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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I have a few minutes in the early quietness of this morning. But I've been out of touch and just wanted take a moment to think on all that I'm thankful for. Honestly, it's been a hard week. Eli is going through something terrible with his teeth, we think. He is throwing tantrums left and right and crying all the time. Not necessarily disobedience just VERY short-tempered and NO patience. We know something is up because sometimes nothing happens and he all of a sudden just starts flipping out. We can't make it through any meals without major drama, unless there's perhaps all finger food just to avoid any frustrations with a fork or spoon. It's been three straight days of this, and I'm about losing my mind! We've been giving him Motrin and lots of love, but he's still a mess! BUT despite all of this, I am thankful...

I am thankful that Kevin has had a light work week, so he's been home quite a bit to help share this heavy load. And as sad as it is for our guests to witness all this, they've been really great about understanding what we're going through.

I am thankful for friends visiting. For much of my life I've felt like I'm not worth making a trip for, just because no one ever did. But two weeks ago two friends and their son flew here, and now another one of my college friends is here visiting for a couple days too! Our time together has been blessed indeed!

I am thankful that last night Hannah slept all the way from 10pm until 5:30am!

I am thankful for the rotten days because when we were at our worst the other day, God brought it to my realization that I cannot do this on my own. I cannot be a Godly mother without God! It's been over a month since I've had any Bible time or prayer, and boy, can I tell! So Kevin and I both decided to really change that and make God a priority again. God is working on our hearts and giving us the peace and patience we so desperately need through these trying times. And since it's my goal (#18) to read the Bible in a year and I needed to set a start date for myself, I'm choosing this Sunday--Easter and my 25th birthday--to start this journey through the Bible. And I'm excited about it!

I am thankful for God's saving grace and the love of Jesus Christ that sustains us through all of life. For forgiveness and salvation, freedom and purpose. Thank you, O God, my Father!

Well, I'll sign off for now. But for more Thankful Thursday visit Iris! Have a blessed weekend and Resurrection Sunday!


10 comments:

Jenileigh said...

Wonderful post! Happy TT and may God bless you!

Denise said...

Sweet blessings to you, and your dear family.

BP said...

Sarah, I think it is great you will start your Bible reading goal on such a special day!

Sharon said...

Oh Sarah, God Bless you! I found it so humbling that you wrote "For much of my life I've felt like I'm not worth making a trip for, just because no one ever did". Gosh, I'd love to claim you as a friend in real life. :)

I know it's rough what you're going through with Eli. Hang in there! In times like that with Aidan (& there have been plenty, lately), I say the quick prayer "God make me patient!". I do think it helps. ;)

Have a wonderful Easter!

crystal said...

What a wonderful thankful list! And I am sure that you are very worth making a trip for. You sound like a wonderful person. Eli will probably get over whatever is bugging him in a couple of weeks. But bless you for you patience in the meantime!

Happy Birthday (early). I hope it is a very wonderful day for you.

Blessings
Crystal

Julie said...

Sarah,

You are a wonderful person, especially as a wife and mother! I would visit you if I could! :o) Eli knows he is loved, that is what's most impportant. Just remember when you feel like pulling your hair out,talk to someone who understands, whether it's through phone, email or just writing a letter just to get it out. Things will wait but you must take care of you, as well. Just a few words of advice from someone who's been there!

Hope you have a wonderful Birthday, you deserve it! And, how amazing that it is on Easter!!! :o)

~Love, Julie

Angie said...

Sarah...girl I WOULD SO make the trip for you! If only I had the $$$ :)
You are a special young woman to me. You have helped me so much---and you are a blessing to many! MANY!
Little Eli is going through some radical changes in his life...he now has to "share" the most important person in his life. That is hard for him. It may have taken him a while to realize that things will never be the same...but it will get better. AND you will have some better days ahead!
So, keep your sweet chin up...rise before they do...get with the Lord and He will apply the balm that you will need for the day!
Bless you sweet friend!

The Fischer Family said...

Good luck with your Bible reading program. I have started a one year reading program of the Bible and the Catechism. It is hard, and I've been slacking lately, but I feel so much closer to the Savior when I spend just thrity minutes a day in His Word. I wish you the best of luck with Eli. It's hard, but you'll get through it great!
Have a wonderful Easter!
Kari

Mike and Pumpkin said...

Sarah,

Your post was moving. Happy Birthday to you. I love visiting your blog. I get blessed each time.

Until next time,

Charlotte

eph2810 said...

Oh, Sarah - I am so sorry that little Eli is not doing to well. I hope you will be able to figure out what is wrong with him and he will feel better soon.
I think it is so sweet of your friends to pay you a visit. Sometimes I think it is hard to keep friendships going when families are growing. I am glad that your friends made the time :)

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us.

Blessings to you and yours...He is Risen!