Friday, November 30, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 30

I heard a statistic the other day that said thankful people, people who give thanks for something or someone every day, are 25% happier than people who don't!  That seemed like such a "DUH" thing to me, but I still think it's pretty neat that scientists have proven it.  Hah!

So, today, I'm giving thanks for someone major.  Actually, two someones.

This 30th day of November and the last of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness posts for the year, I am firstly (I don't think I've ever actually said the word firstly in a sentence) thankful for our sweet Hadley.  She made us a mommy and a daddy, and we miss her every day.  She was a perfect blessing, and we can't wait to see her again one day.  Secondly, I am thankful for Hadley's brother or sister currently taking up residence in my uterus.
Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, we are expecting.
I am excited and happy and a huge bundle of nerves.
I cry at the drop of a hat.
I'm exhausted beyond belief.
I've had some morning sickness, and my already-bad gag-reflex has been ridiculously heightened.

And, it's all worth it.

Our immediate families and our close friends have known for a few weeks.  We recently shared the news with my coworkers and with our friends in our class at the gym.  But, I've really wanted to keep the news of our newest blessing to ourselves for as long as possible.  It was partly out of fear and partly out of selfishness.  Neither of which I'm proud of.  I just wanted to cling to the sweetness of the knowledge for as long as we could before the questions and the sympathetic glances came our way.  To be fair, now that so many people know, I've realized that our friends and family are pretty darn awesome.  They have offered continuous words of encouragement, tons of prayer, and lots of hugs and shared tears.  They're walking this journey with us, and we feel so very loved.

God is good, and we are very aware that His plan is perfect.  No matter HOW BADLY I want to control this pregnancy, I know that I have absolutely no control.  And my control-freak nature is rebelling something fierce, y'all.

I will share this journey with you, too, Friends.  I covet any and all prayers because prayer is a powerful thing, and our Mighty God loves to hear the petitions of and for His people.

I have a sweet (though blurry) ultrasound, but my photo software is being updated right now and won't allow me to mess with the photos I have in there.  I go back to the doctor on Monday, so hopefully I'll have a clearer picture to post next week.

Thanks so much for walking with us.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 29

Day 29 of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness:

I'm continuing my thankfulness for the people in my life, and today, I'm super grateful for my dad.

*He's a good and godly man with a great heart.

*He takes such good care of my mom.

*He worked tirelessly to provided for our family.

*He raised my sister and me with gentle words and constant love.

*He's a sweet Grandpa to my niece and nephew.

*He is quiet but speaks his mind when necessary.
He truly reminds me of Proverbs 29:11.  I hope one day I will remind others of this verse, too.  Right now, I still have trouble controlling this tongue of mine.

I love my dad, and I'm so thankful for him and for the influence he's been in my life!

Another oldie photo :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 28

Well, I'm nearing the end of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness, and I thought I'd wrap up the last few days being thankful for a few people in my life.

Day 28:

Today, I am thankful for my sister, Beth.
(Y'all, this picture is soooo old, but can you believe that this is one of the only pictures I have of the two  of us??  That should be remedied!)
P.S. She apparently didn't get the "wear red" memo that Christmas :)

Beth is 11 1/2 years older than me, and she's the best big sister a girl could ask for.  Seriously.

She's sweet and intelligent.  She's a dedicated wife and mom.  She's my friend.

Today, I'm sooo grateful that I have Beth as my big sister.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 27

Day 27:

We have a local radio station that begins playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving.  They've done this for several years now, and though I do like the option to listen to Christmas music every day until Christmas, I'll be honest and say that I don't always tune in.

Don't get me wrong; I LOVE Christmas songs.  I love the joy that exudes from them.  I love the feelings they stir, the memories they bring to mind.

And, though I will sing along (occasionally) with the cheesier songs (you know the ones to which I refer...*ahem* Feliz Navidad anybody?...), those are really the ones that bring up the fewest memories.

