Monday, November 21, 2011

crazy days and a thankful heart

Mercy!  I am not quite sure what happened the last few days, but I’m not in a hurry to repeat most of it.  Some of it was fun—baking desserts for Thanksgiving, for example.  The pumpkin pie, the raisin pie, the 7 layer bars and the fudge are in the freezer ready to go.  The Rice Krispy treats, the silk chocolate pies, and the apple crisp will be made on Wednesday.  The shopping list for the salad is ready and the shopping will be done on Wednesday too.  The packing list is on the white board and the first items have been set out, ready for a quick Thanksgiving visit with family.    But some of it has been not so fun.  I don’t enjoy watching my smallest boy deal with recurring nightmares night after night.  We’re in an especially bad spell again, and I’ve been up for hours and hours in the middle of the night the last several days.  (Makes for one exhausted mom!!)  People have been on edge…perhaps due to the grey weather.  Or the lack of sleep.   Tempers have flared and cross words have been spoken.  And injuries!  Oy.  Nothing serious, but the last few days have included several burnt fingers, a skinned knee or two, and a significant knock on the noggin.   Fortunately (?) they’ve been evenly distributed, and only the goose egg is mine.   Ought to be some truly lovely shades of yellow and green for Thanksgiving.  Sounds mighty attractive!  :\

Then, this morning, I came downstairs to find that sometime in the night our computer died.  Talk about irritating!  It turned out to be a fun adventure though, as it occurred to me that I might know the problem.  I followed my hunch, took the computer apart, went out and bought a replacement part, put it back in, and voila!  The computer works again.   YAY!!   Once in a while, it all comes together.  :) It feels great to solve a problem…and to do it on something most people find intimidating.  And to do it for less than $50!!  I just figured if it was truly dead, I couldn’t make it any worse…

Tomorrow is an all new adventure.  Logan starts his first round of neuro testing.  Tomorrow will be developmental, looking at physical skills and overall development.  Then, next month, he will do some intense learning assessments, trying to figure out WHY the 7 year old can’t get past 3 or 3 1/2 developmentally.  In any area.  It’s frustrating, but we are hoping and praying that the hours of testing will give us something useful.   We’d LOVE to know where to set the bar, how hard to push, what we need to adjust to make this work! 

Even as the days are crazy and busy, we want to make sure that Thanksgiving is not only celebrated but understood and enjoyed.  It’s hard to cultivate an ‘attitude of gratitude,’ especially when things seem to go wrong—or at least ‘not right’—at every turn.  So, for school this month, the little guys are working on a section of memory verses.  My favorite, and the one we are focusing on now is

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
   and his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.  ~Psalm 100

Right now, I’m thankful for a working computer.  For a dry warm place to live, and plenty of food to eat.  For peace and quiet, and sleeping children.  For family and friends.  For the opportunity to serve those around me.  For a God who loves me (even though I don’t deserve it!), and His gift of salvation.  What are you thankful for?

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