This weekend has been a little messy to say the least. As I’m writing this, I’m sitting at our dining room table looking out the window at the aftermath of our winter storm. The sun is beautiful and bright, although a bit deceiving. The temperature is a balmy 32F, but the wind is brutal. The bare trees are swaying in the wind. I’m hoping we don’t lose any branches with the wind combined with the heavy, wet snow we received last night. Thankfully it was only about six inches versus the foot of snow we were supposed to get.
So how is it that I’m writing a blog post on a Sunday? I know. It’s pretty unusual for me to post something on a Sunday. I’m a tad old school with my thinking about Sundays. I believe Sundays are for church, resting, and family. Not for working or playing, necessarily. So what is so different about today? Today I am home with three little humans who are all sick. Phillip took the other two to church with him. So today, I’m somewhat alone as the three sickies are all laying on my bed watching cartoons. For right now, it’s basically just me and the dog. And, I must say, it’s pretty refreshing.
As I’ve been taking care of the kids this weekend and while I’m sitting here now, I’ve been realizing how much I have to be thankful for. I am so thankful that my children are, overall, pretty healthy. Yes, we’ve had our brush with major issues in the last six months or so, but God has been so very faithful to take care of us through them and to nearly heal my daughter in less than six months. That is completely unheard of with the disease she has.
I’m so thankful that, even though it’s been unbelievably cold this winter, we have a warm, dry house to live in. Yes, it’s tiny and we are packed in here like sardines, but it’s our own place. I’m thankful we have a brand new furnace and the water heater works amazingly well!
I’m thankful that my husband is a mature, responsible adult who not only cares for the children and I, but he works his tail off to support us as well. I’m thankful that I have a job where I can work from home and allows me to stay home with my children and to help supplement our family income to take some pressure off my husband. I’m thankful that we both have very flexible jobs to be able to be there for each other and for the kids when necessary. I’m thankful that I was able to finish all my paperwork and invoicing on Friday night which made it possible to be home the entire weekend and probably through tomorrow.
I’m thankful that we have reliable vehicles. I’m thankful that we have four-wheel drive in our vehicles to be able to get out of our driveway and alley. The city doesn’t always remember to plow our alley, so four-wheel drive is sometimes a major necessity to get anywhere. I am also very, VERY thankful for the remote start on my vehicle. I have gotten so spoiled with that this winter! When we first bought my vehicle, we were still living in our house and we had an attached garage. I didn’t need the remote start. But, now that we are living here with no garage at all, it has come in very handy!!
I am thankful for all my family. Currently we live within twenty minutes of my Dad and all my siblings. We also only live about fifteen minutes from Phillip’s parents. It’s nice to have family close by in order to help and be helped, if needed. Family is huge to me, and to be this close to all of them is wonderful.
I am so extremely thankful for a washer and dryer. I don’t know if I said anything about this before, but when we moved in to this house, the washer and dryer were broken and beyond repair. So, for a few months, I would pack up my truck every week with all the laundry and head over to the laundromat. It would take me about three hours and $30 or so to get it all done. It was pretty inconvenient, but hey, at least we had clean laundry. After about three months of that, someone purchased us a washer and dryer out of the blue. We have no idea who that would have been as we didn’t tell anyone that we were going to the laundromat. We didn’t even tell our family. But, there it was. Delivered right to our basement. Those machines have been a huge blessing to our family.
There are so many things to be thankful for. Sometimes I don’t think we understand how much we have. I try to make sure that we don’t take anything for granted, but sometimes, it’s impossible to remember everything. God has blessed us so much more than we deserve. Just looking around at our life, it shows how much God loves us and cares for us. There is so much proof of it, and yet we still don’t see everything he does for us! It’s amazing to me! I know I’m a stubborn and sometime pigheaded person, but I’m coming to realize more and more how blind I am too. How in the world could God love someone like me? But He does!!
I’m sorry my thoughts are a little all over the place, but by writing this post, I’m realizing how unthankful I really am. I don’t deserve any of the things God has blessed us with, and yet, we still have all this. Even when things don’t seem the greatest, or things aren’t going at all how we hoped they would be, we are still far more blessed than we deserve. God is such a gracious and giving God. He, really, is all we need. He will provide for us and care for us no matter the situation. God, Himself, is far more than we deserve.
I know I don’t normally write on Sundays, but I think I may have to break that rule occasionally for these Sunday posts. It can’t hurt to stop and be thankful for what God has given us, and I think Sundays are a good day for that since Sunday is the Lord’s Day.
Leave me a comment with something you are thankful for today. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!