Monday, November 29, 2010

A Steadfast Mind and Some Warm Pants

Yesterday, a few things happened that I was thankful for:

1.  I heard a good word at church.  As we are studying stillness during this frantic season, I was reminded where my mind should be while I seek out some stillness/peace in the busyness.  We looked at this passage in Isaiah 26:3-4:

"You will keep in perfect peace
   those whose minds are steadfast,
   because they trust in you.
 Trust in the LORD forever,
   for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal."

Remembering not to focus on external circumstances and allowing them to swallow me up,  but instead keeping a steadfast mind on the Lord.  Peace comes from a mind stayed on Him.  A mind that is stayed on Him trusts in Him.  If I am trusting in Him I will find peace because I no longer have to trust in myself to make things happen, to get things done, to make things work out.  I can trust instead in Him who has proven to be faithful, righteous, just, and who loves me and who has a good plan for me.

Ahhhh.  That does make my heart (and my mind) still. 

2.  On a little bit more of the not-so-deep side, I got all my Christmas decorating done and the house clean.  Yes, thankful indeed!

3.  Lastly yesterday, began Advent season, and this year I found a great book that takes you day by day, all the way through until Christmas Eve, with daily devotionals, scripture, and activities for the whole family.  I was a little leery before we got started because some of the devotionals seemed like they might be a little too old for the kids, but thankfully they jumped right in.  They were interested and engaged and had topic appropriate comments.  This week we talk about hope, and right now I am hopeful that this new family tradition will keep our minds stayed on Him all season through (see number 1). I am thankful for this new family tradition.

Today, it is blustery, cold, a little snowy, and a whole lot of yuck.  You know, for people like me who feel like things are a little "off" when temps drop below 75 degrees.  So today, I am thankful for my warm cozy Jammie pants, and a full day where I can sit in them and enjoy the coziness they bring.  After heading out for a quick workout and an errand, I was so happy to see that the rest of the day I was free to stay inside, nice and toasty, and comfortable in my Jammie pants.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

This Time It Was On Purpose

Yup, I realize it's been a few days.  I did that on purpose, though.  I thought it was more important spend these last few days with the fam than it was for me to blog. 

Turns out, I was right.

I have really enjoyed the last few days with everyone, despite the holiday stress.

Thursday was a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I couldn't really complain about too much.  First, I am thankful that I didn't have to host this year.  Second, since The Hubs went and played flag football in the annual Turkey Bowl our church has, I got to do whatever I wanted to that morning.

Well, you know, with two kids in toe.

So, I popped in a movie and hopped on the treadmill for some pre-damage control. Which leads me to my next stop:  Third, I am thankful for my Mom's caramel corn.  It's the best stuff ever.  I am also thankful for taco dip and spinach dip.  I also love me a good french onion dip.  Really, just give me a dip.  Fourth, I am thankful that I completely avoided stuffing myself the entire day.  I really hate that feeling of eating too much, and so I was trying to be very conscious of how full I was getting through out the day, and making sure I didn't over do it.  I am desperately trying to live in the Land of Moderation these days.  It's an interesting and eye opening place to visit, but I haven't quite settled in yet.  And lastly, of course, I was very thankful to be surrounded by my family and extended family all day long. 

Yesterday, I was very thankful that I decided to forgo Black Friday shopping.  It just didn't seem necessary this year.  Maybe it was the Land of Moderation beckoning me, or just that I didn't seem to care too much about getting out in the crowds.  Whatever it was, sleeping in and going out for breakfast instead turned out to be quite wonderful.  I did do a little shopping after breakfast, but nothing too crazy.  I came home after a couple of hours and The Hubs had gotten out all of our Christmas decorations.  That's where I lived for the rest of the day.  Chest deep in Christmas decor.  Our house looks like a bomb went off.  Hopefully, tomorrow that will all change as I finish and clean.  I thought about the Land of Moderation a few times during this whole decorating extravaganza, but the kids' excitement has kept me from packing all away.

