There’s Always a Bright Side Even When It’s Still Dark Outside


GOOD Morning. It’s been far too long since I’ve written a post and there’s good reason for it. Actually, there’s a LOT of good reasons for it. It’s been a whirlwind of a summer already and school hasn’t even been out for a week yet! We have been SO busy. I always hate saying that because I know that the busy train doesn’t just stop here – every other parent in the world with at least one kid is busy, too!

I’ve been up since 4:07 this morning. This is how I look most mornings. Frightening. Every morning I say a prayer on the way to and from school that – 1) I Don’t get pulled over and have to face an officer, because he will take one look at me and think I’m either on drugs or that I’ve stolen a car, and – 2) that I’m not in an accident because there is NO way I could get out of my car looking the way I do!


That picture is SCUUURRRYYYYY! But, it’s real. So anyway, this morning I had my alarm set for 4:45 because Jackson had “Championship Wednesday”. It’s a deal where all the high school sports teams come to school and workout. It started at 5:50 am and it’s a 25 minute drive one way to school so we had to be up early. I think my brain woke me up early because I was worried about oversleeping. His coach told them if they were late to not even walk in the door. I like the lesson that teaches but it made me a nervous nelly, too. Between basketball and football, I think I’ve put more miles on my car in the last few days than I have in the last few weeks, but I’m sitting here this morning so full of joy that my son is active, and has the opportunity (and the physical ability) to play sports. I’m so fortunate to have a healthy child, who is setting an alarm for an early morning practice, not another doctor’s appointment or a chemo treatment. It sounds so cliche but it is SO true, my friends. I look around and I watch the news and see and hear of kids who are sick and not able to live a “normal” life and I am so thankful for all of these miles I am putting on my car and these bags under my eyes.

On the way to school this morning, I started to complain to Jackson about how tired I was, but I changed my tune. He’s the one who is doing the work, and as long as he is committed to doing what he needs to do for the teams, I will do my part and get him to where he needs to be, with a smile on my face. Even at 5 in the morning.ย Would it be frowned upon if I put Jackson in an Uber every now and then for practice? Kidding.. Kidding.. ย Moral of the story this morning: there’s always a bright side even when it’s still dark outside. This morning’s bright side was that I have a healthy kid who is active and motivated. SO, for now, I’m choosing to be grateful. And I’m choosing coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I appreciate you!

XOXO, Jodi



6 Comments on “There’s Always a Bright Side Even When It’s Still Dark Outside”

  1. Truly inspiring message. You are blessed. I am blessed and no matter what life throws at us there is always someone who would trade us places. P.S. love the cup๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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