I’m So Thankful

So Samuel and I were talking about Thanksgiving on the way home from church on Sunday and I was trying to explain what the holiday is for. We ended up saying things that we’re thankful for. On Samuel’s list was signs, meat, Thomas, his legs and food. Good list! But it also started me thinking about what I am thankful for. So here is a partial list of what I am thankful for:

  • God: So thankful to know God, who loves me and whom I can talk to anytime..
  • My sweet family:A loving husband who works hard and two boys who fill me with joy
  • My mom: my mother and friend whom I can also pick up the phone and call anytime
  • My grandma: who loves me and finds such joy in her family
  • My Family
  • Friends: What would life be like without friends to share in the sorrows, the joys and the everydayness of life?!
  • Health: I am so thankful that we don’t have any serious health problems
  • A warm home
  • Food:I take for granted what I have when there are many people esp in other countries who don’t have nearly as much as I do
  • My brother-in-law: who put his life on the line for 15 months for you and for me and for all the other soldiers
  • Laughter: I love to laugh with Ben, with friends and family.
  • Chocolate: Chocolate does a woman good…
  • Cheaper Gas Prices: I’m thankful we can travel home for Thanksgiving;)
  • Christmas Break: A time of renewal for my family and teaches our boys to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

I know I have much, much more to be thankful for! It’s good to think about these things; to focus on all of the blessings in our life instead of all the worries and anxieties or the hardships. What are you thankful for this year?

Conversations with Samuel

Today we dropped daddy off at the airport for a weekend trip to Boston for a conference. We didn’t tell Samuel until last night at dinner because we were worried about his reaction (still hasn’t quite recovered from Turkey…). He seemed okay, just wanted to talk about it. I overheard Ben and Samuel talking last night as they are looking at the map we have in the hallway…
B: Samuel, see this? This is Boston. That’s where daddy will be for 3 days and 3 nights. What
letter does Boston start with?
S: “B!”
B: “And here, see this? This is C*****, where we live! What letter does this start with?”
S: “C”
Insert a few more rumblings and then Samuel comes running into the bedroom where I am
getting Zakkai dressed.
S: “Mommy! Daddy is going to Bostom and it starts with a B!”

Fast forward to this afternoon as we’re driving away from dropping daddy off. We are having a running discourse on what daddy is doing and the whole process of flying:
Mommy: “And daddy is going to stand in line and get all checked in, hand them his ticket..etc,
etc. The plane will take off and he will fly to Boston and he will call us when he gets to his
There is silence for a few minutes as Samuel digests this information…
Samuel: “And daddy will be in Bostom and then I am going to get on an airpwane and buckle
myself in and fwy to Turkey!”
Mommy: “You are?! Wow!”
Samuel: “Yeah, but I’m not gonna fwy on a big airpwane cause big airpwanes might make me
cwy. I’m gonna fwy on a small airpwane.”
Mommy:”Oh, I see. Maybe we can all fly on an airplane together sometimes.”
Samuel: “Well, maybe Zakkai and Samuel can fwy on a small airpwane since we’re small wittle people and you an’ daddy can fwy on a big airpwane cause you’re big people!”
Mommy: “Oh, you think so?”
Samuel: “Yeah. Zakkai, you wanna fwy on a small airpwane?”
Zakkai: “small air-pane”
Samuel: “Zakkai says he wants to fwy on a small airpwane, too!”


My sweet little angels have become hellions at bedtime. (Nice opening line, huh?) You cannot imagine how much I am wishing for a third bedroom right now! Last night was the WORST it’s ever been! I am so thankful they are buddies…but not at night! They were awake for 2 hours after we put them in bed last night, giggling, jumping on their beds, sneaking out of bed (okay, that was Samuel, not Zakkai)…we must’ve gone in there 549 times!! We have tried every trick in the book, that we know about, to nip this in the bud and it’s not working! Help!! Any suggestions??? We’re going to revert back to separate bedtimes for a little while to see if that helps because we’re getting frustrated! (us, frustrated? No…..)


