Giving Thanks

It had been a long day.

Shopping for hours. This store, then that store. One side of town to the other.

Evan had done very well, all things considered. Our last stop of the day was the grocery store.

He ran around like an untied balloon. Too much energy pent up for too long.

I couldn't keep him out of the way of other shoppers. After he ran in front of the same lady for the third time, I grabbed his arm and yanked him out of the way, my face red with frustration and embarrassment.

"I'm so sorry", I said to her.

She stood there for a moment, just staring at my son.

I prepared myself for a snide comment or stern admonition.

Finally, she said softly, "Don't be frustrated with him. He's just exuberant. He reminds me of my son. He passed away around that age. Just try to enjoy every moment."

So today, I'm thankful.

Thankful for the family God gave me that science said I couldn't have. Thankful for a son who's excited to see and touch everything. Thankful for a daughter who just learned to crawl and lights up when she sees me walk into the room. Thankful for a wife who still wants to spend time with me after seeing me every day for 10 years. Thankful for an extended family who loves us and supports us far more than we deserve.

Thankful for every blessing He's given me.

What about you?


My Second Chance - Guest Post for Bill Grandi

Today I am guest posting for Bill Grandi (Cycleguy).

Bill asked me to guest post about a time when I was given a second chance.

This was months ago, and months before that.

I'm glad he gave me a second chance...