Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Yesterday I was having a major pity party.  The "no one likes me, everybody hates me, I think I'll eat a can of worms" kind-of party.  I'm not sure exactly why, but it just kind-of consumed me for the day.  I knew what I had to do, but I kept putting it off until laying in bed last night.  I know that when I get into those funks, the best medicine is to make a "Thankful" list to remind myself how much God has blessed me.  So here's the list I came up with.

Things I'm thankful for:
1. My 3 healthy boys. Luke's heart defect corrected itself in the womb, Jonah wasn't hit by that car, and Gideon didn't crack his skull when he fell off the playground.  I mean, really, I could probably just stop right here.
2. A husband that loves me. And doesn't beat me. Doesn't take advantage of or lie to me. Doesn't grow tired of playing "monster" with the boys. Doesn't schedule anything on our date night.  And doesn't complain too much when he has to attend my pity parties.
3. My Tennessee life. This includes my family that loves me dearly, my soul sisters that I can call at a moments notice, southern nature (thunder, lightening bugs, cardinals, etc.) & Chick-fil-a (that I know is secretly dying to open up a store just down from my house).  I will probably never have that life again, but it's safely stored in my heart forever.
4. Food. I have yet to miss a meal because I had to. Even if it's leftovers of leftovers, I always have something to eat.
5. Hot water. Anyone that has done any kind of mission work knows what a luxary this is.
6. Sight. Even if I go blind tomorrow, think of all the wonderful things I have seen in my lifetime! Babies, rainbows, mountains, faces, flowers, oceans, unicorns, well, you get the picture.
7. Technology. Not sure which is my favorite, but I would be lost without my washing machine, dishwasher, indoor plumbing, wi-fi & minivan!

Wow! I'm feeling better already. I was shooting for 10, but I don't think I need to go a bit further. I AM SO RICH! I think I might be the richest girl on earth.

Thank you, God, for reminding me that all good things come from you.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows"  .James 1:17

Taken this spring at the Washington Arboretum


  1. See, I thought this was going to be a post about the worms that come out in the Spring when it rains. Big, juicy ones that get trapped on the pavement. Then it stops raining and they die and dry up. Then it rains again and what do you get? Reconstituted worms... yuck!

  2. And I thought you were going to report going on a fishing trip! Grandpaw Wilder (J.S.) started it off by taking your mom, Uncle Jack & me fishing back in the Dark Ages, and I continued it by taking my 3 fishing (two of them liked it, the third didn't, but only one of them would put his own worms on the hook). See what fun you can have with boys! - ick-ick

  3. What a wonderful blog Melissa! I like your real talking...we all have those kind of wormy days! Especially in the North West. Living in the DARK northwest means alot of beautiful water and green trees but it also means gloomy days where I want to pull my hair out! Maybe we need to have our "gloomy day parties" where we play checkers and eat sugar and salty chips! I am so thankful for our Tennessee people whom you and Jason have brought to help us out so we can have fun serving them and enjoy their bright cheerful personalities! They are delightful! They seem to be enjoying the cool, fresh weather and reminds me how wonderful the air is here. I love you sweet sister, and I know the church family thinks you are adorable, so hold your head high....real summer is a'comin' real soon here! (we hope!)
    Love you! Melinda