Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 29

I was thankful for the man that helped me back my car out of the parking lot.

There is one parking lot at a Dr.s office over at Mercy hospital that always "drives me nuts!"
The cars are always a little out of sorts and it makes me wonder why there are lines in the gravel.
Well there was a lot of leftover snow today so the parking lot was crazier. I found a good spot (or so I thought.) When I came out my car was surrounded by more crazily parked cars. I was trying to back out and just could not see. A man saw my plight and got out of his car and directed me, just like I was some big airliner.
It gave me a chuckle and I was so thankful. A little embarrassed, but so thankful!

Blessing a Day 2009- December 28th

Last night I felt thankful for my kids friends. I was thankful that one of Jack's friends parents came to pick him up then invited Luke along as well. I was also thankful that Jack just went with it and did not pitch a fit that Luke was coming along. Thankful that Luke played well and did not give Jack reason to be bothered that he was there.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 27

Today I am thankful that there is no church. When we got the call yesterday that church was canceled I squealed with excitement. Another day home all together! A day that we get Jay all to ourselves! No early morning meetings that he will be leaving for! We can all sleep in together!
Then I felt a twinge of guilt. But I got over that feeling quick. There are Sunday after Sunday (and days in the week) that we serve and give of our family time so that Jay can serve. That is what makes today so exciting and special and feel like a gift.

I am thankful that the feeling of Christmas is still lingering. I have not had any of that "let down" that normally accompanies the days after Christmas. "Having" to stay home and not go anywhere because of the weather allowed us to just be. To do things together that we probably would not have done. I would have gotten into life business mode. Shopping to do. Laundry to catch up. Lessons for Sunday to prepare. Shirts, pants and skirts to iron. Shoes, belts and ties to gather up. Sunday/church bags to pack. All that was deleted from last nights routine. Instantly we were given time.

So I decided that having a day home from Church is like having a day off from school. It is so fun when it happens. If it happened all the time we would get tired of it. But for the day its fun.
I am thankful for that.

Blessing a Day 2009-December 26

December 26th Tuesday-
Last night I was thankful for another day to be together- It felt so fun to be able to just stay home again and be together. Jay did get out with Savanna for a little bit, and then we left (GASP!) all the kids for a little bit. It was a delight to get out for a little while, and good to get back home. I loved being out with Jay, driving through parking lots and then making it home safe. I did tell him that I would not be driving in this snow/ice by myself and that if I were going to go to church the next day, he would have to drive me and the kids because I just was not going to drive in it. ( we did not take our van out- we took the white car- in case we had trouble we did not want the van to get wrecked or stuck!)

But the big thing I was thankful for was getting to watch- the full season of "Sing Off" on hulu with Jay and the kids. It was like all the good of the show Glee without all the gunk. (I watched Glee a few times and just did not like all the junk of the story line- I only liked the singing so I stopped watching it.)
We had so much fun- picking our favorite groups and cheering along, and then finding the original versions of the songs for the kids to hear how close the groups sounded to them. We danced and sang, and agreed or boo'ed the judges comments. (I loved Ben Folds critiques!) Tucker even started to sing the intro song. We groaned every time Nick would announce the leaving group would sing their "swan song" and then laugh at the term being used every night. It was fun to have something that the whole family wanted to watch together. That we could watch all together. We were not concerned what might come on that might not be appropriate. Thankful for music. Thankful to share it together. Love that a cappella singing!

Blessing a Day 2009-December 25

December 25th- I was just thankful- feeling so thankful for the day to be together. For every little thing of Christmas. For the meaning of why we celebrate to all the other fluff and stuff. I was thankful to still have littles and bigs that "believe" in the magic of Christmas.

I was most thankful for the extra computer work Jay has been doing over the last 3 weeks that provided our Christmas. Right before Thanksgiving Jay and I sat down to go over our finances. While we had enough to cover our day to day needs, there was not much left for Christmas. The money that we normally save out for Christmas needed to be used for life stuff. This last year has been one medical thing after another and then several large home emergencies, buying a car etc... it just felt like we were financially drained. We kept reminding ourselves that we had what we needed. I remember Jay looking at me and saying " this is it? Wow- you sure don't seem stressed out." I guess I just figured that something would work out, or that this was just how this Christmas would be. Jay started getting side job after job. He would bring home computers from others and have them layed out on the table night after night, and make house "pit stops" on his way home from work. I feel extremely thankful for the blessing of extra work. On Christmas morning I felt thankful that we were able to have not only our needs taken care of but also our wants.
I am thankful that this last year we have continued to work hard to stay out of debt and not add consumer debt. That the only debt we have added is medical bills. I am thankful that we have done without things that we want so that we can have that feeling of security knowing that we don't owe. I am thankful that Jay and I are in agreement on this.
I ended Christmas day just feeling so thankful for what we have, and thankful for the "stuff" we don't.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 24

I am thankful that we are all home.
I am thankful that my sewing machine is working. I am thankful that I am 1/4 of the way finished with what I wanted to make tonight.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 23

I am thankful that Jay let me sleep in this morning. That he read and prayed with everyone, and got the day going and let me sleep. What a gift. What a treat.

