Thursday, November 26, 2009

The ABCs of Thanksgiving

I stole this idea from my sister's blog. I thought it was a fun way to think of all the things I'm thankful for, some silly and some serious. Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving!

Apple cider—I cannot believe I spent the first 23 years of my life without this drink. It is amazing.
Babies—I love teaching Cradle Roll at church. It's so fun to see how much the babies change from the time they enter at 5 or 6 months to the time they leave at 2 years.
Church—We would be completely lost here without Philo Road. Everyone was so nice and welcoming when we arrived. Our church is such a blessing in our lives.
Darby—Obviously, I am so, so thankful for Darby. He is my best friend, my teammate, my encourager. I can't imagine my life without him.
Evenings—One good thing about being out of school (even though I often miss it) is that my evenings are my own. I love having time to cook, scrapbook, read, or just veg if I want to.
Friends—I am so thankful for the friends I've made in Illinois. But I'm also extremely thankful for my friends from college. I miss them so much. Being away from them has made me realize even more how special those relationships are.
Grace—I am so glad God's love isn't dependent on anything I do. If it were, I'd be in trouble. :)
Hannah—My sister is awesome. She has so much energy and always makes me laugh. She's a wonderful teacher and cares so much for her students. I'm so happy to get to spend time with her this week.
In-laws—I have been blessed with great in-laws. They have really welcomed me into the family.
January 1--New Year's Day is my favorite day of the year. It's such a nice day to just relax and make plans for the upcoming year.
Kitchen—I am so grateful to have a fairly large kitchen with nice appliances where I can do all of the cooking I love.
Laughter—There's nothing better than laughing until my cheeks hurt with Darby, friends, family, anyone.
Matt—My brother is so funny and smart. He gets along great with everyone, but he can also be very introspective and thoughtful. He's studying abroad in Uruguay right now, and I can't wait for him to get back.
Naps—My Sunday afternoon nap is the highlight of my week.
Olives—My favorite Thanksgiving food. Every year, my mom gets me a can of whole black olives. :)
Parents—My mom and dad are so loving, generous, and fun. More importantly, they are both excellent Christian role models. I don't like living so far away with them, but it does make me really excited about the time we do get to spend together.
Quiet—I feel like this is a relatively "quiet" time of life for me. I'm not too busy and have plenty of time to relax and think. I'm trying to treasure this season since I know it won't last very long.
Reminiscing—I'm glad that I have so many happy memories from childhood, college, etc. Most phases of my life have been very good.
Sunshine—I've always loved the sun, but now that we live in a darker, rainier place, I appreciate it even more.
Travel—I'm grateful that Darby and I have had the opportunity to take several trips together and that we're able to go home and visit our families fairly often.
Uniqueness—I'm thankful that God created each of us with different abilities, talents, and personalities
Vacuum—I'm thankful for a husband that does the vacuuming. :)
Women's Bible study—I started going to a college women's Bible study on Monday nights this semester. It has been so great to get to know some of the other young women from church.
X-rays—I'm grateful that I haven't had any this year. (X is hard :) )
Young Marrieds—This group at our church meets once a month, and it's always a lot of fun.
Zero debt—I am very grateful to mine and Darby's parents for paying for our ACU education, so we could start our married life debt-free. And I'm incredibly grateful for Darby's TA position that pays for his tuition now.

1 comment:

The Lances said...

This is a WONDERFUL post! I loved reading what all you were thankful for! Very cool!