But O Holy Night? Now that one stirs up a lot.  It is probably my favorite Christmas song.  Ever.  Period.

It's one that I can't help but sing along with.

It's not a totally happy Christmas song.  But.  I do believe it's beautiful.  And, often it makes me cry.

And, y'all, I adore the lyrics.  I especially cherish the following verse:

"Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!"

I think this is my *most* favorite Christmas melody because it doesn't JUST speak about Christ's birth like many, many wonderful Christmas songs do.  It tells also of the great things He came to do.  And has done.

I found this awesome version on Spotify (have y'all Spotify'd yet??) this evening.  It's sung by David Crowder Band (soooo good!).  I'm trying to attach it, so forgive me if I fail.  Hah! Also, please let me know if it doesn't work, so I can youtube it instead.  Thank you!

So, this 27th day of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness posts is not only about my love of Christmas music.   It's about my love for the One of whom we sing.  The One who broke our chains of slavery to sin, the One whose ONLY law is to love, and the One whose power and glory will ever more be proclaimed.  Amen and amen.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 26

Ok, y'all, this is getting tough.  But, really, it shouldn't be!  How unbelievably blessed are we all?!

Today, I'm thankful for the Bible verses God sends my way just when I need them.  I can't count the number of times that has happened over the years, and it's usually during a very trying time.  What a blessing to be able to look to God's word and find those words of comfort.

Day 26 of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness posts:  I'm thankful for Romans 12:12 which I am committing to memory...ok, I know it's not a tough one, but it has much meaning.  And, I want to be able to call it to my mind in any situation.

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

Words to live by.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 25

Day 25:

Today, I'm super thankful that my friend Kelli mentioned Smoothie King the other day.  I'm also glad she mentioned the smoothies that she did.  They sounded awesome, and consequently were stuck in my head.

For days.

I even tried to convince my friends Tina and Lauren to switch from the usual run to Starbucks to Smoothie King one night after choir because I desperately wanted to try it.  No luck. :)

So, today after church, The Husband and I picked up some sandwiches (mine was a lettuce wrap...still trying to stay away from breads) at Jimmy John's and then swung by Smoothie King for the very first time.

It was a touch decision, but I chose the Peanut Power Plus Chocolate smoothie (Incredibly YUM!!) and The Husband chose the Banana Boat with strawberries smoothie (I tasted some of this one, and it was pretty delicious, too!).

So, today's Thirty Days of Thankfulness post is dedicated to friends who give great advice on yummy treats and to the creators of those yummy treats and well, gosh, to those yummy treats themselves!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 24

Today was a pretty laid-back day for me, mostly because I had a neck/shoulder ache that just wouldn't quit.  I got a couple of loads of laundry done (Yes, with the home-made detergent!  It smelled good!) and the kitchen cleaned up, but the rest of my day was spent resting and watching movies.  Pretty nice.
You know, except for the discomfort.

The Husband, on the other hand, spent his day with my cousins building part of a fence.  He fell asleep nearly 45 minutes ago, but I knew he wouldn't stay up late. He was wiped out when he got home.  

Today, this 24th day of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness, I'm thankful for a husband who doesn't mind helping others, who often volunteers his time and his services, who doesn't shy away from physical labor.  He's a good man, that husband of mine, and I often don't give him enough credit.  He's not perfect, but he's an already-wonderful person trying to be an even better man.

Day 24:  Today, I'm grateful for the man God chose and prepared to be my husband.

Very grateful.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 23

Day 23 of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness posts:

Today is almost over, and it's been a great but long one.

I almost typed "today I'm thankful for grapes" because they're just so tasty, and I've had a craving for them lately, but I decided to go a bit deeper.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm thankful that I didn't have to fix a single meal today.  Our wonderful hostess provided a super tasty breakfast, lunch (after stuffing ourselves silly yesterday) was an apple with almond butter (The Husband dined on a pear and some mixed nuts), and my fabulous cousin Katrina provided a delicious dinner.


There you have it.