I am thankful for the awesome customer service I was given at the hardware store tonight. It was hands down the best service I have received anywhere. I had three workers helping me out- trying to make my project complete in the least expensive way possible. I had one worker offer me leftover product out of the back of their truck and another worker pulled apart a bunch of chain for me instead of having me buy something more costly. It was awesome.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Blessing a Day-December 22

I was thankful for the coolest thing I found for Jay. I happened upon it. It is perfect for him. It is perfect for what I wanted to make for him. It will be a treasured item that he will pull out every Christmas and smile.

I am thankful- so very thankful that the kids and I were able to get so much done today. So many errands, clothes to try on, picking up items for the handmade sibling Christmas, eating lunch. I am thankful that I had patience for most of the time. I am thankful that they were such troopers.

Blessing a Day 2009-December 21

The funniest thing stood out to me that I was thankful for yesterday. I was thankful for a long line in Walmart. It was the first time in who knows how long that I ran into that store by myself. I grabbed what I needed and headed to the checkout. There I stood for 35 minutes. I read 2 magazines. All. By. Myself.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 20

I am thankful that two of my boys helped me make applesauce this morning. While I cored, sliced and peeled the two of them chopped and stirred and poured. Then I mashed. All the while the 3rd brother hollered for eggnog. It sure made things go faster having helpers. Many hands make light work.

I am thankful that I was invited to go caroling tonight with a few other couples from church. Tucker and I went together as a date. I love singing- and I love singing loud. I think singing Christmas songs is one of the only times that you can get away with singing loud and not sound obnoxious or like you are trying to show off or perform. I love how I feel when I sing Christmas carols. I am so thankful I got to do that tonight. I am sure that we gave a gift to those we sung to, but I feel like I was given a gift as well.

Blessing a Day 2009-December 19 Last night

Last night I was thankful for a day at home. I filled 3 trashbags of things, one to donate, one for trash, and one for shredding/burning.

It felt good to have a day that was just at home and not running around. Last Saturday felt so crazy. Just trying to get from one place to the next. I was getting frustrated by the traffic. The next day I read this. (Down at the end, last paragraph titled- A Lesson at Christmas) Talk about a change in perspective. I think of it every day when I am in the car. I can put a smile on my face and deal with traffic. Not so hard to do.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 18

I am thankful-that it is Christmas Break!
I took a nap. On a Friday night. For 2 hours. I am so thankful for that.
I am thankful that Jay not only took out the bathroom trash, but he added a liner into the can afterward.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 17

I am thankful for the several people that emailed me kind comments. They made all the difference in my day. I am glad that they went ahead and made an extra effort to let me know what they thought, instead of keeping it to themselves.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 16

I am thankful that Tucker had a nap today. Oh how it made our evening so much easier, and happier, and full of rainbows.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 15

I am thankful that Jay gives me the nice car. I don't even think he would have me drive his car. I am thankful he doesn't complain about it. I am thankful that he thinks of me before himself. I am thankful that he has not gone out and bought a better car just because we want one.

I am thankful that even though it was bitter cold today, the sun was shining.

I am thankful that even though I have been to the Dr. multiple times the last 2 months with our kids (or Jay) that I have not been the one that has been sick. I have avoided my seasonal-asthma-induced-cough-infused-bronchial-spasms-and-sinus-gunk. (knocking on the computer desk as I type!) And while it has been a pain in every way to go to the Dr and a strain for all the prescriptions we have needed to get (multiples per visit) none of these has been for something life threatening. Everything is treatable. And recoverable.

I am thankful for leftovers.

I am thankful that I can "be fine" that I am not finished decorating for Christmas.

I am thankful that Jay has employment. That our family of six lives on that one income. I am thankful that we have everything we need.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 14

I am thankful that I realized last night at 11 that Luke had no pants for today, instead of this morning.
I am so-ooo incredibly thankful for an envelope that came in the mail. I am thankful for the help we got in turning in our insurance claim, and I am thankful that the check finally came in the mail. Home repairs and renovations here we come!

