Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giving Thanks . . . . .

My youngest son Patrick asked me a question the other day. He said Mom, how do you feel now that all your children are married. I told him, I felt good, really good, and the more I think about it, it is because I am at peace with the choice of spouses that my children have made. I dearly love Holly, Jeff, Adam and Katie. I know I am not their Mom but I feel like I am.

Holly is very thoughtful, she never misses a thing that would make me happy and is always coming up with ideas for gifts and just plain ways to take note of my feelings. She is crazy about my son Jason which is a really good thing. She cooks all his favorite foods which keeps him running marathons quite often. She is not afraid to get in there and try whatever new sport or adventure they find as a family. She is a wonderful mother to my only grandson and life is just a ball for him, in large part because Holly makes it so much fun for him. Jason is one lucky fellow to have found Holly for his wife.

Jeff is a gentleman, would never let me carry a suitcase or step through a door before me, and what a dishwasher and vacuumer he is, always ready to help clean up quickly at a family party. He has even cleaned my bathrooms. He does all this without being asked. Jeff loves football so he adds another dimension to our family gatherings with his enthusiasm over football or whatever sport may be on the tube. He is a great dad to his three little daughters. They are so excited when he comes home from work every day. He often comes in the door with a bouquet of flowers in his arms for Megan. Their relationship grew while they were an ocean apart but I am so glad it did. Megan is truly blessed to have Jeff.

Adam is helpful in every situation, jumping up to give my husband help with whatever he needs done. He is kind and so funny that he is always finding ways to make me laugh knowing just how to poke at me. His little soon to be one year old daughter smiles at the sound of his voice. He was a natural expert dad from day one and Annabelle is a delight as a result. He has a dangerous job and lays his life on the line every day so I always tuck an extra prayer of safety over him. Courtney and he had a long dating relationship before they were married but they held on to their commitment through distance. I know that Courtney is truly blessed to have Adam.

Katie is sweet and easy to be around, always cooking up a storm and bestowing gifts of baked goods on us for no particular reason, just that she is thoughtful that way. She and I have known each other for years but this past summer we had a special bonding time. I got to teach her some sewing, and she taught me some cooking (I always ask her questions). Katie and Patrick had some ups and downs on their way to where they are now (guess we all do) but out of it all I see growth, maturity and their love in the way they treat each other, thinking of the other first. It is a joy to watch them with their 3 week old daughter. Patrick is a lucky feller to have Katie.

I am sure I missed a lot of lovely things that I could have said about each one but I am going to tuck those in my heart and keep them for myself, how's that for selfish on Thanksgiving Day?? So this year I am thankful for family once more but I thank God for the bonus sons and daughters that we have! Amen, Praise the Lord!


Marcia said...

Such a very nice post. I hope my children choose as wisely someday.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Needled Mom said...

So many things to be thankful for in your life. What more could we ask for than to have wonderful spouses for our children? Happy Thanksgiving.

Audrey Lois said...

Such sweet words for your children's spouses.

Anonymous said...

I'm luckier than sweet sue, because I have all that in my children's spouses and sweet sue as my wife and girlfriend for life.

Love you!

Valerie said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Rosemarie said...

That is the sweetest thing I've ever read!

Anonymous said...

Brought tears to my eyes Mom. Sooo sweet. Made me cry! I will read it to Adam when he gets home from the gym. How nice. Nice comment "Anonymous" - hehe, Dad! So sweet. We do have such great additions to our family - we have a great fam no doubt about that! Thank you Lord! ~Courtney, Adam's wife, heehee

Megan Heath said...

Mom - this is such an interesting post because I went to the supermarket last night to get Jeff cough drops and I was thinking about how I was thankful again this year for Jeff as we went around the table. I was thinking how it really is a good thing to be able to be thankful every year for him - how blessed I am to have a husband, who every year I am still thankful for him. Then I thought of you and how you are always thankful for your children and their spouses and smiled to myself, and thought how I shouldn't roll my eyes - why should we have to be "original" in what we're thankful for - how great it is that year in and year out these things have not changed, only gotten stronger, better, and had more to be thankful for. We are truly blessed in the people in our lives, we should not take them for granted. Thanks for a special post. A very special post.

Sue is a thoughtful mother and mother-in-law. She always (always!) makes sure she has the pantry/fridge stocked with very specific favorites of whoever is in town. She will drop everything to have time with her family. Sue is always making crafty, beautiful items for people and as her non-crafty-non-sewing daughter I am always blown away. Sue has a special overflow of love for her grandchildren and is such a huge help to her kids when she is in town after babies are born or surgeries are completed - laundry, food, etc. We are all blessed to have Sue in our lives!!!

And ... Anonymous's....we can tell who you are...sheesh.