Ok, my self-imposed standard of writing in the blog daily was too hard for me to maintain. So, the first night I didn’t do it, I was agonizing if I could just give up. Would anyone care? Why was I doing it? What was my motives? I did really like putting the pictures up and having a journal/chronical of my life and my family’s lives. Was I looking for people’s comments and approval? Did it seem like I was “showing off”? These thoughts crossed through my mind the next few days….and then I started to even forget about my blog. Ha ha. How could that happen as I was so faithful to do it for so many days in a row? Reminds me of why I can relate to the Israelites and how easily they forgot the Lord so many times in the Old Testament. Anyway, today, I am feeling a lot of gratefulness in my heart and it’s actually bubbling out. So, if no one reads this…It’s ok. It’s good to have this record of my heart today and for the events of the last month and those things that I am thankful for:
I am thankful for:
*Today would be the 112 birthday of my father-in-law. Yes, that is true. Dale’s dad was born in 1901. He was 65 (almost 66…that is for Hannah. :)) when Dale was born! He was the best man in our wedding when he was 88 years old. I knew him for a about 8 years before he died in 1995. His name to everyone was Papa. He was a sweet,dear man. He and I had a very special relationship. He would hold my hand and tell me the same stories over and over. I videotaped some of those. He was a preacher and loved the Lord. He would cry so easily at things that moved him. I relate to this so much. It was precious in him, He walked slow, shuffling his steps and would greet anyone that came along his path. He loved the hymn ” Because He Lives” which is also loved by his first grandson and the one that was named after him (William Arthur). I thought of him last night as Dale and I were coming home after being in his office so Dale could work late. (I joined him there for our regular date night and I could work on some of my personal stuff after we ate the food I brought.) I was thinking about Papa and wondered what he was like when he was Dale’s age (in the 1940’s!). I imagine he was a hard worker like Dale is. Dale works so hard and I know his work ethic was instilled in him by his parents. Ben wrote a report on the grandpa that he never knew recently and hung his poster in his room. I took a picture of it because I thought that was so sweet and here it is:
*Lots of things have happened in the last few weeks. Ben turned 15 and got his permit. I took him out driving this morning after I had him drive home from Wal-mart yesterday. He has yet to have instincts in his driving, but he’s starting to get them already. It is always nice to have drivers in the house because it helps me out so much. Here Ben is at the DMV getting his permit.
*Which brings me to being thankful for Will and his help in the driving area over the last few weeks. His attitude has been great and he is willing to help out. I am so grateful for that. Last year was a rocky year with Will and I am so thankful that he has matured so much since then. Our relationship with each other is so much more positive. I can’t express how good this is!!! He is a good boy. I love you, Wilbur!
*AnnaLee… Will’s girlfriend. She sent me a sweet text a few weeks ago being appreciative of me and it really meant so much to me. I am glad that she is in Will’s life and our lives as well.
*Katie and a good conversation that we had on the phone yesterday. She has done so great at CSU and I can’t believe in a little over a year she will be graduating from college!
*Jynelle, my friend, my Dionne. She sent me a sweet card in the mail the other day after I was having a blah Monday. She understands me and that is so great to have friend like that. She also gave me a gift card to Office Max and I went there today to buy pens. (She and I both love getting a good pen!) We texted back and forth and I sent her pics of the ones I got. I love that she gets me in those little things and how that means something to me…
*Which brings me to Hannah. She searched on the web for the pen that I wanted. The name of it came off the pen that I wanted. She also cares for me and the little things. She was the first of the 2 that asked me about my blog and kept looking for it every day for several days. That meant a lot to me that she cared. She is turning 19 on Monday. Her birthday’s in the past have been legendary with originality. This year she had hoped to have a spelling bee for her birthday…but she decided against it after her trip to DC. It is still yet to be determined what all will happen this weekend. We have a couple of ideas. She sent a sweet facebook to our Pratt family facebook members saying this:
And this is her at the Inauguration and DC last month.
I love this girl. I hope that we can have a special birthday weekend celebrating her! We even might be going to Finland!
Well, I guess this is enough for now. Even though I can list about a 100 more things that I am thankful for over the last few weeks….