Thursday, November 26, 2009
The Blessings that Surround Me ...
As I write the,the big kids are all piled on the couch,laughing like crazy and telling stories.The littlest ones,Charlotte and Zoey are snug in their beds and Mark is upstairs doing the bedtime books and prayers routine, with the boys.I probably will have to wander up in a bit and see if Mark has dozed off along with them.Poor guy,he is exhausted.He has been working like crazy on a new show,Find My Family and pulled an all nighter helping with the end of "CNN Heros:An All Star Tribute" program.He really needs this long weekend but I am not sure how much rest he will get.We have some things we really need to check off on our to-do list.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving.I mean truly wonderful.Although I did most of the baking and cooking and spent the majority of the day on my feet,it was a actually a very relaxing day.Jess did make an awesome apple pie,as well as the yummy cranberry-orange sauce.However,an addendum to this sentence would have to be,I HEARD both those things were yummy because neither I actually eat.And while I'm at it,some know this,some don't,but I don't actually eat much of anything on the menu.A spoon full of corn,potatoes and some gravy to disproportionately top it and I'm good to go.Although I LOVE the time together,Thanksgiving and the fixings are not my favorite at all.What I do love though,is looking around and seeing all my children together.Danny and Matt blending in because,after all they are family too.Our friend Amanda joined us.Okay, technically she is Matt and Jessica's friend but I consider her my friend also. She is an absolute sweetheart and we are so lucky that she wanted to spend today with our crazy crew.Not a moment went by in this day,especially in this very moment,that I wasn't reminded how blessed my life is.
I want to back track a bit and address the CNN Heroes show.For the third year in a row,CNN showcased 10 extraordinary everyday heroes and from the 10,1 is chosen as hero of the year.This years winner,Efren Peñaflorida,said the following things,all of which bare repeating:
"Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man, woman of different colors, shapes and sizes. We are one great tapestry," Peñaflorida said upon accepting the honor. "Each person has a hidden hero within, you just have to look inside you and search it in your heart, and be the hero to the next one in need.
"So to each and every person inside this theater and for those who are watching at home, the hero in you is waiting to be unleashed. Serve, serve well, serve others above yourself and be happy to serve. As I always tell to my co-volunteers ... you are the change that you dream, as I am the change that I dream, and collectively we are the change that this world needs to be."
If you have an opportunity,the show will be replayed a number of times on CNN and I encourage all of you to watch it and unleash the hero within you.
*A few pictures of the day.The kids LOVE Bananagrams.Played twice today.Highly recommend it as family fun ... again,I can only recommend it via watching them play,I can't spell worth a darn.thank goodness for spell check!