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I'm Beth. I'm married to my best friend, and he's pretty awesome. We have two equally awesome kids, Gavin and Sophie.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


At this time of year, everyone starts thinking more about what they're thankful for. That's a great thing -- I wish I could remember to be more thankful throughout the year. The first thing that comes to mind as I sit here in front of my computer to type this is that I am thankful we finally have a working computer again. That's a little thing, sure, but if you'll look back to the last time I posted a blog entry, that is the last time we had a functional computer. I don't like to think we rely on this technology so much but its felt like we've been really out of touch. I love keeping up with my family and friends on facebook. For a lot of people, its the only way I do get to have contact with them because they are far away. I like being able to post about life and the kids on here, for people who actually are interested in reading about us. :) I am very thankful for a cousin who has so much computer knowledge, and a caring heart, who took our computer home with him and worked on it, not once, but twice, until it was working again. He's very busy with work and his own kids, but he took time out to work hard on it for us...especially since for a while, we thought everything on the computer was gone. Pictures from our whole life together, essentially, starting with our wedding. Pictures of Sophie's entire life are on this thing. Not only that, he didn't even charge us. I am very thankful for that! Isn't it great that there are still kind people in the world? This year has been trying. This time last year, it would have been very easy to say things couldn't get much worse for us, at least financially. We were dealing with legal stuff over Gavin and Ernie had been laid off. Oddly enough, this year, things haven't changed with the legal stuff...but now a much bigger financial burden has been added. I guess I shouldn't say "well at least we know it can't get any worse!" Last year I didn't know how we'd make it, but we've made it though a whole year. We have even had happy times during that year! Somehow, we are still making it. It is amazing what God can do. It shows what little faith I have, for sure. I start to panic, thinking this is it, this is finally the time when things will stop being okay -- and then something happens, at just the right time, to get us through. My faith in God has grown so much during this time, and our bond as a family has definitely strengthened, as well. So I will be thankful for that. I am thankful for all this stuff we've been going through. While I wouldn't wish it even on my enemy, I can still thank God for it because it has made us better, stronger people. And really, when I think about it...if you take away the joblessness, the incorrect back child support that is putting huge financial stress on us, the court stress and uncertainty of our situation with Gavin...we have a lot to be thankful for! We have a house to live in. It may not be my dream house, but we have enough room for all of us. We have lights and heat. We have 2 cars that work and that we don't owe any money on. We have a sweet dog that brings a lot of joy to our kids. We have extended family that loves us. We have friends who care about us. We have 2 sweet, loving kids who are healthy! And I am so very thankful for my husband, who works his butt off to take care of us, no matter what, and who loves me unconditionally and is the best father I have ever known. I don't see it being the norm for guys in our age group to put the biggest emphasis on family, but the most important thing in Ernie's life is his family: me and the kids. And that means more to me than anything. And lastly...today I am going to try to be thankful that people have enough confidence in me to think I can cook the entire Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. I will say I don't agree with them...but too late to back out now! Happy Thanksgiving everyone. ...oh Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever! -Psalm 30:12