Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. I spent 8 days (on my anniversary trip) away from the kids. I returned feeling so thankful for each one of them.

Thankful for the oldest (she's 7 already!): I'm thankful for her funny spirit and her desire to always do what is right. She is a natural leader, a bookworm, and a student at heart. Ok, she's ME! :)

I'm thankful for the middle one (almost 5 and headed to kindergarten): She's quiet sometimes, so people outside our family don't always see her goofy side. She loves to play alone and use her imagination. She will make a good mom someday because she has a compassionate heart. She is tender and loving. She loves to organize and do the dishes. That's a GREAT reason for me to be thankful! :)

I'm thankful for my little boy too: He loves fish and bugs and worms and all living things (except spiders). He loves food (midnight pantry raider!) and he loves hugs. He is a chatter-bug and a charmer. He's adorable.

I'm also thankful for God's provision.

He has given me so many opportunities lately, it's been almost overwhelming. I'd like to share about that more tomorrow. How God met me at Write to Publish. I haven't really shared much about it yet because I wasn't sure how to approach it. But, after 15 months of pursuing God's purposes for me in ministry, He is beginning to open some doors in amazing ways. It's taken patience, perseverance and trusting God's guidance to get to this point.

And now that I'm looking at the things on my plate, I'm so thankful that He provides the strength to do His work. I want to be all about HIM and not about just being busy. I want to keep my focus on Christ IN ME. That's what it's all about!


Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

Heather, great list! I loved what you wrote about ministy. I can echo that for speaking!!!!

Can't wait to read about it tomorrow.

Happy TT!

beverlybygrace said...

Great list. Your kids are close to the ages of mine. I have a 7 yr. son, soon to be 5 yr. old daughter & a soon to be 3 yr. old daughter. I know when I am away from them, I can not wait to see & hold them again.


Susan said...

Hey Heather,

Your children souund precious. Enjoy these very special days with each one of them!

I'll look forward to reading your next post!

Oh...please check your link on the TT list, it leads to another TT post.

Have a blessed day♥

Laurie Ann said...

Great list! God bless your thankful heart and your love for your children. They sound adorable. Have a happy TT!

Ann said...

We just got back from a trip sans kids, and it's amazing how much bigger and mature they seem. Thanks for a great thankful list.

Beth K. Vogt said...

Heather, it's wonderful to hear your gratefulness for your children. Looking forward to hearing about what God is doing in your life through Write to Publish.

Marsha said...

I loved your descriptions of your children. What a sweet family you have.

It looks like you had a wonderful vacation. I've always wanted to go there. I loved your pictures.

Have a peace filled 4th weekend.

Lelia Chealey said...

This is so neat. Anniversary trip...I'll have to put that bug in my husband's ear. :) Been so long since we've done that.
Have a blessed weekend!

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The Olson's: said...

I love your description of your kids.

It's exciting to hear that doors are opening for you. Continue to seek God for His guidance.
~ Leanne

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

Wonderful blessings, Heather! I know there come a time when we're away from our little one, but not yet! I'm not ready for that!

I loved your dork fish post too. I'll join you!

eph2810 said...

Heather - I am glad that you had the getaway with your beloved. I know that you missed your kiddos (and they missed you guys), but I think it is very important to have the wonderful one-on-one time with our beloveds.

I am thrilled to read that God is opening doors for you to peruse your writing carrier.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us.

Blessings to you and your precious family.