Friday, November 21, 2008

Tender Mercies

One of my all time favorite talks.

My apologies for no post yesterday. I hit the sack early. WAY early...because I have been getting to bed SUPER late. Or super early, depending on where on earth you live. Ha!

The last few days, my mind has been focusing a lot on what I am thankful for. Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of year. I wish it were in June or something though, because it gets the shaft in the shadow of Christmas. Nonetheless, feeling overly grateful for the things I have. We so easily get distracted by the seemingly grand things in life. The bills that pile up, the laundry that needs to be washed, dishes cleaned, car repairs, etc. How often do we take time to realize the blessings all around us and truly give thanks for them.

This year, especially today, I am thankful for the small and tender mercies that I have been blessed with. To share, I will name a few.

Thankful for exactly two manilla envelopes left. For without them, I would have to ship in a box and it would cost a lot more and drain our already dwindling bank account.

Thankful that as I was running LATE that I found an open parking spot that was CLOSE to the building I was headed into.

Thankful that during these trying economic times that I found the perfect Christmas present for one of my kids. $3 vs. $50. I heart Savers.

Thankful for aunt flow coming four days early instead of four days late.

Thankful for a medical bill of $8,000 instead of a funeral bill.

Thankful my children have a mother.

Thankful for friends who care so much about me. Especially the ones who came and packed away all that baby stuff. Did I ever tell you how much that meant to me?

Thankful to have kissed on these chubby cheeks. Thankful he is safe now.

Thankful for Adoption. That is has blessed my life and the lives of countless people who I love.

Thankful I can run.

Thankful for a talent that blesses my life in more ways than I can count.

Thankful for these munchies.


Thankful for him.

Just oh so very, utterly thankful.


moosh in indy. said...

smooshie whooshie luvy wuvy you too.

Miss Myra said...

I'm thankful for you!

mrs. r said...

thank you.

Shannon said...

Thank you for sharing. It always touches me to hear the blessings others are receiving. You are truly blessed.

Josh and Anna said...

What a sweet post. You're right, Thanksgiving kind of gets the short end of the stick. It's great to take a moment and count your blessings.

It was great to see you last night too! Hope you loved the movie as much as I did!

Crystalyn said...

such a sweet list. thankful for you.

and these photos, um WOW! so tender. beautiful work.

ls said...

mmmm, i adore those pictures of those two. what a perfect depiction of the tender love between a brother and sister.

Mrs. P said...

Hi Kim

De-lurking to say wonderful post. I often feel that so many times we look at the negative things when really there is so much to be thankful for. I am thankful everyday, and i am thankful for this post to remind me...

Those pictures make me wish i had a brother. They are too cute!!

Amy said...

Those pics are so adorable.

You truly have been blessed, Kim.

Christal said...

love this post !!! Love the pics there really is so much to be thankful for isn't there!!! Life is good! Have an awesome thanksgiving week!!

Carrie said...

Thanks for sharing all that you're thankful for! I LOVE that about Thanksgiving! It really makes us more aware of what we have. You're awesome!

Oh my heck! I'm constantly amazed by how gorgeous your kids are! They are so perfect in every way! They could make you some big bucks modeling clothes and stuff! Not to mention all those free outfits you'd get! They are sooo squishy, pinchably cute!

Arianne said...

you are awesome! thank you for your loving example!!!

Sell...Party Of 4 said...

I love looking at things in a positive light. It makes my life MUCH better! =) I just recently did one of these same posts! You realize how truly blessed WE are, and how much we have to be THANKFUL for.

Britney said...

Thankful you are my friend.

(we missed you at lunch - we'll have to do it another time!)

Holly said...

Gorgeous kids and gorgeous pics. What are you, like a pro photographer? :-)
This is a good list. I think we all need to spend more time counting what we have - myself included! It was so great to see you last week.

Cary said...

Super cute kids!! And thanks for your comment on my blog. No worries about not saying anything at the shower, I wasn't concerned at all!