July 19, 2007 Myspace blog post

Those Big Little Things

Current mood:content

This morning I awoke to find myself able to have some alone time before Andrew woke up. It is very rare for me to be awake before the kids…usually we arise together and jump right in. I was able to watch the sun go up and watch the birds do their thing. I was able to just relax and enjoy the quiet.

When Andrew came out, he flung his arms around me and said, “Momma, I love you! You are the best mom a boy could have!” As I said to a friend, it is moments like this that make me glad that I am Jennifer Crane and that I live the life that I do.

So much of the time, life gets really busy. Especially now, with the big move only 2 weeks from tomorrow. We think of the stuff we have to do, the plans we must make, the deadlines we must reach. We see friends, even spend time laughing. We are with our families. But things never slow down.

This morning I slowed down. I thought about all the blessings I have. Yes, we live in a small house and have been bursting at the seams the whole 3 years we were here. But we had a good home in a great neighborhood. Our kids have been attending a really awesome school. We are very close to our friends, and close to all the places that we frequent. We have a wonderful church within a 5-7 minute drive, and the church family really is like a family to us.

I have some truely wonderful friends. My best friend has known me and put up with me for 23 years now! That is a long time to put up with someone like me! lol I have some friends that I have met since moving to DE whom I am so thankful for! We have so many good memories (and some not-so-good) and I don’t know what I would do without them.

I am blessed to be married to a great man. He makes me laugh! I am so thankful that he realizes how important he is in the lives of our kids…he truely makes an effort to be there for them. He gets to their t-ball games, he goes to every chorus concert or play performance. He is fun to hang out with. We have certain shows we watch together regularly, and he will spend the whole half hour or hour rubbing my feet and/or back. He is the sweetest guy, and I can only hope Emily finds one like him. We enjoy simple things, and it doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated for us to have the time of our lives together!

My daughter talks to me. I know, that sounds kind of like a no-duh. But I am serious. She is 11 1/2 and she still likes to confide in me. We have little talks regularly. She trusts me with her secrets. She knows she can count on me. I love that! And she makes me laugh. She is a cool person to hang out with!

There are so many small things, every day things, in my life that I am thankful for. To be loved by my husband and my children, to have all that I need and quite a lot of what I want, to know that I have friends who are with me no matter what comes up…I am so blessed! I am so thankful.

Here is to the small things. The things that make life flow, that make joy bubble over. The things that make me say, “I am so glad to be Jennifer Crane and live the life that I live!”

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