Life is absurd. And life is precious. Family is a lot of both.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thankful for the Little Things

1. a child who loves to wake up slowly after a long nap and the sweet puffs of baby breath as he snuggles into my arms.

2. blond whiskers on a teenage son's chin that catch the light and make me catch my breath because he was just a little boy a few seconds ago.

3. the way a youngest daughter's pony tail swings when she walks exactly like an oldest sister's always has.

4. the gleam in the eye of a child who has struggled and finally reached a goal.

5. the shrieks of joy as a toddler is chased around and around by a big brother.

6. the sound of the car door in the driveway when a college student is expected home for the weekend.

7. the lisp of an 8-year-old who is working hard to correct his lisp and slips back into it when he's tired or excited.

8. catching a kid in an act of kindness when he doesn't know I'm watching.

9. removing the book from a sleeping child's grasp and turning off the lamp.

10. realizing my children have inside jokes protected from the rest of the world, even me, and realizing this makes them friends.

11. hearing, "Thanks, Mom" in any one of six different voices.

12. that these children are blessed with a father who believes that the best way to love his children is to love their mother well.

My tree of thanksgiving.