Friday, August 8th, 2014
Today, I’m thankful that even though I don’t always love my job, I have one. I’m thankful that we’ve been able to find a way for my wife to be a stay at home Mom, despite having to juggle money and not always knowing how we’ve made it work. I’m thankful for the strength and support of our extended family in helping it work.
I’m thankful that God has provided me the means to support my wife and children.
Sunday, July 27th, 2014
Today, I’m thankful for one last day on vacation and for a day off at home tomorrow before I go back to work. I’m thankful that I got to spend a ton of time with my family over the last week. And, I’m thnakful I get to sleep in my own bed, next to my wife, tonight.
Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Today, I’m thankful for my Cashman. I’m ridiculously thankful for both of my sons, but today I’d like to focus on my eldest, Cash Hendrix. He is 5 and a half, starts kindergarten in the Fall, and is a very smart and interesting little dude. Like all children, he has he naughty moments, can be defiant, and is certainly no angel. But there are moments where he just makes my heart melt with little comments and questions that are wise beyond his short years. He gets so excited about small things, like falling asleep in bed with me, taking a 5 minute dip in the hot tub once his brother is asleep, and having his momma snuggle up in his bed for a few minutes when she gets home late from derby practice. And, despite brotherly fights and arguing, I catch him doing big brother things like sharing a toy, getting his little brother a drink from the kitchen, or trying to calm his little brother when upset. I love and cherish my little man… my little man who is growing up too fast.
Lately, I’ve been singing this song in my head a bunch. It’s from my high school years by a Christian punk band that I booked for a show when I was 15. The drummer, Russ, wrote it for his first son. I just wanted to share. I think it pretty much sums up how I feel when it comes to both of my boys.
I’m already sorry for all of the harm that is to come
I’m already thankful for the man I know that you’ll become
So, look up and laugh, we’ll cross that finish line together
Sleep tight tonight child and I will be watching over you
Rest assured God will be watching over you
All you need to learn, I’ll keep you safe from harm
I’d do all it takes
I’d lay down my life as long as I know you’ll be all right
I give you all my victories ’cause without you I’m not quite me
Rest assured I said I’d never leave
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
I’m thankful I had a great weekend with my wife and kiddos, as well as a nice visit from my pops.
I’m thankful for my extended family who have put up with me for about a decade so far.
I’m thankful for giving and receiving support in the midst of struggle.
I’m thankful that I’m alive and healthy… and that I’m working on being healthier.
I’m thankful for a beautiful wife to share this journey with.
I’m thankful for my two amazingly beautiful little boys.
I’m thankful for so many blessings that remind me that the tough shit is all worth and that there is always a reason to keep fighting.
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
12 days since my last Thankfulness post… sorry… I’m struggling with staying on top of this because our family has struggled through much of the past few weeks with emotional crap related to all different types of stuff. But being thankful is probably most important when we’re feeling like crap, right?
Remembering things we’re thankful for helps put things in perspective.
For example, when our friend passed away recently at only 34 years old, I realized how thankful I was for my health and, even moreso, for solid people in my life to lean on. Without being able to lean on each other, these tragedies are much, much harder to take.
I’ve been annoyed about many different issues, angry at several different people, and tired of many things going on around me… but I’m here, I have two beautiful kids, I have an awesome wife, and I have tons of other family and friends that matter much more than the people, places, and things that are pissing me off. Not to mention, I have a roof over my head, a great landlord, a decent playing job, and means to support my family and then some.
Being thankful is a great practice for keeping things in perspective. Being thankful can get us through the day.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Yesterday and today, I’ve been preoccupied with a situation. Essentially, I’m waiting to hear some news… I think it should be great news but I’m trying to tamper my expectations, just in case.
With that, I’m thankful for the prayers of my friends, the support of my family, and the distractions my kids provide from my annoying anxiety.
Today, I’m also thankful for the gorgeous weather, which will provide the perfect backdrop for a nice run/walk today.
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
These past two days, I’ve been thankful that I feel better each day.
Yesterday, I was thankful to have an early night where I got to snuggle in bed with my wife and watch a movie.
Today, I am thankful for a touching moment with my 3 year old where he made me bow my head and pray before putting him to bed. His prayer: “Tank you for Tashman (his brother Cash who he calls Cashman), Momma, and Daddy… Ayyyyyy-Men!”
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Today, I’m thankful that I’m able to lounge around this morning with my kiddos and my dogs. And I’m thankful that my breakfast turned out so awesome.
Sunday, January 19th, 2014
Today, I’m thankful I got to join in the fun at the PRDR end of the year party/dance/whatever. I wasn’t planning on attending, but my dad encouraged me to go and he stayed home with my boys (who were already asleep when I headed out). It was a nice way to spend time with my favorite gals in the world, including my most favorite gal.
Today, I’m also thankful for having a great relationship with my Dad. We weren’t always close, but over the last decade of my life, our relationship has grown and I’m very thankful to have him in my life.
And, finally, today, I am thankful for help from family and friends in dealing with my sons when I want to throw them out of a window. Being able to walk away for a few minutes really, really, really helps.
Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Today, I am thankful that the snow gave me an excuse to spend the day watching movies with my adorable kiddos and my lovely wife.
Today, I am also thankful for DayQuil and Ibuprofen.