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I'm a single mom with two great kids living near Dallas, Texas. This is my life; day to day things that are probably only important to me. This is my record of my ups, my downs and the road that I've taken along the way. For whatever reason YOU'RE here, I hope you find something you can enjoy and/or relate to. God bless.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

We all gave thanks

I hope y'all had a great Thanksgiving. Ours was blessed, so blessed. We were all so happy because, one: I have a real job (YAY!!) and two: our family was together again. You know what it's like to be separated from your family for whatever period of time and then your family is together again. Every minute is precious. Casey got home Wednesday afternoon and I don't think I stopped smiling until he left this evening. As I stood out in front of the house in the cold rain watching him drive down the street, away from us and back to his life at college, I prayed for his safe trip home and gave God thanks for the time we'd had with him this holiday.

Watching he and Charlie this past few days brought back so many memories of two little blonde headed boys playing, laughing, arguing and playing pranks on their mom.

When Casey came home on Wednesday, I was on my way to my second interview for my new job. When I got home, Casey, Charlie and I went shopping for Thanksgiving dinner makings. My sweet friend, Katy, had sent us a gift card to buy groceries with and I can't tell you what a difference it made for us. Thank you Katy. After we got home, Casey offered to treat Charlie to a movie and they went to see Hitman. I love how Casey has stepped in to be a positive male role model in Charlie's life. Casey has told me he wants to be there for Charlie, and every time he comes home he makes it a priority to spend one on one time with Charlie. I've got the best kids. I promise you I never take them for granted, I know how blessed I am.

I wasn't the only one glad to see my boys together again.

Thanksgiving was wonderful. The entire day was perfect. The boys helped me out a lot over Thanksgiving because of my knee. They helped clean house as we had company over, and they helped me cook dinner. Then they fell asleep right after dinner, one on each couch, sound asleep with their bellies full and all right in our world.

I love my family.

Friday Charlie spent time with his dad and Casey went to play ultimate frisbee with some friends. I rested. Bliss.

Saturday we ventured out in the cold rain to go to the movies. We saw No Country For Old Men. Tommy Lee Jones, gotta love him. The movie...it was the Coen brothers...so it's a bit off. The boys and I liked it very much, but much of the audience booed when it ended. Yeah, well...people differ. Should have known going in that it was one of the Coen brother's films...so, what was the surpirse? Saturday afternoon the boys made a gingerbread house. Yup, seriously. Charlie wanted to do it, and Casey said if Charlie wanted to do it, he'd help him.

That night Casey volunteered at church and went out with friends afterwards. It was odd not knowing where he was after midnight and I couldn't quite fall asleep. C'mon, it was cold and rainy outside...a mom worries, lol. He got home around 1:30 in the morning and told me he'd gone to a friend's house with a group and they watched movies. I slept sound the rest of the night.

This morning we went to Fellowship Church. If we'd gone to Potter's House, by the time we got home, Casey would be leaving, so I was selfish and opted for the church that got me the most time with him. Every time I stand between my boys in praise at church, I cry like a baby. I'm so grateful to have them, so thankful for them, my heart simply can't hold all the joy and I cry. Happy tears.

Honestly, there has been a lot of happy tears in my home lately. I have found a job after looking for over a year...way over a year. If I hadn't been working at the clothing shop, I'd not met my friend, Ronda, who works at the Dr's office. If I hadn't met Ronda, she'd not taken my resume in to where she works and I'd not found this great job. Thank you, Ronda.

We may not see the whole picture when we're trying to figure out where the pieces go, but God does. After all my many years, I've learned one thing; TRUST GOD.


Blogger Rosemarie said...

Being with family when you've been separated is sweet. So sweet! It sounds as if you soaked up every minute and joy was overflowing.

It's one thing to be blessed, and another thing to be blessed and give thanks.

Great pics!

9:42 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

rosemarie ~ yup, I did a lot of 'soaking'. :) How ungrateful would I be not to give thanks, I've so much to be thankful for. God, my dear friend, is good!!

10:37 PM  
Blogger DaBich said...

You ALWAYS manage to put a huge smile on my face...even Monday morning AFTER a long holiday weekend lol. Those boys of yours are simply the BEST. Gingerbread house??? Lord, don't mention those to me! Stepson and I made one last year before Christmas, and I SWORE no more. The darn thing would NOT stay together lol! And I am soooo thrilled you got a GOOD job...God does answer prayers. We had the immediate family together for Thanksgiving also, it was sweet. Went to visit Dad mid afternoon, and most of my siblings were there. Double sweet :)

6:16 AM  
Blogger 3carnations said...

