Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The 24 Days of Thanksgiving

This year, a few of my facebook friends have been posting things that they are thankful for each day of November leading up to Thanksgiving. I have loved reading them and have learned a lot about people through reading these posts. Because I haven't been participating I thought I would make one big list and use it as a blogpost.

I will preface this list by stating the obvious ...this is by no means a comprehensive list and some of these are supposed to be a little facetious. :-)

1. I am ever so thankful for my family - from the youngest (Ava) to the oldest (I think Papa - Matt's grandpa is the oldest at the moment?) and EVERY SINGLE person in between.

2. I am so thankful for my friends and very thankful that my family are some of the best friends I have.

3. I am thankful for my church - not the biggest church with the fanciest methods but you will NEVER EVER find a group of people more loving, giving, and committed to the Lord than those at Glidewell Baptist Church.

4. I am thankful for my job. I have come to appreciate it more now knowing that so many people are desperately seeking a job and can't find one.

5. I am thankful for social media. Sure it can suck up a lot of time but it also keeps you closer to people you wouldn't otherwise get to speak too. Love keeping up with my missionary friends!

6. I am thankful for choices. I know, I know, if you know me you know that I am not overly effective when needing to make a choice but the fact that I HAVE a choice about where to live, work, worship, how many kids to have, what to eat, where to go, ect, ect is pretty great.

7. I am thankful for crockpots...what time savers.

8. I am thankful for marriage...what an amazing thing God created!

9. I am thankful for hot water heaters...especially when they work.

10. I am thankful for kids' health.

11. I am thankful for technology...these are getting shorter!

12. I am thankful for the people in my Sunday School class, that they challenge me and make me see things from a different perspective.

13. I am thankful for a garage to park my car in rather than running through the rain to put my babies in the car.

14. I am thankful that both mine and my husband's grandmas are all still living with good health - it is an awesome experience that my kids know all of their great grandmas!

15. I am thankful for my son's preschool and what they have done for Jeremiah - I watch him grow in amazing ways and know that a lot of it has to do with his education from UCCC.

16. I am thankful that I can carry a Bible and pray wherever, whenever I want.

17. I am thankful for the right to vote.

18. I am thankful for my Tivo. :-)

19. I am thankful for $2 Happy Meal Tuesdays at "Hot Donalds" as Jey would say.

20. I am thankful for modern day conveniences...Starbucks, $3 car washes, microwaves, ect.

21. I am thankful that I am not hungry right now, that I had a choice of what to fix for dinner, and I have food in my house for tomorrow's meal-S. There are a lot, I mean A LOT of people...children...who do not have this luxury and will not have this luxury.

22. I am thankful for time off for National Holidays.

23. I am thankful that I learned how to use coupons correctly - I'm amazed at how much money I WAS spending of food and how little I have to spend now.

My friend (and cousin-in-law), Aaron Murray, taught our Sunday School class this morning and shared a quote with us (which I probably won't quote correctly). Basically he said, "What if you only had the things today that you were thankful for yesterday". I can't seem to get that off my mind. I am thankful, I am and I tell God what I am thankful for when I feel thankful. However, busy schedules, stressors in life, and other lame excuses cause me to forget to say "thank you" to God. Could I really live today with the things I only "remembered" to be thankful for yesterday? Not on your life! So, lastly to finish this list leading up to Thanksgiving, the thing I am MOST MOST MOST thankful for....

24. God's grace. That He chooses to bless me in spite of me.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

What you get when you have a girl...

Well we can add a couple of words to the list of things Ava says...

Shoes, Socks, and Hats

She is definitely going to be a girly-girl! I caught her and my neice the other day trying on all of Ava's socks and hats followed by her shoes. Here we go...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ahrg! Post me on the blog, mom!

Jeremiah needs some blog time...So here he is! The cutest little pirate I've seen all year! We went to Jey's closet and pieced this outfit together for his costume for Halloween 2011.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


"Gibber, Gabber, Mama, Gibber, Gabber, Gibberish"
That is what Ava says most of the time and let me tell you, she says it ALL the time. This girl is a talker although it's taking her a while to say actual words. Because I want to remember, here is her current word list...
Jey Jey
"Tank Tou" (Thank you)
Wuv Woo (Love you)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

1 month, 2 weeks, and 6 days

That's how long it has been since I last posted (until yesterday). It is certainly NOT because I don't have anything to say...I have A LOT to say actually and no time to say it! Perhaps I'll catch you all up soon...and for my own personal journalling. :-) Meanwhile, enjoy a picture of my cute little family as we enjoyed a fun fall day at the pumpkin patch with the kiddos and my neice, Zeda.