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Chris’ new laptop arrived today, which is cause for a lot of excitement around here. The lack of functioning laptop had been a problem in our lives for ages. A long time ago, he had gotten an older laptop from a generous friend. A wonderful thing, but unfortunately it died unexpectedly. Since we weren’t in a position to be able to fix it, we were stuck. Then another friend gave us a laptop. Again, an amazing thing. However, it was an older Mac and it had several unresolvable issues. Basically, it never functioned as Chris needed it to. For months now, he’s been unable to look for work away from the house. That’s been a huge impediment, as our home is tiny and our home office sits in the middle of the main space. For Chris, that made it impossible to work on freelance projects or look for a permanent position without constant distraction. Actually, that would be an understatement. We’re not talking about about a lack of focus on his part, but rather the impossibility of working uninterrupted in the same small space as a two-year-old, extremely daddy-centered little girl. I get her out of the house as often as possible, but hanging out at the library and/or park all day is awkward, at best. Eventually, we’d end up back at home, and Chris would once again be struggling to get things done with Avery screaming for his attention nonstop. Insanity.

This Christmas, we received an unexpected financial gift. It wasn’t a mountain of cash, but it was enough to allow him to finally invest in a new laptop. There was never any debate about what to do with the money. There have been freelance opportunities he couldn’t go after because they required a laptop. The whole situation was untenable, and I know he felt trapped. This gift allows him the chance to pursue any and all opportunities, and to do so without the adorable barnacle that is Avery clinging around his neck. Unbelievable, truly. We are both so incredibly grateful. Sometimes, the universe can surprise you. People can be wonderful. We didn’t ask for money. Honestly, it wouldn’t have occurred to me. Still, the money arrived, placed into our hands in an entirely unexpected way. It feels like a miracle, and I’m still kind of reeling from it.

So today, I am grateful for Chris’ new laptop, and for the unexpected path by which it arrived. I get pretty choked up every time I think about it. It’s nice to have something phenomenal to post about. I’m really hopeful that 2014 will be filled with even more amazing things to report.

So there you have it, Day Three of the 365 Days of Gratitude. It’s already interesting in terms of compelling me to shift my focus, at least a little. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 362 days of this project bring.