Tomorrow we will celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada.
The cranberry sauce, the cranberry salad, the pumpkin chiffon pie are all prepared. I am looking forward to enjoying the day with Mike's family.
Thanksgiving, for me, always includes these yummy side dishes and all the staples; turkey, gravy, etc. but it's also a great time to take a second and reflect on what I'm thankful for.
Honestly, these days I have not been feeling thankful. I have been feeling like a martyr. I am tired and cranky from having Cait in my bed pulling my hair all night. I am defeated from being met with opposition at any instructions that I give to the oldest two. I am irritable from listening to Caleb's SERIOUSLY way too loud voice ALWAYS talking or making unnecessary noise. I am ashamed of the times I just nod and say "um hm" while Maddie is following me around talking my ear off. I am frustrated with the enormous amount that needs to be done to keep the house going on a regular day; three meals, two snacks, 5 kitchen and table clean ups, poopy diaper changing, the more than one load a day of laundry, the putting away of the toys as Cait and Caleb take them out and leave them everywhere. I am discouraged with how hard it is to homeschool so many children at different ages and I am desperate to just be alone, not to go to the grocery store, but to just sit and have my brain to myself, or to spend a few hours just being me, whoever that may be, with no strings attached.
So there's the truth. The not-so-perfect side of Banmanland. Ha!
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
My heart is not broken, I have no big tragedy to be dramatic about but sometimes life just gets hard. It is so good to have hope and something eternal, someone bigger to fall back on! Pick me up Lord and set me back on my feet!!
"Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him for all He has done" Philippians 4:6
This Thanksgiving I will be on my knees, asking for strength, for grace and for a renewed mind. I have more than I ever thought I wanted and I am so thankful. The whole thing kind of falls apart when the Mommy running the show starts to crumble. I am so ready to turn this ship around and enjoy this life