This morning I awoke bright and early to a text informing me that it had snowed over night and that there was no school in Lee County. When I pulled myself out of bed to look outside there was less than an inch of that white powdery stuff on the ground. While that meant that I could sleep in a bit longer today, I found myself saddened that there was not more snow. You see my daughter just turned 3 a couple of months ago and in the first 3 years of her life we have not had one good snow at our house, where I could take her and her brother sledding for the first time. They have never known the thrill of flying down a hill on a sled at full speed and bailing before you hit the road, a fence, or even sled into a pond. They have never attempted to build a snow man so huge that you find you can’t lift the sections of snow balls up on top of one another because they are too heavy. This is sad to me. So many of my childhood winter memories revolved around those huge snows where we spent all day getting froze to the point that only hot chocolate and a fire would warm us up. So this year I am praying that I would be able to introduce my kids to one really good and really big snow. I am not greedy wanting lots and lots of snow, but just one or two days were we have to stay home and sled, make snowmen, make snow cream, and drink some hot chocolate together. I don’t think that’s too much to wish for…
Over the past week I have been busy celebrating every thing from Thanksgiving to turning the big 33. Both of these things have emphasized in my life that I have much to be thankful for. First of all, I am truly thankful for my family. Coming up the stairs on Monday morning to my little boy smiling at me while my little girl ran up and hugged me and said “Happy Birthday Daddy!” , was a great reminder of how much God has given me. I also got to spend a good portion of the day with my beautiful wife, including a great bday dinner out. It’s almost hard to imagine that about 6 years ago I was celebrating my birthday all alone and wondering if I had the “gift” of singleness forced upon me. Little did I know the blessings that God has had in store for me!
Another big thing that I was reminded of that I have to be thankful for is friendship. I have often struggled with being away from my closest friends since moving back to Kentucky. Living rurally and on a missionary salary sometimes makes it rough to spend the quality time that I would like to spend with friends who have meant so much to me over the years. However, even though I couldn’t spend my birthday with them in person, God reminded me about how truly blessed I am with friends and family that care so much about me, as I received countless birthday wishes via phone, card, and social media.
I know we shouldn’t need things like holidays and birthdays to be reminders of the blessings that God has given us. At the same time, I love how the passing of another year causes us to have to think and reflect on how God has blessed us. When we look past all our complaints, frustrations, and sometimes just plain old whining, if we are truly seeking God will show us how abundantly blessed we are. That’s where I find myself, a truly blessed man!
Judah has become an obsessed little boy. The boy loves all things Winnie the Pooh. You mention the word Pooh and he runs to the television to see if that little yellow bear is on. The obsession really got going when Judah received his Pooh Bear stuffed animal. From there he commandeered his sister’s Piglet, added Eeyore, and found a Kanga knock off kangaroo. All of these and a stuffed duck named Quack Quack have now become essentials to sleeping at night. The whole Pooh Crew, as Erin and I like to call them, must be in his bed at all times that Judah is in it. When you go to get him out of bed in the morning, usually all the Pooh Crew is sitting up and Judah is addressing them in his own language. When you try to pick Judah up out of his bed, he literally has to grab all five stuffed animals into his arms and take them out with him, just in case he needs them later in the day. It’s quite the task to lift them all up. Yes our sweet little boy has a problem, but when your that cute who cares!