being suddenly awakened in the silence of the night,
realizing that I fell to sleep while saying "Goodnight" to my kids,
and lying down with one of them,
just for a minute,
brings a reality to life that the morning sun,
with all of it's cares and busyness
often scribbles out.
It's funny how the quiet,
the hours of sleep that have rested my brain
bring out a moment
of overlooked thankfulness:
#41 I am thankful for a body that climbs out of the bed
(even if exercising that day reminds me that my body is not getting younger
and causes strange pains in strange places).
and I'm thankful.
#42 I am thankful that God never gives up on trying to teach me patience:
like today when I finally MADE time to exercise,
and spent the first 15 minutes trying to find the remote for the DVD player,
so that I could fit in a work out before the baby woke up
and while the kids were outside in the snow.
Someday, perhaps, I will conquer my bouts with impatience.
#43 I am thankful that God loves me.
It is an amazing thought.
He loves me.
#44 I am thankful for the snow.
I didn't like seeing more snow predicted,
but when those snowflakes fell,
and my daughter called me over to the door,
to see all the tiny miracles
individually precise and perfect,
that we could actually see,
it was a reminder that God cares enough
to carve each tiny snowflake that falls from the sky.
The LORD of the whole universe
moments of understanding in my oldest daughter's school;
a son who never tires of pulling up the stool when I turn on the blender,
or frying pan,
when the kids aren't so demanding.
with a gallon of cider,
a bunch of bananas,
and yogurt pudding cups to share with each of the kids
as well as words from the Bible
to encourage a tired mother
and feed the tender faith of a listening 8 year-old girl.
Sometimes we wonder where the customers will come from,
but God always seems to send them in...
sometimes in trickles,
sometimes in floods.
He pulls into the driveway,
saunters down to the barn
with the privilege that God has given him to do what he loves:
watching lazy cows eat their supper of hay.
#50 I am thankful for life.
"Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD."