Giving Thanks, Part 2
Moving on with my posts of giving thanks . . .
I’m so thankful for my wife, Jen. She puts up with a lot from me, really she does. She deserves a medal (note to self: or at least some flowers!). There were times during this past nine months that I wasn’t sure I was going to maintain my sanity and she was my rock. Following colon surgery she showed me patience and love that only God our Father could show. Honestly. Without her I doubt I’d be sitting here typing these words. I thank God every day for Jen. And I need to make sure I thank her every day too!
I’m thankful for my three little girls. Say what you want, but I’m surrounded by females (even our black Lab, Josie) . . . and love it! My girls give me such delight and we share so many laughs. I love their hugs and kisses, their unique personalities, their sometimes odd sense of humor, their inquisitive minds, and their loyal love. I’ll never forget being home alone with my oldest when she was three years old. I was on the floor playing a game with her when she stopped, wrapped her arms around me neck, and said, “Daddy, you’re my bestest friend.” Brings tears to my eyes now as I write it. That’s bliss! But I’ve learned so much from my daughters too. They’ve taught me how my heavenly Father looks at me. They’ve taught me what true and simple faith is. And they’ve taught me how to love in very different ways.
I’m thankful for my parents. They raised me right, they really did. They taught me to work hard, be honest, be loyal, and never give up. My mom used to say all the time and it used to drive me crazy: “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” Even now, I’m thirty-six with a family and life of my own, and they are so involved in me and how I’m doing and what I’m struggling with. Their love and sacrifice is humbling and has set a wonderful example for me as a parent.
I’m thankful for my church family, brothers and sisters in Christ who have held us up in prayer, helped us financially, aided us with the mundane chores of life, encouraged us, supported us, and ministered to us in ways beyond belief. God has to be proud of the way His family surrounded one of their own in time of need.
I’m thankful for you, the readers of this blog. You’ve given me purpose, encouragement, perseverance, and an outlet for my roller coaster faith and emotions. Thanks for your patience with me, your prayers, your encouraging words, and for reading my honest posts.
There’s so much more for which to be thankful but I must stop there for the sake of time and my hard drive.