Talk about Thanksgiving! Congratulations on the job - I'm so happy for you!

...and them not letting you go home when you were in pain, knowing that you wouldn't ask unless you absolutely needed to...Unbelievable.

You mentioned the people had been at your new job for many years...That really is a good sign. At my work the "new guy" has been here 7 years. As much as I may grumble about these folks, it really is a good place to work. I think you may have found the same. :)

7:35 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I'm smiling from ear to ear just reading each word, knowing how happy you are right now. The pictures of the boys and all your puppies are priceless!! I am so glad that you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving and am so thankful that the Lord is allowing us to see a glimpse of His plan for you right now. It's so exciting to see Him work!!

9:37 AM  
Blogger The Real Kidd said...

(((HUG))) I am so happy for you girl. The job, the boys, your friends and all. You are so very blessed.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous nikki jo said...

Sounds like you and the boys had a wonderful time. Congrats on the job too! I can tell you're really excited :) I'm so proud of you for sticking in there when times got rough. I love you for your courage!

Take it easy on that knee, rest up, and remember tomorrow is another day :)

Love ya!!

4:37 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

dabich ~ girl, if I've made you smile then my life is complete! :) All I did for the gingerbread house was make the icing. We each broke off a small piece of it the next day and tasted it...then tossed it. LOL, it was fun, and I got pictuers, so there ya are. I wish I could have been with my sibling and family for Thanksgiving. I miss that part of Marks family, they were a great bunch to get together with...and then they were gone. :(

3 c's ~ thank you! yup, I think they are gonna be a great bunch of people, today they all seem so at ease and comfortable togther. There must be about 20 women there working for the 5 doctors, and it's rare to see 20 women all laughing and hugging each other when they see each other in the mornings. Good stuff. I think I'll fit in.

michelle ~ awwww, thank you. I love the first pic where Casey is so happy to see the dogs. All of my 8 were all over him, and his dog, Daisey, that he's had since he was 6 never left his side and slept in his bed with him. That was precious!
God is amazing, and He never leaves us unfinished. Just let Him work!

kidd ~ thank you sweet stuff! I am blessed. So are you with all yours!

nikki ~ darlin', we got your text, thank you! You've got a lot of me in you, and a lot of your mom. :) You have all our courage and more. You future is bound for great things. LOVE YOU TOO!

7:31 PM  
Blogger LoveLladro said...

so many things to say... First, i totally would hang with your fam... Making the gingerbread house, so cool. Second, love to hear how your boys fill your life and what joy they bring... I am starting to understand! Third... I am so glad to hear about your new job!! I prayed specifically for that for you and i am so happy to know God had it in His plan! Amen to trusting in the Lord!

8:09 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

lovelladro ~ thank you so much. I loved reading about your Thanksgiving too, and LOVED the pictures. It's why as soon as I got the news that I was hired, I called everyone and blogged about it to thank EVERYONE that prayed for me. I know I got this on the wings of prayers...many, many prayers!

8:24 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

That was a great post. Your family makes me happy..I love your pics of the kids (4-legged ones included!)

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am soooooo glad to see that your holiday was wonderful. Congrats on the job!!

12:12 PM  
Blogger LoveLladro said...

PS... the house from Thanksgiving... isn't it awesome! Adam's Uncle Jimmy built it. All the trees that were cut down were used to build the house so it truly is a log cabin! It's rustic with tons of modern convenience! I want to live there too!

8:00 PM  
Blogger Lynilu said...

Kathi, Congratulations on the job! And your weekend with the boys sounds just wonderful! Blessings, blessings, blessings abounding!

Much happiness!

10:25 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Love them happy tears in church!

You have spread your happiness to me today. I am so happy for you and your job and your family!

P.S. I LOVE the Coen Bros.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Rose said...

This is a beautiful post, so filled with blessings, gratitude and love. Thanks for sharing and let us know that God is always there, waiting to show his love and grace, and that he knows our needs and knows exactly how to take care of them. What a beautiful Thanksgiving you all had! Much love to the boys for staying close to each other and to you. It's clear that you have done an amzaing job with them.

10:54 AM  

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