1. New camera equipment came in yesterday. What a blessing to have a hobby which brings so much joy in such everlasting, beautiful ways!
2. My job allows me the freedom to attend my kids’ school parties and see their excitement. When I see how many chances I get to share these moments with my girls while they are still young enough to get so bubbly about Life’s little pleasures, I feel heart-bustingly blessed.
3. My husband blesses every second of my existence in ways he doesn’t even realize.
4. My blog is nearing 2,000 hits. When I started this, I never thought anyone other than maybe a family member or two and a few friends would read it. Here I am a few months later, and without much effort on my part, this blog is approaching 2,000 views, many of which were from random surfers who happened on a page.
1. The first thing Aubrey did this morning when Sarah patted her on the back was sit straight up and show me all three sets of her dimples. If that doesn’t melt a Mama’s heart first thing in the morning, nothing will.
2. In a couple of weeks, we will pass the fifth anniversary of my having to tell my parents I was pregnant (and unmarried). I recall asking Dad, “Are you mad?” He said, “If you think that, you don’t know me at all.” Mom’s response to the same question was, “Rebecca, you’re 31 years old. It’s time for me to be a Grandma.” Despite the less-than-optimal circumstances, my parents loved me, and they already loved my child. That day was a lesson in understanding the word “unconditional.”
3. Randall and I talked last night about needing to get away for a “date” now and then. I miss my husband sometimes, which seems so ridiculous when we see each other every day. But sometimes Life gets in the way of Love. Mama and Daddy need to remember that they are also Rebecca and Randall. How awesome to have a husband who wants to spend time with me. Unfortunately, not everyone can say the same about the person with whom they choose to share their life.
1. Thank you, Lord, for good parents who taught me well. I am doing the best I can to pass those teachings along to my kids, and I am constantly reminded when we are out in public of how very little other kids are being taught.
2. I am increasingly thankful for my gas-guzzling, Earth-destroying, Mother Nature-hating Suburban. Even though gas prices should make me wince every time I see that land ark parked in the driveway, I am thankful for a large, heavy car that provides safety and comfort for my family.
3. Orange Leaf, thank you for your rockin’ awesomeness. Your low-fat, low-sugar, low-carb frozen yogurt and excellent selection of fruit toppings have kept me from wanting to cheat on my diet, and this morning the scale showed 12 pounds gone. Twelve more to go to reach my first goal!
4. My Scentsy business is ramping up. I will have a booth at the Southern Fried Festival May 27-28 thanks to the generosity of my inlaws (who recently helped me buy stock to get ready for the show).
5. My new office is very productivity-inspiring. Having a window makes all the difference in the world when you’ve spent nearly two years cooped up in a windowless, putty-colored box with no grasp of the outside world for hours at a time.
Most of all, I am thankful for a loving husband, beautiful children, unconditionally loving parents, heartwarmingly awesome family and friends and the chance to share it all with anyone who reads this.
I am blessed.
I am loved.
I am thankful.
SO ARE YOU!