Friday, September 20, 2013

Seven Quick Takes (a grouches attempt at gratitude)

I've been quite a grouch lately - mostly grumbling and scowling with occasional doses of woe-is-me.  Every day I recognize it, and realize it's so completely and utterly ridiculous, but I haven't been able to shake it.  I do in fact love my life and realize how immensely blessed we are - we have so much and we have each other and our life is glaringly (if not almost embarrassingly) free of tragedy, pain, sorrow, and difficulty. And yet, you'd be hard pressed to see it in my expression or hear it in my tone of voice.  And what you do hear and witness would leave you wondering if my role model was Oscar or Eeyore.  It'd be a tough call.  I have to be a little more intentional with my gratitude these days... so...

Here's my list of Life's Little Things to Be Grateful For - Seven Quick Takes Style (With perhaps a few too many photos... sorry.)

(1) For the delightful experience of standing outside the bathroom door listening to Ruth recite parts of The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash while she washed her hands.

(2) For not running out of gas on the highway with all the kids in the car, and thanking the patron saint of "minivans that are operating on mere fumes," whichever saint that may be.  (And yes, I was actually praying to that unnamed saint.)

(3) For my kids, who mysteriously went outside at 7:30 yesterday morning and instead of getting dirty and causing mischief first thing, created a "Nature Preserve" in our backyard.  (Their words, not mine.  It turned out to be more of a nature appreciation center.)  Grace abounds when kids do stuff like this on their own!  


(4) For the series Catholicism by Fr. Robert Baron, and for how good it has been to watch and discuss it with friends.  And for important Fr. Baron tidbits like this one - prayers of request/supplication are not important because they can change God's mind about something.  They are important because they change us.  They change our disposition toward God, encourage us to approach Him with childlike confidence, and serve to increase our hope and reliance on God.  And I might add, that it's the same with prayers of praise and exaltation.  God's goodness and glory are not changed or augmented by our praise, but it can sure be life-changing for us and those around us to acknowledge that goodness and to place ourselves before that glory.  

You're probably thinking, Wow, she's got some major spiritual immaturity happening there if she's just picking up on this.  Oh I admit it.  This stuff is Prayer 101, but it was something I needed to be reminded of.  

(5) For Russ.  For a husband who is a wonderful father, who helps with the laundry, and cleans the toilets, and does all my heavy lifting, and treats me to pumpkin beer, and takes the kids on long long bike rides so I can get some sewing done.  (Top secret sewing project will be revealed after this weekend when it will be delivered to my sister at her baby shower!!) And, I'm thankful to Russ too, for giving me the weekend AND a Monday off to go to the shower!  Love you, babe!

(6) For my girls.  They've already started practicing their big sister skills for when the new baby arrives...

diapering courtesy of Ruth
(7) And for my boys, whose "grown-up-ness" took me by surprise last week when they played a one on one football game... shirtless.  They're not little boys anymore.  They're taking their shirts off and using words like touchdown, punt, tackle, extra point, and touchback.  (what the heck is a touchback anyway??) They're growing up quick, I tell you!  I was grateful I got to capture some of these moments - 

Growing up, but they still know how to treat their little sisters real nice, even taking them for rides on their garage scrap seesaw...

I'm so thankful that God has given my kids siblings!  That's kind of a number (8) but it's been on my heart and felt it was important to mention in my gratitude list.  When I started counting my blessings I realized, my cup runneth over.  (Psalm 23:5)

Happy weekend!  

Thanks for hosting another 7QT, Jen.  Head over to Conversion Diary to check out more!  


  1. Did you read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp? If you have not, you MUST.

    This is a great list! Your kids are so precious and you are so blessed.

  2. I love the diaper pic! So sweet. We are all so blessed and life is so much better when we see it that way because I am totally an Eeyore on many days! I hope you're having a wonderful time away and hopefully that break is just what you needed to see the blessings even more :)


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