Until just a moment ago, I was really trying to think of how to turn my current frustrations into something I am grateful for. I was kind of coming up with something that sounded more positive than negative (like I am grateful that I had at least two decent bumps in volleyball tonight), but then I got a message from my sister and brother. I am truly grateful for them and their ability to make me laugh.
You see, I am the one in the family who has a hard time walking. I have the most scarred knees of anyone I know from all of the times I have tripped and fallen in my life...too many times to count. I was on a pretty long good streak until last year when I fell two (or maybe even three) times on our front steps here and then I had a massive fall in the mall when I was back home visiting last spring. Not only are most of my falls the kind that you can really laugh at (and I can laugh at myself too), but they are all types that my family asks, "How in the world did you do that?!" I don't know. But I do know that I have a serious knack for falling down.
Anyway, my sister wanted to let me know that she passed by the place in the mall where I took the tumble last spring and just started laughing right there in the mall remembering it all. What a good sister to make fun of me and then share in it with my brother. Awww. Now that's love.
I have thought a million times over how grateful I am for my family, and I think everyone knows that I am. I don't like being separated from them by an ocean, but I know that this is where God has us now and I wouldn't change that. But I do miss them lots. Oh, and on that note, I am grateful for Vonage which allows us to talk on the phone just like if I were back home (for a low monthly fee!).