Strange title for a post, huh? About a year ago I read the book “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp (a must-read!). The main premise of the book is that God’s grace is present in every situation in life (the good, bad, hard) and that we are called to respond in all things with thanksgiving.

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

-Colossians 3:17

And so God has been working this truth over in my heart and let me tell you I am a sloooow learner. Thursday evening we took our kids to the Christmas party hosted by the foster care agency we’re working with. There were probably 5 or 6 other families at the party. Shortly after we arrived a family came with two younger children, a little girl that looked like she was about 3 years old and a little boy that was about 18 months old. After a while another family arrived with two boys…maybe 5 and 7 years old. It soon became apparent that these 4 children were siblings but living in two different homes, most likely because there wasn’t anyone that could take all four children. The joy the children had in seeing each other was so apparent. At one point I looked over and saw the 7 year old giving his little sister a belated birthday gift because he hadn’t been able to give it to her on her birthday. He then spent the rest of the evening bouncing his youngest brother on his knee and chasing the little ones around the room. Talk about pulling the heart strings! After watching our toddlers (we now have 2 two year olds!) fight about something today I was struck by the fact that I’m so thankful our kids see each other every moment of most every day and thus fight. I should probably write this on my forehead or something so I don’t forget because not only am I slow learner but I also tend to forget easily. 😉