Which leads me to today.  Today, I finally got to the Family Tree (we have two trees, one that is decorated with coordinating decor, and our Family Tree).  The Family Christmas Tree has ornaments either for or made by each child for each Christmas they have celebrated.  It also has ornaments on it for The Hubs and I.  We bought the tree the first Christmas we were married, and it holds a lot of family memories of Christmases past.  It is so fun to decorate as we go through all the ornaments and remember when we got them and why we chose that ornament that year. 

As we were getting ready to get started, The Hubs was fluffing the bow that goes on the top (Oh, he is SO excited I just shared that he is the bow-fluffer!), and the bow fell apart.  Completely.  We tried to fix it, but as I was working on it, it came to my mind that the poor bow as been stored and used for TEN years now.  We decided to let the bow go to where ever bows go to when they die, and find a new tree topper. 

Well, as you can imagine, this impromptu trip to buy a new topper put a little stress into my day.  I was not planning on doing this, and I really wasn't sure what kind of topper I wanted.  The whole fam came with so we could all choose which topper we wanted, but ultimately the final decision was going to be made by me.  I'm embarrassed to share this, but I was stressed.  I wanted the tree to look so special.  It's our family tree!  Then I got a little whisper in my ear, "This is supposed to be fun!  The kids don't care what kind of topper the tree has or what ribbon goes around it, they just want to spend time going through ornaments and decorating."    It was just one of those moments where you remember what you are supposed to be focusing on, and making everything look perfect, wasn't it.  Today, I am thankful for remembering to be in the moment, and have fun. 

Oh, and the tree?  I think it looks pretty darn perfect.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Today, I am thankful for Compassion International.  Compassion is an organization that meets not only the physical needs of children living in poverty, but also their spiritual needs.  Recently, our family decided to sponsor a child in Uganda through Compassion.  Both kids are very excited about it, but I wasn't too sure how much they really understand about what these kids living in poverty were really facing.

Let's be honest, I'm not sure I really understand what it looks like to live a life in poverty, and with no hope. 

It just so happens that Compassion International has offices here in our state.  At their offices they give tours for both adults and children.  On the tour for the children the kids get to go into a life size replica of a home in a developing country, see toys that are made by the kids in these countries, and they get to see what a Compassion center in these countries looks like.  Today, we also got to make Christmas cards for those kids who are not yet sponsored.  It was a really wonderful tour and very hands on for the kids.

Today, I am thankful for not just Compassion International and all the work they do in order to care for those who are desperate for care and hope, but I am also thankful that my kids could have such an eye opening experience, and I am thankful that we are able to be apart of what Compassion does and are able to share some of what we have been blessed with with some one else half way around the world.  I just hope one day that our family can meet her face to face.

Here are some pics from the day:

First, we have both of the kids sitting on Jesus' lap in the lobby of the center:

Here the kids are taking their first look of a typical home in a third world country:

Then they were able to go inside and feel how small it is in there and take a look around at what was there, and what was not there:

And here they are in the Compassion center replica making Christmas cards for kids that are without sponsors:

Thank you, Lord for allowing us the opportunity to be used by you, and for the people that work so hard to make You known to all the nations.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010



So a couple of days have passed.  I was aware of not getting on here the entire time, but here's the deal: We've had some sickies running around, some school projects to complete, and sometimes, I'll just be honest, I just want to go to bed instead of blog. 

There.  I said it.

So, it's time to be thankful, quickly, because my bed is calling.


Sunday we took the entire day off.  I mean it.  I never left my pajamas the entire day.  I don't even remember the last time this has happened.  It felt so good, I can hardly wait for a repeat.  I missed going to church, but the rest was so wonderful.  So on Sunday I was thankful for my PJ's, rest, and the entire day to collect myself.

Monday came and initially I was bummed to be starting another week, but then I remembered.  It's a short week!  This gave me enough pep in my step to get through the first part of the day.  Also, The Girl turned in her huge project that we she had been working on so hard.  I was so thankful to watch that project walk right on out of my house on Monday morning!  It was a weight off of every one's shoulders!  I do have pictures of the project, but don't have time to upload now, so I'll be back with those maybe tomorrow? 

