This past week I wondered if I could remember one fun or happy thing to be thankful for each day and write it on my calendar. I'd like to keep doing this, it's wonderful to see my calendar fill up with praises.
157. Kids cleaning the house on their own without me asking
Four year old Annie makes her bed and is so proud of herself she drags me up to her bedroom so I can see. And if this proud mama may so, she does a darn good job of it. Last week, Blaze got into cleaning mode and did the the dishes for me and mopped the kitchen floor. This week she did laundry and cleaned her room, and not only made her bed, but Dreamer's too! Then Dreamer got in on it and helped with dishes, mopped the bathroom floor, and washed the lower parts of the windows that get the most abuse from doggie noses and hand prints. I sure hope this wonderful trend continues!
158. Walking out of the kitchen when you're not hungry
I wish I could say that my short-term goal to lose five pounds in January was going as well as my kids' cleaning, but it's a huge struggle. I have a couple good days, a couple bad days. But I'm focusing on the good days. One night I got home from work really hungry and made myself a burrito. After eating that, I still felt hungry, so I started to microwave some leftover pasta. While the microwave was purring away, I got that little Holy Spirit prick: "hey, didn't you pray to Me earlier today about not overeating?" It was a struggle, but I managed to walk out of the kitchen. After just a few minutes I didn't feel hungry anymore and I was able to put the pasta back in the fridge! Yay! Just need to keep that victory in mind and keep striving.
159. When your kids talk about Jesus
Driving the twins to preschool one day, they started talking about Jesus, and how He died on the cross. I think this is first time I've heard them talking about Jesus without some sort of prompting from me or their dad or sisters.
160. Important truths about cancer.
B. and I went to Stars' granny's memorial here in Laramie. It is possible to be saddened by the death of a friend, and yet be full of praise to know she is in heaven. Beside her picture, her family had also placed a plaque that read:
166. Long distance friends who keep in touch.
Called an old friend and had a lovely long chat and shared prayer requests. Sarah was huge influence in my early Christian days and taught me perhaps more than anyone else to love the Bible. Her husband is in the Army, so they move a lot, but somehow she always come back into my life, even if just for a short while.