Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Time of Thanksgiving

The past week has been simply wonderful.

School ended on Tuesday and my son came home on Wednesday. We had Thanksgiving dinner with Glenn's family on Thursday and with my family on Friday. In between there were moments of self reflection, smiles, and feelings of contentment.

It wasn't the turkey or the ham. It wasn't the beautiful lights on the newly decorated Christmas tree. It wasn't even the bargains that we managed to grab while Black Friday shopping on Friday afternoon. None of those things make me smile.

It was the true feeling of Thankfulness that flooded my heart.

I am thankful for so much- too many things to list.

As I look around me at other families that are being racked by bitter arguments and divorce, I am thankful that I have a loving, caring husband who works every day to try to provide the things that we need. Though our date nights are few and far between, I never doubt that he does truly love me and would do anything that he could for me.

Though I do have arguments and disagreements with my daughter, I am thankful that God blessed our family with her. The times when we do get to sit down and actually talk or work on a project help remind me that she is a kind, creative, giving young woman.

Though my son is away from home at college and his phone calls are few and very short, I am thankful that he does come home. When things get difficult with his classes or when something goes his way and he wants to celebrate, he does call us, and that lets me know that he is still a part of our family.

My job, though filled with long hours, blesses our family with a paycheck for which I am grateful. I have colleagues who are helpful and who provide a listening ear and a comforting shoulder when I need them most.

I could go on and on..... but this blog would turn into a book. Let me just say that I give thanks to God for the MANY blessings that he has given me and my family. As we enter into the Christmas season I hope to share my blessings, my joy, and the love of Christ with all of those with whom I come in contact.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Incomplete Family Moments

Last night was the first Halloween without the whole family home at some point together. It didn't feel right, though we did try to put on a festive face.

The family costume thing was Kari's idea. I think that part of the reason behind it was that she knew it would just be the three of us. We all knew that Keenan wouldn't have dressed up, even IF he had been here, but it still didn't feel quite right.

Throughout the day it hit home with me that these "incomplete" feelings are just going to get more frequent in coming years. Both of my children are growing older and will be leaving the nest. My parents are older and I will lose them too. I don't know if I am quite prepared to deal with all of that.

In recent weeks we have lost a number of friends. We experienced 3 deaths within our community on the same day this past weekend. As I see friends deal with their loss I know that I will need their support and God's as these incomplete feelings enter my own life. For now, I am thankful that I can look forward to Thanksgiving and having my own family together one more time, God willing.