How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Ours was full of food and people. Close to thirty of us crammed into my mother-in-love’s house where we feasted on a buffet of more dishes than I could count. We did a pot luck, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a huge variety in my life. Even after we finished eating, it didn’t look like the mass of us made a dent into the dishes. We all enjoyed savory leftovers all weekend long. To me, the ladies are the heroes of Thanksgiving. They start cooking days before the feast, they serve it up, and they wash everything up when we are all done. So thank you to all the moms, grandmoms, aunts, sisters, sister-in-laws, cousins, nieces, and daughters for all the work all of you did this past week. Many of us benefitted.
Here are the things I’m thankful for this week:
1. My family and my husband’s family actually like/love each other. I hear horror stories about in-laws not getting along, and it always makes me sad. You would think that a shared common denominator like their married children could bring in-laws together, but not so. I’m so grateful and blessed to say that my parents get along beautifully with Samuel’s parents. Trust me, it makes our lives so much easier. Samuel and I don’t have to have that conversation where we debate over who we spend the holiday with because our parents all eat together. It’s nice and convenient. And I want to thank our four parents for being so awesome. I believe we have the best two sets in the world, but, hey, that’s just me. 🙂 I’m grateful for all four of you and for everything you do to make our lives beautiful and complete.
2. I’m thankful that Samuel and I celebrated our two year anniversary this past week! Yay! It feels like yesterday that we got married. The last two years have flown by. I’m very pleased to say that after two years of marriage, Samuel and I are still best friends. I love him more today than I did when we made our vows. The last two years have been such a beautiful adventure with him, and I can’t wait to see where the future takes us.
3. I’m thankful for the holiday season. November and December are two of my favorite months. I love all the festivities, I love the decorations, I love the food, the fellowship, the joy. To me, it’s the perfect time to sit down and really reflect on what the past year has brought forth in our individual lives. It’s a time to be thankful for the past and to be challenged for the future.
4. I’m thankful for snow. It actually snowed on us the day before Thanksgiving (which never happens in North Carolina). It was absolutely beautiful! Couldn’t believe it. That was such a sweet little weather surprise.
5. I’m thankful for the Word of God. I don’t think we really take advantage of our ability to actually have the full Bible in our hands. There are so many people around the world who don’t have that privilege, who live under the constant threat of religious persecution. We should take advantage of our freedom to read it. I can read the same passage over and over again and find a new way to apply it to my life. God’s Word is living and active. We should constantly be devouring it, constantly filling our mind with it.
6. I’m thankful that I can run again. It’s been just over a year ago that I broke and sprained my foot, and it has taken this long to really get my foot back to a place where it’s comfortable running longer distances. I can’t tell you how good it feels to get back into it. Running is therapeutic to me. It’s great for clearing my mind, letting go of things, and really just being in the moment. My curiosity gets peaked, my mind travels to creative places, and I feel empowered when I finish. I’m thankful I can get back into it, and I appreciate it now more than ever.
7. I’m thankful for challenges. Challenges make me grow. I just finished up National Novel Writer’s Month where I had to write a 50,000 word manuscript during the 30 days of November. What a relief to be finished with that! My mind felt as though it were on a roller coaster that didn’t stop running for the past month, trying to spew our words daily to come up with something enjoyable. But, I’m grateful I took on the challenge because it showed me that I can deliver results on time. It showed me that when I really push myself, I can accomplish what I want. It showed me that I have the ability to focus on creative writing under a timeline. It showed me how to really prioritize my writing hours. I’ve written a book before, so it wasn’t something new, but I never had to write a manuscript with a deadline. Finishing before the November 30th deadline was such a relieving moment.
What are you thankful for this week? What little things, what big moments can you celebrate about your life? It’s too easy to focus on the negativity going on around the world right now. Too rarely do we actually celebrate the good things going on. Challenge yourself to focus on all the good things that are happening in your life. Be grateful, be thankful.