YEA!  I'm back!  Here's the pics:

The Girl proudly displaying her diorama.  She's not too sure about posing for the pic which explains the half smile:

A close up view:

Can you see what is happening?  It's a prairie fire sparked by a lightening storm.  All the people are working on putting out the fire with their empty flour bags.  I think it looks GREAT. 

I'm also the mom.

During the last part of the day, I finished a project that I had started in my mind the day before.   Don't you do that?  On Sunday I thought it would be such a good idea to clear out my closet, but somehow I was totally sidetracked by a Mantracker marathon.  However, in my mind, I had already committed.  So Monday afternoon I needed to bring the project to completion.

It felt as good as turning in The Girl's project!

As I bagged up THREE bags of clothing, I felt very thankful for the provision that I have been given in this past year.  Provision that I felt like it was time to pass on to someone else.

So to sum up Monday:  I am thankful for a short week, a finished project, and the ability to give to others.

Today the stuffy nose and congestion really hit me.  I didn't feel completely miserable, but I didn't feel like myself either.  I didn't want to work out at all, which is very unlike me.  I actually mentally beat myself up over the fact that I felt like being lazy today since I wasn't 100%.  After spending sometime in the Word and in prayer, I was able to break free from the guilt.  The treadmill will still be there tomorrow.  Hopefully, this sinus junk won't.

Thank you, Lord, for opening my eyes and letting me see a little more clearly.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Get 'Er Done

I hate being a slave to my "to do" list.  Yet, week in and week out, you can find me checking stuff off.  Why?  Because it works.  I will run around in circles without my list.  I will procrastinate without my list.  I will forget things without my list.  However, it does feel so good to scratch things off that list, and at the end of the week, if everything is accomplished, I feel great.

It's ridiculous really.

Today, I am thankful that I was able to really get a lot of stuff accomplished...without a list.  There are just some days where you will find me focused, determined, and ready to get things done.  Today was one of those days, and I am so thankful for it!  I am thankful for the weight of getting some lingering stuff off of my plate, and I am thankful for the provision of time to do so.

One of those things that has been on my plate for a while:  Project Two Times Twelve!

There wasn't anything in particular that I was trying to learn or stretch myself in this month.  I was simply out enjoying what ended up being our last bit of warm weather this year.  Literally, the day after these pictures were taken, it was like the switch was switched from our Indian Summer to late fall.  It's been cold ever since.  Every time I have looked back on these pictures,  since I took them at the beginning of the month, I remember how warm it was that day, and how beautiful our Fall has been this year.  That is all I need.

The Cousins were there with us too.  They have really become such great friends in the last year or so.

I guess now might be a good time to mention that the kids posed themselves in all of the pictures, no help from me!

Except this one.  The Little Man needed help posing himself against the fence.  He preferred a much different look...I'm just glad my choice won out!

Today I am thankful for catching up!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday, Running, and a Horrible Movie

There are a few things I am thankful for today.  Let me count the ways:

1. Hello, Friday!  I am so thankful for you!  For whatever reason the last two weeks have been a little extra exhausting.  I am so thankful for the week to come to a close and have the entire weekend to spend with my family.  Having the chance to sleep a bit longer on Saturday mornings beckons me all week long, and finally, I've arrived!

2. I am thankful for a chance to go for a long run with my Hubby today.  I am thankful that we share this common interest, and sometimes he will agree to take some time off in the middle of his work day to join me for a run.  Today, he even sacrificially gave up his normal pace so that he could run beside me all six miles.  It's so nice to have a running buddy, and it's even better that it's my husband.

3.  I was very thankful for the movie we rented tonight to come to an end.  We somehow thought that the recent Disney version of A Christmas Carol might be a good choice for a movie tonight.   (Oh, that trailer seems so stinkin' innocent, doesn't it!)


