Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday 13

Esmé’s Mommy here.

I’m in a somber mood at the moment. I’ve just come from Wendi’s blog – Every Day Miracles, and I followed her links to two other beautiful blogs: Bring the Rain by Angie Smith (wife to Todd Smith from Selah), and Light Your World by Greg Sponberg (husband to Nicol, Todd’s sister, who has also been part of Selah). Both have lost babies this year, and Wendi has also gone through a similar experience.

You can see Todd and Nicol in one of my absolutely favorite videos: “You Raise Me Up.” If you watch it, I think you’ll understand why it has been so meaningful to us. And Selah’s music was a constant accompaniment to my many hours of pacing with Esmé during her first six weeks of life.

My heart breaks for them. And for myself, too, on other issues. As I hold my own baby, so incredibly healthy and beautiful, I am reminded once again that God is good. With all the pain in this world, He is the only true Comforter. And I am blessed, and I choose to bless His name, too, in the midst of everything gone wrong.

So here is a list of 13 things I am thankful for – NOT all-inclusive!

  1. God’s ever comforting presence in my life.
  2. The sweetest, most beautiful, most exasperating baby girl imaginable.
  3. Bright sunshine.
  4. Cleansing rain.
  5. Music.
  6. People who care.
  7. Sleepless nights and quiet times.
  8. Hot showers. And soap.
  9. The ocean.
  10. Green growing things. And life.
  11. Opportunities to make a difference in others' lives.
  12. The internet.
  13. Having all my needs supplied.

31 comments:

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

I was in tears, too, after reading Wendi's post today. I've been following Todd and Angie's story for months now, and my heart breaks for them all, but they are so inspirational to so many as they cling to Jesus through it all.

Beautiful list of things to be thankful for.

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

Very nice post, I love Thankful posts.
My husband lost his firstborn son. It's something I can even truly imagine going through.

JanMary said...

I had not been to Wendi's blog before, but have been following the other too. As I mummy it breaks my heart to see there pain. Their courage and strength amazes me.

They are all in my prayers today.

Tabitha said...

I too have been following Angies blog and I was aware of the situation with Todds sister and husband ~ it is just so sad.
I love your list of things you are thankful for ~ I can identify with all of them.
sending love and hugs XXX

Amanda said...

I followed the links to the other blogs as well, and wow. I think I will have a Thankful Thursday as well. There is much to be thankful for.

Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk said...

Lovely list (I too have an exasperating but beautiful little girl) and am very much with you on 'life' and people who care.
Many many thanks for visiting me today, I really appreciate it.
Loved your most recent Worldless Wednesday too in the gorgeous white dress - I thought she kept it miraculously clean considering her hectic day!

Wendi said...

Your words are really touching. I know we all have our own set of issues which we must face. I'm so glad that those of us who are bonded by being in the family of God have this amazong hope which anchors us to the truth of our joy in him.
I too loved your list. In the midst of all of the pain in the world, I love how God uses our sadness to push us towards thankfulness. That is an awesome testimony! :)

Jennifer said...

What a great list. I bet you could do this subject for several weeks and still come up with 13 items each time.

Annie said...

Amen!

jubilee said...

Love your post. So true, so touching.

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on My First Kiss post.

Scarlet O'Kara said...

There are so many things to be thankful for today...

Thanks for visiting and leaving your lovely comment. I am heading off to have lunch with my birthday girl...

Elouise82 said...

I was thinking about making today a "thankful Thursday" as well! God has blessed us in so many ways, and it is so easy to get caught up in simply griping about the petty problems we do have! (For me, at least--can't really speak for anyone else.)

Thank you for the encouragement!

dani said...

God IS always good; isn't he, j...
love,
dani

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh, I've read some of their posts before and admire their strength and faith... I can't imagine the heartbreak.

Steph

heather of the EO said...

I love Bring the Rain. Angie is such an amazing writer, so inspiring and heart-breaking all at the same time.

Breanne Vasquez said...

What a beautuful post. I will go check these out.

Donna said...

Thank you for the beautiful inspiration of your post and the links you provided. My heart breaks for those parents. The depth of their strength and convictions is astounding.

I am much more humbled and thankful this morning, now that I have read your post.

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

Having also lost a child, I find reading those posts both painful and cathartic. But I know that I try not to take single day with my Ladybug for granted. She is a blessing and always will be. No matter how tired or frazzled I am. I remind myself how blessed I truly am.

Thanks for sharing!

Munchkins and Music said...

I love the sun also, something we don't see a lot up here!!

Monkey Toe Momma said...

What a beautiful list! Many more blessings to you!

Debra said...

I love your thankful post today! May you smile in your trial today knowing that someone in the soggy sunshine state is sending love and prayers your way!

Angela said...

That is a beautiful list... so many things to be thankful for.

Amanda said...

definitely a lovely list...what a blessing to come by and see what someone else is counting as a blessing today. i too followed the links from wendy's blog...and i too am reminded of God's goodness and the need to treasure the moments He has given me with my two healthy, active girls.

sue pieper said...

I can't even begin to imagine the pain of losing a child. My sister died when she just 13 years, but I was so wrpped up in my grief that I never thought what it did to my parents. Now that I'm a parent, it's my biggest fear that something bad happens to the kids, and they're 29 & soon to be 28 years old. I quess it's something you just never get over.

Sandra said...

Beautiful post, I'll go check out those other links too.

Denise said...

Such a lovely post sweetie, bless you.

Serendipity said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely thankful post.

Remain blessed.

Stacey said...

What a sweet post! I am thankful too!

Andrea said...

What a great post...and yeah, I often think to myself that I actually AM thankful for my floors that are covered in toys, sleepless nights, etc...because I would much MUCH rather have any of these things than not have my precious babies.

Susan said...

I was very moved by their strength and courage in dealing with such tremendous loss. I have been in that place and it is a long and difficult journey. May God continue to place his grace on them.

Amanda said...

I have followed Angie's blog for a while now and I found myself just in tears each time I would read her posts. I read the story on her blog about Nicol's loss of Luke and started following their blog... Babies are such precious miracles...I can't imagine going thru what they have.