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Thanksgiving to me is when I start looking back at the year that is quickly coming to a close and give thanks to God for all that it has contained.
One thing I love to help me do just that is to write a list here on the blog of 10 things I am thankful for in a particular year. This list of thanks is in random order and is certainly not all inclusive.
10 Things I am Thankful For This Year
1. My Running Partner
I am very blessed to have some incredible friends, one of which is my redhead running partner. Those are her feet next to my big pink ones. Mile after morning mile this gal listens to my rabbit trail stories. She hears me rant my frustrations on whatever I am currently struggling with, and when I am done she isn’t afraid to tell me if I need to change my attitude.
She listens to blogging story after blogging story and even though she isn’t a blogger and thus doesn’t get all of what I said, she doesn’t complain or try to change the subject. She simply listens and then gives me her outsider’s point of view.
2. The Two Year Old Children I Care For Each Sunday
My husband and I are in charge of the two year old Sunday school hour each and every week. I look forward to that hour of cuddling two year olds all week long. Sure, they are not the best at sharing with their buddies. But they are really great at cuddling and I just can’t get enough cuddles.
3. My Children
I look at the picture above and marvel how these 3 were once so small they all fit within my womb. There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel blessed to have them.
This summer it really started to hit me just how short our days as a family of five all living under one roof are–and I don’t want to waste a minute of it.
I know it can seem cliche to say “I married my best friend”–but I did! I love hanging out with this man. This year we celebrated 20 years of marriage by finally taking a BIG trip somewhere just the two of us. We ended up spending the week in Jamaica in an all inclusive resort where we read, slept and ate our days away–and it was awesome.
5. My Health
I have been battling some small yet annoying health problems this year. But the keyword is “small.” These problems might make things uncomfortable some days, but for the most part I am still able to do all the things I love with those I love and for that I am blessed.
This year Snail Pace Transformations has really grown–and not just in readership. This year I feel like the blog is growing in interaction and that means a lot to me. I love knowing who exactly is reading what I write. I don’t know all of you yet but I want to say thanks to all of you who follow me on your favorite social media platforms and take the time to comment on my social media updates.
Thanks also to those of you who comment right here on my posts. Each and everyone of you matter to me.
7. For Good Books
I want to say thank you for all of you who use my Tyndale Reward referral link to sign up to get your own free books. Your generosity has allowed me to build quite the little home library that I so enjoy going to whenever I finish one book and want to start another.
I have enjoyed it so much that I have taken steps to pass on the joy to other bookworms. I started leaving a book bag of books I have recently read in the back of my SUV. Sometimes I pass the books out at my church, other times I give them to people who the book made me think of, and other times I simply drop them in sharing libraries at hotels.
It is so much fun to think of where my books are ending up–way much more fun than letting them gather dust on my shelf after I have read them. It blesses my heart to be able to share books this way. Thank you!
8. For Small Family Vacations
This year our family skipped a big family vacation and instead did several little trips. We explored Chicago during a long weekend. Went on several daycations (a word that is made up but really does represent what we do well), and enjoyed a week of camping.
I cherish this time spent together. So many memories are made on these short trips.
9. For New Beginnings
This fall our eldest son started college online with the help of College Plus and our middle son and daughter started attending a small, reasonably priced Christian private school 2 days a week. I won’t lie–I cried the first day the two youngest ones were gone. It was an end of an era–I truly do enjoy every minute I spend with my children.
However, after much prayer we felt this was the direction we were suppose to take with the younger two. The combination of being homeschooled 3 days and private schooled 2 days is working very well.
10. For healing
I have been on a rough journey these last few years losing loved one after loved one. This last year I didn’t even realize what a fog my father’s death in 2014 had put me in until one day it lifted and suddenly I could see a few things I have been struggling with as what they truly were–an outward expression of my inner grieving.
Our father-daughter relationship was a hard one and it made grieving messy and unlike any other grief I had experienced before.
I think that is why I didn’t see my struggles as grief right away–it is easy to allow yourself to grieve a relationship that brought you joy, but one that brought you a mixed bag of emotions on almost a daily basis–that is a confusing relationship in life and death.
Now that over a year has passed I can see more clearly that I grieved in an unhealthy manner and I am thankful that hardest part is over and healing has begun again.
Now it is your turn. What are you thankful for this year? Share it with me in the comment section.
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