Trying to Reconcile It All - Five Minute Friday

It's been a disjointed week here... trying to recover from a recent vacation, get caught up with school (which didn't happen), visit with friends and family, and prepare for Thanksgiving.  

In the midst of the hustle and bustle, Miss B went to the computer and made some "embellishments" for our Thanksgiving table.   I love her spirit.  She captured what the day was all about. "Be Thankful..."

We started putting Christmas decorations out this week, too... I love the anticipation.

I love linking with The Gypsy Mama for Five Minute Friday: 

For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

Today's word is GRATEFUL:


I'm grateful for so many things... and not just because it was Thanksgiving this week.

During the past few weeks I have witnessed (up close and personal) a family coming apart at the seams.  I have witnessed streets lined with homeless.  I have witnessed Occupy tents.   I have witnessed so much brokenness in our world and it has, in all truthfulness, made me question WHY our world is so full of terrible things.

Of course, I do know the answer to that question.  It all started in the garden -- Adam & Eve... 

After witnessing these things I then think of my precious family... I have a loving husband and two healthy, happy children.  I have siblings and parents who love me.   

I have the freedom to stay home and homeschool my children.  My husband has a job.  We live in a nice home in a safe neighborhood.  My car is paid for.  We have food in the refrigerator.  We have a church home we love.   

How do I reconcile all of this good with the bad I have witnessed?  I'm not sure I know the answer to that.   This is why I write -- to process the things I see each day, to make sense of it all.