If you have small kids don't be misled that this movie is made for kids just because it's a Disney flick.  It was pretty horrible and terrifying the entire way through.  There were times I turned away.  Plus, the language they used was so way over the top of any child's understanding (well at least the 8 and under crowd).  I know that there is a website out there that you can look movies and books up on before allowing your kids access to them.  Now, if I could just remember to use it.

I'm sure tonight's sleepless night due to nightmares may just cement this fact into my mind.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Today I am thankful for lunch with a good friend.  It was so nice to sit down, catch up, listen to, and be heard.  I so appreciate the quiet time in the house that allowed for me and this friend to really hear each other without all the background distractions.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's Another Twofer!

I think you should get used to reading that as a title.  I don't want to speculate, but I'm just sayin'.

Onward and upward, right?

So, yesterday I was making dinner for the fam.  Every week I make a menu plan and a grocery list based off of my menu plan.  It's totally anal and obsessive, but it's the only way I can stay sane.  Somehow pizza sauce never made it on the grocery list which is sad because pizza was on the menu for the night.  As I got into my car frustrated and almost sweating because I was trying so hard to refrain from using curse words, it dawned on me: Lord, I am so thankful that you have placed me in house that I am in because it is literally less than a few blocks from the grocery store.  If I was not in the 'burbs, I would be looking at a very different situation.  A dire situation? No.  But different.  (Well, I guess it depends on who you ask.  My kids and The Hubs may have said it was a dire situation because I probably would have attempted to make pizza sauce from scratch.  That would have been bad, very bad.)  Instead, I was able to jump into my car, take five minutes to pick up a jar of pizza sauce, and save dinner.

Please don't think that I haven't also realized this:  Lord, I am so thankful that you have provided us with a home, car, and and the means to pick up pizza sauce whenever I realize that I am without.  I am aware that not everyone is able to do that. 

Today, I am thankful that The Girl was well enough to return to school.  I am also thankful that her teacher kindly provided us yesterday with both the class work and the homework that she missed while she was away.  What this means is that she came home and finished her homework for today and there were no tears over feeling overwhelmed at how much work needed to be caught up on. 

A peaceful home is praiseworthy for sure!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thankfullness Happens on the Weekends Too!

So, I realized that my blog doesn't even cross my mind on the weekends!  I've kind of set it up that way a long time ago.   Extra time we have on weekends is dedicated to family time.  So, with that said, I didn't even consider the "Thankfulness Blog" until this afternoon.  I do remember what I am thankful for, so thankfully (pun is so intended there) we won't miss a beat.

On Saturday, I was thankful to just get through the day with my mind in tact...somewhat.  OK, OK, so that's not really an expression of gratitude, but a somewhat passive aggressive complaint.  Although, Saturday was INSANELY busy, I do have something I am thankful for.  I am thankful that I had a chance to catch up with people.  In the afternoon, we spent some time at my mom's house, and had a chance to catch up with all my sisters and their spouses. 

Then that evening I spent some time with the ladies from our church.  We had a fun event called "Speed Friending."  It's just like speed dating except I didn't go home with a love connection.  Instead, I left feeling like I got a chance to get to know some of the women that I didn't know previous.  I did leave with two dates, though.  I am thankful that I will be able to get to know these two other ladies just a bit better.

So to sum up Saturday, I am thankful for friendships.  I am thankful that I have people in my life who desire to know me, love me, and live life with me.


On Sunday, The Girl, woke up feeling pretty horrible.  She had been brewing an illness since Friday evening and by Sunday it was rip roaring.  Poor girl has no voice, a horribly sore throat, and a slight fever.

So, I am thankful that I haven't heard her speak for two full days.



No, really I am thankful for The Hubs who graciously stayed home with her while I attended church on Sunday (and he stayed home with her this morning too, so I could make it to a Spin class).  Even though The Hubs had to spend a good chunk of his Saturday watching the kids while I was out maintaining friendships, he sacrificially gave up his time at church so our girl could mend.


