In the past few days I have been overwhelmed with thankfulness for my family. I know we all appreciate our families to some extent, but there are those times that really make you so happy to be part of something as special as a family. Here are a few of the situations that have recently fanned the flame of my gratitude for family:
1. I was completely stressed out and overwhelmed about my duties at church and my upcoming job testing and interview at Blue Cross. My blood pressure was up and I was near the brink of tears after a stessful meeting. My sister in law Andi invited me over for dinner (bonus #1 I didn’t have to cook that night!) so that I could talk to Brad about the job (bonus #2 I could have a little more piece of mind about the whole thing) We agreed to meet at their house around 7, but I got there early and had to pee! I was sitting in my car waiting when I remembered that my aunt Kelly lives immediately around the block from Brad and Andi. I decided to dash over there to say hi and use the bathroom. I was able to take care of business and then chat with my uncle Lenny and Aunt Kelly for a little while. I was still really worked up, but just sitting with them and talking about it brought my stress level way down. We joked a little and just “shot the breeze” but knowing that I was welcome there anytime without any warning was so comforting. I got a couple of hugs and was on my way again much better off than I had been. The world doesn’t seem so big when you have a large family, who are open for emergency bathroom visits, living in your area!
2. I got an unexpected myspace message from Andi the night of my interview. It was about some church stuff, but she threw in that if it were up to her, I’d get the job. It made me smile.
3. Tonight I decided to do some spur of the moment Christmas shopping and decided rather impulsively to buy Andy’s gift. I had a few questions about it and decided to call my dad. We don’t talk on the phone much, but because of my recent job interview we have talked more regularly and he seemed like the perfect person to ask advice from, so I called. He answered right away and told me what I needed to know. It was a cool father-daughter warm, fuzzy moment. After I had my questions answered, I decided to take action without thinking through every step of the process. I got a little stuck and decided to call for help. Who were some of the first people I thought of?? Family! Jen and Dave weren’t too far away, so I called for help. David usually travels throughout the week, but happened to be home tonight and dropped everything to come help me. I have a VERY hard time asking for help, so I was overwhelmed by his willingness and enthusiasm to help me.
God definitely created us to be in relationship with other people, and I’m so blessed to have the family that I have!