Second chances are kind of special things. I have a friend who lives the next town over who has been divorced for a while now, and I simply do not know how she does it. She works and has four kids. Two of the four are angels, but the other two are, well, hmm, I think “brats” is the nicest way I can think of to put it. She struggles all the time and is constantly at her wits end. Yes, they are that bad.
I just found out that she got engaged over the holidays. I can’t even fathom how she had time to meet anyone, but I am glad she did. I can’t imagine what type of a person is willing to take on the challenge of rebuilding that home. Wow. All I can say is wow.
I can’t think of a word better than “miracle” to describe what a father and husband will do for that home. The hand of the Lord is most definitely at work here. I wish them the best.
After enjoying the holidays, I am especially happy to be able to enjoy my family. It seems to be the goal of the holidays to be with family. Sometimes it is not so easy to get along, but this year was especially and unexpectedly enjoyable. Definitely a gift. Didn’t realize how precious it was until we had such a stressful family experience last year. Not quite ready to say I’m grateful for last year, but I do appreciate this year more.
Two weeks ago we had a sick kid, and instead of trading off which parent went to church and which parent stayed home I volunteered to stay home the entire time. Despite some minor objections from my husband, I stayed home the whole time. I kind of felt like I was “ditching” church, but did it anyway. This week my daughter had a relapse and ended up home in bed again. This week, however, husband stayed home the entire time – a really good idea since I was performing first hour and teaching last hour!
Yesterday we had a true snow day. It was a Sunday, so everything was canceled for everyone. (One observation is that we got more snow the 24 hours before than we had gotten for the last 7 years combined!) It was so peaceful not to have any scheduled activities, and no chores. We spent the entire day relaxing, building snowmen, preparing for Christmas, and spending time with the kids. It was almost as good as Christmas Day itself. My kids summed everything up with the observation, it is like a snow day you don’t need to make up at the end of the year. My daughter did feel like making some homemade bread and we relaxed to a warm pot of soup, warm potatoes, and fresh from the oven bread.
I appreciate life throwing in a good day now and then!
Spent Thanksgiving with family, but this year we were especially grateful to have my uncle with us. He has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer and did not know if he would be with us this year. Not only was he with us, but his numbers are down so far they are re-evaluating his status. It was good to have him with us and doing well.
One of the most common miracles I see around me involve growth. Growth of plants from seeds into food and trees and flowers. Growth of individuals to learn and adapt. Growth of infants, etc. My 14 year old son is now as tall as I am. It is amazing that something I gave birth to will soon be taller than I am!