Sunday, May 29, 2011

I Will Be Grateful

via vol25

Lately there have been some gray clouds hovering over my head.  It's not one big thing; it's a lot of big things--a couple friends who are struggling to hold on to their marriage, worrisome news about the health of someone close to us, walking with a friend through a crushing betrayal by her husband, sharing the pain of a friend who made a big mistake...all of that plus some of my own reoccurring disappointments in myself for this and that and it's made for a heavy, sad last couple weeks.

But all these things are legitimate things to be sad about.  And it's okay to live sadness.  It's human and it's life.  I don't mind being here in this spot.

But to keep from sinking too low into the pit of despair, it's good to find the rays of sunshine in our days.  Today I'm grateful for these things...

Happy faces at breakfast.

The way these two enjoy one another.

Our new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and knowing God provided it through the generosity of people.

News that Target is coming to Quebec. 

Finding happy drawings on the bathroom mirror and watching the artist in action.

This report from Joel's French tutor.  So fun to think that at the beginning of this school year he was not understanding a lot and certainly not speaking but a few words.  The phrase above written in the comments section of the teacher's personal notes says, "This boy talks about everything."

Funny kids.

Kids who love to read.

The new spring green color that has been popping up around here. Never mind that it's so late in coming.

Watching these two at breakfast every morning.

A husband who loves to read to the kids and special family times.

Braces for Sam and that he still smiles the same way even with the braces. 

Sunsets, big trees, and good conversation with a neighbor.

Guacamole with red onions and cilantro.

The Low Anthem's song Maybe So because it's beautiful and has the most gorgeous clarinet bit. 

And this phrase from the book Because He Loves Me by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick I've been mulling over recently: "We're more sinful and flawed than we ever dared believe, but more loved and welcomed than we ever dared hope."

Happy Sunday!