24 January 2011

grace enough.

fabric swag

it seems we're making a habit of it, these nights short on shut-eye. i slid quiet between flannel sheets at a Reasonable Hour last night, but lay there brain-wired, wishing for sleep till sometime after 1:00. then five seconds later 'tis 4:40 and a voice calls to me from the bathroom, plaintive and small.

[why is it that the voices never call 'daddy' at 4am? what's the endless fixation with 'mommmmmy'?]

and as is my modus operandi, once i'm upright and disinfecting all washable surfaces, i never can manage to drowse off again.

nonetheless. it is monday and along with the good people of the gratitude community, i am choosing thankfulness.

#s 78-92

brimming gratitude today:

for clothes that keep even the littlest of us snug through a hard freeze

for leftover fabric scraps and selvages tied up into a cheery garland

scrappy little garland

[so confessional moment here: we have lived in this house going on 4.75 years, and only now have i bedecked that lonely curtain rod with a bit of swag. makes me shrug up my shoulders all happy every time i walk into the bathroom. yes, even in the wee hours of night.]

fabric scraps

for grace enough for this day

for food in the pantry

for sons who rub holes in their socks the very first wear

for the nannies chasing after our littlest on the far curve of the earth

for the bouncing fiasco that is kindergarten basketball

for an aunt and uncle and cousins who wake early and brave sub-zero wind to cheer on my kiddos

for pillowcase dresses and a high school gal who sees far beyond herself

pillowcase dress

for the librarian with the raspy voice who never runs out of lollipops

for a chance to see my beautiful older brother via webcam

for milk

for friends heading to africa

for big, someday dreams

and for ann, who knows what it means to breathe.

16 comments:

Nicole said...

oh what wonderful "things" to be thankful for! and that garland is ever so perfect!...i'm always glad to visit here :)

kendal said...

your list made me smile. big.

Beth said...

such a list, that brings warmth to my heart! It is all too easy to get caught up in the 'have nots' that you dont focus enough on the positive.
your garland is so lovely too. it would make me smile every time as well!

jorth said...

...and for you, m'dear!

Kimberly said...

I love that second to last one especially. Even while sleep deprived you make us smile and warm our hearts. You're amazing good like that.

TheUnSoccerMom said...

Even when they are 16, It's still and always "mommmmmy" they cry out for, and it's obvious, you, like me, wouldn't have it any other way. :o)

I've had a rough day, but this list makes me smile. Thank you. :o)

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I've had two of those very same nights strung together. It's catching up with me right...about.......now.

Your garland is the cheeriest. Your list is fresh air and truth.

Rest well, Soul Sistah. ;)

Ostriches Look Funny said...

Oh my. I will read this tomorrow when I neeeeeeeed it. You see, my oldest (3) started barfing this afternoon...and he stopped, but I'm nervous. Was he dehydrated? Sick from Disneyland? Does he have the FLU?
Because I didn't get my flu shot. he did. not me. Pray for me!

dig this chick said...

Love that garland and am now going to bed to dream about it.

TheUnSoccerMom said...

RYC: oh how I WISH he posed like that for my blog! :o) He's joined a group of Star Wars Fans who make their own get-ups. He had to pose and send in pictures to get accepted. He got accepted. :o)


I forgot to post earlier that I LOVE your garland window treatments. I think that is just what my laundry room needs. :o)

rahel said...

What a beautiful garland with those fresh and happy colours.
Have a very nice day!

Sami Jo said...

love that little swag! so many things to be thankful for... I'm learning (through the Brave Girls Club) how to see the gifts even in hardships... it tough but oh so good for the soul.

Miss Leah said...

Hey Nic! Gosh...I just don't get to visit your blog enough these days. i miss your way of thinking. :) I have a quick question...on your left over fabric garland; what did you use to tie it on? Stay awesome sista! :) hugs...

lulu and family said...

thanks, nic! what a lovely way to take in your day, week, however long. that basketball fiasco sounds full of smiles. love that you get to webcam with faraway loved ones. that garland is a grand way to use scraps!! love those "big, someday dreams." and i think we can relate with our home decorating. i am about as frugal and slow as they come(and not so proud of it this far into the game). an area for growth.=)

dig this chick said...

Love that garland and am now going to bed to dream about it.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I've had two of those very same nights strung together. It's catching up with me right...about.......now.

Your garland is the cheeriest. Your list is fresh air and truth.

Rest well, Soul Sistah. ;)