Monday, November 15, 2010

What I'm Thankful For

This month in the blog chain, the theme is Thankfulness and Thanksgiving.

I had this post all ready to go a few weeks ago, and thought it was great, but now, I need to add this. I've left the rest of my original post below, but I need to get this first part off my chest.

This has been a very tough year for myself and my family. It seems we've had battle after battle, hurdle after hurdle since December last year. The most recent battles are coming on top of each other: selling our home/needing to move, and finding out our son has a condition called failure to thrive.

When days go like they've gone in the last week or so for me, it's tough to find much to be thankful for. Last Wednesday, my son was positively diagnosed with FTT (Failure to thrive). Tomorrow, we see a dermatologist about his problem eczema, the day after, back to his doctor to see if he's gaining weight. I've been so worried about my little guy that my daughter has started throwing more tantrums. *sigh* Makes writing a difficult impossible prospect.

For right now, I want to state I'm incredibly thankful for my doctor. She's calm, collected, and takes my concerns as a mom seriously. She's also proactive. I know where we're going with the treatment of my son, and as a mom, that's something I appreciate--I know what I can expect.

On days where things aren't going well, try to find the one bright spot in your life, no matter how dim it may be comparatively.

And now, my original post:

By ~NefaroStock at
First off, I'd like to remind folks that across America, there are falsehoods taught about the origins of Thanksgiving in public schools. Kids these days are often taught that the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Native Americans.

Nope. Nada. Uh-uh.

The Pilgrims gave thanks to Almighty God. My CW friend Tamera Lynn Kraft has a thumbnail sketch of the history at her blog. And, Rush Limbaugh has a chapter on it in his book, See, I Told You So. Both are accurate in their presentations.

This year, I have a lot to be thankful for. A year ago, I had one child. Today, I have two very beautiful children. At this time last year, I wasn't even aware I was pregnant. (This year, I'd better not be!) Both my children, though they can frustrate me to no end, bring a lot of joy to my life.

My husband and I celebrated eight years of wedded bliss this year. We've had our ups and downs, and this year has definitely been difficult for us, but I'm so thankful for my wonderful, sexy husband.

I'm very thankful that my elderly grandparents finally moved back to the city where they have family close by that can be over at their place in a matter of minutes rather than hours. My grandpa turned 90 this year, my grandma 87, and it's a blessing to have them closer--and that they can spend more time with their only great-grandchildren in this hemisphere. (They have a third in Asia, but that's another story.)

There's a lot more that I'm thankful for, but for now, I'll leave it at that. I hope over the next few weeks, you stop and ponder the meaning of thankfulness, and remember to thank God for the blessings in your life--even for the difficulties.

And be sure to tell those in your life how thankful you are for them. You never know--they may need to hear it.

Many Thanksgiving blessings.


TraciB said...

Liberty, I'm praying for you and your family. If you'd like I can add y'all to our church's prayer request list.

Meanwhile, I want to say that I'm glad you're able to find the bright spots in your life and thank the Lord for them. We just finished a couple of lessons on Psalm 123 in our Beth Moore study "Stepping Up," and she reminded us that this psalm directs God's people to look up to Him when things get rough. I'm encouraged to read that's what you're doing.

Have a safe, happy and peaceful Thanskgiving, my sister. :)

E G Lewis said...

So sorry to hear about your little boy. We'll remember him in our prayers.
When my oldest boy was 18 mos. old they transported him by ambulance to the university hospital and told us that if he survived the night, he might make it. Thirty-five years later, he's a teacher in Cambodia. God has a plan for each of his children.
Peace and Blessings

Sheila Hollinghead said...

My heart goes out to you! It's so difficult when our babies are sick. I'll definitely be praying for you and your family.

I've always found it amazing when mothers of young children are able to write at all and admired your ability to do so.

And I'm thankful God can give you the peace that passes understanding. Not a plug for my blog, but a hope you'll find my post of some comfort: my post for today entitled "How to Be Happy"

Sarah said...

Liberty, I am praying for you as well as for your son. It is so difficult to watch our kids struggle. My son was diagnosed autistic a few months before he turned two. His prognosis was not good and my heart was broken. Not for me but for all the things he would never be able to experience. But prayer works miracles and he has, by far, surpassed the Doctor's expectations. I know He can do the same for your son as well. He of all beings knows what it is like to watch a son suffer. I am so thankful that He is always there for us.
God bless your family! I will be keeping your son in my prayers.

Liberty Speidel said...

Thanks everyone! I am trying very hard not to worry about my son, and leaving things in God's most capable hands. I'm blessed to have support from people in my church. :)

Thanks everyone!

Anonymous said...

I pray Mr. Xander gets chubby as a chipmunk before you know it, and all your other stresses in life give you a break for a while (that'll give you something else to be thankful for!).

So true about the origins of Thanksgiving. How heartbreaking it is that our nation wants to deny its history and its Christian roots.

Tracy Krauss said...

Thank you for baring your heart. I will definitely keep you and your family in my prayers

Liberty Speidel said...

@Linda, thanks for the prayers!

@Tracy, that first part was truly difficult to write, and it was a last minute addition. I'm glad I shared, though.

John Long said...

The thing about trials is that they always present an unmistakable opportunity to draw closer to God.

Be at peace. Let the Peace of God flow over you and through you.

Lean on others and let them carry some of the burden. You certainly have for them.

thanks for the inspiration tonight.

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