I feel like I am running out of days to talk about all the things I am thankful for in my life, but I guess I don't need to stop just because Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Today I want to express my thankfulness for our 3 tax returns. If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would have 3 children in 3 years I would have laughed at them, called them crazy, and told them they don't know me to think that. But now, after 6 years of marriage, I do have 3 beautiful, HEALTHY, active children.
This hit me hard yesterday as I was in a meeting at school with one of the special education teachers. We are trying to think of a plan and modifications for a severely handicapped student. Not only did the student have physical limitations, there were diet issues to worry about as well. I sat in this meeting and couldn't wrap my mind around what it must be like for the parents to care for this child. Endless doctor appointments, specialists, therapists, nurses, medical bills, late nights- sleepless nights, and the list could go on forever.
I was slapped in the face, that my biggest and most tiring issue with my kids is that they are so active and loud. They have all of their body parts working right, they have no known food allergies, they are developing just as they should, and they can express their feelings (although sometimes I wish they couldn't). Yes, they are a little wild at times, yes they can be too loud, yes they can be too sassy, but I am SO thankful that I get to watch them grow up and have a "normal" life. Thank you Jesus! Now, that I've lived the past 5 years with children, I am so thankful for each of them in their own special way and although I am tired a lot and my house is a constant mess, I am so thankful that I had them all within 3 years!