Dec 4, 2017

The second half of my Thankfulness Posts


Day 16
I'm thankful for poetry. I love stirring old war poems, sweet little lullaby poems, funny poems, long story poems, and poems full of lyrical language and evocative phrases that stir my soul and fill my head with pictures.

Day 17
I'm thankful I get the privilege of homeschooling my kids. It's not always easy, but the rewards make the struggle so worth it. I'm thankful that my kids are getting the education made just for them, but more than that I am thankful that they were able to grow in an environment that allows them to be confident, strong, brave, and comfortable in their own skin. They don't have to be like everyone else. They live in a world where they are accepted for who they are. Yes, they have been teased, questioned and even laughed at but they live in such a welcoming, encouraging environment, that they are able to resist the negativity with a grace that amazes me. They are happy, unique individuals with thick skin and incredible confidence. They know they are weird and they don't care.

Day 18:
I'm thankful for nurses. Doctors are great, but it was a nurse who stayed by my side during the labors and deliveries of my kids. It was a nurse who cleaned us up. Yuck! It was a nurse who snuck Kaytie ice cream when she was a starving toddler recovering from surgery and a nurse who talked a doctor into letting me eat after 2 weeks on a liquid diet. It was a nurse who worked round the clock to keep Daniel and Abbie alive. A nurse calmed Nate with his broken arm and a nurse reassured me that the bump on his head would be fine. It was nurses that soothed us into taking IVs when we needed them but didn't want them. That brought us meds and food and ice chips. That cleaned our beds, answered questions, did hundreds of things that I would rather not talk about and thousands that we didn't even notice. Thank you, Lord, for nurses!

Day 19:
My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Day 20:
I am thankful for memories. So many memories of love and laughter, adventure, ordinary days of ordinary pleasures, trials overcome, friendships and stories

Day 21
I am thankful for our homeschool community. Not only do we enjoy fellowship and shared learning, but it makes stuff like this possible.


Day 22
I am thankful that I got to do this as a kid and that now he gets to do it, too!

Day 23
I'm thankful for my family. Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, husband, kids. They have all played their part in making me the person I am, quirky as that might be.

Day 24
I'm thankful that when I have to do hard things, I have a best friend to do them with me, encourage me and challenge me. We have always been a team

Day 25
I'm thankful for days like today. Ordinary days of peaceful hanging out with my favorite people.

Day 26
I'm thankful for Kaytie. Just by her birth she made so many of my dreams come true! I love being her mom!
We named her Pure, Brave and Full of Grace.
She is my most motivated child. She has a clarity, a purity of purpose that rises above challenges and obstacles and just keeps moving forward. She sets goals and meets them and then sets more goals.
She is truly the bravest person I know. She steps forward with confidence into situations where most adults would hesitate. She might be scared, but she does it anyway. No excuses.
Being the oldest is hard because the firstborn is the guinea pig. But Kaytie endures our mistakes and missteps with such grace. She is forgiving and kind.
I'm so grateful I get the opportunity to be her mom. I get a front row seat to watch her grow into an incredible woman who will do great things just simply by showing the love of Jesus to those around her.

Day 27
I'm thankful for this guy. He keeps us laughing. He keeps us on our toes. He is super smart and never stops learning. He has a strong sense of justice and looks out for the underdog. He has really stepped up this year and taken on extra responsibilities and demonstrated such maturity! I can hardly wait to see what an amazing man he will turn out to be! We know he is going to be something spectacular!
I'm so grateful God chose me to be his mom.

Day 28
I'm thankful for Daniel! He loves to build and repair, he's my go-to guy whenever Dad isn't around. When Dad is around, he's his right hand man. If something needs done, Daniel will do it. He's an excellent babysitter because he is calm, patient and entertaining. He knows how to tell a good joke. He is kind, funny, considerate and incredibly smart.
I'm thankful I get to be the mom of this awesome guy!

Day 29
I'm thankful for this crazy kid! She is sparkles and sunshine and rainbows and fire. She is laughter and drama and flashing eyes when you make her mad. She is little and fierce and never-give-in stubborness. She is crazy silly and super smart and sneaky get-her-own-way. She is melty, gooey, soft-as-cotton-candy when it comes to babies or animals or especially baby animals. She is 100% Daddy's girl. She is beautiful imperious princess in soccer jersey and jeans.
I'm just grateful that she is mine.

Day 30
I saved the best one for last!
Today I am thankful for Steve Hoggard. Little did I know what I was getting into when I married him. I know a lot of people make lists about what they want in a spouse. I didn’t make a list. I just had a fuzzy idea that I wanted a guy who was cute, smart, strong, loved God and had a sense of humor. Not necessarily in that order.
I married him because he was all of that! But what I've discovered over the years is that I also married a man who is kind, generous, faithful and hard working. A man who suffers well. A man who has the unique ability to accept me just as I am and yet still challenge me to grow. He dreams big, yet keeps up with small details. He gave me four amazing children and is such a good daddy to them.
I'm thankful every day for the extraordinary blessing of being married to my best friend.

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