I woke up this morning from a very vivid dream that normally would have upset me and left me starting the day on a very wrong foot. Instead, I woke up with a smile and the song, "Be thankful for the good things that you got, thankful for the good things that you got. The good things that you got are for many just a dream, so be thankful for the good things that you got!" playing OVER and OVER and OVER in my head. (Still is!)
I started praying and praising right away. Thankful for God's loving grace and personal care, Rick Saake, Joshua Saake, our little Princess, our Bear, our parents, friends, a warm home, Rick's job and the accompanying health insurance, a great school solution for our kids, that we get to live together under one roof again, for all the lovely willing people who drive me and help carry the slack for me, that I still have a passion (and I think) skill to write, for the connection to so many hearts, around the world, via the internet, and SO VERY MUCH MORE. I am thankful and beyond blessed!!!
This was even before Rick gave me a beautiful, and deeply significant bracelet before he left to work today. Totally surprised me and really blessed me.
About 3 this afternoon, the doorbell rang and there was a delivery of roses and chocolates. Now Rick doesn't typically really do the whole Valentine's thing. I was truly stunned! I think he realizes just how tough these last couple of years have been on me and he intentionally went way overboard on a day we typically let slip pretty quietly by, just to take me off guard. His note, enclosed with the flower, made me tear up and also thankful for God's wisdom for keeping me on earth for this season.
When I called to thank him, he informed me he was getting off work about 2 hours early. He was home before the kids walked through the door to help me welcome them home! We had little Valentines Day surprises for each of them, before getting to hear about their parties and days at school.
I've figured out a bacon-wrapped chicken dish I can make with one hand an that all my family raves over and asks for more (even our daughter who generally does not care to eat chicken at all). That always makes me feel good! Made that for dinner tonight. Now everyone is relaxing before ice cream in a bit. It has been a very encouraging day!
Prayer update on my friend Jonnie. She was re-admitted to our local hospital with a second, full-blown battle with meningitis and a change in IV antibiotics. They will continue monitoring here through the long weekend and need to see a 5-day avoidance of any further leakage from her incision to avoid a potential third trip to LA in the past few weeks, for yet another surgery!
Instead of a single verse tonight, here are 10 reasons Jesus is the best Valentine (by my friend Shelly).