For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11-14


Friday, April 6, 2012

Thankful for Friday!

How did it get to be Friday again so soon!? This week is our spring break...a much needed break from the normal routine of school, driving and anything that looks like our regular routine. We all needed it, but it has not lasted nearly long enough. I think part of that is due to our weather. Can you believe we've actually seen snow this week!? Nothing that stuck here, but just a few miles up the road from us they had snow accumulating yesterday morning. We've seen heavy rains, hail, wind, snow and the occasional sun break just to tease us. Nothing like we had hoped for...but the break was still enjoyed!

So, for my list of what I'm thankful for this week....
  • Down time. It's something I rarely afford myself, but it was something I truly needed right now. So much of our lives has changed in the past few months and I have not given myself time to just "adjust" to any of it...just in "Get'r dun" mode as usual. 
  • Time to relax and read a good book....or two. :) I haven't done that in YEARS! My daughter got me reading "The Hunger Games" and while I usually avoid the "trends" that seem to come around in literature and movies, this one is really good! I couldn't put down the first book and I'm halfway through the second. 
  • Time with my kids...they've kind of come and gone all week doing this and that, but we've gotten a bit of time to just "be" rather than working on school and such. Shopping with Alyssa yesterday was a fun outing and something that we rarely get to do. I am not a fan of "shopping" but the errands we ran yesterday were more fun because she was with me. :) 
  • Time alone...a RARE thing indeed. One day this week I actually had a few hours here at home with NO ONE ELSE HERE!!!  I left the house completely radio, TV or anything. Snuggled into my chair with my book while my bread was rising and just enjoyed the quiet time. 
  • Signs of life in my greenhouse. It's been a tough start to our spring here, our weather has not cooperated at all! I am seeing small signs that spring is actually going to make it's appearance here the small starts in the greenhouse. I've got two kinds of lettuce, bok choy, onions, chives and spinach starting to grow. I LOVE this time of year for growth, new green and new life after a long winter!
  • Long talks with dear friends. I was blessed to be able to sit and just chat with a couple of friends this week that both live miles and states away. Such a blessing and such an encouragement when I truly needed it the most! 
  • Breaks in our " spring" weather, we've had a few moments here and there where the sun came out and warmed us for a short period of time. We soaked it up while it was here, as brief as it was. Praying for more! 
This is the first of many holiday weekends that we will be missing our boy, Anthony, as he serves our country. It will be tough, gathering with family and friends for Easter and not have him here to share it with us. I have to remind myself WHY we will gather together. Sure, it's fun to reconnect with family and friends, but first and foremost it is because of our Risen Savior!

I hope you all have time with loved ones and enjoy a wonderfully tasty meal together, some fun time and make some memories.

I also hope and pray that you take time to remember what Easter is truly about....a man, God's own son, who came and lived among us. That man hung on a cross for OUR sins, paid the ultimate price for OUR sins! On the third day, He rose from the grave and lives forever more! 

Honestly, that is and should be TOP of my "thankful" list...not just this week, but every week. None of this trivial "stuff" matters in light of eternity!


1 comment:

momoflots said...

Oh dear - I got behind on my blogging - so I'm catching up. I agree - errand running and shopping is always more fun with my daughter too!! We had down time for the first time in a long time and took a mini vacation to your neck of the woods (think anyway) it was so good to relax for the first time in months and months! And I fell in LOVE with the area we visited!! We will for sure be going back!!


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