to give you a quick overview of the good -- not the feelings caused by the bad.
We have been hammered with one trial or circumstance, after another, after another, after another, the past 2 months. I may not share all of our 'trials' here or when I talk to you because I believe they are relative to your experience. I hate to bring up my 'bad news' when your 'bad news' could be much worse. I don't want a lot of sympathy. I just want to find the solution & work hard to get to that better place.
In the last 2 months we have:
*Been looking & working on securing better employment for Chad. Love Carnegie & it's been a fabulous experience. Just looking at other options.
*Chad experienced a week of lying flat on is his back on the floor after the herniated disc in his back slipped out of place. He was in a lot of pain.
*We've all been sick with a cold or flu.
*Traveled lots & lots of miles in a car with a mystery 'Check Engine' light on that I just hoped would get us to our next destination. Luckily - it did. Until yesterday, when we replaced car batteries in BOTH our vehicles - on the same day! What are the odds?
*Been wanting to expand our family for over a year, with no luck.
*Been working for over a year to find some refinance / help with our house, which is now worth 1/3 of what we paid for it, with no luck.
I DO NOT POST THIS FOR SYMPATHY. I do not post this for other to feel sorry for us.
I post to share that life is not always perfect. It's how you react to these imperfect moments that shape you.
With all of these bits of bad news, we've had several meaningful moments showing us that we can make it through. Chad & I are working together like we never have before. We are laughing when we can't take it anymore. We are still planning for the big picture. We are making it, one day at a time.
It may not be the best PR move -- but it is the truth. And it's OK......