Oh what a week! December is here already and I'm thinking, "Where did the year go?" I'm also thinking, "I'm sort of glad that it's about gone!"
Last week just about everyone in my family was sick. My husband has carried the tail end of it and is going through a round of antibiotics because of pneumonia. Ick. Hopefully we'll all gain enough strength to push ahead for Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Tonight I had to give my daughter a mini lesson in thankfulness. At church, where there is a Wednesday night kids' program, someone took Amanda's coat. We went up and down the coat racks searching for it and finally gave up. It was not next to Evan's where it was originally hung and it was nowhere in the church. Amanda had to come home with no coat - and it was in the 30's. Brrrr.
Amanda demanded that I call the police and report the little girl who probably took the coat accidentally, thinking it was hers. It took quite a while to convince my daughter that we could not report this girl. I told her that next week the coat will likely be hanging back on the rack, that either the girl's mother will notice that it is not her coat or the girl herself will get home and find out that, uh oh, her coat is hanging in her closet. Either way, it'll reappear later.
Amanda needs to learn that while we don't have another coat that fits her well, we'll get by with something we have here until we get the other coat back. It doesn't help that this is December in Michigan.
Anyway, I am thankful tonight for these teachable moments - both for me and for my daughter. At first, I was upset that the coat was gone, thinking about how we really don't have anything else. But a few moments later I realized that it'll be okay; we'll make do.
I am also thankful for friendships that help me get through rough spots. Sometimes things that other people say and do hurt me and I treasure friends who remind me that, "this too shall pass."
I am thankful for antibiotics and medicines that help us to get over severe illnesses such as bacterial pneumonia - it wasn't that long ago that pneumonia was a death sentence.
What blessings are filling your life this week? You can link up your thankful post at Women Taking a Stand.