In the spirit of starting fresh, today, instead of lamenting over all of the challenges my little family is facing right now, I thought I'd share 5 things that I am thankful for. Because there are SO many things to be thankful for. In fact, just the fact that I am breathing, thinking, and putting thoughts into words right now is something to be thankful for. So, here we go.
1. Tiny little hands
Answer: Lawd in heaven. No.
Caleb has been super snuggly lately. Since preschool started, he's been a bit more clingy than normal, and even turns down evening snuggles with Daddy sometimes in favor of being rocked by Mommy. I don't mind one bit. I watch my baby grow a bit more each day. Such a big boy now. And my heart already bleeds for the day when he won't need me anymore. So I will take every. single. snuggle. I can get. I live for the feel of those tiny arms wrapped around me and that curly-topped head on my chest. Sigh.
Can I get an, "Amen." I'd like to say that B and I have our finances totally figured out, and have this much saved and that much put away for a rainy day. But, in all honesty, right now, we live very modestly and are always happily anticipating payday when it arrives. Let's just say, today was payday. Definitely something to be thankful for.
3. Fall. Fall. And more Fall.
It's going to be 95 degrees here in GA today. So, while physically I will be holed up inside to keep from melting away, mentally I will be in my happy place. Where apple cinnamon candles abound, pumpkin spice lattes come in red Starbucks cups, and red and yellow leaves litter the front yard.
I told you I would be mentioning fall eleventy billion times before it even arrived. I don't lie. But seriously. Who wouldn't be exited about adorable sweaters and hot chocolate/coffee/ciders? Come on, Autumn.
4. A Golden Weekend
I hesitate to even write this, after what happened last weekend. But, I'm going for it. B IS OFF FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND! I am so, so thrilled to have my husband to myself for 2 whole days. Oh, how glorious. Do we have plans? Nope. Am I happy about that? Yep. Ecstatic.
(Check out my post yesterday on learning to say "No.")
5. Keep on Keepin' On
My husband encouraged me to watch this sermon by Pastor Charles Stanley. If you haven't heard a sermon by Pastor Stanley (or his son, Pastor Andy Stanley), you are missing out. They are such gifted speakers, and really know how to dig into the word in ways that make it so relevant and relatable. I wasn't thrilled to discover that this video was 54 minutes long. But, let me tell you - I had a completely new perspective on my life after watching it. And in fact, it is what inspired today's post. Life can be tough. But if we can remember that God will never fail us, no matter what challenges we face, it's a lot less tough.
Per the usual, today I am linking up with sweet Karli of September Farm and Amy of The Farmer's Wife for their super fun Oh Hey, Friday link-up.
Off to enjoy a day with my sister and my little man. Hey, it's payday, remember?