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Be Thankful

TONIGHT when your baby wakes you from a sound sleep – for the third time,
~Remember the woman still awake in bed, her hand pressed upon her once-swollen tummy, longing to hear her baby cry out for her.

TOMORROW when you look around your cluttered home,
~Remember the woman that boxed up the new rattles and teethers and stored them deep in a closet.

THIS WEEKEND when you groan about all the dirty clothes piling up,
~Think about the woman that placed her freshly washed crib sheets in a bag, never to be used by her baby.

NEXT WEEK when you long for a Friday night out without the cost and hassle of a babysitter,
~Remember the man and woman at home alone, without such an easy choice to make.

TOMORROW when baby is home sick, yet again,
~Remember the woman that would give anything to have to call a pediatrician.

TODAY when you feel at the end of your rope and you’re about to cry,
~Remember the mom with still-fresh tears in her eyes because her Angel left for Heaven.


When your child cries because you’ve momentarily left the room,
~Be thankful he has eyes to see.

When your child yet again grabs for the cords,
~Be thankful he has arms to reach.

When your baby cries because the vacuum scared him,
~Be thankful he has lungs to scream.

When your baby makes you chase her all day long,
~Be thankful she has legs to crawl.

When you gaze dreamily at your baby sleeping tonite,
With her perfect face, ten little fingers and toes,




Be thankful. 





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5 Responses to “Be Thankful”

  1. John Palm said

    Very nice!

  2. Tammy said

    This brought tears to my eyes…. how very touching.
    I have 4, w/ my newest asleep in my arms while I type w/ 1 finger

    Thanks for sharing this b/c it does get hectic w/ 4 little ones & this gives A FULL DOSE OF REALITY.

  3. Deanna said

    You have no idea how much I needed to read this tonight. Adlai is working on molars and I’m in for a long night. But now I’m thankful. Thank you.

  4. tallstar7 said

    Thanks for the comment on my blog – just came over here and had a look. This is such a moving reminder… thank you x

  5. LisaG said

    As I wait for the little one to get sleepy – thanks so much for this reminder. I am truly very, very lucky.

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