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{thankful thursday} like a little gift

Today was a rough day.  I am still dealing with a super tough case of after-Christmas blues that are likely explained by the fact that I miss my brother like crazy, and the tiny dictator running around my house acts very much like Ryan did when he was his age.  And, he looks just like him, which makes it particularly hard.  And, if you don’t believe me, guess who this is….

Ryan CA

ryan - not much older than Cade is now

But anyways, so today was a rough day.  The little man is super cranky and a wee bit sickly, and I find myself in that in-between phase where I am not really sure if I should take him to the doctor or if this is just teething because, you know, he is the world’s worst teether!

That combined with the fact that he is two after all hasn’t been much fun lately.  “No” is definitely his favorite word, and he doesn’t just say it.  He expels it at you from across the room.  He even rolls the “n,” which I didn’t even know was possible!

But, I really wanted to post today, so I was trying to take pictures of him, which he used to love, and I really hoped that he would always be that kid that cheesed it up for the camera, but lately he avoids all camera shots if possible.  So, I decided to take a picture of the part of him that was still for the moment.

Tiny toes getting bigger every day

And, this is what I got.  Strong little legs in cute little shoes hiding those tiny perfect little feet that are really still tiny but so much bigger than the miniscule little ones that came home from the hospital.

Our favorite feet-ure so far!

taken almost two years ago to the day

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use that picture for my thankful moment for today because I wasn’t sure it would be what I wanted to capture today.  So, when I had gotten to the end of the day and this was the best thing I had captured, I thought I was just going to blow the post off (again).

And, then I got a little gift from my RSS reader: this post from Karen Russell [Karen is one of the bloggers I referenced in my last post.  Her husband is deployed right now, and she has been having a hard time in general lately].  Karen posted today about having an ah-ha moment after reading this post from Glennon over at Momastery.  So, I followed the little worm-trail the interweb offered me today, and I was reminded to remember.

Glennon’s post is amazing, and it deeply resonates with me for so many reasons.  I too have had a hard time with people telling me that I should enjoy every minute of mothering.  And, I too find myself getting stuck in the chronos of the day, as Glennon calls it (that she puts it in rhetorical terms just makes my heart go pitter-pat): the number of minutes it takes to fight to put on shoes, how many slow bites of breakfast will be eaten, the thousands of seconds till daddy gets home and changes the odds.  I have always had the problem of getting stuck in the minutiae of the day, and that didn’t magically change when I had a baby.

So, in the chronos-induced haze I find myself in these days in particular, I couldn’t see how cool this picture of those strong little legs in those cute little shoes would be.  But, looking back at this picture from a kairotic point of view just a few hours later, I already love it.  And, that was before I had even thought to compare it to the little toes from when he was just a month old.

So, today, I am so very thankful for being reminded to capture the moment.  For taking the time to capture my moment of Kairos for today, even if it was just strong little legs in cute little shoes hiding perfect tiny feet lounging on the couch.

{30-in-30} thankful thursday no. 4

Today, I am grateful that right before our meal with 18 people (4 of them under the age of 4), everyone took the time to go outside and take a quick picture!  It is going to be such a wonderful reminder that this year was so much fun!  The food was amazing, the workload was shared by many hands, the house was full, the family and friends were plentiful, and the day was beautiful!  Today was exactly the way Thanksgiving should be, and I am so grateful!

the whole gang 2011

{30-in-30} thankful thursday no.3

:: Today, I am thankful for the time to make a home cooked dinner for my family. We had Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup for dinner with homemade chicken broth.  It was yummy and warm and just what I needed tonight.

:: Today, I am thankful for the time to get caught up on grading.  And, I am thankful for students that understand that good feedback takes time.  I love being able to use my feedback on assignments as a way to really have a conversation with my students about their work.  And, it makes me feel like a better teacher when I do it the way I want to do it!

:: Today, I am thankful for the time to chat with friends and family.

It seems today’s theme all focuses around having (or taking) the time to do what really feeds my soul in so many different ways.  Seems like a wonderful lesson to take away from this chilly fall day!

{30-in-30} thankful thursday no. 2

My little brother, Chris, is getting married this weekend.  We have all been busily planning, each with our own assignments and expectations of the day.  And, sometimes in the hustle and bustle of planning this type of event, it is easy to forget the true purpose of the occasion.  This is the day where two people love each other enough to pledge to connect their lives in front of all their family and friends and god (whoever yours may be).

So, today, I am grateful that we have the chance to do all this work.  That there are wreaths to make…and curtains…and cupcakes!  (We shouldn’t ever forget about the cupcakes!)  That our families are coming together to create the best day possible for Chris and Laura.  I am so thankful to be able to be a part of the whole thing.

chris & laura

{30-in-30} thankful thursday no.1

One of the things I’ve noticed about the blogs that I read the most is that they post reliably.  And, one of the ways they do this is by having a rhythm to their weeks.  Each day, they post about something different, but quite a few of them are series posts that recur anywhere from weekly to monthly.

Now, it can totally be taken too far, and those are the blogs I don’t read for very long, but having a few things to fall back on to help keep the momentum going is a good thing for me.  “thankful thursday” came from Ali Edward’s Thankful Thought series.  I love the idea of actually capturing the small things I am thankful for right now.  I think this will be an important part of our story!

Today, I was able to pick up the little man without any screaming.  For the last few weeks, every time I go to pick up Cade from the sitter, he fights coming home. It is a knock-down fight just to get him in the car.

It is something I am really conflicted about.  On one hand, I am really happy that he has such fun with Shawna and all the other kids.  But, on the other hand, I want him to want to come home with us.  To be excited when we come to get him.

I have tried everything I can think of: bringing snacks, leaving quickly, giving him a chance to play a little longer, giving him warnings about when we are going to leave.  But, today, without much of a fight, we raced to the car after talking for a few minutes and came home!  In fact, he danced all the way home.