November Blog Circle - Thankful

by Amy Rhodes

November's theme is so simple, yet so difficult at the same time.  There are so many things I am thakful for, how is it possible to pick just one?  Have you ever heard the quote, "What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?"  It makes you think, doesn't it!?

Today I'm not going to focus on my obvious answers, which would be my husband, my children, my mom, my home, chocolate and salt - and carmel with the salt!  Instead I am going to focus on one thing.

I am thankful for the relationship my children have with one another.  They are best friends and I am so grateful for the love they have and show each other. 

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I have 2 brothers.  I am the only girl and am stuck right in the middle.  In no way am I saying this was a bad thing.  But lets face the facts...I am a girl, they are boys.  They didn't want to play Barbies and I didn't want to catch bees in the backyard and perform bug surgery in my parents bathroom.  I bothered them, they bothered me.  It wasn't anything out of the ordinary, it was just typical sibbling relationships.  Our relationship was less than steller until we were old enough to realize that brothers and sisters could have civil conversations without poking, pushing or yelling.  The funny thing is now all 3 of us live in the same neighborhood.  We can walk to each others home within minutes and our children play with each other all the time.  I'm pretty sure we all love each other now.  

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When I was pregnant with my second child I wanted it to be a girl, but I was resigned to the fact that it needed to be a boy.  I had a boy, I could do it again.  It would be easy.  A boy meant Thomas (my oldest) would have a buddy.  A boy meant there wouldn't be any fighting in the house and that they would have a built-in best friend.  When the doctor told me we were expecting a girl I had to wrap my head around the concept of a girl in the home.  I was so excited for myself, but I was sad that Thomas wasn't going to get a brother.

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That was almost 6 years ago!  And let me tell you how wrong I was!  Thomas and Clara have such a great relationship.  They love each other so much.  They rarely fight with one another (can't say it never happens) and when they do, they work it out themselves.  They play with one another and are encouraging.  They miss each other when they are at school and never leave each others presence without a hug and an "I love you."    

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I wish I could tell you what we did to "train" them to be like they are, but to tell you the truth I think they just came that way.  We got lucky.  All I know is that I am so thankful for them and the love they show one another.  It makes me so thankful to be their mother.

Now head on over to Me Ra Koh's blog to see her beautiful pictures read her touching words about being thankful.

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