Today I am thankful for the ability to worship freely in a church full of other believers. I have experience what it is like to be told how and where and what you can worship and then to feel watched and scrutinized for it. Our freedom of religion is often taken for granted and even criticized but it is something that many will never experience.
Today I am thankful for all of those that serve and protect us. I know there must be times when they wonder what they are fighting for. Yet they never waver. Never question and never regret. I am so grateful for all they do and for the freedom for which they fight.
Today I am so thankful for the opportunity to create. For some it is just work, for some a mess. For me it is those things and so much more. It brings me joy, gives me something to do and helps me keep my focus. Now to clean up. 😦
Lord its in your hands!
Today I am thankful for my nephews. Although it would be wonderful if we lived in the same town I love that I can jump in my car, drive over for the day and come back. Today we had the pleasure of celebrating Andrew’s 5th birthday. Wow five. I love these boys so much. Each unique and wonderful in their own way.
Ten and a half years ago I became an aunt for the first time. I still remember the 7 hour drive to meet you my Sam. You were sleeping in a bed in the living room and I gently placed your very first baseball in your hand and you grabbed it tightly. 4 days old and you stole my heart in that moment. You are growing into a pretty amazing young man. You are athletic and competitive and I love to watch you spend great amounts of time bouncing a ball off the side of the house and catching it. Reminds me of your dad in so many ways. You have an amazingly tender heart and already show a wonderful passion for the Lord. A natural born leader and care taker, there will be so many friends in your life that you will have the opportunity to lead by example. I hope you continue to dream big while keeping your eyes on the Lord. Oh and when you make it to the big leagues don’t forget who first placed that baseball in your hand. I will be there to cheer you on all the way no matter where you end up.
Tyler you and I spent a lot of hours together that first night home, sitting in the rocker in the living room, me holding you as you had no desire to sleep. You looked into my eyes and just studied them. I loved every minute of it, I didn’t want the night to end. You are so smart and one of the most talented people I know. You can build anything from nothing over and over again. Your ability to take a box of legos and make them into a intricate creation astounds me. I can’t wait to live in a house you built or drive a car you engineered, maybe even visit an amusement park you designed. Your quiet leadership is something to be admired and your sweet thoughtful ways should be emulated. You are deep and thoughtful and I know how much you love your Jesus and I hope you know how much he loves you. I enjoy each moment I have with you and could listen to you explaining how something works for hours. That is saying a lot as listening to how things work is one of my least favorite things to do unless it is you doing the explaining. I’ve always got your back.
Owen “Little O” (at some point I will have to stop calling you that.) I am pretty sure you came out smiling and you haven’t stopped yet. You bring joy to people the first time you meet them and have a way of brightening up the darkest days. You came into our lives during a year that was full of a lot of loss and hurt for our family. You were the baby that we passed around at Grandma Hires’ funeral. It seemed like whoever was hurting the most at the moment would wind up holding you somehow and the tears on their face would slowly dry as you smiled and giggled and snuggled their hurting hearts. You continue to bring that same joy and love everywhere you go. I know I have been the recipient many many times. You were the only one that could talk me into making a Phineas and Ferb cake and I would do it all over again for you. I also don’t remember the last six year old I met that had as good of a sense of style as you. You pull off a hat like no other. I can’t wait to see you continue to demonstrate the love of Jesus to everyone you meet. I hope you someday get to experience ownership of a real turtle while never forgetting about Max and the journey he took to get to you. 🙂
Andrew “Drew Boo” (yeah that will have to stop too I suppose) you are one of a kind for sure. A very awesome kind for sure. From day one you were ready to grow up. Keeping up with your big brothers and soon bowling them over. Barely a year old, I was rocking you and saying “who’s my baby” when you clearly and shockingly said back “I’m a big boy”. Your determination and passion will send you as far as you want to go. A comedian who can make me laugh with just one look. You can tell me fart jokes anytime, we will keep it our little secret. I can’t wait to see the great things your stubbornness and drive do for God’s kingdom. From across the room you saw my sadness and came to me to simply sit and love me. Your presence and hugs helped to heal my hurting heart at that moment. A little boy following the nudge of his tender and loving heart. It was moments after that you whispered the word “eyeball” and cracked your self up. You are welcome at my home anytime, even if it is to have birthday party #4. Don’t let anyone tamper your passion or steal your joy. Never stop making your Tia laugh. Your jokes are my favorite and always will be.
Oh and Happy Birthday Sweet Drew!!
Having these four little men in my life has changed me completely. Made me stronger, helped me to love more, challenged me to live with character and to be a strong Godly example. I am a work in progress. But for you four I will never stop trying, I will never stop growing.
I don’t know what God has for my future, whether I will have children of my own or not, but one thing I know for sure. No matter what happens each of you owns your very own heartbeat of mine and always will. It will be yours forever! I love you with all my heart even when you are too big for kisses from your Tia!
