Happy Thanksgiving Eve everyone! My thoughts on “what am I thankful for” are a little different this year. As you may know, a lot of people have been posting their list of “thankfulness” on Facebook. A dear friend of mine got my wheels turning. There are seasons that we find ourselves grateful for things we may not have put on a list in that category before. Maybe we were always grateful but there are times where that gratitude has newness to it.
My friend posted that she was grateful for years of infertility. It may sound crazy because that kind of news is not something that any of us want. She said she learned a lot about herself, her marriage and God. She stands on the other side with two beautiful miracles.
I look at a season of God taking me out of the state and city that I loved and moved us to an itty-bitty town in northern Oklahoma. It was a time of stretching and seeing God’s incredible faithfulness. My heart grew….there were families and a group of teenagers that hold a piece of my heart. I know that that is a piece I will never get back. For that, I am grateful!
I am grateful for every teenager (some are now adults) whose life I am SOOOO blessed to have been a part of.
I am grateful for close friends and that distance, while being a crappy thing doesn’t change anything (I’m looking at you Wrangell, Alaska, Georgia and the friends abroad)!
This past month and a half has made me grateful for moments and pictures. For the first time in my life, I lost a close family member. There was a moment when Sophia went straight to Kevin with a big ol’ smile. That is not always Sophia. I love that I got that moment in a picture. I now know that moment was God’s gift to me.
I am grateful for this incredible journey that God has us on. For the husband God has beyond blessed me with…I must say, he is the best! For my kids and everything about them, I grow because of them daily. We look back and see everything that God has done. Every step has been full…full of preparation, joy, tears and lessons learned.
Doing this….I also realize we really need a new family picture!
I am grateful for more than what I can put in a blog post but hope that this Thanksgiving, gratitude overwhelms us. It all points back to the “One who promised, He is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23)!