For all of you that think all I can do is gripe, complain and argue about the church and people in the church…. well here you go. Something positive. (I do have a life you know).
Here are just a few things that make me smile and grateful to be alive.
My oldest, Bryson… he makes me smile. He’s a young man now, however he still wants the affection and love of the little boy he won’t be for long… as long as none of his friends are around. Seeing him grow up, watching him interact with his friends, other adults and “that girl” he likes. Watching him play basketball and giving 100% everytime he hits the court. Watching the way he loves his little brother and seeing him step up to help me around the house when I need it. I love my Brydog.
My youngest, Grant…. he makes me smile. When I walk in the front door and he yells “Da Da” and comes running up to me and gives me the biggest hug possible… it doesn’t get any better than that. His infectious laugh. His beautiful art. The non-stop questions about what this is, what that is, what this means and how to spell every word known to man. The way he can get under his brothers skin in one minute, and the next have his brother wrapped around his little finger. He loves his “bubba”. I love my little man.
Thinking back on the trip I took with the boys to San Diego recently… this makes me smile. It truly was one of the happiest times in recent memory. We took the train down, road in taxis around town, and went to SeaWorld. We were drenched by Shamu. By the way, when they say “soak zone” they mean it (see pic to the left – we are freezing)!
My job… makes me so grateful. I work at the best place anyone could ever work. I am so lucky to have the job I have, work with the friends I have made over the years and get to wear whatever I damn well please everyday. It’s nice getting up in the morning and wanting to go to work. Every job has its moments, but when the moments come I just think of the alernatives and it’s just not that bad anymore.
My friends… make me smile and grateful… all at the same time. I haven’t been a great friend to some of you over the past couple of years. Actually, I have put some of you through the ringer as I shuffled through life. But I think I am coming around… a few minor setbacks here and there, but I might just make it. Some of you are long time friends and some of you are new. Some of you I have never met face to face. But one thing is for certain… all of you are dear to me for the love, grace, understanding and acceptance you have given me.
So here’s a belated toast to 2007…. to smiles and happiness in the New Year.