So for the month of November there have been a lot of people on Facebook doing a daily “thankful” log. Each day they say something they are thankful for. Some of them are serious (family, friends, etc) and some are frivolous (certain apps on their phone, for instance) but big or little, people are still recognizing things they are thankful to have in their lives. I did not do this challenge because I can barely get accomplished the things I am supposed to do each day and generally don’t know what day it is anyway. So now that it is officially Thanksgiving (it’s 12:05am) I will share my own Thankful list.
These are some of the things I am thankful for:
1) The #1 thing I am thankful for is that in this crazy, unsettling, frightening world, I know that no matter what happens, I am a child of Christ and I am saved. I don’t know what’s going to happen with our country in the next few years and I don’t know how anyone without faith makes it through each day, but I am comforted knowing my God is there waiting for me.
2) I am thankful for my sweet husband. I am so thankful for my husband. He is my support and my shoulder to cry on. He will fight for me or beside me. He is a wonderful father and a strong provider. He treats me like a princess and loves me dearly.
3) I am thankful for my precious baby boy. I am supremely blessed to be the mother of a beautiful happy baby boy. Even with his birth being less than ideal, I wouldn’t trade a second with my sweet boy. God has taken care of us from the moment he arrived and I am so thankful for everything he has done for us.
4) I am thankful for my wonderful family. Let me tell you something you may not know: I have the best family. I really do. They are kind and caring and supportive and extremely loving. We laugh like crazy people and have lots of fun together. We aren’t mean or nasty to each other and we all get along. I love it when we all get together and I’m sad I will miss seeing my brother, sister-in-love, and nephew at Christmas.
5) I am thankful for Sister. I know I just said I was thankful for my family but I’m particularly thankful that she was both willing and able to come stay with us to take care of Baby G while I went back to work. To know he is loved desperately and is taken care of so well… we’re just so blessed to have her here.
6) I am thankful for my friends. I don’t have a ton of friends. I have a select few that are very important to me and who I know would do anything for me. These friends would drop what they are doing and come to the hospital when you go in for an emergency C-section. These friends would invite you to spend Thanksgiving with them and their whole family when you had no family of your own to spend it with. I was able this year to return this gracious favor for one friend who had no Thanksgiving plans. These friends will help put on your detailed baby shower when they have their own full lives to contend with. These friends are people who even though I haven’t talked to them in awhile it’s like no time has passed. I don’t need tons of sorta friends. I just need a handful of really good ones.
7) I am thankful for my two fur babies. My two kitties are often strange and sometimes obnoxious but I love them to pieces. My kitty girl is snuggled up next to me as I write this.
8) I am thankful for my stuff. I know, sounds totally materialistic after all previous 7, right? But it’s true. I’m thankful for my house, and my car, my phone, computer, etc. I’m thankful for my “big” camera that lets me take zillions of pictures of my sweet boy.
I am thankful for so much in my life. I have been supremely blessed and have so much. There are hundreds more things I am thankful for like the Doctor who made the right decision and saved my son’s life. And the nurses who tirelessly watched after my tiny boy until I could bring him home. And for God watching over us that day to put us exactly where we needed to be. I am thankful for so much because I have so much to be thankful for. On this day of Thanksgiving I hope everyone takes the time to think of the things they are thankful for. We rush and rush around, especially during the holiday season, and we don’t always take the time to remember what we have. So take a moment and say a prayer of thanksgiving for all the things you have to be thankful for.
Then eat some turkey. And some pie.
It’s ok to be thankful for pie, by the way.