Wednesday, April 4, 2012

60 Days of Gratitude

Tom and I have decided to sort of change things up on here for a bit.  The next two months, will be days of gratitude.  Sixty grateful days.   Sixty of them.   So away we go. 

Grateful Day 1:  TOM - Free lunch.  Hot dogs and food at work.  That WE (each other, our kids) are alive and healthy.   JENNI - Free lunch.  Had one of my docs take me to lunch.  Thats always nice.  I echo Tom.  Grateful for our family, that we are alive and healthy and have each other. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Family Returns...

We took a family blogging hiatus.  Settling in to our new digs has been time consumming and nothing like we had imagined it to be, that is for sure!  However, life is settling back down.   The move here generated a mid-life tsunami, and I am not exaggerating.   The waters have all receeded and the cleanup of the aftermath, almost done.  The structure turned out to be more solid than we expected.  There just so happened to be a pretty decent foundation and that is the important thing.  The turbulent winds and rising waters of life can often feel overwhelming.  Despair can easily set in.  The scene from the movie Titanic was often discussed around our house, over the past few months.  One riding the debris, the other hanging off the edge, just barely holding on.  We took turns, riding and hanging on.   Many times it was truely a miracle the one didnt let go and sink into the abyss.  But we both held on and the rescue boats arrived.  The storm passed.  The debris cleared and we are still standing, holding hands and working shoulder to shoulder to rebuild  a stronger structure together.  

We both firmly believe that there is nothing that cannot be overcome, especially when a couple, a family, partners, friends, look honestly, truthfully and include God in their efforts to strengthen and grow.  

We are very grateful for the friends and supporters who have championed us through the last three months.  The unconditional love, truth telling and support, no matter what the issue, has been faith building and renewing.   Sometimes, in our deepest moments of despair, when we feel we can no longer hang on, it takes those people to hold us and help us.  True friendship comes from not telling us to just do what we want or what we feel impulsive to do at the moment, it speaks truth and helps to dig through the debris, until we discover the truth and are willing to look at the wounds that are inflicted.   Those are true friends, loyal to a fault and who also understand the gracious gift of Grace. 

But most importantly, it takes the understanding of our Savior's gift of grace, to carry us through, as we let go.  Instead of sinking to the depths of the abyss, He holds our head above the waters and carries us, until the waves of despair pass. 

WE are indeed grateful for all.   WE look to the future, as a couple and family, with faith, hope and love.