Yesterday I got to go to the YMCA to work out while Kevin kept Levi for me. I love to get a chance to do Zumba at the Y! It is fun and I feel like I have really given my body a challenge. I love it when Kevin keeps Levi because it means they will have some bonding time without me around. If I am around, then the primary bonding that takes place is with Mommy.
I also got to do a short shopping trip with Taylor. We weren't buying much, but we needed to get a Father's Day gift for Kevin and Kohl's was having a big sale. Plus I had an extra 30% off coupon! I do love Kohl's. Later we went to Dick's to search for a surf shirt to keep Taylor safe from the sun when she goes as a middle school counselor next week. We almost didn't find the shirt until Levi had to make a trip to the potty and that led me past an area where we hadn't looked. There they were and on clearance too! God is good.
I got to read a fun book to Levi yesterday. I love how he loves a new book as much as I do! The book was "Llama Llama Red Pajama." I think I read it to him 3 or 4 times. Taylor read it to him once and Caleb did his own version once. Caleb likes to make up different rhymes or parts of the story. His included parts about Osama and Obama and marijuana. (No Caleb doesn't do drugs.) His version is always hilarious, but not usually appropriate for a three year old.
I got to listen to some great worship songs on my iPod yesterday while cooking breakfast. Even though it is not a new song to me, Graham Kendrick's "Knowing You Jesus" really spoke to my heart. I have the version that Robin Mark sings and I love it. The lyrics start off with,
All I once held dear, built my life upon;
all this world reveres and wars to own;
all I once thought gain I have counted loss,
spent and worthless now compared to this.
Knowing you Jesus, knowing you, there is no greater joy.
It is a beautiful and stirring song. It makes my heart want to know Jesus more.
The last thing that I got to do was to help prepare supper. That was enjoyable to me because I wasn't doing it alone. I love to cook, but I also love to spend time with my family. So, if anyone ever wants to join in the work, that is a big deal to me. Caleb wanted to cook bacon and blue burgers. So we got some ground beef and made hamburger patties with bacon and blue cheese already rolled into the meat. Then Kevin grilled them. Yum!
Those are some of the things God brought to mind last night as I was recounting the day. It helps me to look back at the end of the day and try to be very specific about blessings God sent my way. I may have enjoyed those blessings and moments and then moved on without even thinking about giving thanks. What may have been considered mundane becomes a moment infused with grace when I stop and thank the One who is giving me these gifts of time and sweet memories.
I want to walk in an awareness of all that God is doing in me and around me. I do not want to be like one of the nine lepers who didn't give thanks to Jesus. I want to be the one that runs back and falls at His feet to say, "Thank you."