I love the feeling of gratitude. Much like the sound of the word, when I’m feeling grateful it settles down deep inside me in a great big way. It makes me feel grounded. Content. Assured. Assured that the One who provides all for which I am grateful for is indeed great, and big, and good.

So here it is, in no particular order, all of the things I am grateful for this year:

  1. My health. It’s one of those things that you don’t realize the significance of until it’s compromised. It took me awhile to recover from complications during pregnancy. As the year went on, I just started feeling better and better. I have energy back! I can multitask. I can dream up projects and then actually implement them!

  2. My son. It has been such a joy watching him grow and develop over this last year. There have been so many changes. I constantly tell my husband, “I don’t want this stage to end” only to find that I love the next one just as much. (I hope I say that about the toddler hood one that we’re entering!)

  3. My husband. He works hard to provide for our family. He has an honorable profession and I am very proud of him. I also admire the fact that he can work with a bunch of sick and whinny kiddos and then still come home and play with ours.

  4. Ozzie. He brings me such joy and he loves me unconditionally. I also really appreciate that I never have to clean up the floor around Mac’s high chair. That is Ozzie’s one useful task in our household.

  5. Our church. No church is perfect but this one is perfect for us in this season of life. I appreciate being spiritually and intellectually challenged on a regular basis. I appreciate being around people in a similar stage of life. I appreciate the fact that I actually want to go. Going out of desire verses obligation is so much better. And may I just say if you feel obligated, don’t go for awhile. I doubt you will ultimately get away from the H.S.

  6. Living in warm weather. (I still miss Chicago but I do not miss the freezing cold.)

  7. Being able to stay at home for this season. Now let me just say that I also complain about this a lot. There are times when it is mundane and under stimulating for me. I do think it is good for Mac. This time also gives me space to pray and prepare for what’s next. Not everyone gets a break from the work world like this and I am thankful.

  8. My extended family. Both sets of grandparents are very supportive and love Mac a ton. Also, my sister had a baby this year on Mac’s birthday which is such a fun little way for us to celebrate all these new little ones. I love the uniqueness of “the cousins” sharing the same birthday.

  9. My girlfriends. You know who you all are. I love you so much. I am so thankful to have safe women that I can be real with. Thank you for loving me no matter what. I hope I do the same for you well.

  10. Vacations. Most of our vacations right now revolve around spending time with our family. We still got to go some fun places this year including the beach. I so look forward to those times and making family memories.

Okay, there’s more I’m thankful for like food on my table every day and having fresh, clean sheets. I could go on and on way down to the nitty gritty. The whole purpose of this exercise for me is to mark this Thanksgiving and remember just how much I have to be grateful for. Now remind me of these things when I start to complain! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

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