Today, I'm thankful for those who labored in the kitchen for us!  Now, that was a blessing indeed!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 22


Today, I'm thankful for so much, but mostly I'm grateful for the chance to be with family. To eat, to visit, to relax, to sit outside on a beautiful day.  To do it all with people we care about and who care about us.

Last night, we had an early Thanksgiving dinner with The Husband's immediate family.  We ate and played some games and laughed.

Today, we'll be with my side of the family, and we'll probably do those same things. :)

So, Day 22 of Thirty Days of Thankfulness?

Right now, I'm thankful for the opportunity to be with our loved ones on a day that represents a pretty important time in our country's history.   

Blessings to you and yours!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 21

Day 21 of Thirty Days of Thankfulness goes a little something like this...

I am so thankful that my husband is not a picky eater.  He will eat almost anything I fix and usually says how good he thinks it is.

I tried a new recipe today.  Not only is it new, it's also a Paleo recipe.  And, it's homemade.  AND, it's cookies.  I've NEVER fixed homemade cookies before.  Ever.

Going into it, I knew there was a very real chance they could taste horrible.  Very real, People.

I got the recipe from a gal at school.  Here it is.

And of course, I changed some things.  I've started to notice that I don't usually strictly adhere to recipes.

Hmmm.  A little bit of rebellion?

Here are all of my ingredients:  almond butter, honey, one egg, salt, baking powder, baking soda, almond extract, and mini semi-sweet morsels.
No shredded coconut.

I greased the pan with coconut oil.

Here's half of the batch sitting out to cool.  The recipe made 17 cookies because my spoonfuls were apparently waaaay too big.  They turned out giant, haha!  And gooey.  And very filling.  And pretty tasty!  

Today, I'm thankful for new recipes, the courage to try them, and a husband who will always tell me he likes what I've made. :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 20

Today was a GORGEOUS day.  I wish I could have spent more of it outside!

Day 20:

The twentieth of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness posts is focused on friends.

Besides The Husband, my best bud Kelli is my closest friend.  We've known each other since sixth grade; that means we've known each other for over 18 years.  We are SO old.   We know so much about each other (bad and good), and she has been there for me at almost every major event in my life.   I will NEVER forget how she drove hours to be with us in the hospital, how she held my hand, hugged me close, and wished aloud that she could do something, anything to remove the physical and emotional pain when we lost Hadley.  She is such a dear friend, and I really can talk to her about anything.  I think and hope she feels the same!  Don't you think we should plan some sort of fabulous trip to celebrate our twentieth year of friendship, haha?!  We deserve it for persevering through some of the most RIDICULOUS arguments in middle school and high school! This picture is pretty old, but it's one of my favorites of us!  We were on our way out the door to the Christmas Eve service at my parents' church.  

My girl Tina is my closest friend here.  She's a little bit older and adds a bit of maturity to our friendship, which means I can go to her for lots of advice! :)  I love her!  She welcomed me into her family almost six years ago, and I will be forever grateful for her generous and loving spirit.  She's strong and compassionate and loves the Lord.  Plus, she home-schooled her kids successfully, and I totally will use her as an amazing resource one day! This is another old picture (maybe five years old??), but that's us--a couple of turkeys when you get us together :)

I've known my sweet friend, Angela, since we were in elementary school and lived around the corner from one another.  We were reminiscing the other night about all the things we used to love to do in our neighborhood.  We were explorers, haha!  We loved playing in the field behind my house and climbing trees.  We rode our bikes and walked her dogs.  She's a dear friend, and I know God has chosen and is preparing a wonderful man for her right this minute.

I also have a small group of friends both at work and at church who are so dear to me.  Whether it's someone to talk to after a long day at work, or grabbing a smoothie/coffee at Starbucks after choir,  or standing around Tina's kitchen after Bible study, these gals (and guys!) are wonderful, sweet people and truly some of my dearest friends--several of them were in our wedding, and most, if not all, of them were there to help us celebrate!  We have such a great time together that it's rather hard to part company when the time comes, even when we have to get up early the next day!  I love them, and I hope the friendships we've formed only continue to grow and strengthen!

