I about missed my second Thanksgiving in five days. Nina went to bed last night with a fever, woke up with a fever, and was pretty lethargic all morning. She’d been fine the past two days. Sigh. I was just going to send my “Bethany’s Yummy Green Bean Casserole” and leaf-shaped sugar cookies, and Coke with Gabe, Livi and Ava and stay home. Eat a leftover Taco Bell chicken soft taco, watch Shrek the Third (for the thirty-third time), do some cleaning, read a thousand board books, blog for sympathy…

Then her fever went away, and I made a last-minute decision to go. We were even on schedule to get to Gabe’s grandpa’s 40 minutes before lunch at 1:00. Except that Tug called us at 12:15 and wanted to know where we were. Lunch was at noon (Saturday’s lunch is at 1:00), and they started without us.

Nina was whiny and feverish and inconsolable for much of the day. Kept reminding myself how good I have it. It was a good day, in spite of the wee one not feeling well. The girls are in bed now, and it’s not even 10:00 and I have no writing assignments due until December 4th, and I am blessed, and I am thankful.

Thankful for…

–my relationship with Jesus Christ
–my husband, who is my very best friend in all the world
–my girlies who are so special and so fun and so imperfect, yet so amazing
–our extended families
–the godly heritage that has been passed down to us
–people who are waiting in heaven for us
–new friends I have met this year
–a growing list of friends I can’t wait to meet in person
–my hubby working from home
–^allowing me to, among other things, volunteer at my girls’ school
–2 pieces of Dove dark chocolate in my mailbox just now from Kroger (didn’t check the mail yesterday)
–Chipotle chips, guacamole, and mild salsa
–2 bathrooms for when my husband and I have to go at the same time–one decked out in Mac stuff, one soon to be decked out in classic children’s lit–how fitting that we leave our desks together and he heads down the stairs with his iPhone, and I head upstairs with a book. TMI? TB! (too bad)
–opportunities to do what I love (writing) for both ministry and money
–my apple green living room
–paper chains
–some very cool $1 gifts for some very cool people
–the scene in Shrek 3 with Snow White and the psychotic forest animals
–coupons for free things
–men and women who have gone before us, sharing God’s Word with the lost at any cost
–a warm house, a tree outside my window with 4 different colors of leaves on it, and bills that are paid
–Wild Lights at the Zoo

That’s all for now! Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

10 thoughts on “thankful

  1. terriwright

    I had bronchitis on Thanksgiving . We could have all just whined together…….

    For my elem. ed. degree I had to take a class students called ‘kiddie lit.’ It was great fun….we just read kids’ books…..

  2. jbnygaard

    thanks Marla for this post. I needed it.

    I needed to know that I was NOT the only with kids sick with a fever ON Thanksgiving Day. AND I needed to stop and remember that I DO have A LOT to be thankful for, and things could be SO much worse than a child sick with a fever.

    thank you.

  3. CamilleElizabeth

    Happy Thanksgiving Marla and family!

    Thank you for posting a thankful for list. I’m going to do the same tomorrow.

    When can we all get together for Chipotle (and you know what for the kids!)…. I love me some Barbacoa, chips and salsa!


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