Gratitude Monday



Gifts that make my life worth living,
gifts that make my moments holy.
Not gifts that I wish for,
but gifts that I have received.
Gifts that bring me back
into Joy and Gratitude.


ancient apple trees like gnarled hands thrusting up from the snow
an announcement from Hutch5 that made me bounce with excitement and cry with joy
two days at home alone
a nice clean kitchen with even the refrigerator coils vacuumed
a new baby named Elizabeth Taylor
playing volleyball and discovering that I still can!
a guy who serves the volleyball backward
a tree that leans on its neighbor in the still white air
20 or 30 deer peacefully grazing in a field

sunset rays across a snowy field, making melon-colored highlights and lavender shadows
a Biblical dinner, sitting on the floor at a triclinium table
reliving the way Jesus and his disciples would have experienced it
learning the customs and practices of the day
that add so much more dimension and understanding to the Bible


All these things were lovely gifts this week, but we had another gift.  A gift we certainly didn’t ask for, and one that we really didn’t want–the gift of pain.

We went ice skating again yesterday, and this time it didn’t go so well.  No, it wasn’t me that fell and hurt myself this time.  It was my beloved husband.  He somehow landed on his face though he really doesn’t know exactly what happened.  When he walked up to me with blood streaming down his face, I thought he’d surely been sliced open by a skate blade, but it was mostly from a nosebleed.  Evidently he hit his chin hard enough to snap the two front teeth off and also smashed his nose.  Makes me cringe every time I think about it. His chin has been bothering him a lot–it’s raw and very bruised, but of course the worst thing is to have two broken teeth right smack-dab in front.

We saw a dentist this morning, who glued the pieces of the teeth back on (our son, thankfully, had the presence of mind to pick them up off the ice.)  It’s only a temporary fix, which he will have to be very careful with, and which will hopefully last for a month or two.  The dentist would like to hold off crowning them until we see whether or not the nerves have died in either tooth.  If so, he will need a root canal.  um, yeah…possibly two root canals.  And then two crowns.  Ugh. 

I’m still kicking myself for not taking a picture–I kind of think we needed to record for posterity how very ugly indeed it was –but he was so miserable I didn’t have the heart to do it last night…and this morning I forgot.  Ah, well, I am very grateful that it wasn’t any worse.  Though it is a nasty thing, he’s not in too much pain anymore, and at least he is not disabled.  There are so many worse things that could happen. We have to remember that…

God IS good. 


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9 Responses to Gratitude Monday

  1. TNLNSL_PRN says:

    I’m so glad it wasn’t worse than it actually was!

  2. bafocus_2 says:

    I understand much better now the “frustration of a bad evening” ………..praying for Galen in his pain and discomfort…….and for you in this time…………May God keep you in the “Hollow of His Hand” in these times, AND always!!Gods Blessings!K & J

  3. fwren says:

    Oh dear ~ how awful!  Would you two just please stay off the ice???    Btw, who does baby Elizabeth belong to?

  4. mamaglop says:

    I am sorry to hear about that.  The same thing happened to my mother late last year, and on a floor, not the ice.  She didn’t even put her hands up.  Thank God she is okay and so is your husband, except for the prospect of some unpleasant dental work. 

  5. homefire says:

    @fwren – No, we probably won’t.    Dh is mad enough that he’s decided it’s not going to make him quit!    Elizabeth was born to Mary V. who lives in Mississippi now.

  6. BooksForMe says:

    Oh, poor guy!  Pretty amazing they can glue a tooth on and keep it functioning.  The pain must have been pretty intense.  Thank God he’s basically, OK, though.  And, good for him for staying on the ice! 

  7. homefire says:

    @BooksForMe – I don’t know how well it will function–there are no guarantees–but it’s amazing how good it looks.  They told him not to bite anything firm, like apple or carrot.  But if he’s careful, we’re hoping it will stick awhile!  And the pain wasn’t nearly as bad as you’d think.  The nerve wasn’t actually exposed–they broke off about halfway down.  The worst of his pain has been in his chin, really.  Thankfully, his jaw seems to be okay, though.

  8. walkintrust says:

    Tell him he’s cute no matter what!  And if his beard was a mite longer his chin would have been better protected!

  9. homefire says:

    @walkintrust – He says you’re a fine one to talk…your beard isn’t very long either! 

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