I feel like so much has been happening lately, but in the form of family discussions, decisions, and prayer. Asking God about doors that are opening (and not opening), praying about discipline to save for our next house (the sooner the better!), not knowing where we’ll be living next year, praying for our roots to just get deeper where we are- find community, build our “tribe”, get involved in the life around us. All this while trying to plan our daily activities, cleaning our house (this just never ever ends, not even for half a minute), love on my babies, and thinking of ways to be a better wife and friend. My mind can literally spin. I almost got an ulcer thinking for an ENTIRE MORNING about what to do with my doggone hair (this growing-out phase is atrocious).
However, I was reminded of a sweet friend back home who told our bible study girls about thanking God for arms to fold her laundry. Yes, we laughed and I still laugh but OH, THE TRUTH IN THIS. So I took her example seriously today. As I was cleaning bathrooms, I caught myself getting depressed that I can’t make this house my home because it’s a rental and feeling more sad about all the things I can’t change and then- I remembered the thankfulness. I started to say “God, thank you for…. (it took a minute) giving us a house to clean”. There it was. And then it just kept on going… “Thank you for the four hands you gave me that are so healthy and able to make the mess they make out of curiosity and play” “Thank you for this home to raise my babies in for this moment”….
It got easier. And it gave me joy. Go figure, I know. But try it the next time you feel the crummy-ness of your day’s tasks creep up on you.
And now, for the project I gave myself this year, which I apparently am “failing at” technically. But really, I’m just proud of myself for continuing to take pictures, even if it’s not every single day. I am getting better, even if I have no editing programs! So just keep in mind, they’re just raw from my camera. I know they could totes be better. 😉
Our “camping” = setting up the tent in the backyard for the afternoon. They loved it.
Yes, I snuck one in that Jason took of Andie and me :). Sometimes you just gotta get in the action!
I’m thankful for Oklahoma skies, nice weather in the dead of winter, a back yard to play in, and the way the sun shines through our back windows! Tell me what “silly” things you’re thankful for!