Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! -- Psalm 100:4
Yesterday, I was in quite a "funk". Sleep deprivation combined with too much focus on things that don't matter (ie a perfectly clean house), did not look good on me. Ugh! So I have woken up this morning determined that today will be different! Today, I am going to start the day by thanking God for a portion of what he has blessed me with (in no particular order).
I am thankful for:
1. KLove. It's amazing how much a radio station can help me focus on what matters!
2. my family. I am truly humbled by the fact that Jason, Eli, Ruby, and David have been placed in my life.
3. "I love you Mama"s. Nothing melts my heart more than a giant leg hug and an unprompted "I love you Mama" (or "Mom", depending upon whether it's Eli or Ruby)!
4. mom friends. A couple weeks ago, I told a group of moms that there was a night early on when I could have left David on someone's doorstep and been completely fine with it (until after a good night's sleep). Only a group of young moms could hear this with empathy and understand that it doesn't mean I'm a bad mom-- it just means I was really tired.
5. an emergency fund. I can sleep at night knowing that if something hits the fan financially, we have an emergency fund to tap into to bail us out.
6. First Pres. Very few parent have the pleasure of saying their children attend a preschool where their children are loved as much there as at home. I feel that way at First Pres.
7. a strong marriage. Jason and I have our ups and downs, but after nearly 11 years of marriage, I know for sure that he is not going anywhere.
8. hand-me-downs. I have been blessed with a friend who has a daughter slightly older than Ruby and sons slightly older than David. She has saved me hundreds in clothing by loaning us her hand-me-downs. It's awesome!
9. newborn snuggles. I have to admit, I'm not usually a "baby" person. Don't get me wrong, I like babies, but I think I could have adopted 2 year olds and not felt like I missed out. There is something, though, about my little 11 pounder sitting on my shoulder all curled up while I rock him in the rocking chair that just melts my heart.
10. photos/ scrapbooks. I do not have a great memory. I am thankful for ways to preserve my memories. I hope that someday Jason and I will be sitting on the porch swing, looking at our old scrapbooks, reminiscing about the time Ruby got the rose from Belle at Disney World or Eli's drum phase. I hope that this blog will be an addition to that collection, as someone said to me, "a way to remember the everyday".