Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Give Thanks.

It's almost November, and I am getting a jump start on my list of "thankfuls".  There are so many things. The list starts with the obvious, like a house, a car, food to eat, clothing to wear, my husband, children, our families, our health, etc... and just goes on and on down to the little things, like warm socks on a cold night. Here's a few random items from my list:

~I'm thankful, for silly things in the middle of an evening that make me smile. I bet this squirrel was thankful, when after looking high and low for something to eat, he stumbled upon a delicious turkey and cheese wrap, left by an unsuspecting little girl. He actually pulled the wrap off of her plate to eat it, and then went back to check and see if there was anything else left on the plate. Little rascal. 

I'm thankful for...
~the privilege of "staying home" and teaching my children.
~my laptop, and that my husband was able to fix it.
~children that are each unique, special in their own way.
~family vacations.
~my parents and Bryan's parents, our sisters and their families.
~my dog Bailey.
~smiling faces. There's always something to smile about, right?!

~I'm thankful for friends that came from hours away, and made time for us to hang out together. On a side note, I have never met a child that enjoys playing in dirt as much as this little gal. She was in dirt heaven, practically bathing in it. And yet still, she manages to look sweet and adorable.

 I'm thankful for...
~grace, grace, God's grace. 
~a husband that works hard to provide for our family, and loves me so much.
~my camera.
~our friends and family, near and far.
~our friends that we go through life with. The ones that pray for us, encourage us, ask us how our week went, and bring us dinner when we have a baby.
~parades and street fairs.

~I'm thankful that my children are learning a little bit of responsibility, and how to care for animals with these chicks of ours. Oh, how they love them, and snuggle them, and sweetly smile at them. They talk to them all motherly, and it makes me proud.

The big sisters are now a month old.

I'm thankful for...
~hand-me-downs for the kids. I am SO thankful for clothes from friends and family.
~air conditioning, a dishwasher, a washer and dryer, a water heater, a stove, fridge, freezer and electricity.
~cooler temperatures and open windows.
~our church and our church family. I love them.
~my cell phone.
~the internet, Google and Facebook.
~Immaculate Collection Cookies.

~I'm thankful for children that play nicely together. Of course, there is always occasional fighting and hitting and "he said/she said..." waa waa waa, but they love each other, and are thankful to have each other.

Grady found an egg in the backyard, so they sat around discussing what type of nest they should make for it, and what it might be, etc.

I'm thankful for...
~my flatiron.
~the beach.
~dates with my husband.
~text messaging.
~my Bible.

~I'm thankful for my husband's little urban garden, and our fresh veggies.

I'm thankful for...
~coupons and sales.
~bike rides with Bella.
~Chic-fil-a on occasion.
~make-up, deoderant and toothpaste.
~our firepit.
~my crock pot.
~birthday children, and birthday parties!

~I'm thankful for my grandparents. One of my grandfathers just underwent surgery on his leg, and I am thankful that he is recovering. We have been praying so much for him.

I'm thankful for...
~children that enjoy making cards and pictures for others.
~a son that is rocking his cursive. (Not too shabby for a four, almost five, year old!)
~contentment and a peaceful heart.
~34 years of life.
~grocery stores.

~I'm thankful for friends that come over to play, and I am REALLY thankful that I have the availability to say to a mama-friend, "I feel like I haven't seen you in a while, wanna come have lunch and hang out?"

I'm thankful for...
~a song in my heart.
~a daughter that loves to read.
~sweet sleep.
~the completely healed right foot of my three year old.
~clean water to drink.
~Classical Conversations.

~I'm thankful that the girls are able to take dance classes. I don't know how much longer they'll want to continue with it, but I sure enjoy watching them learn new things, and make new friends. This week was costume week at dance. Lilly was a "ballet dancer" and Bella was an Egyptian Princess/Pharaoh's daughter.

I could go on and on. Give it a try sometime. Have a contest with your family over dinner. Go round and round, each person stating something they are thankful for, until someone runs out. If nothing else, making a list helps keep life in perspective. We really do have SO much to be thankful for.
Ephesians 5:20
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
Psalm 106:1
Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

1 comment:

  1. The girls look gorgeous in their costumes!
    Looks like Grady did great with his writing!
    And thanks for the fun time! The boys told their daddy that night all about it! :)