I love, I love, I love, I love…

…The way you hold me…

This is our family’s favorite tune this summer…we ALL sing it!  Even little Jack… “I love-a-love-a-love-a-love-a-love-a…”  It actually fits him quite well since he’s mastered  his latest maneuver.  He has very recently discovered that he can help prevent someone from putting him down by gripping them with his legs and hanging on tight.  If you can successfully pry him from your hip and you lower him closer to the floor he does the this move where pulls his legs straight out making it nearly impossible to set him down without him landing on his head.  He loves to be held these days!

We had the most wonderful, magnificent, blissful, incredible and glorious weekend away in what we consider the most beautiful place on earth.  On our way up north Nathan golfed 18 with some colleagues Saturday morning I was treated to a deluxe pedicure thanks to my generous and thoughtful mother-in-law…who also cared for our children while we were away…at the beautiful Crystal Mountain Spa.  It.was.fabulous!  Not only did I get my piggies pampered I got to read in the serene relaxation room sipping cucumber mint water in a plush bathrobe and slippers.  How often does that happen?  I started reading a book called One Thousand Gifts.  While I thought it was going to be a book about being thankful…which it is…I have been so moved and I’m only 5 chapters in!  What it isn’t is just another book about being thankful!  Could you sit down and make a list of 1000 things you love?  The list is surprisingly not what you would think!

Let’s face it, what busy mother of 3 isn’t thankful to have a weekend away with her husband?  I was experiencing sheer nirvana when opening this book on the Nook color in quiet peace…in a pretty good place I thought!  It took about 2 pages before tears were streaming down my face in the courtyard.  What I realized is that even for a glass half full kind of girl I can be discontented about way more than I should be.  Even though my life is difficult…so many struggle with pain and strife in such different ways than I do.  This book will seriously knock the Negative Nellys and Debbie Downers out of anybody!

I think the biggest thing I am thankful for today amongst all of the little things is that God has a hold of me…even when I’m obviously wrapped up in myself, my circumstances, my annoyances, my discontentedness to notice.  Oh how he shows me each and every day that His grip is much tighter than anything I can get myself into.  Tomorrow we celebrate big blessings in our life…2 of our 3 children!  Six years ago tomorrow I became a mother and we all know what that did for me.  But this weekend has helped me bask in the not so obvious things…like chubby little legs clinging to my hip…and favorite songs…an empty nest outside my office window…mutually not being able to stand being away from our kids an hour longer…seeing the silver lining…thus joy…in any for instance.  That is where I see God…hear God…know God.  That is how I know He has a hold of me.  I guess I love to be held just as much as Jackson does!   What do you love?

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  John 10:29

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  I Thessalonians 5:18

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