So, today, I'm thankful for my friends.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 19

Day 19 of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness posts:

Today, I'm thankful for great books that draw me in, make me cry, bring about fits of laughter, and leave me hanging at the end of each chapter.

I'm especially thankful for the series I've been reading the last few months:  The Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers.  I just finished the second book this afternoon, An Echo in the Darkness, and I am kicking myself for not grabbing the third one off the shelf at school before I left on Friday.  Now, I have to wait a whole week before diving into the third and final book As Sure as the Dawn.  This trilogy is purely historical fiction, and I am smitten.  I know I will cry buckets when I've finished the last one.  Before reading these books, I had NO IDEA that I would enjoy historical fiction. None.  Now, I think it's my newest and most favorite genre!  YAY for new things!

So, if you're looking for a great read, or three, go pick up A Voice in the Wind, and dive in!  You won't be disappointed; though as a disclaimer of sorts, I will say that it took me the first quarter of the book to really know and feel "invested" in the lives of the characters.

So give it a shot!  What have you got to lose? :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 18

Day 18:

Today, my eighteenth post in my Thirty Days of Thankfulness series, is short and sweet.

I'm thankful that the students, faculty, and staff at my school, for the first time in its existence, get an entire week off to celebrate Thanksgiving.  That means tomorrow morning I get to sleep in past 6:00.  Let me take a moment to shout out a HUGE THANK YOU to the person/people who created and/or approved this year's school calendar!
You.  Rock.  

Good night, All!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 17

Today has been a busy, yet easy-going kind of day.  Spent in my pajamas.  No judgement.
We slept in late-ish, fixed brunch, and started checking things off the list of today's chores.

Laundry.  Four loads. Check.
Vacuum.  The whole house.   Check.
Mop.  The kitchen.  The rest later.
De-seed a pomegranate.  100s of seeds.  Two more pomegranates to go.
Make a batch of laundry detergent (see details below). Two gallon's worth.  Check!

Today, I am thankful for Pinterest.  I've gotten some of the yummiest recipes off of there (and one that was a sad failure...The Husband liked it though, so that's something!), some neat organizing and cleaning techniques, and lots of gift ideas.

One idea I grabbed off of there was this list of ingredients to make laundry detergent.   Months ago, I made my shopping list of items I needed in order to fix my own detergent, and each time I went to the grocery store, I picked up one or two of the items.   That made it much cheaper than trying to get everything all at once.

I started with the three bars of Fels-Naptha (the picture below shows only one--The Husband was hard at work grating the other two).  I then grabbed the Arm & Hammer products.  I purchased the Borax, but I had a hard time finding the 3.5lbs of Oxyclean.  I settled for the store brand instead.  Last week, we found the last item on the list:  a lovely 2-gallon glass container to put the finished product in.

Here's The Husband hard at work...using the mouse cheese grater that he got me!  He was such an awesome help with this project!

And TA-DAH!  Doesn't it look neat!  I'll let you know if it's terrible, but the reviews all sound great, so I expect it to work well.  Since I'll only use 1 to 2 tablespoons per load, it should last us a really long time, too!  Much longer than the store-bought stuff that costs an arm and a leg.  I'm pretty enthusiastic, if you can't tell. :)

So, today, Day 17 of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness posts, I'm thankful for all of the super creative people in the world.  Namely because I'm not one of them, and I need choose to steal their ideas periodically.  Thank you so much, all you crafty people!  You make my life a little simpler :)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 16

Day 16:

Today, I am thankful for my two bosses, my principal and my headmaster, who genuinely care about me.  They are kind, compassionate, God-fearing, Jesus-loving people.  My principal has prayed with and over me a number of times, and my headmaster is an upstanding, hard-working gentleman.  I am blessed to be able to work under the two of them, and I feel honored that I'm able to help them whenever the chance arises.  After many years of teaching, this is the first time I've ever wanted to write those words, and that fact hasn't gotten past me.  I am extra blessed.

