So, Thanksgiving has come and gone and I am sure we are all feeling a few pounds heavier than we did before. You know, I actually feel a little bad for Thanksgiving because it comes and goes so quickly and as soon as the last bite is taken everyone is ready to run out to start shopping for Christmas and our moods go from happy, thankful and full to aggravated, in a hurry, and ready to run down someone for that last IPod or whatever it is you’re shopping for all night and going from store to store. So, I want to take a second to give Thanksgiving the time I think it deserves and with a thankful heart I want to share a few of the big things I am so ever thankful for this year.
I am so thankful for my sweet husband who has made my life a wonderful adventure and has given me the life I have always dreamed of with a little boy that I can call my son and a job in which I get the privilege and honor to stay home with my sweet son. We have been together for 4 years and married for 3 and they have been the best 4 years of my life. I thank God that He brought me to where I am now and I know He picked this man out for me and I am so thankful for a giving, loving, and gracious God and for the man He appointed for me.
I am so thankful for my sister-in-laws (one not pictured) who have welcomed me into the family and have treated me like I was a part of the family. They are always willing to and ready to help out in whatever way they can whether it’s an extra bag of clothes for my little guy, or a thoughtful gift with an owl in it. I love them and they love me too (well, I think they do).
I am so thankful for my mother. She has a good heart and she loves the Lord and brought me up in the church and taught me about God. She took me to church, even when I didn’t want to go at times. I am so thankful to the Lord for entrusting her and my dad with me and I know that He picked the best people to keep me and I am so glad that I have them. I am so thankful that she is such a great Nonnie to my son and loves spending time with him so my husband and I can get an occasional date night (like tonight)!
I am so thankful for my father who is so funny, kind, smart, intuitive, and willing to give me advice anytime but will wait for me to ask and doesn’t always give unsolicited advice. He knows how to keep things light but can have deep conversations, theological conversations and anything in between. He is always proud of me and he encourages me to be independent and firm in my beliefs or thoughts and I love him deeply.
Last but not list I am thankful for cousins, for the love that they share. I’m not sure what our future holds, if we will move away or stay in our hometown for good, so this year I am thankful that my son has cousins (and a whole slew of them) to play with and hug and love on and who love him just as much as he loves them. The love they have for each other is so sweet and I just know they will have a good bond with one another who love each other.
I am so thankful for all my blessings in this life, the little and the big, the temporal and the eternal, and I know that our time is limited here on earth and if we are going to be thankful for the things and people and life that we have then we need to be thankful right here, right now and every moment after. We can’t just allot one day a year to be thankful, we need to be thankful all day every day, 365 days a year, 24/7.