Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Three more days of being thankful

The last 3 days have been pretty uneventful, which for our family is an event to celebrate in itself.  But still, I have new things to be thankful for.

On Sunday, I was most thankful for a husband who knows when I need help and exactly what type of help I need.  Aiden has been wearing me out lately and in anticipation of a rather rough day, Chris was right there helping me in so many ways.  I am so thankful that he does that, because I know that not all wives are that lucky.

Then comes Monday.  Last night I was thankful for the prayers of our 6 year old.  He has a way of speaking his heart to God so openly and honestly that he is able to put things into perspective for his mommy.

Today, as I am recovering from a yucky tummy bug, I am thankful that Aiden is having a day of being able to entertain himself. While being sick stinks, being able to find joy in my life in spite of it is a huge step forward for this mom.

Thanks for coming along on this journey. I am seeing that it does not have to be some huge mind blowing thing for me to find joy and blessing in it.  I hope you are seeing your blessings as well.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Being Thankful: Days 1 & 2

Being thankful for day 1 was difficult, to put it mildly.  I have said many times that our family motto is "we don't do easy," but for just a little bit I sure would like to!

There are so many of God's truths that I hold onto daily, but for some reason, the truths that I mentioned Thursday have been the hardest for me to grasp hold of and not let slip out of hands. Yesterday was no different. But still, I am able to say I am thankful. Thankful for warnings and for a husband that can make me laugh so hard I cry.  Yep, both of those were huge blessings yesterday!

Today has been much easier up to this point.  I am thankful today for the fact that Christopher is such a wonderful helper around the house and especially with his little brother.  My day is made so much easier by my oldest son. We have told him time and again that God made sure he came first because Aiden would need him, and he has proven that to us many times over.

Thankful in all circumstances? Not yet. But I am a work in progress. God is opening my heart and my eyes to see the joy and blessings around me, another thing I am thankful for!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Thanks-giv-ing (noun)  1) the act of giving thanks; 2) expressing gratitude

No surprises; today was Thanksgiving Day.  Today is the day that almost all Americans come together somewhere and give thanks. That is what the day is named for, so that is what we are supposed to do. 

But what about the other 364 days of the year? 

Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

There it is... my calling is to give thanks in everything.   God does not say "give thanks because it is November and we have this holiday", but give thanks because that is His will for our lives.

I'll be honest, I have not been doing a whole lot of giving thanks for everything.  What I have been doing is a whole lot of grumbling and worrying about, well, about pretty much everything.  I wake up with worry in my heart, go through my day worrying and back in bed still with that same worry. Yet I know that my Savior has already taken care of it all.

So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’  For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But above all pursue his kingdom  and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.  Mathew 6:31-34

There it is - proof that it is being handled. My heart knows this, but my brain is lagging a bit.   Its time to change that! I know, I know, it is not that simple to just give up worry and start giving thanks always.  But can't it be?  For those of us who live in Christ, can't it be that simple if we just let it?  
So here at the close of Thanksgiving day, I am challenging myself, and my family, to start seeing all that we have to be thankful for.  Not just today, or during the Christmas season, but everyday to name at least one thing, which I am sure will remind us of so many more reasons to be thankful for as well.  
 Anyone else up for the challenge?

I'll start:  

Today I am so thankful that my family loves spending time together.  Today we cooked together, ate together and played together.  The 3 guys in my home are a huge blessing in every way and I don't want to lose sight of that when Thanksgiving is over. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving day with their own families, and I challenge you to 365 days of thankfulness!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

14 Months - a few days late

That kiddo right there is now 14 months old!

Yep, 14 months and all over the place.  Most days he is a super smiley guy, full of laughs, kisses and hugs.  He loves to play and run around the house after his brother, whom he is always just 2 steps behind.  Many days you will find he and I sitting down, reading books if we aren't running errands.  It is the same books over and over, but they make him so happy. He will bring them to me and sign "please" so that I will sit and read them.  That is when he is happiest.

Aside from loving books, he loves to play peek-a-boo and hide and seek, especially with his daddy. Chris will take him upstairs while I am making dinner and the two of them play so hard that I can hear the laughs even with the door closed! 

He is quickly learning about his world. In the last month he has learned to say "Daddy" (which is used for both Daddy and his bubba), "doggie", "mamama," and "sock". Even when he can't say a word, he can communicate it very well.  There are many delighted squeals when I ask him if he wants breakfast, lunch, or a snack. Pretty much anything to do with food, and this kid is right there.

Like his brother, Aiden is a super friendly guy.  He is always tilting his head sideways and smiling, as if you are sharing a secret with him.  And as we go through the grocery store he says "hi" to everyone we walk by, sometimes 3 or 4 times until they say "hi" back.  Persistent does not even begin to describe it.

He has also become a great alarm clock. Every morning he knows when it is time to go upstairs to wake up his brother and daddy. He goes to each of them in bed, pats their faces and says their names until they wake up.  He gets so excited to do this every day and if we don't do it on time, he lets me know about it.

He has been so much fun and joyful as we watch his personality develop these past few months.

One last picture.  The P & F transformation on Halloween.  He did not like spraying his hair green!