CN Jr/Sr HS WeAreOne

October 29, 2017

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill

Like many families in and around Noble County, we spent the weekend camping at Chain O' Lakes State Park. This weekend was their annual Halloween Weekend and it has become a family tradition for us. Our kids and my husband look forward to it every year. The campground is packed, campers take decorating to a whole new level, trick or treating on Saturday results in buckets full of candy, and they spend the weekend riding bikes, playing football at the playground, running around with friends, and hanging out by the campfire late into the night.

I love that they love it, but truth be told, I'm not much of a camper. Camping is a lot of work! You have to plan meals, pack food, drinks, clothes, bedding and blankets, bikes, flashlights, etc. double check that you have everything, load it all up, unload all of it, put it all away, try to keep things clean and organized, keep track of kids at the park, make meals without the ease of my own kitchen, and don't even get me started on public restrooms and showers and the smell of campfire smoke on everything we bring!

This weekend was a little different. For the past several years Halloween at Chain O' Lakes has lined up with our Fall Break so we had a couple of days plus the weekend to spend time at the park and make all of that work a little more worth it. This year it did not. We are also in the process of building a house, so my husband has been extra busy and stressed trying to complete each step so the next one can begin and we can remain on schedule. So even though he loves the park, he felt like he should be working on the house instead. The older boys and Samuel had practices that conflicted with our time away, I had the Sectional football game on Friday night, the weather forecast was not spectacular, and the thought of camping in the rain was even less appealing.

Wednesday night everyone was kind of crabby, not getting things around like they needed, and questioning whether this weekend was going to be worth all of the hassle, and that's when I decided I needed to change my attitude because my negativity was affecting everyone else. So I did! We worked together to get things packed, we shared good memories from the past several years, we worked on our costumes, and made plans for a great weekend! And it was a great weekend! Yes, it was a lot of work for just a few days, we had a ton of laundry to tackle when we got home, and loading and unloading the car isn't exactly fun, but it was worth it, it was all worth it, because we had a weekend of building memories together as a family, and I am so thankful we had this time together.

Last night sitting around the fire with family and friends, I thought about my attitude, and how a little change made such a big difference in a weekend that I wasn't really looking forward to. This weekend was a start, but I know there are other areas of my life that need the same attention. I'm going to look for ways in the weeks ahead to make little changes in my attitude to hopefully make a big difference in some other key areas.

Grateful Challenge

"A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results." Wade Boggs

I challenge you to spend some time thinking about how your attitudes may be affecting you as well, and what big changes might happen if you made a little change.

"Do You Have A Positive Attitude?"

Upcoming Events

10/30 - Jr/Sr High SOM Convo

10/31 - Halloween Dress Up Day/Contest

11/3 - Jr High Dance

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