Nothing makes a mom cranky than having a fight or nagging kids.
Last night, I was flying high about how warmly my daughter and I communicated yesterday. We stood side-by-side at our Compline prayers. Usually I've annoyed the pieces off of my kids and they'd rather sit on the corner of the roof. Then we got home, and I proceeded to fail a parental test about cell phones. Boo for me. I went to bed acting like I was the victim. I believe what I said was, "I hate being the family whipping boy." I said it low, but I am sure my husband heard me.
I woke up in need of repentance. A thankful heart is happy heart, sings Madame Blueberry in Veggie Tales, and I didn't have either.
Here is my list, which could only be started after de-linting my angry heart. I am thankful that:
- My oldest living uncle's recent skin cancer tests came back benign and he doesn't have to go to Oncologist for six months!
- My daughter woke up and spoke warmly again. She is a good person to the core.
- She just shared a yummy berry water with me.
- My 6th grade son, who watched job interview assignments last night, was able to identify the qualities of a good speaker and use the term "projection" for voice.
- Siblings who come back from a walk together on a cold day and are goofy and giddy.
- Portlandia and well-written sketch comedy that reminds me of beloved friends (Pres. Elena Buck)
- People to watch it with, including my husband, but also my friends, Beechams, Pattons, Garretts, Reynolds, Bucks.
- The self-less ministrations of my husband, who is helping me recover from a painful sprain.
- The self-less copy editing of my husband, helping my grandma and me finish my grandmother's memoir.
- My daughter's excellent job cleaning the bathroom. It's the clean spaces right?
- The Magnificat of Mary, which I'm reading and re-reading in advance of this semester's writing project- My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
- My mother-in-law and Grandmother, giddy on facebook, seeing pictures of their kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
- The Gospel of John. For Light has shone in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
- For being able to talk to my daughter about the dark stuff of life- rape, suicide, cutting, addiction and coming out the other side with hope.
- For friends, like Michelle, who help me with little and big things.