A Very Merry Thankful Tuesday

It’s almost Christmas, people! Here’s why I’m thankful:

  • After a month of co-battling a cold with August (both mine and his), it finally became bronchitis, which means we both finally got antibiotics. It’s been a month of snotty noses and shivers, yucky coughs and night-time wakings, and it’s a beautiful thing to be able to give my child medicine and let him sleep through he night without a cough. Wow, I should be so much more thankful for antibiotics than I am.  Thank you person who invented Penicillin in 1928.
  • I’ve been away from my Main Squeeze for almost ten days, enjoying an extra long grandparent and cousin visit with August in Texas. But I get to see my husband tomorrow when he arrives here for Christmas. I woke up the other morning and thought how much I’d just like to hug him and I remembered how blessed I am to have someone who loves me and wants to hug me back. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true.
  • I had a realization about August the other day: That he is somehow able to contain each of mine and Chris’ strongest personality traits (which have often seemed to me to be on separate poles). My husband knows what he believes about everything. (Some might call him opinionated…) I am tender hearted, a sensitive soul. Somehow my son is both of those things. He has no problem yelling: “I don’t like this!” to every song on the cd, except the one song he likes. He also can’t stand anything unhappy and is constantly aware of my feelings (“Are you sad, Mama?”). This past Friday night, my parents took us to see their church’s performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life” the musical. August loved it until we got to the sad part, where the angel shows George Bailey how horrible life would be in Bedford Falls had he not been born. There’s a lot of crying and music in minor keys. My son kept yelling (as he burrowed his face in my chest): “I don’t like this show, Mama! I don’t like it!” (Which I’m sure the actors on the stage didn’t love hearing.) Even when the show got happy at the end, he was not convinced or pleased. A sensitive and opinionated boy. I love it.
  • This past Saturday, my brother Brooks coordinated a massive undertaking of providing 250 families in Amarillo, Texas with presents (not only kids but mothers too). Just seven years ago, these families had no help. I could not be more proud to be related to this man who works every week to make sure these families and kids are cared for, offered food, medical help, and authentic relationships. I’m blessed to be able to introduce August to the kind of work Brooks is doing, and blessed that he gets to grow up with an uncle who has given his life to pursing mercy and hope for kids starving for both.
  • I’ve gotten to have a week with no deadlines and lots of time to rest. That equals an obsessive amount of time spent reading two YA novels in the course of a week. (The Hunger Games anyone?)
  • It’s Christmastime! I get to celebrate by giving my kid an awesome rocket digital clock!

What are you thankful for?

  • Tracy

    I am so greatful that as I admit my limitations my husband is taking joy in being my helper. I came home yesterday to a basket full of folded laundry and with my free time was able to bask in the joy of baking my sgnature Cherries Jubilee cookies! I dreamt one day long ago of having a red cherry kitchen filled with love and feeding people. I am thankful that He gives us the desires of our heart!

  • Clio

    I am thankful for my husbands family. They are generous and loving and have completely embraced me into their family.

    I am thankful for my two wonderful, healthy children.

    I am thankful for the family that we “adopted” this Christmas. I can only imagine how hard it is to ask for help, especially this time of year. Having another family to think about and help was a blessing to our family and our children.

    I am SO grateful for our comfortable home and circumstances. I over-bought for my kids this year. I need to correct his next year, but what a blessing to have this “problem!”

    I am envious you are in Amarillo, Micah :)

  • http://www.sundayschoolrebel.typepad.com Sam

    I am thankful my husband and I were able to agree on holiday plans. It’s hard having both sides of the family close enough to visit – believe me. We both want to retreat to our family of origin’s house, but we figured out a compromise that makes us all happy. Much of this goes out to my husband’s boss, who gave him Monday off, which was in our original plan but then got unscheduled because of work. Seriously, I feel like his boss saved our Christmas.

    I am so thankful that I have had an uncrazy Christmas. We have done a few things here and there, and tomorrow I plan to make sugar cookies with Thomas.

    I am incredibly grateful that we might get to go to our home church’s Christmas Eve service. It’s so special and beautiful, all candlelit with beauty.

    So happy that you’re getting time to rest. And yes – The Hunger Games! Oh gosh, those books are like falling down a rabbit hole. Fascinating and horrifying and as I like to say, un-put-down-able.


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