Whether I live in just a house or I’ve made it a home, I am thankful for a roof over my head.
A few days ago, I was painting my DIY photo box and Benjamin wanted to paint with me. We had made a few canvas gifts for my dad and stepmom for Grandparent’s Day and had some extra canvases leftover so I gave him three colors of paint and let him go to town. He started with a house and then painted each of the three of us and then purple grass because grass of course. I know that these are just simple drawings from a 7 year old, but it means a lot to me that he knows what it feels like to have not just a house, but a home, and that we can provide a roof over his head.
Last night, Benjamin wasn’t feeling his own room and he was having trouble sleeping in his own bed. He slept with us for five years (from 2 to 7) and just recently started sleeping in his own bed. He finally fell asleep somewhere between 9 and 9:30, but woke up at 12:45 and returned to our room. He needed to be near his family and we let him sleep in our bed for the rest of the night. Of course, that meant that none of us slept well and we were up at 6am, but he needed to feel secure and that is what Howard and I are meant to provide.
I can’t really say that Howard and I have ever been at risk of losing our home, but times have been tight and I think we still live one paycheck away from not having a place to live. This time of year, when the cold weather hits, and the holidays are upon us, I think about all the homeless people who don’t have shelter every night or family to keep them safe. It breaks my heart and I wish there was more that I could do to help others.
But, today I’ll just have to be thankful for a home and pray for others to find the shelter and security they need.
Join me on my journey to write 30 days of thankfulness in the month of November for NaBloPoMo and follow my hashtag – #CrazyThankful – to find out what I’m thankful for this month and all year long!