Saturday, November 12, 2011

Back On Track

So where did I leave off. Although I haven't been very good at writing it down, I have been very mindful of what I am most thankful for. Day 8 I had groceries to buy. What a blessing is it to be able to buy groceries and to have such a selection! Day 9 I was so grateful to be able to go to the store (without the kids) and start on my Christmas list. Day 10 I woke up feeling pretty terrible. I was very thankful that Scott offered to pick up Brenndan so I could stay in bed and rest. Day 11 I made a long, over-due appointment to see the doctor. I am so thankful that we have good health insurance. And lastly, Day 12, I am thankful for the time I get to spend with my family. Scott is getting the Christmas trees down from the attic for the girls' room, the boys' room, and the loft. I'm looking forward to making some cookies and trimming the trees with the kids.

Monday, November 7, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness-Day 7

Day 7. Today, I am thankful for laughter. As I had mentioned earlier, it was really windy here last week so I decided to finally clean it all up. I moved the wicker sofa back onto the porch and found my pillows in the bushes. Luckily, Maddie found our flag in the backyard but I could not find the sofa cushion anywhere. I looked all over our backyard, and peeked into my neighbors yards, but it was nowhere to be found. With Christmas right around the corner, the last thing I wanted to spend money on was a seat cushion. After all, money doesn't grow on trees...............
.........................................................but apparently, cushions do!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness-Days 5 & 6

Day 5. I am so thankful that we got to spend a fun day at that park with my brother-in-law, David. He's a Marine and will be deployed very soon so this will probably be the last time we see him until June. We are so proud of him and the man that he has become. Please keep him and all of our service men and women in your prayers.

It's tough at times to get a good picture of Ethan. Luckily, he was in a much better mood to take pictures after eating some Oreos.
We are so thankful for your sacrifice, David. May God keep you and protect you always!

Day 6. I am thankful that we finally found a church that is close to us. We've been commuting an hour and a half, round-trip, to attend church for almost three years. It's been such a blessing to find a church that is ten minutes away. I love that the Word of God is taught and that there are so many opportunities for service to show Christ's love throughout the world.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness-Day 4

I absolutely love autumn; it's by far, my favorite season. Unfortunately, it comes pretty late here in southern California. So it's no surprise that I am thankful for the change in season. We were blessed with winds that blew away any haze our the area and then rain to keep our flowers growing. What a beautiful time of year.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

30 Days of Thanksfulness-Day 2 & 3

Yesterday was a whirlwind of activity. From daily housekeeping, to homeschooling, to driving our older two to school and back (2 hours round trip twice), to cooking dinner, to Allie's T-ball game, I was exhausted to say the least! And yet amongst the business, I am thankful.

Day Two. I am so thankful that God has blessed me with a husband to go through life with. Scott is a man that fears the Lord and has a desire to please Him. He is the most gentle and kind man that I have ever known and I love him more today than when we got married. He is such a good father; his patience amazes me. He always makes time for the kids and loves them all sacrificially. In fact, after working all day and teaching an afternoon class, he volunteered to coach Allie's T-ball games so they could have an all-girl team. Thank you honey, for being a man of God that leads our family.

Day Three. I am thankful for our children. I am a better person because of them. When I'm tempted to hold onto unforgiveness, I'm reminded by my little ones to quickly let it go. When the natural cynic in me is doubtful, I'm reminded by them to believe and to have a childlike wonder. They have brought laughter into my life and have stretched my heart to love like no others. Their smiling faces sweeten my day. I love you all so very much!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness-Day One

I stumbled upon a great blog the other day at My Heart's Desire and today starts a month-long celebration of thankfulness. 30 days to chronicle a heart of gratitude; what a great way to get your heart ready for the holiday season!

I use to keep a "thankful journal" where every night I wrote down the top three things I was thankful for that day. To be honest, I don't know why I ever stopped other than I finished the journal and never got around to buying another one. So here it goes...on this first day, I am thankful that I get to have a deep relationship with the Lord. Although I grew up going to church, it wasn't until about three years ago that I went from knowing about the Lord to walking with Him personally. I cherish the time I get to fellowship with Him in prayer and in His Word. He has completely transformed my life and I am truly blessed! This is a very special scripture to me that I meditated on until it got into my heart.

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When
you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not
overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the
flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
-Isaiah 43:1-3

There is no one like our God and I am so thankful to be His.