Saturday, March 5, 2011

We Never Do Anything....

Jenn here. Ever hear that mantra from your kids or grandkids?

Last night my daughter wanted to know what we're going to do over the weekend and then proceeded to say that we "never do anything." She voiced this complaint while we were having dinner at the Cracker Barrel--right before she was about to get a nice dose of Chocolate Coka-Cola Fudge Cake with ice cream. For a moment, I just stared at her, open-mouthed. Keep in mind, she's only 13, so this is a typical comment from one her age.

I told her how awesome it would have been for me to get a dinner alone with my mom at her age. As the oldest of four, that never happened for me. Rarely did we go anywhere other than fast-food, for reasons of practicality regarding affordability, as well as an environment able to survive the noise of four kids at all age levels. And the thought of dessert? Impossible! They would have had to buy four desserts and dealt with our hyper antics afterwards.

Then I proceeded to remind my daughter of how we've spent two weekends at my sister's house recently. She went to the movies last weekend, and I mentioned a few more places where we went out to eat. She laughed and said, "But that was last weekend!" As if none of those other activities counted.

It made me wonder, as children of God, how quick are we to forget God's abundant blessings. As soon as we get one prayer answered, we're off asking for the next thing. Do we take the time to be grateful--I mean truly grateful--thankful?

Name one thing you're grateful for today.

I'll go first. Yesterday as I was driving through our neighborhood, glancing at the houses, the beauty of the pond, the ducks, the gazebo, and our home as I pulled into the driveway, I felt so very grateful for our home. As a child, I would have loved a neighborhood like ours.

What about you?


  1. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have my home too. I have a warm, family home. It's not a model home. It's just a house to anyone else seeing it in all its cluttered glory, lol. But I feel very comfortable here. That's an amazing blessing to me coming from the chaos of my childhood. My children have their roots here, this regular house. I love supporting the Sanctuary of Hope homes over in Kenya. I love knowing that those children have a comfortable, loving home too.

  2. LOL, Jenn! Aren't kids funny? :)

    I'm thankful for time with my inlaws this past weekend and that my son is home from college for the week!

    I'm also thankful my first draft is done, and I've had time to read it through twice. And I'm thankful I have two wonderful readers who'll get it today and will be giving feedback that'll make it better!