It didn't seem there was much to be grateful for today.
Well, apart from my husband generously letting me catch a nap before he went to work, and surprising me with a bagel and coffee when I woke up. That was pretty sweet.
I found myself thinking throughout the day, "It has to end sometime, right?" Someone or another has been sick since the holidays, and it seems the nose wiping, barf cleanup and general malaise is never ending.
And then it occurred to me, as it usually does, that for some families, there isn't an end. Someone is sick for real, and it's not going to get better. It occurred to me that there are a lot of parents out there who, when their kids are sick, and every day, don't have anyone to help them carry the load. To let them take a nap. To run out and grab a coffee. Not everyone has a mom that will drop whatever she's doing if you need some back up.
My kids will be fine in a day or two. I'll feel good again eventually. Things really aren't that bad. Tonight I'm thankful for that.
I'm thankful for a group of friends I can count on to make me laugh every day.
For enough food in the fridge.
For clean laundry, even if it isn't folded (it never is).
For boys who want to snuggle me and hold my hand and offer me their favorite teddy bear if it means I'll lay next to them as they fall asleep.
For three brothers who laughed hysterically at a runaway wagon on Curious George, united completely, if even for a moment.
For a grandma who texts and tweets and brings a little light to my life all the time, even if she doesn't really know it.
For the encouragement I get from this online community nearly every day.
For your enthusiasm over my post last week (I'll follow up soon, I promise.).
For a husband that doesn't really care what's for dinner and who will rub my feet every night if I ask him to.
The list is long, and I could go on forever.
There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
What about you? How have the little moments added up to a thankful heart for you this week? Please share! It's such an encouragement to read your words and hear your stories.
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I'm glad you're here.