Thursday, February 26, 2009
There are many things for which I am thankful. But, today I'm going to keep it simple.
Today, I am especially thankful for my husband. He has been an amazing support during the last several, very difficult months. And last night, even though he really didn't want to, he did it again.
I had this huge stack of coupons to sort and organize. This stack accumulated over several months. When my father went into the hospital last Fall and I had to be with him, I simply did not have time to clip, sort, & organize coupons. There were other things that were more important - like clean clothes and spending at least a little time with my children. So, I saved my coupon inserts, thinking - Dad will be out of the hospital soon I'll have time to do this then. One week turned into 2, and then 3 weeks, and then 4 and then we realized he wasn't going to come home. He was going to die. And we dealt with all that goes with it, and then it was Christmas and then it was time to put away the Christmas stuff. Then there was all the catch up to do. You get the idea - there was a lot to do!
So, by the end of January, when my brain began to function again, I had 3 inches of coupons collected. Ugh. What an overwhelming task. And because it was overwhelming I kept procrastinating. Finally, about a week ago I managed to get them clipped. But, then there was the task of organizing them. Through all of January and February, every time I went to the grocery store I felt guilty about those coupons. How much money could I be saving us, if I just had my coupons clipped?
So last night, when he had a little unexpected extra time, I asked for help. I asked for 30 minutes. I sorted clipped coupons, while he culled expired coupons from my box. Then we began to put them in order and put them away and before we knew it it was well past 30 minutes. But he hadn't complained or insisted that we stop. The task took more than an hour of our time, but he never complained. He just kept on helping.
And for that, I am extremely grateful. There are a few more from this week to do, but I can handle that on my own. Now that I've gotten started, I'm more motivated to keep it going.
Thank you Lord, for a husband who is willing to help, even when he doesn't really want to.
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