…firmly rooted…being built up in Him
…established in your faith
…overflowing with gratitude.
(from Col. 2.7)
I’m going to focus my gratitude today on three people; my wife and two children. You can find a couple pictures in the family tab up above, and Christmas pictures in the collection on Flickr in the right side-bar. If I went into detail (I’m prone to do that) I’d take up way too much space, and wouldn’t get anything else done today. So this is a short list.
Brenda – my wife of 29 years this June
- Her steadiness and even-keeled approach to things, even when she’s worked up about something. (I do what I can to keep it from being me. You know us men, we like our peace and quiet)
- Her fervent love of the Word
- Her ability to teach it well
- Her love for and willingness to do just about anything for our kids. Selfless as they come in that regard.
- Her decorative eye – currently it’s the simplicity of understated elegance from the Arts & Crafts Era (1880 – 1920) the time in which our house was built)
- She works routine to her advantage – and to her class of 4-yr-olds at the pre-school where she teaches and directs.
- She enjoys our affectionate dogs, “The Bookends” she calls them; when she watches TV they like to sit with her, one on either side.
Bethany (24) and Jared (21)
- As different as North & South, wet & dry in some ways, so alike in others.
- Appreciative – and vocal about it. (Five years ago we parents were pretty-much idiots – amazing how much we’ve learned) 😉
- Skilled and talented, they each use their skills and keep them honed to a competitor’s edge.
- Laughter. If they’re both in the room, count on it.
- Teachable. When a guy’s kids are this age, dad is a consultant much of the time, and consultants have to be invited to share perspective. Mine ask. I’m grateful.
- Ambition and desire to excel, giving God the glory for what He chooses to do through them.
- Nothing’s sacred around them (‘cept God). it has a way of keeping a dad honest and humble.
I could go on and on, fill this space with memories, dreams and prayers – but for now I’ll just say
“Thank you, Lord, for my three. Bless them today I pray.”