28.2.11

One Thousand Gifts-The Gift of Work.


It's Monday. There is always so much work to do on Monday. The house is trashed after a weekend of being away more than at home, and it seems so much harder for the kids to get into the school routine on a Monday. That's on top of all the other stuff that never ends but that I deliberately try not to have to do on weekends so there's time together as a family.


I start Monday from far, far behind. The rest hardly seems worth the extra work it brings after.

Today seems a terrible day to try and stop to give thanks. Yet isn't that when it's most important to remember?


So today I give thanks for the piles of paper; they are evidence of a life full of blessings most of the world only dreams of. I give thanks for all the laundry to wash fold and put away; we are well clothed and warm. I give thanks for the fractious, restless, and cranky children; I would not trade them for anything. I give thanks for the responsibilities I have, large and small; it means that I have been given much blessing. I give thanks for the fussy teething baby who is healthy and strong.


I give thanks because it is the way out of grumbling, irritation and stress. I give thanks to find life.


Some of this week's list:

  • Cool sunny days to lounge outside in.
  • Huddled under blankets with Aaron watching a show.
  • Ginger chews in fancy tins.
  • Little's swingy new haircut.
  • A friend calling me, so excited over a prayer answered.
  • Neighborhood kids in the yard and everyone having fun.
  • Hugging the Boy long when he smells like wind and sunshine.
  • The way Jellybean stares in awe at his own hand raised above him.
  • Wind rustling the tall maple tree.
  • Girls going to sleep in daddy's T-shirts.


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2 comments:

  1. And so it’s Wednesday and Multitude Monday was – well – Monday – but I am determined to keep reading these – what – 40,000 gratitude linkies…

    And I come to yours and I am smiling. Amen – it’s always when we thing we shouldn’t get started, or go to church, or pray – that’s when we need to do it most.

    I always pick a favorite from the list – and mine today, from yours is Girls going to sleep in daddy's T-shirts. (I did my brother’s laundry and noticed he had a ton f tee shirts in there – I wondered he could wear them all – found out it wasn’t him – it was like this – they make great pj’s ) {smile}

    It was really nice reading you today.

    God Bless and keep you and all of yours

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  2. And so it’s Wednesday and Multitude Monday was – well – Monday – but I am determined to keep reading these – what – 40,000 gratitude linkies…

    And I come to yours and I am smiling. Amen – it’s always when we thing we shouldn’t get started, or go to church, or pray – that’s when we need to do it most.

    I always pick a favorite from the list – and mine today, from yours is Girls going to sleep in daddy's T-shirts. (I did my brother’s laundry and noticed he had a ton f tee shirts in there – I wondered he could wear them all – found out it wasn’t him – it was like this – they make great pj’s ) {smile}

    It was really nice reading you today.

    God Bless and keep you and all of yours

    ReplyDelete

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