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12.02.2010

.there's so much to be thankful for.

I know I'm late on posting about Thanksgiving.  Please forgive me.  I've been busy eating turkey, napping, eating more turkey, napping...there's a pattern here.

So it was Thanksgiving last week, and what are we supposed to do on Thanksgiving?...besides the obvious stuffing our faces with food...talk about what we are thankful for!  Every year we all say how Thanksgiving isn't the only day when we should give thanks, yet I am always rudely surprised at how little I express thanks throughout the rest of the year.

Last week, before my whole family got together on Thursday, I was thinking about things I'm thankful for, and at first it was difficult for me to come up with something.  That sounds terrible.  There is so much for me to be thankful for, but I think sometimes things become overshadowed by circumstances and life in general.  Y'all know the past few months haven't exactly been easy for many reasons.  So at first it was hard for me to feel thankful.  Then Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I went to The House, and they were doing things a little differently that night.  There were several areas and ways to worship.  You could just sit and listen to music being played, go and paint, mold something out of clay, pray, or write out praises and things you are thankful for.  As I sat there listening to the worship music, I started writing down what came to mind.

My job may not be my ideal job, but I am thankful for the opportunity
 to encourage others and be a light to those seeking help.

I'm thankful for my precious core group girls who continue 
to challenge and encourage me as a leader.

Although I am not where I desire to be at this point, I'm thankful for my friends and family who I have graciously been given to support me during this stage of my life.

I am thankful for the promise of "He who began a good work in you 
will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ".

Thursday came and the whole family gathered for the day at my cousin's house.  Twenty-five of us.  Have I ever said how much I love having a big family?  Of course, we were missing a few who couldn't make it this year.  We spent the day eating, sitting on the back porch, playing guitar, singing, playing football and frisbee, and laughing.  Boy did we laugh.  I am also thankful for laughter.  It truly is the best medicine.  I loved being around all my cousins.  My beautiful, talented cousins.  Here are a few pictures from Turkey Day...












Sigh.  It was a wonderful day, and it ended with kung fu panda and girl talk with Laney.  What else could I ask for?  :)  The rest of the weekend wasn't too shabby either.  Christmas tree shopping and decorating!  So begins my favorite holiday season.  

Bring it on.