Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Tonight, I am thankful for.....
- physically healthy children
- for the comment below found after this post, and Ann's Thursday post, all reminding me that having healthy children is not my right. I need to give thanks every day that my precious ones are lively, loud and alive.
this grieving mother's blog link here: Team Ewan
- the dreamy act of watching my baby (okay, my 25-month-old) sleep. She is so beautiful to me.
- my husband's warm arms, his kiss hello
- Magic School Bus Chapter Books for nine-year-old Peter.
- a better night for my Peter.
- frequent hugs from Mary
- laughing at Mary in the bath tonight. As I washed her hair I told her she was beautiful. She responded, "Nonsense! You're beautiful." As much as I want her to receive my praise (we'll work on that), I found it so funny hearing her say the word "nonsense" in that bossy tone. It's not a word used frequently around here. Funny what things they pick up!
- deep finger marks in the pumpkin pie cooling on the stove (that would be Mary). She came into Beth's room as I was nursing Beth to sleep: "I leally want some of that pie!" (She doesn't form "r" correctly yet.) I asked her to wait until I was done in Beth's room. As she left the room I said to myself, She's going to go dig her fingers into that pie. I walked into the kitchen fifteen minutes later, noting the three lines of finger marks in the center of the pie! Now, why did that make me smile so? Because as I grow
- that one of seven-year-old Paul's missions is to cuddle with you in a way that leaves the littlest room possible between you and him
- sister hugs six times a day
- craft books from the library and the crafty mess they instigate in my dining room
- Jack Black, the hamster, for continuing to delight our family with his gentle ways. He is evidence of God's grace toward Peter. Each time Peter plays with Jack, I hear "Isn't he just the nicest pet, Mommy?"
- the pleasure of knowing these wonderful children a little better every day.
- snow-capped evergreens, soothing my soul, reminding me of His creation and love and grace
- lots of snow once again, though I may be the only one here appreciating it (children are beginning to dread all the bundling required to play outside. They keep talking about spring and summer.)
- my kids dancing up a storm to Christian CD's (They still love it, Sandi!)