Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thankful Things

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November is the time where we begin to reflect on our blessings. I have to admit I have mixed feelings about this. I wish everyone would do this all year long instead of waiting until November to begin. That's why I talk about the pockets of joy in my life. Our lives even at their darkest moments are full of so many blessings; I just wish that we'd pay closer attention to them. Of course, me complaining about all the complaining isn't making the situation any better. :) I decided to jump on the bandwagon and compile my own list of things to be thankful for in November. Most people are making their list one day at a time, but I like to see them all at once.

So, here we go!

I'm eternally grateful for Jesus and the wonderful work he's done and is still doing in my life. All of the blessings in my life are a direct result of Him and his marvelous Grace. There are not enough words to describe his love for me!

I'm thankful for Jared. My husband is the most hardworking and dedicated person I know. He is steadfastly committed to providing for me and for our future. He's sexy, hilarious, intelligent, caring, generous and all-around amazing.

I'm thankful for Mama, Daddy, and Katie. God knows how to put the right people together. I know a bunch of people think this, but my family is the best. Mama is the perfect blend of fire and ice. Daddy is nuts but awesome. Katie is growing into the most incredible woman. I'm so grateful that my family is freakishly close and that we all love each other.

I'm thankful for God's provision. I generally do not worry about money. Not because Jared and I are rich-because we are not-- but because He is faithful to provide. I do let doubt get the best of me at times, but I know that He will make a way. I love my jobs. I get to travel and play music. I get to teach some great kids how to play music. I love working on the farm with Parrie. I love making art and selling it. Jared has a job that gives him the flexibility to choose his schedule and we get to spend a good chunk of our days together. Most couples don't get that opportunity.
I'm thankful for Parrie. Parrie is such a blessing to me. Not only do I enjoy working with/for her every week, but she has become an amazing friend. I see her as a role model; She's a smart and independent woman who has traveled the world just to explore. Right now she is battling cancer, and she always appreciates your prayers.

I'm thankful for my home.  I did not appreciate this house when Jared and I bought it. I hated the idea of living in a subdivision and I hated the yard. It wasn't what I had envisioned for my first home. I've come to realize that I was a jerk about it. Jared worked hard to provide this house for me, and I truly  love it now. It is full of cozy corners and natural light and I love it!

I'm thankful for my upbringing. Mama and Daddy didn't have much when they were first married. In fact, they had five dollars to their name, and Daddy lost his job the next week. Times were tough to say the least. They raised me and my sister in an 800 sq. ft. sharecropper's house that was built in the late 1800s. It wasn't much for holding in heat and was full of holes, but it was filled with love and respect and understanding and music. They taught us to love Jesus and everyone else. We learned to work hard and to be smart with money. I'm so grateful for that.

Now, here's a list of things to be thankful for that don't require an explanation.
  • the smell of my house the morning after we had a fire in the fireplace
  • that great feeling of really playing a tight set of music
  • the warmth of Jared's hand resting on my hip at night
  • a nice drive in Gladys
  • knowing Puck and Ophelia love me no matter what
  • knowing that the election is over and the hope that some of the political mudslinging will be over soon
  • the feeling of having my house clean and organized
  • searching on pinterest for project ideas AND ACTUALLY DOING THEM
  • happy houseplants that cheer up a room
  • the idea of having a fireplace in our bedroom one day
  • a long warm bath
  • laughing with my friends on Crafty Day
  • having a friend who will watch Once Upon a Time with you while lounging in front of a fire 
  • great deals on clothes
  • awesome thrift store finds
  • trips to the cabin
  • decorating for Christmas 
  • wonderful in-laws
  • deep belly laughs
  • the look of excitement when a student learns something and LOVES it
  • delicious macaroni and cheese
  • when Grandma is in a good mood
  • a great church family that is loving and compassionate with each other
  • great blogs to read on a regular basis
  • knowing that winter doesn't last forever and that no spring skips it's turn.
  • MINIATURE PONIES. 'nuf said. 
We've all got so much to be thankful for. This list doesn't even encompass a small percentage of what I have to be thankful for.  I hope y'all keep that in mind during this season and all year long!

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