But mostly today I am thankful for Jack. I am thankful he was born. I am thankful for his tender spirit. I am thankful for his outlook on life. I am thankful for his diligence. I am thankful for his unending honesty. I am thankful that he was our first son. I am thankful that he gets to have his birthday in December. I am thankful that he is who he is. I love him. Happy Birthday.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009- December 13th

I am thankful that today we drove to church together as a family. I am sure I have been thankful for that before. But I am always so thankful when we all get to go to church together. Jay was speaking in our ward. I love when we get to ride in the car together. We go at the same time and come home at the same time. So rare. So wonderful.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 12

I am so, so, so, so- so, so, so, so thankful that tonight when I went into the closets to find everyones church clothes for tomorrow they were all there, already ironed. I have no idea when this Christmas miracle occurred, but I am so glad to not be washing/ironing tonight.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 11

Today I am thankful that I know what I am doing is right for me. Sometimes I wonder. Sometimes I let others lives somehow set the bar for what I need to be doing or achieving. Sometimes I feel a little less than inspired, wondering when the inspiration will come again. But today, I know that what I am doing is what I need to being doing right now.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 10

I am thankful for the man that stands as a crossing guard. I think he is a police officer, he wears a badge. And he has a gun. While I am thankful that he stands there to direct traffic, and keep things running smoothly that is not why I chose to write about him today.
I am thankful for the funny way after I smile or wave or give a nod of my head that he always points his hand at me like he is holding a gun and shoots me. It makes me smile almost everyday. Some days I outright laugh. It just catches me as funny. Kids can't play with "weapons" at school, but I am mock shot every morning. Love it.

p.s.- I am thankful that my friend Veronica told me that she could not comment. Somehow I had comments turned off. So comment away-

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009- December 9th

I am thankful that not only did I know where to find the battery box, there were actually batteries in the box!
I have misplaced 3 things over the last few days- it is very unsettling to me to not be able to find what I am looking for. So finding batteries felt like a big deal today!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 8

I am thankful to get a new drivers license that actually resembles me.
I lost my license a few weeks ago. I kept hoping it would turn up, but it never did. The kids were worried that we would have to start taking taxi's, and I was a little nervous about not having it too.
So I finally went today and got a new one. It is the first license that I have had in the last seven years that I am not pregnant at the time the photo was taken. Once in Oregon, and the other time here. Woohoo for great license photos. I will be thankful every time I pull it out.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009- December 7th

I am thankful for my Mom. I am thankful that she volunteered to come help me out when Tucker fell asleep today right before I went to get the kids from school. I am thankful that not only are we close in our relationship, but that we are close in proximity. For the first 7 years of having kids, I did not live close to any of the kids Grandparents. I am thankful that we are living close right now. I think of so many times when I would wish that my Mom could come over to see the kids, or wish that she could watch them so Jay and I could go out on a date. I love that she gets to be around for every day things. I am so thankful that she and Jay get along. I am thankful for her talents. I am thankful for the fun we get to have togehter. I am thankful for my mom.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009- December 6th

I am thankful that I obeyed what I felt I should do. I am thankful that I listened to that voice that tells you to do something. Today I actually followed through with a tiny thought/prompting/nudge and then I got to see the results. Sometimes we don't get to see the result of listening to that still small voice, but today I did. I am glad I listened.

Blessing a Day-December 5

I could not post last night- the computer was being occupied for homework.

I am thankful for flowers.

It was later than Tucker's normal bedtime last night and I was trying to get him ready for bed, clean up the kitchen, and encourage him to go upstairs so we could tidy up his room. There were lots of legos everywhere. Of course there was more playing to do than cleaning up in Tucker's mind. He asked for help cleaning up and said he wanted to make me happy.
Then he said in his cute voice ...
"Okay, here you go. Here's your flowers."

"Does it make you happy Mom?"

Yep, Tucker. You make Mom happy.

(I am also thankful I did not raise my voice with him for not cleaning up fast enough. I am glad I did not just grab all the legos in one big swoop to clean up for him- I would have missed out on getting flowers all together!)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 4

I am thankful that I am not sick. There, I said it. I hope that by saying it I did not just invoke the germs to spread my way. I guess maybe what I should say is I am thankful for health. I have a house full of sick people in some form or another. Being surrounded by all the coughing, itching, sneezing, makes me appreciate being able to just breathe in and out without much effort.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009-December 3

I am thankful for the "Do Something Jar."

A few weeks ago I was feeling a little overwhelmed with all the opportunities around us. There are more people to help, and more needs to fill than time and money permits. It is very easy to feel discouraged and feel like that we can't help, or that what we can do won't make a difference.

We were singing a song one morning "Have I Done Any Good in the World Today" and this part of the 2nd verse planted a thought in my mind that grew throughout the day.

"But go and do something today."

By the end of the day I grabbed all the change I could find in the house and put it in a jar. It became the "Do Something Jar." We will fill it, and give it away to whatever or whoever needs it. The jar is halfway full and already there is a need to fill. We will empty it out and start over again. It may not be the complete answer to "Have I done any good in the World Today?" but it is certainly a start.

I am thankful that we have a jar to be able to share something tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Blessing a Day 2009- December 2

Tonight I am thankful for the words "I am sorry."