Thankful Month Has Come to an End. Thankful for This Girl

Well the month has come to an end.  Were you able to find something each day to be thankful for?  Did you share the thankful things with someone?  Did you tell someone you are thankful for them?  If you will notice I am down to the last child.  I am no less thankful for E, our 2nd surprise, our 2nd girl, I am thankful for them all differently.  Thankful that my family is an unusual puzzle of people, connected by love.

I am so so thankful for E, I am so very thankful for that surprise!

I am thankful that she loves smocked dresses, big hair bows, fancy shoes, and cute outfits.  She is a fashionista and at 3 years old I caught her doing a 360 in front of a mirror and realized how easy it was going to be at this age to manipulate her to not wear clothing I did not like.

I am thankful that E is strong.  Things were not easy for her but with each achievement I have cried for her.  To watch her walk, run or even climb, to listen to her talk and watch her grow, to see her go off to school.  I am so thankful that she is a fighter and can do everything her classmates can do.

I am thankful for the daily love notes she gives people.  She writes notes all the time delivering them to family daily.  She always makes a love note for any family member who is injured.  It is just too sweet.

I am thankful she loves school, her teachers and her classmates.

I am thankful she LOVES her church class and can’t wait to go to church to learn more about Jesus.

I am thankful that she is stubborn, headstrong, and strong-willed!  She is a fighter and she is loyal.

I am thankful that she can read and loves books.

I am thankful that when she is sick she still wants to sit on my lap and snuggle with me.

I am thankful that she loves her family.

I am so very thankful for E and am excited to watch her grow into the woman God has planned for her to be.

I am thankful for E

Go hug your kids and share just 1 more thankful day with them
j

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Our Ball Boy

I am so thankful for our ball boy J.

J was our first SURPRISE baby!  What a surprise he was!!!  He came into the world to the sound of beeps and rushing nurses, he came into the world screaming.  Screaming he did for 20 hours a day for 10 long months.  You might not think that is possible, but in fact it is possible, and difficult, exhausting, and mind numbing awful.  But this is a thankful post so I will tell you why I am thankful for J.

I am so thankful for my J  because…

J is a ball boy I am thankful for the hours and hours each day he shot hoops in the house, thankful for each basketball game he played out each day.  thankful for the ‘wall ball’ and racquet ball, and football he plays in the house each day.  {also thankful the house seems to be set for sports inside}
J is a M fan.  This makes his daddy and sister happy that they have someone else to watch all M games with.
J is a math man, I am thankful for the head for math that God gave him,  in 2nd grade the big kids were writing out their math work on the chalk board for him to do.  Don’t give the kid a timed test but give him algebra 1 and he is happy.
J loves Jesus and wants to know more about him!
J is a funny boy.  I am thankful for his funny laugh, that he finds humor in things and can laugh long and hard.
J is a runner, he is already looking forward to a 5k in May, and planning out the 500 miles they need to run for cross-country this summer.
J is loyal child, at least loyal to O, he will do anything she suggests, he loves her and mimics her behaviour.
J is clever planning things out all the time.
J is a snuggler and will cozy up on the love seat with me in the mornings
J is smart, and kind and a perfect fit for our family.

I am so thankful for J

Go hug your kids and tell someone what you are thankful for, it is almost the end of the month, did you do it every day?
jen

I Am Thankful For The Princess

I am thankful for O.
Thankful for the surprise of
“it’s a girl”
Those first few hours after she was born I was riddled with fear
what if she was a ‘mean girl’?
what if she was a prissy girl?
what if she has her heart-broken
what if she wants the most expensive dress for homecoming, or makeup like a clown, or a {gasp} boyfriend
what if…

I am so thankful that I no longer worry or even think about those what if’s

I am so thankful for O
thankful that she is not a ‘mean girl’
thankful that she is not prissy
thankful that she does not yet want a boyfriend

I am so thankful:
that she has a helpful heart
that she loves of her siblings
that she loves Jesus
that she pushes herself
that she does the hard stuff
that she stands up for what is right
that she helps people
that she plays with she siblings
than she really does not complain about sharing a room with someone 10 years younger
that she sees what needs to be done and does it
that she can wash dishes, do laundry and scrubs bathrooms
that she loves her family
that she talks to us
that she is open about what bothers her
that she is self motivated
that she is quiet or noisy, calm or rowdy

I am so thankful for O and I know that in 4 years when she leaves me for college that I will really miss her a lot.

Go hug your kids and share something you are thankful for
jen

He Made me a Mommy

I am so thankful for C.
I am so very thankful for him!
He made me what I always wanted to be, a Mom.
When we had dress up day for Homecoming, I wanted to dress up as a stay at home mom, but the advisor said “that is not a job” well almost 17 parenting years later umm sir it IS a job!  A full-time job!

I am thankful for C
he was the easiest baby ever
he was a great play alone child
he would sit and look at books for hours
he made me think and rethink my parenting ideals
he is funny, makes me laugh and loves a good joke
he is SMART.  so very smart
he is great at tech stuff
he is willing to share his knowledge with others, tutoring a snow bird this week on her new tablet
he is committed
he is strong-willed
he is not willing to ‘kiss up’ to advance himself
he is a great singer
he loves his family
he is a sucker for baby A and will do almost anything she wants him to do
he is sentimental
he is a SERIOUS traditionalist
he loves Jesus with his whole heart
he’s knowledge of scripture and theology is strong
he leaves for college in less than 2 years and I will miss him

I am so thankful for C, and don’t know what I’d do with out him!
go hug your kids and squeeze the last little bit of your thankful month
jen

What is Your Most Thankul Thing?

