Thursday, October 29, 2009
Providence and Thanksgiving
Two years ago, an elderly gentleman came to our door. He explained how he was connected to a family we knew before our move and gave us a copy of a sermon, plus he added a tip about the local food distributions he visits. As providence would have it, we later joined the daughter church of the one where the sermon originated. And I began to frequent these free food distributions since our income was so uncertain for the first year of my husband's graduate program.
Then, one year ago, I began my blogging experiment. After taking an unsuccessful stab at work-at-home assignments, I wondered if a blog would provide an outlet for ideas and other things I had to say--on my own terms. In some ways, I've been happy with the outcome. I enjoy having one "place" in the world where I can arrange things "just so", and they stay that way (unlike my carpet). On the other hand, going online can also be my guilty pleasure, as I tiptoe over to my laptop like Meg Ryan did in "You've Got Mail." My oldest daughter calls me on it too. "Why do you like working on your computer so much?", she inquires. Why? Well, it's complicated.
I appreciate SteadyMom's advice about limiting time online. Now to apply the wisdom is my daily challenge.
My husband and I strive to make a big deal about celebrating Thanksgiving, especially since the trend is to sweep this holiday aside. Halloween "advent" calendars are a ridiculous demonstration of how people are trying to supplant Christmas (and Thanksgiving) with something less significant. So when I came across the idea for a Thanksgiving countdown this week, I knew I must take it and make it our own.
As difficult as the last two years have been, I also realized recently that God has actually granted many of my longtime desires. I have an intelligent, diligent husband who takes his faith seriously. I've been blessed with three adorable children who are eager to learn about the world. We even have a tiny house that doesn't require a great deal of upkeep. Furthermore, for the first time in our adult lives, our residence includes a fairly spacious backyard for our outdoor play, and a bit of gardening. Our student loans are paid off in full. We have no car payments. And the list continues. God and the rest of the world owe me nothing, but I've been given so much.
And how about you? What desires has He graciously given to you?