“You know, with everything this family has suffered through, we really are quite blessed. Even with that year in Kansas…”

My mother was dabbing on her make up while my father and I listened.

“Yes, we are.” I chimed in. “I think about it daily: Richard’s deployed. Even though there are hard moments–excruciating moments–I feel very blessed nearly all the time.”

And it’s true. I am overcome frequently with how great God has blessed me. When I peer into the face of my daughter–healthy, happy. When I feel the kicks of my unborn child–life actively moving within me. My husband. He is not here. No, I am so blessed there, too. He’s off sacrificing so much to defend his country and family. Though he’s not here, I have an amazing man as a husband. This man trusted me with his home and family while he is gone. Trusted me to carry on and maintain the home front until he gets home. I am the mother to his children.

Yes, life is full of Crosses and struggles. Some of these last a very long time. But, despite it all, I can still see the blessings amongst the thorns. Thank you, Jesus, for my blessings and also the constant reminders of how good You are to me.

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