Don’t forget to say thank you

For five weeks beginning the first Tuesday in February, I have to choose to work late.  HudsonAlpha offers a short course in biotechnology called Biotech 101 .  It's free and open to the public.  This is our second offering since we moved into this gorgeous space and it is so much fun.  My boss, Dr. Neil Lamb, has had this vision to offer this course…free.. to the public… to bring genetic literacy to the community for a long time.  So we open the doors from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, get to know one another, and learn a little more about biotechnology basics and the tools and technologies that improve quality of life.  So.. because I happen to be his Exec. Asst., and part of the Educational Outreach team (one for all, all for one) I gladly give up my Tuesday nights to get to know some really neat people and learn a little bit more myself.  If you have not been able to tell, I will just let you in on a little secret.  I DON'T have a PhD and am definitely not a scientist.  I am, however, a little bit knowledgeable in the field of administration, organization and can take care of just about any detail that comes my way.  I have not completed my college education.  FISH OUT OF WATER in some respects.. but definitely the right fish for this particular pond.  THERE IS THE BACKGROUND…

I am writing all this to say.. I don't every want to forget to say thank you.  I love my husband.  He married a widow with three babies under the age of 7 and has made us pretty stinking happy.  Contrary to what most of his mother's friends think.. he is NOT an angel.  He is human, as am I.  We have been through just about all I care to go through in a marriage.  (with the exception of many years and more happy times…I endured a ton of dysfunctional and unhealthy junk both inflicted and put upon during my first marriage to take a pass card on this one.)  We usually get along really well.  He can be grumpy.  I can be sensitive. He can be annoying.  I can be frustrating.  He can be a logical engineer type.  I can be a spontaneous social butterfly.  Get the point?

I don't ever want to forget to say thank you.  For the coffee he brings me first thing in the morning. (except when I go to the gym..even then.. he always asks.)  For the meals he helps with at night.  For the way he is always home and there for the kids.  For the light bulbs he replaces in my under the cabinet lights.  For the way he plans our 10th anniversary getaway (can't wait).  For the way he continues to push me to be a better woman.  For the way he goes to work every day to provide for his family…even when he is sick and needs a break.  For the way he lays out my pajamas and lights my candles in the bedroom to make my homecoming so much sweeter on a late Tuesday night.  For the way that he looks at me when I don't want to go work out and don't feel like it is working.  For the way that he tells me that all the extras are worth it because I am worth it to him.

So, good days or bad.  Married or not.  Don't forget to say thank you to the people that love you, take care of you and put you first.  That, my peeps is Christ showing up.  And I think we could all use a dose of humility and gratitude for His constant gift to us.  Forgiveness, grace, mercy, joy and a life everlasting. Thank you will never be enough.

tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there
no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question? The
answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set
things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God
with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do
something totally different." Romans 7:24-25 (MSG)

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