On this sixteenth day of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness, I am grateful for the people God has put in authority positions at our school.  He working through them to do great things.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 15

The month is already half-way over, and we're exactly one week away from Thanksgiving!  Does it feel like this month has flown to anybody else??  Honestly, I'm so looking forward to Thanksgiving Day (and the subsequent days off from work!).  It's such a nice time to catch up with family and friends.  And, to catch up on sleep!

On to Day 15 of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness posts...

Today, I am MOST thankful for forgiveness.

It's amazing that we're forgiven for every sin we've ever committed the minute, the second, we trust in Jesus Christ.

And, because we are called to be like Christ, to live as He lived, to love as He loves, we are also told to forgive as He forgives.

I'm super thankful that The Husband forgives me when I have caused problems, and I am happy to offer that same forgiveness out of obedience to the One who loves me and has set me free.

Plus, it just feels plain good.
It may feel awesome in the moment to hold tightly to that anger and frustration and to feel justified for those harsh feelings, but I can't explain how amazing it feels to let that stuff go!  Once I utter those three words (I.  Forgive. You.) or someone speaks them to me, a weight has been lifted.  Immediately.  I can see beyond the ugliness that has clouded my vision.

I think this Psalm sums it up for me.  It's a beautiful song written by David about what it feels like to confess and be forgiven.  Just chock-full of wisdom.  Read it out loud if you don't believe me ;)

I think I like verses 10 and 11 the best.

May "His constant love" surround you.

I'm thankful I get to forgive and to be forgiven over and over again.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 14

My post for Day 14 in my Thirty Days of Thankfulness posts is all about choir.  

No matter how I'm feeling or what kind of funky mood I'm in, I NEVER leave choir practice feeling that way.  I leave feeling refreshed and thankful and usually in a really good mood.  
I love Wednesday nights for that very reason.  The people, the singing, the fellowship, the joy, the praise that takes place each Wednesday is a heart-lifting experience and one that I would hate to give up.  

Today, I'm thankful I get to be a small part of such a big and lively and faithful group of people.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 13

Day 13:

Coconut oil.

Epsom salt.

Warm water.

Today's Thirty Days of Thankfulness post?  I'm grateful for baths that leave me feeling relaxed and less itchy.

'Nough said.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 12

Today is the 12th day of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness.

It's Monday, and it's definitely felt like a Monday.  Y'all, I am worn out!  I'm totally counting down the days to Thanksgiving break!  Anybody else??

Day 12:

Monday nights are Bible study nights.  I LOVE those nights.  The Husband and I head over to my sweet friend Tina's house where a bunch of our church family/friends have gathered, munch on some yummy grub, and dig into God's Word.  It's a joyful, enriching time.  I always come away with at least one nugget of truth to mull over.

We're currently working our way through The Explicit Gospel study based on Matt Chandler's book of the same name, and I have learned so much!  We have such great discussions surrounding these lessons.  We only have one more week of the study, and I can't wait to see what we delve into next!

Today, I'm thankful for Monday night Bible studies!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 11

This 11th of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness posts is a biggie.  

Day 11:

Today is Veteran's Day.  I have several family members who have served in the military.  I don't want to list them all for fear that I'll accidentally forget someone.  I do, however, want to share my appreciation for the sacrifices they've made for our country.   Those who have passed and have gone on home were and those who are still walking this green earth are some of the most dedicated, gifted, generous people.  What an honor it is to call them family.  

Thank you, Veterans, for your service, for your sacrifice, and for your honor when it is needed most.  

Today, I'm thankful for the men and women called to serve on the front lines in order to protect us and to protect others.  

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 10

This Thirty Days of Thankfulness post is short and sweet.

Day 10:

Today, I am thankful for what Saturdays look like around here.

Sleeping in late.

