I’ve been compiling a list of things that I’m thankful for – and there are a lot of them. I mean, A LOT. I am incredibly blessed.
And I am incredibly thankful. I’m human (spoiler alert), so naturally, there are times when my temper flares. When I pout. When I’m rude. When I’m jealous. When I’m less than grateful. But overall, I wake up every morning to a life that simply could not get any better. Not because it’s perfect or because I’m perfect – neither of those is possible. It’s through God’s grace that I am blessed and I only pray that I am forgiven when I’m not as thankful as I should be.
I’m thankful for a garage because I haven’t had to scrape ice, snow, or frost from my car windows a single time this fall.
I’m thankful for random acts of kindness. Like the stranger in the grocery store who used halting English to ask the people in front of me to push their items a little closer together on the belt, making room for the stuff I was juggling in my arms.
I’m thankful for my sweet husband. He is always patient and kind and makes me want to be the best possible person because that’s what he deserves.
I’m thankful for people who work hard. Like my parents who each have full time jobs and a ranch/farm to operate. I come from hard working people, and I’m so much better for it.
I’m thankful for my sister. Spending time with her over the long weekend was really fun. She helped us assemble the bed frame in the guest room. And she survived the nights she stayed there unscathed and in an intact bed frame - despite the fact that we had four extra screws at the end of the assembly….
I’m thankful for my in-laws. Kevin came by his patience and kindness quite naturally. They have welcomed me with open arms and hearts and I count myself very fortunate to call them family.
Speaking of family, I’m thankful for my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Thanksgiving was at Kevin and my house last Thursday and our sweet house was bursting with energy and love and delicious food, thanks to family and friends. For the first time in 8 years, the 12 first cousins in my generation were united in the same place. So we recreated a picture taken 8 years ago. Everyone is in their same spot – see how we’ve grown?
And speaking of growth, here are the 12 of us with the 11 little ones who make up the next generation. I’m thankful for these kids who provided endless entertainment and laughs on the holiday. They are smart and well-behaved and little reflections of their parents and grandparents. Even when we do take it toooo far with the pictures. Sweet little A. has had enough…
I hope that they grow up to be as close as we are.
I’d say they’re off to a good start.
As for me, I want to live my life in a state of constant thankfulness.
What are you thankful for today and every day? How was your Thanksgiving?