Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thankful Thursday!

I have a W.o.G and Tutorial post all lined up but I'm not sure how annoying that would be if I started posting three things on the same day. Ehh...we'll get to it tomorrow!

For right now, it is time for Thankful Thursday!

As you know, a LOT has happened in the last week. A week ago, I was visiting with my grandpa and celebrating my grandma's birthday. This week, we celebrated my grandpa's life with all of his immediate family--not counting his surviving siblings, that includes 5 children, 5 children-in-laws, 14 grandchildren, 3 grandchildren-in-laws, 2 great-grandchildren and 2-great-grandchildren on the way. WOW.

So...

  1. i am thankful for all my cousins (and aunts, uncles, etc.). They are so fun, funny, kind, respectful, and just all around great to be around.



  2. J's safe arrival. He arrived in Florida at 12 AM and departed 16 hours later! Monkey and I were so thankful and happy to see him for those 16 hours and we can't wait until we are back home with him!



  3. I felt the baby move last night! It was awesome! I love that and look forward to the next 25.5 weeks of feeling it :)

  4. The grieving process finally started for me at the memorial yesterday. I was finally able to mourn and cry over the death of my grandpa. It took a while but now the emotions are raw and even this morning, when talking with one of my grandma's neighbors, the tears were quick to spring to my eyes. I know that it might be weird to be thankful for tears but I'm glad they finally came.



  5. I forgot this from last week: When I was running one morning, I prayed that I'd be able to comprehend what Grandpa was trying to tell us. Later that day, the twin and I brought the babies into grandpa's hospice room. He CLEARLY said to them, "Hi there!" in his old, normal way like he'd do any given day. It was WONDERFUL and such an answer to prayer!

  6. everyone in real life (i guess "IRL"), all my blog friends, and everyone on facebook who have been SO kind and encouraging the last week (and, of course Your patience and understanding as I've slacked on this blog!)

  7. Monkey has been taking GREAT naps TWICE a day since we've been down here--i think it is because she goes swimming twice a day but that is fine by me!




  8. and, one more for good measure: the knowledge that my grandpa was a believer in the one true God who offers Eternal life with Him in Heaven--what a glorious and encouraging thought for our family of believers!


10 people think...:

Hannah said...

You have been in my thoughts and prayers- I am so sorry for your loss. I so admire your perspective and ability to remain grateful- what a wonderful story about hi saying "Hi there" to your daughter and niece, and what a blessing your family is.

Becca said...

I love this post and your attitude in the midst of everything. I once listened to a message by Louie Giglio about how pain can be a megaphone for God's greatness - and I think you're totally a perfect example of that!

Ashley said...

This is a fantastic post. Thinking of you as you continue to work through the emotions.

Design it Chic said...

I just came over to see what you're doing and i just found out about your grandpa'.. I'm sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you and your family! It's such a bless tho' to know that he is up with our Lord now!

Much love and grace,

Niky

silverneon2000 said...

I am so sorry for your loss. As of today it is one week since my grandmother past away.
We have been going through her belongings and it is hard but also a healing process all at the same time.
Memories is what i will have. Also the same for you.
I hope that you get all the emotions out of you.
Do not hold them back.
Take care.

Julia said...

I'm just in tears. I'm sorry that you had to grieve, but so thankful that you have such wonderful things to be thankful for.

Southern Belle said...

What a sweet post in the memory of your Grandpa. As I looked at the picture of your family all I could think was what an amazing legacy he gave. Life is beautiful! From the moment of conception to the day the Lord calls us home...life is beautiful. Your Grandpa is a testimony to that. (((hugs)))

Shari@aPsychMommy said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Your post is beautiful and is remiding me of all the things that I am thankful for.

Sonya said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your grandpa. I watched your video and just started bawling. It brings back so many memories for me. It is 6 years ago this week that we buried my brother. I will be praying for you.

I am so excited that you felt that baby move!! That is awesome.

Felicia said...

Still lifting you and your family up in prayer. Thank you for such a beautiful post.