Load after load of laundry getting done.

Groceries being bought.

Eating of fun meals and playing crazy games with family.

Today, I'm thankful for both the relaxing and the working that get done on Saturdays.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 9

Today, guys and gals, is November 9th.  And you know what that means.

Day 9 of Thirty Days of Thankfulness comin' atcha!

Today I'm thankful for the other part of my job -- my office job.

I work as part of the office staff two days a week, and y'all, I have the privilege of working alongside some really phenomenal men and women.  And, the majority of my time in the office is spent with two of the kindest, funniest, most helpful gals.  We laugh and chat and discuss.  We are silly and serious.  We're friends.  :)

This is us at last year's gala.  Aren't they gorgeous?! I was pregnant at the time, and I can definitely tell :)


Today, I'm thankful for the opportunity to work in the office with some really neat people and especially thankful that I get to work in close proximity with these two sweet gals!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 8

While retrieving a link from a previous posts a few days ago, I noticed that I was very close to posting my one hundredth post on this blog.  Well, today is the big day.  This post is the 100th one I've composed, edited, and shared with you all.  There are two that I started a while back but never finished, so they're just drafts and don't count toward the total.  But after ninety-nine other posts and two and a half years of sharing my thoughts, my struggles, my fears, my accomplishments, my LIFE with people I know and with people I will probably never meet, I've learned a few things. 

1.   I've learned that honesty is the best policy. 

2.   I've gotten some amazing advice by being transparent.

3.  I have written down some pretty amazing things that have happened to me and to us as a couple, and I'm so glad I have these memories written in detail for when my memory fades down the road.

4.  Using my blog as a means to spread the Gospel is way more important to me than anything else I post on here.  Guess that should have been # 1 :)

So, today, Day 8 of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness, I'm thankful for this blog and for every good thing that has come from it. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 7

I almost forgot.

It's Wednesday, and I just knew it was Thursday.

I had a hard time falling asleep last night, and I know The Husband stayed up well after midnight watching all of the election coverage.

We were both tired, so after I got home from work, we curled up together and watched a movie.  Then, we cooked dinner together *insert Hallelujah Chorus* -- ground beef (cooked in cinnamon, garlic, and some herbs) with butternut squash and kale sautéed in coconut oil--yum!.  While we ate, we watched another movie.  A lazy afternoon but a good and much-needed one.

So, Day 7 of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness?

On this seventh day, I'm thankful for afternoons where I'm not required to do anything but just be.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 6

Hello all!

It's Tuesday, Day 6 of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness, and I'm tired.  I don't know about you, but this time change is kicking my bee-hind!

Day 6:

I'm incredibly grateful for my job.  I have loved teaching these last seven years, but this eighth year is my favorite so far.  I love being given the chance to read beautiful, fun, engaging literature with students each day I'm in the library.  I enjoy the discussions with the older groups.  With the younger ones, I find myself smiling often at the eager, captivated, grinning faces looking back at me as I read aloud a fairy tale, a heart-warming true story, a funny narrative, a gripping chapter.  It's a joy to be with them each week, and it's a pleasure to be surrounded by so many amazing books.  My pleasure in books and in reading aloud and silently continues to grow daily.  So blessed.

Today, I'm thankful I get to be a librarian!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 5

Day 5 of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness:

I'm incredibly thankful for my mom's successful laparoscopic surgery today! 
All went well, no signs of cancer, and minimal blood-loss.
Such a HUGE praise!

Thank you for your prayers!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 4

Well, last night's Freedom Concert was great!  Lots of powerful singers and songs and plenty of talented musicians.  If you missed it, you missed out!

Day 4

On this fourth day of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness I am extremely thankful for my mom.  She has been a powerful force in my life from the very beginning.  Well, probably not in the very beginning as I'm sure she was exhausted both mentally and physically, but you get the idea.  She's a momma bear if I ever saw one.  She would go and has gone to great measures to protect and stand up for her girls, her family.   She's a dedicated wife and mother who loves my dad, my sister, and me with a beautiful fierceness.

