Wednesday, April 2, 2008

My Ordinary Miracles

I read my friend Leslie's blog every day and watch as she grieves the loss of her husband.  My heart breaks for her every time I read her words.  No one should have to go through losing a spouse so young.  Today she posted the miracle of knowing him and the miracle of his life.  She added the song "Ordinary Miracle" by Sarah McLachlan to her blog and as I listened to the words I reflected on my life and the ordinary miracles in my life.  I have many:

1. Jane-She is so smart.  She loves me and wants to be by me all the time.  Sometimes I get frustrated with her because she's always "at my hip" but someday she won't be and I'll be sad.  She's one of my 3 most wonderful miracles.
2. Tobe-Everything he learns is a miracle.  He is so sweet and loving to everyone.
3. Aly-The last of my most wonderful miracles.  I am so grateful that I can have children and care for them.  I'm not the best mother but I love my children.
4. Brett-It's a miracle that we met, fell in love, and continue to work together to make life happy.  He has such a strong testimony and I am so grateful for him in my life.
5. My Grandpa Ralph-I am so blessed to have known him, loved him, and was loved by him.
6. The sunrise-Each day is a miracle.  It's one more day that I am alive.  It's a second chance to be a better person.
7. Eugene-Meeting him was a miracle.  His life and example is a blessing in my life.  I will forever be a changed person having known him.
8. America-I am so grateful I live in America and that my husband isn't one that has to fight for our wonderful freedoms.  I am so grateful for those who sacrifice their lives for me.
9. Christ-His life, His example, His death.  It's my miracle that I know Him and am blessed everyday by His sacrifice.

These aren't ordinary miracles but they are things I sometimes take for granted.  I am truly blessed and know that miracles are happening everyday.  


Shauna said...

Such a great post. There are so many ordinary miracles and we should pause and think of them. Thanks for the reminder.

Jenna said...

Thanks for the great reminder. As the day gets hard, it is important to realize that are children are miracles and the blessings that we have been given.

Kami said...

I loved this post! We all really have to much to be thankful for.

Your grandpa Ralph was the cutest and nicest, I am glad I knew him.

Kelli said...

I've always thought that "Ordinary Miracles" was a pretty song, but I had never really listened to the words before today. I hope you don't mind if I piggyback off of you and post the lyrics on my blog. What a great message and reminder to appreciate the simple things in life.

I also hope that Leslie doesn't mind that I read her blog that inspired yours. I was just overwhelmed with emotion. I cannot even imagine what she is going through. The love that she has for her husband & her son radiates through her thoughtful words. I didn't know if it would be appropriate for me to post on her blog since I don't know her personally, but if she sees this comment, I just want her to know what an awesome example of faith and gratitude she is. And I absolutely loved the t-shirt she made for Aaron Jr.

Thanks to both of you for reminding us to look and be grateful for the ordinary miracles we experience each day.

Samantha said...

I love reading your blog. Thank you for posting about your Miracles. I affectionately call miracles my tender mercies. How blessed we are to be loved by a Heavenly Father so much that we would give us amazing miracles to help us find joy in life. You are fabulous. This post has boosted my spirits today.

Becky, yep said...

Such a great title to a great post! I love my three little miracles too!
And your friend, I can't imagine what she's going thru

Debbie said...

Just slowing down to see the tiny miracles that surround us is good.

I loved your grandpa. He was just one of the kindest men I know.

suzeeqh said...

thank you for sharing the thoughts of your friend with me. i am grateful to ANYONE who reads my blog and gets to know aaron. thank you for the love you share with us. i am grateful for your friendship.
thank you.
-leslie *

suzeeqh said...

p.s. i hope it is okay that i added your blog to my list of friends on my blog. let me know if that is a problem. thanks. :)

estanworth said...

What a great post!! I loved reading that. Thanks for sharing your miracles.

Staci said...

Thanks Amanda for that post, I needed that! It is so easy to take for granted all the many blessings we have in our lives. I was reading your friends blog and feel so much heartache for her. I know I need to be more grateful for all that I have!

severts5 said...

I love your blog. That was such a sweet post. Thanks for the inspiration to think of the miracles in my own life!

Becca said...

You are so sweet and I think it's a miracle we've been friends for ten years! I love all of your ordinary miracles as well especially because they are all reflections of what a great person you are. Thanks for all you do!