Well I have been more than a little inconsistent with my gratitude challenge, and for this I apologize! My life, as always with 3 small kids, is unpredictable, and I am not exactly the most reliable person around on a good day. So for today I am gonna make up for lost time and just share quickly on each of the last few ones I have missed. For those of you who have no clue what I am talking about read about it here. And feel free to join in if you want, obviously we have no expectation of perfection.
1. Favorite Place to Go: I know without a doubt this would be my bathtub. I honestly think this is what I miss the most about my house. Since having kids that was honestly just my haven. It is where I go to pray, to cry, to unwind, to read while soaking neck deep, in close to boiling water. I miss having that “me time” and look forward to picking out my retreat for our new home.
2. My Past: There are many things I could share why I am grateful for the last 30 years, and how it has shaped me to be who I am today. But instead, I will just share the words from a song sang at our wedding. These lyrics pretty much say it all, both in my relationship with my husband and with God. That everything, every heartache, every bad choice, every misstep has truly only brought me closer and to depths that I couldn’t have imagined in both relationships. So, I am forever grateful for that broken road.
I think about the years I spent just passing through
I’d like to have the time I lost and give it back to you.
But you just smile and take my hand
You’ve been there you understand
It’s all part of a grander plan that is coming true.
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you
3.What I love about spring: This is really, really easy for me- I love finally getting to go outdoors! Obviously, I am always thankful to get to be a stay at home mom, but I would be lying if I didn’t say the winters get a little rough for me. I tend to get really bad cabin fever and this year is even worse being in a small place. Today the warm sun was out, and we went to two different parks. The kids played and I breathed, and didn’t have to worry once if they were gonna wake daddy up, or wonder how long it was gonna take me to clean up after them. It just made me so gosh darn happy that winter is all but over!
4. Friends: I have been thinking a lot about friends, since I don’t do a whole lot with people that are not family. But I still feel blessed that I have so many friends, that I can just pick up right where we left off with. I might not see them for weeks, months, even years sometimes. But we can get together over coffee or dinner and talk for hours in that comfort you only get from an old friend. I am thankful for these women in my life, who remain my friends, even though I am horrible at maintaining my friendships. I am also so thankful for the newer friendships I am growing. Just yesterday I got to spend a few hours visiting at a friends house, while our kids played together. It was such a fun day and I left feeling uplifted and motivated, exactly what friendship was intended for. WE have literally been talking about getting together for years, and finally did it. It made me realize that I need to make cultivating friendships a much bigger priority in my life.
And there you go, my friends, one month of gratitude all smushed into one blog post!