Each year, I make each child a montage of pictures from their past year, and it goes along with music that speaks to my heart about that child.  Just this past weekend I had a thought run across my mind that reminded me that I had NO CLUE what music I was going use for The Girl's upcoming EIGHTH BIRTHDAY.  Mercy.  Usually, throughout the year, I will hear a song or four that I love because it makes me think about my kid(s).  I don't know what happened this year, but I have nothing!  Then, this morning I went to spin class.  Now, spin class is not exactly the first place that I think of when I think about going somewhere to hear music that makes me think of my kids.  However!  Today, there was a song that was totally perfect for The Girl.  I won't give it away until her montage is put together, but today I am thankful that I found The Girl's song.   Especially, since just recently, it has been weighing on my mind.

I just love how He is in all the little details.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Way to my Heart is Through a Bowl of Guacamole

Tonight, I am thankful for date night.  Tableside guacomole, good conversation, and time alone with The Hubs.

Enough said.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Yes, It's a Twofer!

I didn't want to get a day behind, and yes, I did blog earlier this morning, but that was for yesterday, and I hadn't yet come upon what I was thankful for for today.  So, now I am back in an effort to stay on track.

I really don't need to explain myself, do I?  I mean, this is my blog, and my silly little challenge, so I guess I make up the rules, right?

So without getting too caught up in why I am posting twice in one day, we're going to move right on along with what I am thankful for today.

Today, I am thankful for the small amount of quiet time I was given unexpectedly.  I had an unbelievably busy day scheduled today.  Actually, there wasn't that much going on, but the amount of driving that was required to get done the few things that needed to get done, was what sucked the time (and enjoyment) right out of my day.  Plus, I had a few things which didn't overlap just right and so I had dead wait time.  Time that I could have gotten a whole bunch done, but instead of being productive, I had to sit and wait.  I hate it when that happens.

Oh wait!  I am supposed to share what I am THANKFUL for. 

So, earlier this morning, after I had dropped The Little Man off at school, I realized that some of the errands I needed to run would not be run because the stores that I needed to be open in order to complete the errand, were not open.  DRATS!  Another dead wait time.  Feeling angry about not getting things accomplished, I re-ran the to-do list through my head trying to figure a different approach to the day that would allow me to not waste the time I now had before me.  Nothing was working out.  As I was getting closer and closer back to home, I had a thought.  What if I just didn't even run these errands today?  What would happen if I said, "Nope, not today?"  What if I just went home and sat in my house with a warm cup of tea and some yummy honey toast and just took a deep breath?  I mean, really, who's in control here, me or my to-do list?  When the to-do list didn't get mouthy back at me because I threatened to ignore it, I took that chance and ran with it. 

I came home, made some tea, toasted up some honey toast, and sat down with The Word.  Not a single soul was home except me, the dog, and God.  Blissful doesn't even describe it. 

Today, I am thankful that the Holy Spirit prompted me to stop being a slave to my to-do list and to instead spend some time with my Father.

He knew just how much I would need it in order to face and conquer the rest of the day.

No Humans Were Harmed in the Making of This Post

Last night, after dinner out at one of my favorite places (I am so thankful for you Sweet Tomatoes!), the kids and I ran a couple of quick errands at the stores in the surrounding area.  As we were leaving a store, and I was backing the car out of the parking space, I heard a large(r) sounding thud.  Surprised, not only by the noise, but also because I had checked behind me before backing up and saw nothing in the way.  My car is equipped with a rear backup camera, so my eyes quickly glanced down at the screen and saw nothing. 

me: Phew! It must just be a hole in the street behind us.  I never noticed that there was a hole back there.
P: Well thank goodness it wasn't a human!
me: Well....Yes, I am thankful it wasn't a human.

In summary: I am thankful for Sweet Tomatoes, and that I didn't run over a human.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thankful Despite the Storm

Today I am thankful for our garage.  Because of this luxury, I did not have to face the snow face-to-face.  While I did have to go out in the miserable weather, I never had to step foot out "in it" because I got into my car in the garage, picked up The Girl through the carpool line (which I get to stay in the car for thanks to dedicated teachers who run the carpool lane each day), and then drove right back into my garage and walked into my house.  Not a single flake touched my skin. 

