The thing about thanksgiving that I always want to remember is no matter how insane, how much work or how stressed out I get, I am thankful, for so many things.
As so many people would agree, not all those things, are well, things.
This year was an exceptionally crazy week to be thankful.
Last week, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer and that was two days after her 14-year old beloved dog crossed over the rainbow bridge.
This week, I had to take the week off (thankfully my project was also not going to be worked on this week) to take care of my children while they were out of school.
I had planned a fun filled week of movies, making crafts, desserts, and I was even planning to put up the Christmas tree before Thanksgiving because I don’t have issues with that kind of thing.
We saw a movie in the theater (Big Hero 6 and I highly recommend it,) went to see my dad twice in the past three days at his rehab facility where he is recovering from the open heart surgery, and got to see some cousins.
I took my youngest this week to see his new daycare facility, and he will be there from 715 AM to 330 PM three days a week, and not being taken care of at his home for the first time in any of my three children’s’ lives.
The tree hasn’t gone up (but it will soon) and I spent an entire day helping my sister-in-law with her two-year old triplet children while my brother took his brother-in-laws, including my husband, shooting guns.
It’s been an emotional, stressful, crazy-filled couple of weeks leading up to this week.
Every once in a while, the Lord blesses me with an experience or two during my “Oh-woe-is-me” weeks (or month.)
I was blessed to see another family in action and be glad that I have the children I had and the husband I had.
My husband took the time to go see my father, because he knew I was stressed about it and it relieved me so much for him to be there.
I have been blessed by my mother-in-laws attitude. She has been rock solid for her grown children through all that has been happening and I remembered how strong of a women she is. I’ve seen this side of her before and even with all her beautiful feminine traits that I envy, she shows a strength that I’ve only seen my stoic paternal grandmother show in times of great stress. It’s pretty amazing.
Remember how blessed you are this week. Health is such a blessing.
For today, I will be eating, drinking and being merry, as well as giving thanks for so many blessings, as well as the trials.
I am one who just doesn’t see the blessings without the trials. I wish this wasn’t true, but I am thankful that this is all I have to deal with.