Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thankfulness-By Miriam

Another year has passed around with plenty of things to be thankful for. Another Thanksgiving Day to have family over and celebrate and give thanks to God for all His many blessings. But how many of us give thanks every day of the year? I'm afraid I am part of the guilty party. I have my off days where I feel ungrateful towards everything and every one. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Thank the Lord for an understanding family! But I truly love my family and what God has given me in them is priceless. So here is my list of things that I'm grateful for.

I'm thankful for:
My dad who is always there to lead me in the right direction and direct my footsteps. Thank you Daddy for being there when I need you most.

My mother who will always be there for me when I need to talk or just be with her. Mother, thank you so much for understanding me when I've been unkind or ungrateful. I love you so much!

My oldest brother, Seth, for being the babysitter when Mother and Dad went out on a date. He always thought of the most fun things to do. I remember one time we were all playing around and two of my brothers were being quite rowdy (as boys are), and Seth said, "Micah, Joel, y'all go find something 'destructive' to do!". Instead of saying constructive, he got mixed up in his words. That was so funny! Thank you Seth, for being willing to watch and play with us.

I'm thankful for Seth's wife, Ginger, and their daughter, Riley. It's fun to have an older sister and a niece. Riley is the sweetest!

For Micah, even though we didn't get along most of the time, we did have our fun times together, also. Like letting me drive your rebuilt tractors around. Those were fun. He and I always battled for superiority. He would tell me what to do and I would rebel by saying, "You're not my boss. I don't have to obey you!". I'm sorry for making things hard for you, Micah. If I could go back, I'd love to change things so that I could have a better relationship with you.

I'm thankful for Micah's wife, Amanda, and their soon to come child, Patrick David. Another older sister for which I'm very happy.

For Joel, the brother I'm probably closest to in some ways. We could be best friends or worst enemies on days. We always liked to play make believe when we were younger. I got to play with his swords and guns. I loved to hear about all his ideas and creations that he had (and still do) sprouting in his head. He made and still makes some of the neatest things. His firework shows are loud and fun to watch. May we be able to see many more of them. Thanks for putting up with a tag-along-sister.

For my brother, Caleb. Caleb and I used to go play out in the woods or go play make believe on our good days. I was always so bossy, I don't see how he put up with me, but he did. If we weren't playing something the way I liked it, then I would change it. Thank you Caleb, for enduring a rather domineering older sister. I pray that we will have a better relationship in the future.

My only sister, Esther. For the longest, I always wanted an older sister. Esther was too young to play the things I could, and I wanted someone other than a brother who didn't want me following him around. :) But as Esther has gotten older, we can do a lot more together. We share a bedroom and that has it's advantages and disadvantages. She's a little bit more neater than I am in some ways, and I more than she in others. I was a bit selfish in how I wanted things done and put in "my" room. Now it's "our" room, and we work things out. Esther, thank you for being my sister. You have to be somebody special to have put up with me this many years.

For my baby brother, Andrew, who is not the "baby" anymore. Andrew is a heap of goofiness, seriousness, and cynicism all in one. He can usually always make me laugh. When he was younger, he picked up all kinds of words from his brothers, and would come out with the most hilarious lines and quips. Once, we were at the Lofgrens house, and we older kids were riding around in a little red wagon. Joel and I had already done it and Anna was taking her turn. Well, Andrew comes out of the house, (he was 9 years old, by the way), and said, "Anna Lofgren! You get out of that wagon right now. You are too big for that!." Anna stops riding and gets out. She defended herself by saying, "But Miriam and Joel did it." Andrew replied, "I expect it out of them, but not you." We laugh at that to this day. I could go on with some of the most hilarious stories, but I will stop. Andrew, thank you for being you, and coming by to give me a hug nearly every day. I love you!

For my friends who have helped me to become who I am. Rebekah Olm, Rebekah and Elizabeth Turner, and most dearly, Anna. You girls are the best of friends, and I have been blessed with being to know all of you.

Anna, it has been so much fun sharing a blog with you. You are the heart of the blog with your long posts. I love to read what you write. Thank you for being the best friend that I could have. You have been good for me in so many ways. You have helped to soften me and make more into the girl I am. Thank you for teaching me to sew and guiding me through my first dress. I can now sew many things thanks to you. Thank you for playing the flute with me. It has been so much more fun learning with you. Thank you for teaching me dance. I'm not the most flexible of the students, but I'm learning. :) I love you, Anna.

I'm thankful for the house that we live in and that is still being built. :) I'm thankful that I can sing in a choir, and play in an orchestra and band. I'm thankful for music and that I can play the piano. I'm thankful to be able to learn something everyday.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! I hope that all of y'all have a blessed day and enjoy your families.


Ella said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Miriam. I am also thankful for the encouragement you write.

Elijah Lofgren said...

Great quotes! Thanks for sharing what you're thankful for.

Bubba Joel said...

I'm thankful for you too Miriam.
Thanks. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Anna Naomi said...

Beautiful post Miriam! I'm so thankful for a friend like you.

What Andrew said those years ago (I think it was almost 3 years ago!) was so funny! =) Mom started laughing and laughing when she read it!

Oh - and look! You actually wrote a long post!!! :-)

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Thanks for sharing! God is good!