I know you know how happy that makes me.

Also, because of said garage, I will not have to scrape my windshield in the morning.

Lastly, I am also thankful for The Hubs who, despite his busy schedule this week, made sure to get snow tires on my car.

And not a second too late!

Thanks, Hubs.

Monday, November 8, 2010

I Blame it on the Time Change

GAH!  I already missed a day?  All I can say is, "I told you so".

Also, I do remember what I was thankful for yesterday so this should be easy for me to catch up on.

Daylight savings came to an end yesterday.  In the past seven years this has meant nothing but torture to me. I would sit and remember the days of old when I would relish in the one hour of extra sleep and either catch up on rest or get an extra hour of stuff done.  Since having children, those days came to a screeching halt as my sweet cherubs could care less what the clock says and only respond to the clock in their stomachs.  In the early days of motherhood this meant one more feeding through the night.  As they grew out of night feedings, it meant that we were up at 6:00 am instead of 7:00 am to eat our breakfast.  It also translated into a day of torture as I  painfully tried to adjust their schedule to the new time difference convincing them that it wasn't time to eat lunch yet, and that nap that they I we so desperately needed would need to be put off for one. more. hour.  And the day?  I know it was only an hour time change, but it seemed like it stretched on to eternity.

This year was different.

This year BOTH children recognized the gift we were all receiving by turning those clocks back.  We all relished in an extra hour of sleep and snuggle time.  We all enjoyed waking up with the sun instead of a full hour before the sun.  There was no one begging to eat at 0'dark thirty, and no one fussy as they tried to hold off napping for one hour.  When bedtime came we all hit the hay and fell a sleep peacefully.  It was WONDERFUL!  I am so thankful to be at a time in our kids lives where we can enjoy this time change and not be cursing the fact that we don't live in a state that does not observe Daylight Savings.

I am also thankful that Daylight savings time comes to an end in November and is not beginning because otherwise, I would be writing a much different post probably titled "Why My Heart Really Lives in Arizona". 

Stay tuned.  March really isn't that far away.

Instead, this made for a very easy something to be thankful for.

You know, that I waited SEVEN years for.

Today, I am thankful for the library.  The amount of free entertainment available there is huge.  And if my kids are entertained, well then, so am I.  We usually come home from the library with two large bags bursting at the seams with books and movies. (Although, I do try to keep movies to a minimum because here they can only be checked out for one week while books are available for three weeks.  What that means in this house is when the books are due, I am usually looking at a pile of movies that I was supposed to take back two weeks ago.  So, sometimes the entertainment isn't so free.)

We recently took a break from the library because I needed a break from keeping track of all the library books and different due dates.   A couple of weeks ago, The Girl (or you could even read "I") was assigned a large project on Western Expansion.  It requires a lot of reading, a diorama, and a field trip.  I am so thankful to live in a community that has a great library system available to us.  Because of the library, not only do we get free entertainment, you know, barring I get everything back by it's due date, but I didn't have to BUY any books on Western Expansion.  Because I am sure we would have loved to have read those over and over.

Thank you, library, for allowing us to borrow books we would never want to buy.

And for not charging me an arm and a leg when I forget to return them.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Month Of Thanks

So, I would love, love, LOVE to do this little project where I jump on this ol' blog of mine and post something I am thankful for each day.  How cool would it be to have the whole month of November full of posts I found to be worthy of praise?  How cool would it be to be able to one day go back and re-read all the blessings I had the chance to be apart of?  Now, how likely is it that I would actually be able to do this?

Wait.  Don't answer that.

I do want to try though...even though I've already missed SIX days.

The pressure of it all makes me want to give up before I even start!

Since I can barely remember what I had for breakfast this morning, I am not going to name six things that happened each day this week, but six things that I can remember from the last few days.  Then, I will try my best to be here each day.  Even if it is just a simple sentence.

