Thankful Tuesday: Newness and Hope

  • After a day spent texting and checking on East coast friends and family, what a sweet thing to wake up and find all are safe.
  • Also, the house we own (and rent out) in Philadelphia did not flood! (With its flooded past, that is a miracle, friends.)
  • My sister-in-law Michelle’s facebook posts. Love that girl. (PS She’s going to have a baby any day and we can’t wait for a little girl in our world!)
  • The gift of living near my husband’s little sister, Charlotte, who is going to college an hour south of us. Spending Saturday afternoon with her and her willingness to babysit Brooksie for a while. He was well loved by her and all her roomies. (I love that we get to share life in California with her!)
  • Week 2 of preschool! It turns out Fridays are Science days, which is the greatest news my kid has heard in a long time. Last Friday he learned why the sky is blue.
  • Snuggling this morning with Brooksie on the couch and talking with Chris about what it means to be “at home” when you’re a kid. And the gift of making a “home” for your kids…which is a much deeper idea than a mere physical space. 
  • Speaking of making a home, we move this Thursday. Living for the past eight weeks without a “real” home has been harder on me than the rest of my family, I think. I have felt out of sorts in every part of my life: writing, organization, prayer. I’m so grateful get to settle in to this new life in San Francisco. I’m not expecting everything to suddenly feel perfect, but I’m grateful for the security of home and that God gives us things in our lives that are consistent. I’m longing for something consistent. 
  • Time to pray this morning, even though my prayer was about as scattered and messy as my life feels right now. I’m thankful God is not scattered and messy. 
  • A double jogging stroller I found on craigslist this weekend! Can I tell you how excited I am to run to August’s school from our new house? Being able to run without it having to be 6 in the morning? That is a good gift.
  • The church Harvest Festival this past weekend and how funny it is when people see us and say, “Wait! Didn’t you guys move?” Yeah, we moved…
  • The hope of new things. The promise of consistency and the freshness of newness.

It’s Thankful Tuesday. Link up with your list!

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  • It sounds like you are settling in … and a double jogging stroller no less! Home, check; jog, check; family, check; church community, check. Beauteous. I had to work had to be thankful, but once I shook myself out of my funk it wasn’t too difficult. Mostly people, people, people over at http://dsbutterfly.blogspot.ca/2012/10/3121-thankful-tuesday-tis-people-tis.html

    • michaboyett

      Nancy, I love that you’ve been linking up lately! I’ve been in that ungrateful funk too this week. So I’m also thankful for forced gratefulness. : )

      • Thanks Micha … your writing is always inspiring! I try not to funk too much, but it was a funky week for sure.

  • Blessings on your move, we are just talking about moving and I am already hyperventilating. We haven’t moved in 4 years since we had kids and the thought of it gives me the heebies. Yet I know it’s the best thing, that it will strengthen our roots in the uprooting and replanting.

    My list is about renewed health for our sick family, crisp fall air through my kitchen window and a little man running around in a saggy baggy elephant costume.

    • michaboyett

      Leanne, a saggy baggy elephant costume sounds amazing. Thanks for your comment. Ohhh, that dread of moving (even the thought of it!) is so intense. Today I’m praying peace for that process for you.

  • Angela (Ueckert) Guilloud

    Micah, I am so thankful I found your blog! Your words have blessed me with each posting! I am thankful for the gift God has given you to communicate and encourage. Totally blessed!

  • Angela (Ueckert) Guilloud

    Micha…not Micah…sorry!

    • michaboyett

      Ha! Angela, I respond to either one, no worries. I love seeing you around here, friend. Thanks for reading and encouraging me. : )

  • Hooray for getting settled in your new home. And that its a HOME for your family. Yes. It’s so much more than a physical space. MM and I have been talking a lot about being a family and making a home and what it means that God is “a Father to the fatherless” and that he “places the lonely in families”. That’s part of it, I think – the home-making. To create a place where people feel safe and loved and valuable. A place to belong.
    I’m off my posting schedule, so I will post a few thankfuls here:
    ~ A super fun pumpkin carving party last night, with Thriller dancing and everything
    ~ Arriving at the home stretch of planning/preparing for my in-law’s 50th anniversary, oy!
    ~ having time and energy for creativity this last month, which I haven’t had in a long time

    • michaboyett

      Thriller dancing! I love it. Thanks for the list, Dawn!

      I also need to add that I’m thankful for mornings getting ready at the sink next to Brooksie. He’s obsessed with washing his face right now and it’s the cutest thing ever. Also, for my mom who made the cutest Halloween Cookie costume for Brooks and sent it in the mail. She’s the greatest!

  • I’m Thankful too 🙂 Thank you for keeping me accountable to this, even if you don’t realize that your are doing so.