In a nutshell: the evening started with a sweet comment from Tahnie, whose inspirational blog somehow led me here: to a list of other bloggers who inspire with not only their words, but their ability to face Life with strength and determination. I was then led to Vikki, at Up Popped a Fox, and eventually found myself at my own blog, excited to try her post idea.
But, truthfully, I'm really bad at this.
So often I stare at this little white box and wonder what I should type. And then I wonder, does that sound right? And then, sometimes, I delete it. And I start again.
I'm sitting on the couch, and while I should probably be gathering my mess of blankets and pillow and heading off to bed, I'm, instead, listening to Northanger Abbey play for the second time on television, tonight. It's been a Jane Austen marathon. Which, is honestly, just what I needed.
This week has been hard. I feel bad saying that. Because week after week, I feel like that's how I've been summing everything up. And that's not fair to all of the sometimes small, but wonderful moments of this week that I should be happy and thankful for.
There are so many moments that slip through the cracks of my day without gratitude. So, instead of focusing on the many trials and mini-heart attacks of the week, I'm choosing to focus instead on the positives.
This week, I'm grateful for:
- quiet conversation with my pop-pop over a dinner of left overs, a few nights ago.
- the opportunity to share a Thanksgiving dinner with the people I love most.
- long and unexpected naps that come in between dinner and desert.
- tight hugs from genuine friends. no matter how awkward they end up being.
- a text from a friend, far away.
- my sister getting the Polynesian sauce, when I didn't feel like standing up, and for buying me french fries. (thank you)
- kindness from strangers.
- my mama. and her striking sense of humor. ;)
- stop signs. and timing. and God and Grandma watching over us.
- a Sunday morning off.
Days go by, and life happens. And while lately, I feel we have been tested in patience and strength, I have faith. And so much to be grateful for.
Ps: So.. I may have rambled for a bit more than five minutes... Sorry. (: Maybe we'll try again next week.
Have a happy week!
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
-1 Thessalonians 5:18
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go - Joshua 1:9