So far:

1. I am so thankful for the wonderful fall weather we have been given this year.  I am totally loving thoroughly enjoying the outdoors all the way into November.  Which leads me to number two...

2. I am thankful that the kids love being outdoors as much as I do, and when necessary, I am able to tell them to haul their little booties outdoors to burn off the energy that is about to drive me insane.  The other day, after being outside for a while, both kids came indoors as it was starting to get dark.   They didn't want to stay indoors, though.  They asked, instead, if they could each have some gloves to wear because their hands were getting too cold to climb trees.  Since I was in the thick of making dinner, I obliged, and smiled as I watched both walk back outside with their gloves, flip flops, and shorts.

Oh, and along the same lines, I am thankful for an afternoon (today) so warm that The Girl was begging me to get into her swimsuit so she could run in the sprinkler.

In November.

3.  After having some struggles with some people/situations I am facing in life, I was ever so thankful for God leading me to a little lesson written by Oswald Chambers.  As Oswald Chambers talks about God's advanced preparation for us in this life, he states that many experiences are not meant for us personally at all, but instead to make us useful in His hands and to help us understand others and situations that take place in their lives.  Because of this process, Oswald says that we may never state: "Oh, I just can't deal with that person."  he goes on to say, "Why can't you? God gave you sufficient opportunities to learn from Him about that problem; but you turned away, not heeding the lesson, because it seemed foolish to spend your time that way."


He goes on to talk about how we tend to want to know why we have to go through something even before we go through it in order to, many times, to see if we can manipulate some sort of "shortcut".  Then Oswald gives this reminder, "God's way is always the way of suffering--the way of the "long road home."

I am so thankful to have my eyes cleared and opened wide in light of this important lesson brought my way this week.

4. I am thankful for a wonderful conference with The Little Man and his dedicated teachers this week.

5. I am thankful for a chance to go through an old file cabinet in the basement.  The Hubs would really like to get the basement finished this winter, so that means we have A LOT of cleaning ahead of us.


Thankfully, he is allowing the cleaning process to go by in baby steps.  He knows that most of the stuff down there is mine and many items contain sentimental value.  I am also thankful that my heart has been changed towards much of that stuff and I am now at a point in which I am willingly able to purge.  Today, however, as I was going through this filing cabinet there were several things that caught my eye, and my heart.  Pictures, old cards, and specifically a letter.  The letter was from my grandmother and it was stuffed inside a card that she gave us to congratulate us on our marriage, and I almost tossed the card, until I saw the letter sticking out the bottom corner.  In the letter, my grandmother tells The Hubs and I how special it was that we were able to come and visit her earlier in the summer.  She was also sad that she could not attend our wedding because it was too far for her to travel, but she wanted us to know that she was there at the wedding.  "No, you could not see me, but I was there in my thoughts and prayers." she says.  This last summer we went to visit her again as we do every couple years.  The grandmother we visited this summer is much different now than the grandmother that wrote that letter because my grandmother now is in some pretty advanced stages of dementia.   With memories still fresh on my mind of her not knowing who I was this summer, reading this letter flooded my mind with memories of the woman she once was.

Thankful doesn't quite cover it.

6.  I am thankful that this past week we received all our information on the Compassion child we are sponsoring.  I loved looking at her sweet picture and pouring over the details of who she is and where she lives.  I am even more thankful that The Girl was even more excited to get her hands on all of Robinah's information.  I loved watching her dive into all the info and take in every small detail of this little girl half way around the world.  I am thankful that she is excited to be apart of Robinah's life and is anxious to send and receive letters to/from her.  The Girl is elated at the thought of having Robinah as a friend half way around the world.  She is relieved that Robinah is now being cared for physically (The Girl chose Robinah because she was an orphan), and most importantly, The Girl was ecstatic at the thought that now, since she is being sponsored through Compassion, she will have the opportunity to be taught about the love Jesus has for her.

I am so thankful that The Girl knew that that was the most important part.

Hopefully, I'll be back tomorrow...and all the days of November.