Lord it’s in your hands!
Today I am so thankful for my garage. It was an absolute must have for my new house to have a attached two car garage. A place where I can park my car and paint my projects with some shelter and store outdoor things and……… It seems like such a simple thing but it has already made my crafting so much easier.
Lord it’s in you hands!
Today I am so thankful for God’s protection. I don’t even know how to tell you what happened today. It’s embarrassing, horrifying, hilarious, and disgusting all at the same time. Interested?? The next paragraph will leave you wondering what kind of careless air head you are dealing with. All dignity I think I have at this point will fly out the window. You will probably never think of me the same and most certainly you will understand why I am so very thankful for God’s protection.
Okay enough stalling here it goes……
Last Saturday my mom and I worked together to make some meals that I could throw in the freezer and use on busy days and for lunches. I have been doing my best to eat healthier and was finding it a challenge on some days. I have been back at physical therapy the last few weeks which means that I am rolling in even later in the evening these days. Friday I planned the meals and went shopping. I was quite proud of myself for having a solid plan and woke up Saturday morning very ready to roll. Most of the time I was making the recipes while mom cleaned up after me. (Trust me, if you know my mom this is exactly what she wanted to be doing.) When it came to making the chicken Parmesan recipe I knew that she had made it many times and she was eager to take it over. I went about making each of the other meals and cooking them while she made the chicken. By the end of the day we had a freezer full of recipes and I was so thankful for what she had done to help. I have slowly began using the meals and was excited about having Chicken Parmesan for lunch yesterday and today.
Yesterday I ate it and must admit I enjoyed it as always. I did think that it seemed like a really small portion but I didn’t think much more about it. Today I had the second part of the dish. I sat down in the lounge to eat lunch quickly while also preparing for the afternoon’s conferences. As I was eating I had this thought……the chicken seems a little too chewy……and then I took a much closer look. Now, there are those moments in your life when you are absolutely frozen with the thought “I can’t believe I just did that.” This my friends was one of those moments for me. You see upon further inspection I realized that the chicken seemed a little raw. At that moment I replayed the following phrase I had heard just a few days earlier. “I am going to put these into pans of two servings each and then you can just cook as many as you need.” COOK them, not heat them up but COOK them. Oh Anita what have you done?
That’s right for two days I had eaten raw chicken for lunch. Unbelievable. Of course as soon as the reality had set in, I was sure I could feel the bacteria growing inside of me and attacking my body from the inside out. I imagined tiny little green salmonella monsters marching through my body and eating away my organs. After being absolutely horrified, and a quick call to my mom to confirm what I already knew, I began a quick internet search to see what if anything I could do about it. As you could imagine everything I found said I was most definitely headed for a road of serious food poisoning and all I could do was wait for the inevitable to happen. I also found many different comments about people saying “who would ever do something so dumb?” Well…..me…apparently. There was a little bit of comfort in knowing that other people had clearly done the same thing. If not why would there be so many internet threads on the topic? Of course that wasn’t a lot of comfort when you consider people do a lot of really dumb things I hope I am never associated with.
However here I sit almost twelve hours later and feeling just fine. Now trust me I know that I am in no way out of the danger zone but I still stand in awe of God’s protection to this point. I am thankful that this life is not my own and in the midst of all of the careless and crazy things we do, he holds us in his loving and graceful hands. I hope that I have avoided the bad that could have happened but if not and I wake up in the middle of the night with the horrific reality of sickness I will still be amazed, humbled and grateful for God’s protection.
Lord it’s in your hands!
Today I am thankful for my job. Besides the fact that it provides me with a consistent and stable living, is reliable, and always needed, it is my passion.
There are people in this world that would be thankful for even the worst job you could find. Times are rough, for a lot of people. To be able to say I have a job I love is something I pray I never take for granted. I have always felt that no matter how hard your job is, no matter the criticism you take or the heartbreak it brings you, no matter the trials that come your way and inspite of the most difficult days ever, if you love your job you will be able to get up the next day and proceed to it with joy.
I come home exhausted, worn out, drained, sore and emotionally tired most days, but I wake up ready to do it all again each and everyday. My prayer is to become better at what I do each and every day.
Lord it’s in your hands!
Today I am thankful for my Etsy shop. Almost a year ago the thought of having a shop was beginning to grow in my brain but I wasn’t sure it would ever come to be. I didn’t believe that I had what it took to make it happen. Worried about how to do things, how to get people’s interest. Could I manage the time? Did I have what it took? Would anyone even want my things? Had the decision been left up to me this would still be a future dream. Here I am almost ready to celebrate my one year anniversary of having a shop. Thank you Lord for giving me the leading and courage I needed to believe that I could do this and do it well. I have no idea where you are taking this or OneHairCreations but I trust that whatever it is you will use it for your glory. I am very blessed to get to do something that I love and share it with others. One lucky girl I am.
Lord it’s in your hands!