Change Challenges and Chocolate

The three “C’s” of life are change, challenges and chocolate. Each of these are abundant in my life these days.


It seems that our family life, over the last several weeks, has been in a constant state of change. My hubby’s schedule recently went from 8-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts.

For the first time, our girls are in separate schools. My oldest’s schedule changed dramatically with her new school – she has to be waiting for the bus 10 minutes before she would have been awake last year.

My youngest is without her big sister in her school for the first time.

Tomorrow, I start my first part-time, paid employment since 2005.

Change, of course, then brings challenges.


In regards to my hubby’s schedule, we are still adjusting. I’m still working on finding family meal time and family time, in general, with my guy now working 12’s. It’s been more difficult than I anticipated, but we’ll keep trying.

My oldest has to be up much earlier in the morning than she did before. She also likes to read (probably as much as I do, which is really scary).

She likes to read so much, that I started getting emails from her teachers saying she was falling asleep in class. Turns out, the stinker would wait until after we tucked her in with hugs and kisses, then she’d grab a book and read until 2 am.

I’m probably the worst example, too, since I do the same thing. We couldn’t allow her to be falling asleep in class, so we removed the books from her room at night. She just earned them back this weekend.  Hopefully, I won’t be getting more emails.

My youngest, who at age 7, missed qualifying for MENSA by one point, is in a classroom full of gifted students.

Many of them have very strong personalities and leadership qualities. Unfortunately, their high IQ’s do not match their maturity levels and drama ensues.

In addition to all of that, her fabulous fourth grade teacher has a completely different teaching style from her fabulous third grade teacher. She loved her third grade class – not so much her fourth grade. This is a great opportunity to teach my child coping mechanisms for difficult situations. Ugh.

I face new challenges in managing the household. I have to find time to cook meals we can eat together. mostly because we’d all starve to death, or die of malnutrition if I left it up to my sweet hubby.

I’ll need to figure out when to do the grocery shopping. I will be teaching my children how to do their own laundry (yea, baby!), and we will all be pitching in on the housekeeping.

Even our pugs will have an adjustment period, but I’m pretty sure the tiled kitchen and baby gates are our solution. Doggie beds, chew toys, and full water dishes should cover their needs until my guy gets out of bed and lets them outside.


I am a woman. I am peri-menopausal. Do I REALLY need to explain this? Since I’m starting a new job, if you’d like to send a “congrats” gift, my favorite are Graham’s Chocolates. I have a special liking for the caramel/chocolate/nut covered pretzels. Yum.

Even the Mayo Clinic has nice things to say about chocolate. It must be good.

Life will always bring change and challenges. Thank goodness there is chocolate to ease the way.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?


What change and challenges are you facing? Do you like chocolate? What’s your favorite? Comment here, and join the conversation on Facebook at There’s a Bug in My Coffee.

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