Saturday, June 12, 2010

I Am Grateful

I have been blaming my camera, my computer, my surgeries, my packing, my moving, my surgery, my packing, my moving for my inability to create a post that anyone would care about but me. I still don't have any pictures but my fingers are not broken and life never gets any less busy...and we did get a new computer which is up and running as of today.

I have so many things to tell, so many things to be grateful for. I'm grateful that Burke still has all of his fingers. I found him calmly sitting in the kitchen sink yesterday. He was grasping the blade of a very sharp paring knife. His face and hands were covered in red. I took a deep breath and slowly walked over to him. I washed his hands off and realized he didn't have a cut anywhere. My eyes wandered and landed on an empty strawberry container next to the sink that had been half full the last time I saw it. Burke devoured those strawberries, stems and all as far as I can tell. For this and many many other reasons I am convinced that Burke has a team of angels assigned to him. I am grateful.

We sold our house in six days. So many people ask, "How did you do that?" I can only respond, "Heavenly Father has answered our prayers and we are blessed." I am grateful.

I attended a church meeting today and I came away with a powerful tool. It is to ask myself, "What would a Holy woman do?" every time I do anything. I tried it this afternoon. Isaac and Theron had a tiff that involved a bit of physical agression. I separated them and while we all had time to think I asked myself, "What would a Holy woman do?" I recalled a story in the Bible that was the perfect illistration of what went wrong between my two boys today. After sharing the story with them, they worked out their problem and life is blissful. I am grateful.

I am blogging instead of ironing four white dress shirts for church tomorrow. I am grateful (for the moment). Actually, on second thought, I am grateful that I get to iron those dress shirts.

I had five of my six screws taken out of my hips last week. After three surgeries I can walk and do most anything I want with my body. I am grateful.

Last night Travis graduated from a five year orthopedic surgery residency. There is so much to say about our experiences over the last five years. I could not type anything in a blog post that would be adequate. He works so hard for our family and to help bless the life of others. I am grateful.

I look at the circumstances of my life and and can see that I am blessed. I recognize this daily. I don't know how to react to this and so...I am grateful.


John-David and Kathryn said...

How exciting that Travis is all done. Congratulations to you both!!! What a great mom you are are. Such a good example. You handle things so calmly. I am so glad that you are healing well from your surgeries. Good luck with your next adventures!

I am Laura said...

I am grateful to you -- you are a great example of a good woman. I am glad you are feeling great! I am glad your kids have angles helping them and you in this hard time. I am glad I know you.

Marianne said...

Great post. You are truly amazing Britt...really there is so much I admire about you- I'm sure I'll keep looking towards your example as I join the 4 boys club:) It's nice to hear from you in the blogging world again:)

Jen A. said...

where are you moving to?? Congrats on residency down!! Do you know Jen and Drew Johnson? They are in our ward here in Las Vegas. I can't wait for more updates! Take care. You are the woman, two hip surgeries, and all that you do, I am amazed!
Jen Allred

Jen said...

Yeah! about all that's happening in your life right now. Congrats to Travis on finishing residency....any chance you'll be moving out near Las Vegas? Glad to hear that you are recovering well from your surgery. Take care!

Kimberly said...

Good to hear from you. I was happy when I checked your blog, and there was something new. :) I love to hear from you. Thanks so much for the birthday wish today. It's been a pretty good day so far. I'd say I've had a pretty eventful last decade, and as my dad says, the next one will be filled with family and family. I consider it the decade of motherhood coming up. I am excited. A lot of what I will do in these next 10 years is what I was mostly sent here to do. It should be a good decade. :) That's amazing you sold your house so quickly! What a blessing! I think you're the greatest, and I'm glad you're my friend!
Love you!

$ said...

Hi! It's your Sacred Grove cousin buddy. Very cool to see you. Hope we can catch you on the east coast sometime soon. Still laughing about our "encounter". Take care and enjoy Boston! --M$

Sheralie said...

Beautifully written. What is next?