This is my mom.

You probably have seen her a time or two on here.  She's lovely, outgoing, and dedicated.  I can't imagine life without her, and I feel a deep sadness for those who have already lost their moms.

Tomorrow morning, she will undergo the third of a trio of surgeries that began earlier this year.  She's a trooper and has come through the others with flying colors.  We're praying this surgery will go well and that her healing will be smooth and swift.  Thanks for joining us in prayer.

Today, I'm grateful for my mom.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 3

Today is November 3rd, which means it's Day 3 of my Thirty Days of Thankfulness posts.  I hope this has encouraged you to see the blessings in your daily lives.  It's forcing me to really see who and what I am so blessed to have in mine.

Day 3

I am thankful for my freedom.

Freedom to cheer on a football team with The Husband and his parents on a double date of sorts.
As you can see, The Husband is apparently enjoying the freedom of choosing not to shave. *Ahem.*

Freedom to take control of our health by learning to eat healthier, taking vitamins that our current diet doesn't provide enough of, and speaking with knowledgeable people across the country (love those folks in Maine!).

I'm grateful for my freedom in Christ.

For freedom in my country.

For freedom in how I live, love, and worship.

And, for the freedom to vote!  The Husband and I voted on Monday.  Have you visited the polls yet?

To be free is something I hope to NEVER take for granted.

Tonight is the Freedom Concert at our church.  It's been in the works for nearly a year.  It's going to be an evening of sometimes loud, sometimes lovely, 70s-80s-90s music and wonderful fellowship.  If you don't have plans tonight and you live in the area, please consider coming and joining The Husband and me as we enjoy the live entertainment provided by some very talented people!

Learn what it means to be truly free.

Today, I'm beyond grateful for freedom.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 2

I'm continuing my Thirty Days of Thankfulness (I admit that I typed Thirsty first; I am quite parched) posts today. 
Day 2
Today I am thankful for gifts of kindness.  When we lost Hadley, cousins of mine (whose house we visit each year on Thanksgiving) made a donation to the school library in her memory.  This week, I was presented with the books that were chosen (with such care by my sweet friend Wendy) and purchased with that gift.  They are GORGEOUS books, and I felt such joy as I typed up the book donation plates (with Hadley's sweet name on them) to go inside each one.  Her memory continues to live on, and when I pick up one of these books, I know I'll smile. 


So, today I'm grateful for gifts of kindness.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 1

I've decided to do something called Thirty Days of Thankfulness.  This is not a novel idea, not something I invented on my own.  It's been going around for the last couple of years; though I'm not sure who the originator was.  

I participated in this on Facebook last year, or maybe the year before, and I truly appreciated how thankful it made me. Each day, I found something big or small that I was truly thankful for, and, therefore, my happiness-meter and my grateful-bar were sky high for most of the month.  What a blessing!

So each day on here, bar any unforeseen craziness, I'm going to write about at least one thing/person/place I'm thankful for.  If you want to join me, go right ahead.  I'd love it if you'd link back to these posts, if you do.

Day 1
Today, I am thankful for these two anti-fungal items.
Why, you might ask?

Because what I thought was eczema on my leg before I left to go here, has since turned into (or already was and I was simply clueless) ringworm.  Ugh, yes, I have ringworm.  It's nasty.  And quite itchy.  And pretty embarrassing.  But (I know I don't have to convince you, sweet friends, because you're not judging me haha), it's a fungal infection and not some bug-like creature, and that makes me feel a tad bit better (if you were judging me, I hope you feel a bit better now, too!).
I have no idea who graciously passed on this gift of extreme itchiness, and I certainly hope I haven't passed it on, as well.  
I am, however, very grateful for medicine and home remedies that seem to relieve some of the discomfort and redness, if only for a little while.

So, there you have it.

Day 1:  I am thankful for apple cider vinegar and anti-fungal ointment.