Wanted: The Leader: Sneaky-Eyed Samuel
For: Sneaking out of bed and jumping in laundry
Description: The leader of the pack; he’s big-stuff and
easily lures young innocent brothers into his schemes! He’s
blond haired, blue-eyed and looks a lot like his daddy! About
39 inches tall and 32lbs, he’s tall and slim. He’s quick and looks
innocent and he’s hard to catch in the act! So be on the look
out for a giraffe-lovin’, finger suckin’, giggly, sneaky criminal!
Reward: Some cuddles and some silliness!

Wanted: The Accomplice: Bbbbad to the bones-brother
For: Giraffee-stealing
Description: He’s a slippery little man with blond hair and
big innocent-looking blue eyes. Don’t let him fool you! He’s
about 34 inches tall and under 30lbs but he’s fast and strong!
He’s known for his sneaky moves like coloring on the walls,
playing with daddy’s guitar and stealing toys. He’s considered
armed and dangerous! He’s armed with an ornery grin and eyes
full of mischief and can very easily melt your heart. Beware! He’s
a dangerous one and we need to catch him!
Reward: A hug and slobbery kiss!

My boys

My Samuel. You are such a bright little boy. Always figuring out ways to get what you want and getting cleverer by the day! You are going to be so much like your daddy. We think you will do great in school because you just soak up the things we teach you! But it might be hard to keep you challenged because that’s what happens when you’re so smart! You also happen to be incredibly funny:) You make me laugh especially at dinner time and when we spend one on one time together. You are always looking at me or at daddy to see what our reaction is to the funny thing you are saying. Always making up silly words that make no sense and using your crazy 3 year old logic!

I love to hear you teach Zakkai how to talk and say words. You are going to be a teacher like daddy maybe:) Although I wish you would only teach Zakkai good things instead of ornery things, too! You are a good big brother and SO happy to have a playmate. Always take good care of your little brother!

You might be a big boy of 3 years old but you still L-O-V-E your giraffees! There is nothing that can bring a smile to your face and melt your heart quicker than the sound or sight of your precious “Best fwiends!” And when I peek in on you at night time, you are always cuddled up close to your buddies, looking so peaceful and happy. Oh the life of a three year old!
You have a wonderful laugh that makes me smile and such beautiful blue eyes that I love to look into. I love to stroke your soft cheek and kiss your spiky blond hair. And I love that you still have that calic that you were born with on the right side of your forehead. It’s a stubborn little calic, just like you!! I was quizzing you the other day on what my name was and your name was and how old you were while we were driving and you, very decidedly, told me your name was “Schmuwic!” just like daddy calls you:) (Schmulic) You don’t like it when anyone calls you “Sam”, you insist on your full name. And that’s fine with me, sweet Samuel, because we LOVE your name! You are a bright, sweet, sensitive and very stubborn little boy and I wouldn’t trade you for the world! I love you, Samuel Benjamin.

And you, my crazy sweet little Zakkai! You captured my heart even before you were born and have held it captive since! I love, love, love your orneryness and your spunk! You do everything with such a great big smile that it is IMPOSSIBLE for me not to smile back! Even when you’re doing something you shouldn’t! I definitely should be harder on you sometimes but man, it’s so hard to get stern with you when you are so full of joy!

You have been loud from the minute you were born, which drives your daddy crazy! But now you don’t scream nearly as much as you used to and you are talking so well! It’s so fun to hear Samuel teaching you how to say words. I love that you have named yourself now. I love to hear you ask for things now. “Peaz have cwacker Kai!” We used to call you “Baby Kai” when you were little and before Samuel could say your name and now you call yourself “Kai.” So sweet.
You can’t stay angry very long. You try to give me little scowls and grumpy looks when things aren’t going your way but it doesn’t last long because all I have to do is smile at you or imitate you and immediately the sunshine is out again!

You are very persistent and it’s hard to get you to stop doing thing like, closing the doors!!! I’m sure that quality will come in handy someday but for now it just drives us crazy!! You are so sweet and love to snuggle and be with mommy. You are so obsessed with your blankies or “rays” as you call them and it’s amazing how fast the sight or touch of your blankies can comfort you. I have always wondered how such a tiny finger can make you happy, but it does!
You are beautiful and I love your chubbiness, your bright, happy, blue, blue eyes and soft blond hair. You are special and unique and bring joy to our lives. I love you, Zakkai Nathaniel.