Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 43

I learned a tough lesson this week... and it's taken me until today to see that it was a blessing in disguise.  Now, I wish it wouldn't have gone down as it did, but now I can see that God knew best.  Let me start from the beginning...

I've written about how mornings can be stressful at the Snider house.  And Monday, it was no different... frantically rushing to get everyone out the door and to school on time.  We left a few minutes later than normal, but not enough to result in a tardy... or so I thought.  We get into the morning carpool line and I end up being the front car that's not allowed to proceed into the school parking lot.  You know, you never want to be the car that's stopped, especially when the clock is ticking.  When I finally was allowed to pull into the school, it was 9:04... one minute before school starts.  As I pull up to let my son out, I'm mortified.  There apparently is a policy change that I wasn't aware of and the doors were locked.  A few administrators were collecting the "tardy" students outside.  I was already late to drop off son #2 and they were encouraging everyone to keep moving because there were about 20 cars behind me, so I didn't stop.  However, as I'm pulling out of the parking lot, I call the school and discover that starting that Monday, they were actually implementing the 9:05 door locking policy (which was not previously in effect).  Needless to say, 40 kids were marked tardy that day.  It was not a fun experience for my son or me. 

I was pretty mad about the whole event.  But something has changed since Monday.  I'm committed to getting my son to school without a tardy now... and he's committed too because it was such a painful process.  So the boys are getting up better... they are moving through the morning routine more quickly... and since Tuesday, we've arrived at school well before the tardy bell.  Mornings have been so much more pleasant... all because of a painful learning experience.

Before Monday's experience, no one was super committed to getting out the door.  I could have easily started this getting up a bit earlier process weeks ago, but I didn't have anything to motivate me to make the changes.  But now that we've experienced the consequences of being late, we are working together and the change has been good for us.

It's taken me three days to get to this perspective.  I'm so glad God is giving me a glimpse into the positive outcomes that resulted from the painful experience on Monday.  And in reality, doesn't it sometimes take pain for us to make a change?  Oh, how I wish I would get the message before the pain... but I'm also thankful that God will do whatever it takes to get my attention and get me on His track for my life.  Our God loves us so much... and He promises to work all things for good (Romans 8:28), so even painful events can turn into something we can give thanks for.  Thank you, God, that our consequences are not in vain and You use them to draw us closer to you. 

I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy.  Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.  The cords of death entangle me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.  Then I called on the name of the Lord: "O Lord, save me!"  The Lord is gracious and righteous, our God is full of compassion.  The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, He saved me.  Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.  Psalm 116:1-7

Tonight, I am thankful for...

1.  Morning snuggles with the boys
2.  James 1:5
3.  Finding silly things in pictures with my three year old
4.  Celebration plans made
5.  Watching It's a Meaningful Life with the boys
6.  My hubby making it home safely from his business trip
7.  Getting our Christmas cards designed today and off to the printer
8.  Chatting with a dear friend
9.  Getting some rest today
10.  Getting the blog posted before 11 PM tonight!
11.  Having breakfast for dinner
12.  Laughter
13.  Boys who help clean up
14.  First time obedience
15.  Each of you who participate in the blog

Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 5,286 to go...


  1. I am thankful for...
    1. Hearing God's voice clearly
    2. My season of life
    3. My kiddos' pediatrician who is becoming a friend
    4. Being a mom
    5. God understanding my disappointment and helping me work through it
    6. Encouragement from friends
    7. Kiddos napping at the same time
    8. Being brave when I don't want to
    9. For finishing a letter to an old friend
    10. God's strength in hard times
    11. Mexican food for dinner...for the second night in a row!!
    12. A husband who loves to do yard work, even in the cold
    13. Making plans for tomorrow
    14. Making plans for 2013
    15. The physical strength to hold my son as much as he wants to be held
    16. Christmas lights an the warmth they bring
    17. Snowmen that light up
    18. Getting my Christmas calendars half way done
    19. The memories that are triggered when looking at pictures
    20. My family

  2. I am thankful for
    1.My morning coffee with peppermint mocha.
    2.Going to my Dad's.
    3.Cleaning for him abd him telling me how much he appreciates
    4.Taking down enough homemade spaghetti for lunch and 4 other
    5.Dad telling me how much he loved homemade spaghetti.
    6.Having a safe trip going and coming home from Dad's.
    7.Having an easy dinner to make.
    8.Having time to read and watching a Christmas movie with
    my husband.

  3. I am thankful ...
    1) for coffee with friends
    2) for the opportunity to hang out with my daughter and her friend for a couple of hours
    3) to go to dinner with my son and spend a little alone time with him.
    4) that after my husband worked about 15 hours, he still made time to read his bible before going to sleep!
    5) for salvation.

  4. I am thankful for :
    Not being devastated by disappointment.
    My sweet friend Deb
    Walkie talkie Friday mornings with Deb :-)
    All genres of music
    Highland Middle School
    Eden's social studies teacher Vance Taylor
    Of nugget of joy I get to see in my daughters rapidly growing up life
    Our freshly groomed Wendybear ( dog)
    Christmas plaid bows the groomer put on Wendy that remained over night :-)
    Scrambled eggs

  5. 1. Nights at home with the family
    2. Daddy daughter dates
    3. Seat warmers
    4. No stock, short day at work
    5. Day dates with Bon on off days


  6. I am thankful for:
    1. my children
    2. modern medicine
    3. that I have a laundry machine and not the ol' washboard and tub
    4. playing Apples to Apples with the family and a friend
    5. celebrating Carolyn's bday a few days early
    6. Sam's Club cookie cake
    7. a new suitcase that holds a lot
    8. Christmas lights
    9. my husband handling our finances
    10. a funny reminder about "communication" today
    11. missionaries all around the world

  7. 1. For a relatively peaceful day after several that were not si peaceful
    2. For candy cane flavored frozen yogurt

  8. Take 2
    3. For teachable moments and praying that I don't mess them up too bad
    4. For weekends
    5. For God


  9. I am thankful for
    1. God
    2. Family
    3. Friends
    4.. Love
    5. Forgiveness
    6. Food
    7. Home
    8. Heat
    9. Bed
    10. Grandparents
    11. Pictures
    12. Facebook
    13. Pinterest
    14. Gingerbread cookies
    15. Duck Dynasty :-)
    16. Pumpkin pie
    17. Hot chocolate
    18. Candy canes
    19. Giraffes
    20. Elephants
    21. Polar bears
    22. Babies
    23. Fuzzy socks
    24. Yoga pants
    25. Nail polish
    26. Apple hand sanitizer
    27. Sweet tea
    28. Hugs
    29. Youth group
    30. Christmas trees

    Eden Lawrence

  10. Amanda L.
    I'm thankful for hugs and kisses from maddie and ava and Megan .
    I'm thankful for getting my rings fixed.
    I'm thankful for metrys .
    I'm thankful for getting some Christmas cards .
    I'm thankful for getting some Christmas shopping done.

  11. 1. healthy eating
    2. being able to stay awake all day
    3. spending quality time with my man
    4. good work crew at starbucks
    5. free food