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Day 64 – Libraries and Books

  • Posted on December 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I’m thankful today for libraries, that allow my family access to so many books, and for the family I have that loves books and libraries as much as I do.

I’m also thankful for great authors, who write stories that we love to read. And for being able to share wonderful works with my husband, and eventually, my children.

I’m also thankful for a day in which I get to read a novel, start to finish, without sacrificing my nightly sleep in order to do so. Without good books, I would lose my mind… what little of it I have left.

Days 62 & 63 – Cookies and Giving

  • Posted on December 22, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Yesterday I was thankful for making cookies, for the pure joy my children have in making them, and decorating them, and giving them to others. And for eating them. Yum.

Today I am thankful for having gifts to wrap. For the joy my children get from giving to others. From their willingness to be helpful when I asked them to pick out toys and books to donate today.

Day 61 – awesome family and snow/sick days

  • Posted on December 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I’m thankful today for the ability to take a sick day, to sleep half of it and not ever get out of my jammies. I’m thankful that the stomach flu I had was a shorter lived variety than some I’ve previously encountered. I’m thankful for eating solid food again.

I’m also thankful for my sweet youngest, who went far above and beyond today, cleaning and organizing things so that we could put up our Christmas tree as planned.

I’m thankful for my amazing husband, who not only took care of me, but also handled the children on a snow day. He made some amazing chicken soup this afternoon as I was finally able to eat again. And in and among all this, he’s also managed a decent amount of work.

Day 60 – Things done and generosity

  • Posted on December 20, 2012 at 12:06 am

I’m thankful for getting things accomplished today. It was a busy day, but many things that have rapidly approaching deadlines are now done, which is a great relief. There is plenty more to do (isn’t there always?) but I’m glad for what I have done today.

I’m also thankful for my kiddos giving hearts. They are such generous kids, and I am so thankful for that. My youngest would buy Christmas presents for EVERYONE ever if there was any way she could.

Day 59 – Medical care and little damage

  • Posted on December 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

Forgot to post before I went to bed last night, so I’ll correct that this morning.

I’m thankful for good medical care, and that my oldest child doesn’t have a concussion like we suspected she might. She instead just has a bruise and a small lump on her head, but otherwise is fine. I’m also thankful for the ability to get her glasses adjusted for free as they also got bonked. I’m thankful she didn’t break them, or her head significantly.

I’m also thankful for medicine to help my youngest feel better again soon. She’s not bad, but the medicine will make it better much faster, and for that, I’m thankful.

Day 58 – Santa and New Babies

  • Posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Today I am overwhelmed with thanks for the generosity of others. Santa (or the spirit of) is alive and well in our neck of the woods, and for this, I am so so thankful, I just don’t even have the words.

I’m also thankful for new babies, as one of my best friends gave birth to a healthy baby today. I am so happy for her and her family, and thankful that all is well.

Day 57 – Safe Travels and Birthday Parties

  • Posted on December 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Today I am thankful for safe travels despite thick fog.

I am thankful for being able to celebrate birthdays with very young children, seeing their unabashed excitement and joy. Sharing the cake – yum! Remembering when he was tiny, and seeing how much he has grown and changed before my very eyes.

Day 56 – Handbells and BBQ

  • Posted on December 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Today I am thankful for music, and the kids handbell choir, and the person who runs it. The choir performed at a retirement community today, and it was wonderful to see the kids doing their best, and watching a variety of people enjoy the music. I’m also thankful that the director gave my younger daughter a job to do while there, handing out the programs. It made her feel so needed and useful instead of just being in the way.

I’m also thankful for amazing BBQ, and the ability to share it with my children for dinner tonight. While it may not be very healthy, it certainly is tasty.

