Saturday, January 30, 2010

These Boots Have Done Some Walkin'

The last few weeks have been crazy--more than the usual chaos. My husband has been in Haiti and the Domincan Republic on assignment for his job. Even in all of the craziness in our home while he was gone, I have been accutely aware of the blessings that we enjoy. He arrived home safely late last night and I am so grateful. We stayed up late (late!) talking about what is going on--both here and there--and I was reminded yet again about how abundantly blessed I am and how grateful I am for this husband of mine. He has worked long, long days. He is sunburned. He had cold showers most days and was just grateful to get one. He was lucky to get a meal some days. I have struggled with all of this and yet, again, I am reminded that he had wonderful things to come home to. I am grateful for our home and family!

Besides the obvious ways people can help those who are suffering in Haiti, other places around the world and around our own neigborhoods, I think there is something else we can all do regardless of our personal circumstances. I think it would do us all some good to be more grateful for what we have whatever it is and wherever we are. Imagine how much more able we will feel we can help others if we can recognize how richly we are blessed in our own lives. When we lived in Africa, I missed so many things from the US. When we moved back, I missed a lot of things from Africa. I wasted a lot of time missing what I did not have. What I need to do is be grateful for what we have right now in the place we are right now. And, today, I am grateful.

I celebrated a birthday while my husband was away. It was kind of sad, but I chose to focus on one of the best things ever:  two 8-year-olds and one two-year-old spent every spare minute the week prior to my birthday crafting in the basement. Every gift, card, and decoration I received was handmade just for me by my children. And one gift was made by one child so another child could give it to me. I have wonderful children and I am grateful.

What are you grateful for today?


Ashley,  said... January 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM  

Wow, I didn't know Andrew went over to Haiti. I'm sure it was an intense experience to see what he did. Wow. Anyway, happy birthday. And I love all that you going on over here! Wahoo!

The Hall's,  said... January 30, 2010 at 9:22 PM  

Agreed. Experiences like Haiti humble me and make me so grateful for what we have. What an experience for your family! So glad Andrew arrived home safe. So, so sad I missed your birthday. I thought about it all month and then, alas...I missed it. And, during a time when you needed an extra "Happy Birthday" the most. Happy belated birthday anyway...I love ya!

Amy F. P.,  said... January 31, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

Your girls are so sweet! Happy Birthday. I'm glad to hear Andrew is home now.

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