Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Random things I'm thankful for lately...

Jude has recently become a fish in the pool! As a lifeguard instructor, you can only imagine how proud this makes me of the little man! He's swimming underwater and jumping off the side like the one and only Buzz Lightyear! I see a future Jr. Lifeguard in the making! And maybe a soccer player too if his daddy has anything to do with it. 

I love evening talks with our neighbors outside while our kids play in our cul-de-sac.  It makes it feel like summer. Jude thinks shoes are over-rated and goes barefoot most nights. I love his dirty feet and his sweaty hair, it makes me feel like he had fun. I love that he is becoming more and more "boy" with each passing day and before too long he'll be a big brother! And a great one I might add! He has such a tender heart for babies. 
I'm thankful that when we prayed asking God to surround us with people who knew about adoption or were adopting that he put the Pratt's and the McBride's right in front of us, living within minutes of us... both of which have adopted boys from Hannah's Hope Ethiopia- where our kiddo will be from! The wisdom, experience, and heart that they have for adoption and Ethiopia are such a blessing! 

Again, with the recent scare with Jake, and the reminder of how quickly life can be flipped upside down, it just reminds me that I'm so thankful for family, both the one I was born into and the one that God has blessed us with through friends! I'm thankful that Jake is doing awesome! I'm thankful that "family" gathered around in prayer and God answered!  What a blessing! 

I love that God continues to simply remind me how the only thing that's truly important in life is loving Him and loving other's.... this truth is the most freeing, uncomplicated, foundation I have to stake my faith in. I like waking up in the morning with the challenge of "How am I going to love God better today and love other's better today?"... for so long I thought it was my job to change other's when it was me that I needed to look at! Why this took me so long to learn, I have no idea. But I'm thankful that I'm soaking this in lately. 

So there you have it, some things I'm thankful for lately! 
What about you? 

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