Kids and Tragedy

  • Posted on December 15, 2012 at 12:25 am

Today there was a horrible tragedy in our country. This evening I had to tell my children about it. I could have skipped it, and just hoped they didn’t hear about it, but that wouldn’t be right. They will hear about it, somehow, somewhere, and I prefer they get the honest truth from me. I also want them to know that it’s ok to talk about the Big Things with Mom. And if they do have questions or concerns, I’m happy to talk about it with them.

And so it was, that I told my elementary school aged children that at another elementary school in our country, someone went in and shot and killed many people. I didn’t go into too many details, but was honest about what happened.

My kids reactions both did and didn’t surprise me. They both reacted in ways I expected. They asked questions, and I gave them honest answers, even if they were painful. I hugged them and told them that this is a rare event, and that I love them and glad they are safe.

My oldest, who is in fourth grade, asked how many people, and how many were kids. I told them what I knew.

My youngest, who is in first grade said, “but it wasn’t kindergarten or first grade, right?” I had to tell her that it was.

My oldest said, “But not the principal.” Yes, even the principal.

My youngest said, “But not the teacher.” Yes, even the teacher.

My oldest said, “He must not have seen the no-guns signs on the door.” I told them that people who are not ok and intent on hurting people don’t really care about signs or rules or laws.

We talked about how this is why they have “code red” drills at school, and how important it can be, in those rare situations. My oldest told me all the details of what they do during a “code red.” “Shut the lights off, lock the doors, and get to where you can’t be seen and stay quiet.” Yes, exactly, I replied.

“You can shoot open a locked door.” replied my first grader. Not much escapes that one. Or maybe she’s seen too many Mythbusters episodes.

“Yes, that’s true. That’s also why it’s important for the room to appear empty.” I said.

After a few minutes, and more hugs and cuddles, the kids moved on to other things. Before we moved on, I made clear to them that this was probably not a good topic of conversation amongst their friends later this evening, or over the weekend. I suggested they not bring it up with their friends, but told them they could come talk to me, or to the other adults in their life if they needed to. And if their friends bring it up, it’s ok, but it may also be good to bring a trusted adult into that conversation, since this subject is such a sad one.

At bedtime, we prayed as we always do, and added in some about asking God to care for those who hurt, and who are sad – for this tragedy and others.

My first grader, as soon as the prayer was over, asked me, “like the kids who got shot today?”
“Yes sweetie, for them and their friends and family.”

She paused a moment, while I cuddled with her, and petted her hair, as she likes for me to do. “Mommy? I feel like I’m about to burst into tears .”

Choking back my own, I replied, “Me too, sweetie. Me too. And that’s ok. It’s ok to cry because we’re sad. It was a very sad thing that happened.” And we hugged. And we cried. And after a few moments, we moved on to discuss other things before she drifted off to sleep.

I’m sure tomorrow will bring new questions. Many of which I won’t have answers to. And I won’t lie, and I won’t pretend I know things I don’t. I won’t shelter my kids from the truth, just because it is painful. Instead we will embrace it, learn what we can, and learn that life isn’t always great or perfect. Kids pick up and understand far more than we often give them credit for. I will teach them how to handle even the yucky stuff, because that is life. We won’t dwell on it, but we won’t ignore it either. And I will teach them that it’s ok to cry, and it’s ok to ask questions. And it is ok to move forward, and learn, and laugh and live, because that is what we do. We aren’t to be paralyzed by the fear of the “what if.” We learn from it and we move forward.

Days 53, 54 & 55

  • Posted on December 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Wednesday, I was thankful for my last day of classes for the semester, and that all of my assignments were done and turned in. Yay!

Yesterday, I was thankful for my district ordination interview going well, and getting passed from district up to the conference committee. This is my next step toward ordination.

Today, I am thankful for my kiddos, for being able to give them lots of hugs and kisses and extra bedtime cuddles. I’m thankful for playing games, and listening to stories. I’m thankful that I can talk to my kids about big tough things and they know that they are loved, and that they can come to me with questions and concerns. I’m thankful that we can pray together for things that weigh heavy on our hearts.