Okay I have been posting all month what I am thankful for…
Now it is time for you to participate and tell me what you are thankful for.
As an incentive I will draw out 1 Thankful Comment and send them my Christmas Banner

Here are the rules
1 follow my blog
2 leave a thankful comment
3 winner will be announced on Monday

If you don’t win you can always order your own just leave a comment, they are $2.00 per letter, I can personalize too if you want.

Now for my thankful days.
Nov 22 I am thankful for my whole family, for the grandparents who all get along, the aunts who really are friends, the in-laws that are not typical, they all like each other.  I am thankful for the chaos that went on today, the laughing, the yelling at the football game, the LOUD Wii game the kids played tonight, thankful that no one called the police it was loud!  Thankful for the table bursting with food, the conversations swirling around the room, the family football game (even more thankful that I got to miss out and wash dishes)  thankful for the friend who showed up for game time.  I am so very thankful  and I realize how very blessed I am.

Nov 23 I am thankful for traditions, thankful that my crazy husband gets excited about Black Friday Shopping, taking the 3 bigs, out to shop, stand in crazy lines and people watch.  Thankful that they have that time together, thankful that they look forward to being old enough to go, thankful that they are all happy, excited and kind to each other while watching the manic shoppers.  They left at 9:30 last night, went to WM and Target, stopped in at home, then went to North Chick~Fil~A to get something to eat and see a friend who was working.  After that they stopped in at Sears, they came home at 1am.  Happy and tired with NO purchases.  They just went to people watch!  Funny Family!

Okay so now is your chance to tell what you are thankful for!
I’ll leave this open until Sunday night.
Then I will post the winner on Sunday Morning

Go hug your kids and leave a thankful comment
jen
OKAY Results are in for the Thankful contest that is now officially closed…
the WINNER is
PATTY
ELLEN
ANDREA
CHRISTINE
and
LAURA
YUP EVERY ONE OF YOU WIN!!!  I’LL SEND YOU A MESSAGE THROUGH YOUR EMAIL BUT IF YOU SEE IT HERE, YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR LAST NAME, OR CHRISTMAS, OR ANOTHER LOVELY WORD…
CONGTRATS AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING

Thankful for Baby Girl

3 Years Ago

We did not know how our lives would change in 3 short years.

She came her own way.
{Birthday}  She had a rough start, but has proven how strong she is!
{6 Hours after birth}1 Year Birthday2 Year Birthday3 Year Birthday

I am thankful for Baby A.  Although I guess now I cannot call her baby A anymore.  I am thankful that she loves her family so much, I am thankful that she loves to snuggle, she loves to color, she loves to sing.  Thankful that she loves big bows and smocked clothes, thankful that she likes to go to church, and loves her new class.  Thankful that she knows what she wants and is a hard worker.  I am thankful for A.  She makes us laugh, and makes me cry.  I am thankful that she is strong and healthy, that she is smart and funny.  I am thankful for all the time I get to spend with her every day.  I am thankful for A.

Go hug your kids and find out what they are thankful for
jen

P.s.  Happy birthday baby girl!!!

Weird Stuff I see

I have a friend who is forever sending me the funniest pictures on Face Book, not the cute little ecards, not the published photos but things like the guy who rides his bike pulling a cart that looks like it should be in a parade through the North Target parking lot, or bad parking, or bad outfits.  {She has a fancy camera on her phone so you don’t know she is taking a pic}  I have to hold my camera up, choose the setting and hope to click a picture before they notice and come after me.

So with out pictures I will share some of the funny things I see.

There is a man who used to hold a sign SELL YOUR GOLD HERE.
Until he got fired and 2 guys hold yellow arrow signs that read WE BUY GOLD
The recently fired guy now holds a sign between then that reads DO NOT SELL YOUR GOLD HERE
Every time I see them I wish I had my camera ready it cracks me up.

There is a church that had a sign up
STRANGERS ARE FRIENDS YOU’VE NOT MET YET
R looked at me and said “all the people I know are not my friends, I am sure that all the strangers are not going to be my friend either”

There is a guy who runs our lake and back up our street 2 times a day, he used to carry 2 gallon jugs of water while he runs, now he only carries one.  As he goes down our street to the lake, the jug is full, and when we see him on his way back up the jug only has a little water sloshing around in it.

My mom has a lady in her neighborhood that pushes her pet in an umbrella stroller, not unusual you say?  Her pet is a very large iguana.  That turns a few heads.

Daily I see a man riding his bike on a route I normally travel, nothing unusual about that except that balanced/hooked onto the handle bars is a crutch.  I don’t know why he has the crutch, it just strikes me funny that he rides a bike all over but carries a crutch.

At the craft fair there was an older man who was carrying his dog around like an infant, the dog was like that the whole time.

Years ago each week when I took E to ballet, there was a man riding his bike holding the handle bars of another bike, as though he was pulling a ghost rider, he would ride all over holding the handle bars of that other bike pulling it along.  The first time I saw him I will admit I thought he was stealing someones bike but I began to see him all over pulling the other bike.  Almost like a grown up security blanket only less cuddlier.

This Sunday we were driving to church but noticed a man stop in the left turn lane climb out and a lady handed him a white dress shirt.  He pulled off his sweatshirt and put on the white button down.  We don’t know anything else but O commented “Am I the only one who saw that man changing clothes outside his car?”

what about you see anything weird lately?
Go hug your kids and tell them what you are thankful for!
jen

Nov 20 Thankful that GOD is still GOD.
I have a maker
He formed my heart
Before even time began
My life was in his hand
He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call
I have a Father
He calls me his own
He’ll never leave me
No matter where I go
He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call

Keep praying for a baby girl, and keep praying for Ellen!