Wednesday, November 21, 2012



     Today like many days,  I folded endless piles of small clothing. I scrubbed dried baby food off of my wood floors. I ran errands. I made meals and washed dishes, wiped faces, and  listened to arguing kids.  I cuddled and sang and read. I pushed my baby on the swing in the sunshine and felt tired. I bathed children and held little toweled bodies. At the days end I finally laid down for a moment on my couch with a mild sense of discouragement for all of the things I didn't finish, frustrated with my own inadequacy. Then I watched my children who were all piled on our big chair writing in their thankfulness journals; notebooks I had given them last year to write, or in Naya's case draw, all of the things they are thankful for.

Here is what Juden read to us tonight:

" I am thankful for my family, my friends and my cousins. I am thankful for what I have. I am thankful for art. I am thankful for books. I am thankful for my fuzzy blanket! I am thankful for monkeys, snakes, bears and birds! I am thankful for God! I am thankful for National Geographic. I am thankful for Harper and fairy tales, and LOVE. And I am thankful for heaven. I am thankful for science.I am thankful for my teacher. I am thankful for yummy dinners on Thanksgiving nights. I am thankful for acorns. I am thankful for snowmen and Christmas trees. I am thankful that God saved me."
~Juden age 8~

As I watched my sweet husband and children and listened, my soul overflowed with one thought. Is there really anything else to say?  Thank you for this imperfect, perfectly beautiful life...thank you.


Christine said...

Absolutely love this so much. Echoes my heart exactly. And your photos in this post make me ache for the mountains of Tennessee and Fall Creek Falls. Sigh.

Susan said...

This makes my heart overflow with thankfulness. Just beautiful.