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Remember to count your blessings.

This is something that God is repeatedly telling me on a daily basis.  So many times I find myself thinking. “This just isn’t fair!”  For example, when I get a last-minute phone call to go take the kids to the park and meet up with friends.  Easy thing to do, right? Especially since we live right across the street from the park.  But it’s not easy.  First of all, we only take Matthew to the park when there are very few other kids there.  Or better yet, no kids!  The noise and chaos of many other kids sets Matt off in a tailspin and the end result is me packing my 60lb screaming child and carrying him back home.   If it’s just Alec, then no problem.  But it usually is never just Alec.  So often the answer to the invite is, “No I’m sorry, we can’t make it”.  I hang up the phone and think sadly, ‘This just isn’t fair!’

Another thing I find myself griping about is the beach.  John’s Grandmother owns this beach house right off of Cannon Beach and all members of his side of the family get to stay there whenever they want to get away. For free.  What a gift!  The last time we went there for a weekend with the kids was a disaster. We ended up leaving the very next day.  But before leaving the beach house I read through the beach house journal.  It’s a cute journal that family members write in to document their time at the beach house and the fun things that they did. The rule is that you write about your adventures before you leave. I read through all the other entries from other family members.  They looked like they had so much fun.

I tried to think of what to write.  What fun things did we do?  Hmmmm.  Well, we ate some pizza. That was good.  Matt  knocked over the recliner chair in a rage……not so good. We went to the Seaside local swimming pool….for 10 minutes.  That was kind of good. Matt called the female life guard a boy…..not good. Really, the whole trip was a blurr. Most of the time I stayed in the beach house with Matt while John took Alec to do fun things. Even though John insisted that I take Alec and he stay with Matt, I just told them to go on ahead because I knew Matt would be way worse for John than he was for me.  This just isn’t fair!!

But during these pity-party moments of mine, God’s voice is louder saying, “Count your blessings. How have I blessed you? ”

I go over in my head of the many things I have to be thankful for.  Does it make the pain go away?  No….not right away.   But it does keep me from becoming bitter.  It especially helps me to be thankful. And instead of whining about how unfair it is that we don’t get to enjoy the beach as much other people do, I’m thanking God that we have a beach to go to.  That we have a working car to get us there. That He provides us with the finances so that we can pay for the $10/gallon fuel to get us to the beach.   (Ok, I am exaggerating about the fuel cost but not by much!)

So for Thanksgiving, these are the things that I am thankful for…but there is so much more than what is on this list


I am Thankful for

A God who loves and forgives me even when I don’t deserve it. He sacrificed His son for me. For all fo us.

John. My husband. My best friend.



My mom and Dad

My Brother (don’t tell him)

My Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins

My in-laws and all their children

My friends, new and old.

Teachers…all teachers. ESPECIALLY my kids Teachers. They are my family

My church

My legs

My health

My dog and cats

Doctors. Many don’t get the credit they deserve.

My neighbors. Who don’t bat an eye at the craziness they see that comes from our home 🙂

Full Sail Amber ale (I’m only human!)

I am thankful for whoever is taking the time to read this. May God bless  you.

Alec and Me. One of our happier moments at the beach


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