Saturday, September 26, 2009

A little gratitude:

So... we're doing the Thanksgiving thing a little early this year. Why? Because I said so and I'm bigger than you. Hmmm... yeah, okay - so any of you who know me won't buy into that one, how about "because I said so and this is MY blog and SO THERE!" Yeah - that works for me...

Today I'm super grateful for:

Sleep - it refreshes, it centers... someone was playing a game recently and had to stop because their "stamina" was low... I think the character had to eat some pie to refresh their stamina - I tried that yesterday - but sleep is what ultimately did the trick.

Friends - I had SO many messages recently from old friends just offering their support for my family... All of your comments here and facebook (and e-mails) just brightened my day and reminded me why blogging has been such a therapeutic thing (see, I'm laughing now at the ridiculous way the word "therapeutic" looks... what's not therapeutic about laughter?) I even had a dear friend come seek me out at the funeral (seriously, that one hug was worth whatever crazy arrangements you had to make - thanks)... I met new friends who I think might have thought I was a little strange (but hey, you DO know that I'm a part of that one family)...
Speaking of Family - seriously, couldn't have gotten through this without them. From the phone calls at all sorts of ridiculous hours and the shared retail therapy that has resulted in the most comfortable shirt I think I've ever owned - and ESPECIALLY the pie breakfast... I'm so glad to come from a family where my tendency to heal with laughter is not looked upon as evil and heartless.

Laughter - seriously... it's my favorite. Sometimes the tension is just WAY too much and I think we're all about to break in two. I come from the sort of family that someone (not me... I can't claim this one) can say to my sister who is hurting like I can't quite grasp - "honey, just think - that would have been harder to get through if it were in Klingon" and bring a smile to her face... and really - I think the whole world would be much harder to get through if we spoke Klingon... (I think I'd just stay home)

Pie - no explanation.

Gospel truths - I know some of my readers don't come from that little world, and I'm not trying to be preachy, but the faith I have in the teachings of the LDS church regarding death - those have been essential to getting through the past week. I'm not sure how others cope. Knowing that someday - after the ordeal of this earth life - that we will have the opportunity to be with her sweet son. Knowing that we all will have the opportunity to be re-united with those we have lost in life, and knowing that we can be together as a family... that gets me through these hard moments in life... that makes me strive for more of the good moments... that keeps me from going ballistic when my kids make cookies and leave the kitchen a splattered and sticky nightmare... I need to endure, I need to smile, and I need to remember that it's all worth it in the end - and that God's "got my back".

Thanks. Really.

21 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I think that Thanksgiving should come everyday!

Thinking about you!

Barbaloot said...

Great list-thanks for sharing!

Megz said...

Glad you're trudging through this trial via pies, comfy shirts and Klingon jokes.
Seriously though. Do tell on the most comfy shirt ever! How can it not be a large overly washed T-shirt? Because that is the most comfy shirt ever and I sleep in it every night.

Homer and Queen said...

Klingon would be hard...but Vulcan? maybe...

Malinda said...

I have been thinking of you lately, so I hope all is well with you. Have A Great Day. :)

cold cocoa said...

I agree with laughter getting us through the tough times! And I am with Megz...what on earth- a comfy shirt? I never thought about shirts being comfy, just pants or sweats. You'll have to post a picture.

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

So glad that you are coping well enought to think of things you are thankful for. Extremely helpful greiving exercise. Hope the road to recovery for all of you is a short one, but somehow I doubt that. I don't think one ever gets over losing a child, you just learn different ways of living with the pain.

April said...

I think that pie makes everything go down a little easier....even noisy hotel neighbors.... :)

LC said...

Those are all winners. I'm not even in the know with Star Trek and I loved the Klingon comment.

mariann and Tory said...

You had pie breakfest?! I totally like that idea!! Primary program went awesome!! Glad to hear your doing better!!

The Sports Mama said...

Faith is a personal thing, and so admitting it is a source of strength in your life? Is NEVER preachy. I'm not LDS, but my faith tells me that I'll get to laugh again with my loved ones who have moved on, too. I think that's one of those Gospel truths that cross over into any Gospel you have faith in. :)

And Thanksgiving is more than just a day.... it's a state of mind and heart. I'm so glad you have the family you have, the laughter you were able to find, the Faith to strengthen you, and the pie to make it all taste just right.

Jason and Summer, but really just Summer said...

Glad your back! Please know your family has been in our thiughts and prayers!

karim said...

Very thoughtfull post on gratitude. It should be very much helpfull

Thanks,
Karim - Mind Power

Sue Q said...

Where would we all be without pie? I appreciate your list, as well -- it helps to stop and smell the roses every now and then. I think we should have Thanksgiving every month!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Oh my goodness! ARe you okay? I am so sorry I am so tardy to the pity party. I am sooooo sorry about your loss. Your sister's loss. LOSS is the worst word in the dictionary.

I'm coming to St.George. If you're up for it I'll take you out.

Z said...

... Thanks for not telling the "juicy" story. ;)

The Crash Test Dummy said...

T, I'll be there this weekend. Shelle is in for lunch. I hope you can make it too so I can treat you.

Heidi Ashworth said...

Goose bumps. Thanks for sharing what you know to be true.

just the five of us said...

T I am so sorry to hear about your sister's loss. I haven't been in bloggy land for over a month now and I am catching up on people's lives. How old was he/she? Eternity with our loved ones is what we get to look forward to:)

Heather B said...

We love you guys, and are sending our prayers your way for your whole family. Thanks for reminding us how to enjoy the sweet when the road is bitter. Take care.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

T-- what a great list!!!

Gosh, this takes me back. The funeral, the thanking everyone for their well wishes, the being grateful for the Gospel because it is the only thing that CAN get u through something like that, and the laughter! We laughed at the most morbid things it was awful but so very healing! :)

Love u girl!

I'd like to take u out to lunch!