Monday, August 31, 2009

The Things I Would Miss

If "They" Were Taken Away

"Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give me one thing more, a grateful heart:
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
as if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise!"
--George Herbert


Messy bibs tossed over a highchair,

Crumbs on the dining room table after it has been freshly wiped,

Tiny clothes folded on a little girl's dresser,

Stuffed animals piled high in a closet,

Dirty diapers,

Toys spilled over in a bathtub,

Hearts, ABC's, and rainbows written all over a
sidewalk and driveway,

Walking hand-in-hand into church as a family,

A smiley boy bouncing higher than Tigger in
his jumparoo,

My husband's dirty boots left on a clean floor,

Wadded up toilet paper 'decorating' a bathroom floor,

Wilting, yellow grass where a kiddy pool once was,

Little arms wrapped tightly around my neck,

Being woken up out of a dead sleep by a little girl who
had a bad dream,

Watching my daughter build a tower out of Legos
with her Daddy,

Having someone to share a warm bed with; that
truly adores me with his whole heart,

A Husband that loves sports,

Being able to give my children a bath; and
watch them splash all over,

Family time in the evening; grilling, laughing,
and eating together around a table,

Toy bins to organize and re-organize,

Play Dough glued to the table,

Crayon on the wall,

Butterfly - catchers and a swing set,


It won't be your job,
or even your ministry
that will flash through your mind at
your God-appointed time of death,

It will be those under your own roof!

Counting the Blessings of Family
today over at Ann's Blog.

My COUNTDOWN of 1,000 Gifts
with the Gratitude Community:


  1. Great List! It's often easy to look the little things like this as annoyances instead of blessings. I always tell myself when my floors are covered with toys and crumbs and dirt that if all of this was clean, it would mean I'm in my house alone and probably lonely.

  2. Thank You for joining my blog. I have joined yours as well. I have enjoyed reading your posts. You have a beautiful family. Blessings,

  3. Pretty list Traci - the power of family is indeed heartwarming and as mothers, to drink in the gratitude, means to catch every drop of goodness. Thank you for your comments and encouragement left on my blog :) Amy

  4. What a marvelous post! So many items on that the world would see as problems or annoyances--what a blessing to look at them through God-colored glasses and turn them to joy!

  5. I miss so many of these little kid things. But they are remembered and treasured and cherished. As we should.

  6. Lovely list...Hearts, ABC's, and rainbows written all over a sidewalk and driveway...Walking hand-in-hand into church as a family...Little arms wrapped tightly around my neck...A joy to read. Thank you for sharing your heart. And thanks for your kind words left at Eucharisteo.


  7. Beautiful post! It was so kind of you to leave a note on my blog the other day.

    I have Ann's blog on my roll. I'll have to see about joining her gratitude community. Thanks for the inspiration.


  8. You have such a loving, giving heart. I am blessed to read your beautiful list.

  9. Taci
    What a beautiful list.

    Sorry to have tempted you over at "my place". Most certainly didn't mean to! *smile*


  10. That we would all have gratitude for
    dirty boots
    messy toy bins
    midnight wakings from scared little ones.

    Your heart spills over with thanksgiving. I love seeing Gratitude through your eyes.

  11. Hi Traci,

    Just wanted to let you know we're playing a game on my blog next week. Make sure you head over and sign up!


  12. I was going through some modern designs on Dining Room Decorand I found amazing collection.


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