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!
- God’s ever comforting presence in my life.
- The sweetest, most beautiful, most exasperating baby girl imaginable.
- Bright sunshine.
- Cleansing rain.
- People who care.
- Sleepless nights and quiet times.
- Hot showers. And soap.
- The ocean.
- Green growing things. And life.
- Opportunities to make a difference in others' lives.
- The internet.
- Having all my needs supplied.