Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The little things.

So i realize that I take a lot for granted. ESPECIALLY the little things. I go through my life and don't even notice things that SO many others around the world will never experience. Went to Cracker Barrel with my mom and we walked in and there was a huge fire in the ginormous fireplace. It was amazing. Here it is cold and rainy and I immediately get to warm myself by the fire. While sitting there I am on my Iphone just checking up on the world. Convenient. Then I enjoy a heavenly meal of delicious veges and a piece of cake.

All this happened AFTER I had an appointment with the life insurance lady to protect my family if I died. Hundreds of thousands of dollars. Andy could afford to pay off the house, send the kids to college and pay for a nanny if I died. How many children would just go hungry if their mommy died?

I am never rained on (unless I choose to be.)
I can eat whenever I feel like it.
I sleep at least 8 hours every night.
In a bed that is borderline sinfully comfortable.
I have a husband to protect and provide for me.
Both of my kids go to school for free.

I never remember all the little things. They tend to go unnoticed. Why? Nothing should go unnoticed! I should be thankful for it all! And I am! But I don't act like it sometimes...I am bothered or annoyed. The pantry needs cleaning out and to be reorganized. That means we have EXTRA food! Cleaning the shower, laundry, car maintenance, the list goes on. Abba, help me be thankful for the little things. To remember you are in all the little things, and to never take them for granted.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Canton: The NEW city of angels.

So my sister requested that I revive my blog. Girl, you got it! Too much has happened over the past few months for a quick overview so I will probably just address it slowly over time. But my first order of business is a list. God has blessed me and Andy as of late in an unbelievable way. Generosity is flowing from all directions. God is using so many people around us to shower us with HIS love. So knowing that He gets all the glory from this, I DO want to call out all of these amazing people so that they know that I (and Andy) love and appreciate them! My angel list.

1. Amanda. You, my dear, will require an entire blog just to cover what all you have done for us. (and that will come later!) But in short, you did not only give us your only possession, (your car) but the freedom to be out of car debt. What a huge burden lifted! Thank you forever for that and for the inspiration that you give me follow after God recklessly and selflessly.

2. Mom. Again, another blog! For now, you are ALWAYS there for me helping us whenever we could possible need it. Working with Peyton, letting Eli come over, Wednesdays, Sunday mornings, too many to list. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I love you.

3. Keenan. Thank you for not giving up on me or just letting ME give up. For giving me an opportunity that I would not have had otherwise. Thank you for caring about me and my family! I will always appreciate you and your willingness to give me this chance. You are a GREAT boss and friend!

4. Monica. You have only been in our lives for a minute! But you have already had such an impact! From clothes for Peyton to anonymous donations for the kids testing, and advice and encouragement! Just knowing someone who is going through what we are going through means more than you know!

5. Natalie. My children would NOT be who they are without you. Period. You helped me and Andy out of a dark time with the kids and for that, I will be forever thankful!

6. Tara. Who else would send me this text: "Do something silly right now and tell me what it was!" You keep me sane and joyful. And I need that more than you know! Thank you for being my best friend! SO glad you are home.

I have been blessed in so many ways, and thank you all for all you have done for me and my family. Thank you Abba, for caring about me enough to surround me with SO many of your angels. For their willingness, thoughtfulness, and selflessness. I pray that you use me in their lives as you have used them in mine. I am forever thankful to you father!