Sunday, February 17, 2008

Grains of Gratitude

I love reading other blogs. One of my favorites is Michelle's. Michelle inspires me in many ways and I really enjoy checking in on her and reading about her beautiful daughter, Kayla. Michelle posts Grains of Gratitude every Sunday on her blog. I always look forward to reading that post each week and decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to do this also.

So here it is, Sunday. We have had a really crazy week. The kids have been sick. Brent has been sick. I have been sick. It has pretty much been the week from you-know-where. I'll spare you the details but suffice it to say that Tyler has Rotavirus and I think the rest of us have had a nasty flu bug. Yuck!

I sat down to read Michelle's Grains of Gratitude today and again thought that I wanted to start doing the same on my own blog. My first thought, though, was that I would start next week. After the week I've had, I really couldn't think of anything to be thankful for, much less write about. But as I sat here, I realized that I do have much to be thankful for. Sometimes during the greatest trials, we find the greatest blessings. So here goes, my inaugural Grains of Gratitude post.

1. I am grateful for my husband. He has been a great help to me all week, letting me rest, helping me with the kids, etc. I know he has also been miserable so I am doubly thankful for his help.

2. I am grateful that Brent has a wonderful job with an awesome sick day policy! He also has an incredibly understanding boss.

3. Although I am not grateful that my kids have been sick, it has been nice in the sense that they have been very loving. I have really enjoyed Emmalee's desire to snuggle on the couch because that is so not typical for her.

4. I am grateful that all of the sickness forced me to wash all the bedding in the house. (And when I say all the bedding, I mean all the bedding...sheets, blankets, comforters, pillows, etc.) This is something I have wanted to do the past couple of weeks anyway. It was so nice getting into bed last night with everything clean and fresh. On that same line, I am grateful that we have a washer and dryer in our house. I can't help but think back to our first months as a married couple and having to go to the laundrymat. I can't imagine having to do that this past week with all the extra laundry.

5. I am grateful for an amazing pediatrician and his office staff. They are incredible people who truly care about our kids and our whole family. What a blessing!

6. And last, but certainly not least, I am very grateful for my mother in law. Today is her birthday. She is amazing. I simply can't express how much I love and appreciate her.


I am MyKidsMom! said...

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Hope next week offers even more to be thankful for :-)

Julie said...

Its nice to really think about what we have. thanks for sharing :) julie

Colette said...

What a wonderful post!I am glad to hear that everyone is feeling better. It is always nice to go to sleep in a fresh clean is hard to keep up with! Hugs to you and the family!

Sustenance Scout said...

Funny I just went on a major cleaning spree today, including clean sheets on every bed. It makes such a huge difference. So does a gratitude list. Thanks for the reminder! K.

terilynnh2000 said...

Wellsaid, my friend. xoxo

Becky said...

I love your list. I have to say as much as I hate laundry, it is even more despicable when taking it somewhere to do it.

Michelle said...

It's wonderful to see you joining in on this too! And kudos to you for doing the post after having such a bad week; I think that helps the most...after a bad week, but still being able to find something to be grateful about. I've had a few of those weeks myself! I'm touched that you said I inspire you! Thank you!