Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"I Get To" Tuesdays

I received several positive comments on my post last week entitled "I Get To". So I've decided to begin "I Get To" Tuesdays. The thought behind this is to list a few things that could come under the category of "Ugh...I have to (you fill in the blank)". However, I want you to look at these "have to's" as blessings of "I get to". We all take for granted such things as our health, jobs, family, friends, etc. and sometimes don't appreciate them or see them as blessings as we should. So here are a few things for me this week.

  1. Yesterday, I got to take my two sons and their friends to a skateboard demonstration at a local mall. It was in the parking lot. It was hot (but no rain!), the music was WAY too loud, and the teens there were down right scary looking. There was some language I could have done without also. But my kids and their friends were very appreciative that I took them and my older son won a skateboard deck! He was thrilled because he's not known for his good luck. (Yes, he's the one with the broken foot.)
  2. On Sunday, I got to finish writing all my thank you notes to my students for the gifts they gave me at the end of the year. This is always a task for me, but the kindness of the parents is a blessing.
  3. This week I will get to take my older son to the doctor for some shots. Our doctor takes FOREVER. We could be there for hours, but it gives me time to just sit and read or to chat with my son. Plus, at least we have health insurance, and I'm able to take care of my son. I accidentally made this appointment for the same morning our dog has to go to the vet for his check up. So now my hubby has to take him to his appointment along with a nice fresh stool sample! (Maybe it wasn't an accident!)
  4. This Sunday our church will begin its summer service schedule. This means having only one service and it starts at 9 AM. We normally go to the 10:30 service. So now through Labor Day weekend I get to wake up earlier on Sundays to go spend time with the Lord and fellowship with our church family. I'm blessed to have a church home to go to and to be able to sleep in the other 6 days of the week during the summer! I shouldn't complain about this early Sunday service. (The hubs loves the summer schedule because we're home so much earlier!)

That's my "I Get To" list for this week. If you decide to post your own list on your blog, please leave me a comment to let me know, and I will post a link to your blog here. (I don't have the time to try to figure out Mr. Linky right now!)

Remember, try to find the blessings in your "I Have To's" and turn them into "I Get To's"!


Chatty Kelly said...

I love this idea. It's similar to my "thankful Thursday" but also the opposite. I'm trying to cut back on blogging time for the summer, since my kids are home, but if you keep it up, I may join up in the fall (if not before).

Have a great week!

Andrea said...

What a beautiful idea. So many times we do not find the good in the "I get to's of life."

You are an encouragement. GOD BLESS, andrea

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I like this. We "get to" go to church. It is an honor and a priviledge.

Enjoy your blog always!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Leslie: This is my first time on your blog, and I am impressed! I linked from Chatty Kelly's blog.

I love this idea of "I Get To" rather than "I Have To." It is what I needed to read NOW.

We are flying from IL to CA tomorrow for my dad's memorial service, and all the challenges that go along with an eighty-two-year old Mom who has not been alone since she was twenty and refuses to move near us so we can take care of her, three planes on the way there and another three back, etc., etc.

So... I am thankful that I get to see my mom and minister to her and sing at my dad's memorial; I am thankful He is with Jesus now, and not in a sick body any longer.
I get to meet some new people on several airplanes, hopefully to share God's love with them. I get to be in CA, where it's not as humid as IL.

Blessings on you for this wise and wonderful idea!