Thursday, November 26, 2015

Things I'm Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Later today I will be committing gluttony.  And my stomach will hate me for it.  I'm hosting a feast in my home for family.  About 30 people will be crowded in the living room and kitchen.  Fingers crossed that all goes well.

I have a lot to be thankful for, and here are just a few of those things:

1.  God's grace and mercy - Call me what you will but I'm proud to be a Christian and know I have hope and an eternal home.  Just because I claim Jesus as my Lord and Savior doesn't make my life any better or any easier than anyone else.  But it makes it worthwhile. 

2.  A secure job - I've been a 911 Dispatcher for eleven years.  People fighting and having heart attacks are my job security. 

3.  An amazing husband - Jason isn't perfect, but he's the perfect one for me.  I'm amazed at how much he will put up with from me.  He knows my Ins and Outs, and does everything possible to make sure my life is easier.  I couldn't imagine a more perfect husband.

4.  Six well-adjusted kids - I know that most all moms think their kids are the best.  And for them, they probably are.  I came into the relationship with three kids and Jason did the same.  For being a blended family of six kids, I absolutely can't complain with how well they've turned out.  All of them are teens and above now.  None have gotten arrested, afflicted, or addicted.  That's gotta count for something. 

5.  A super kind and helpful son - Not to play favorites (because I love all the kids) but Adam has went above and beyond with helping me take care of my mother while she's ill.  He's the 16 year-old and should have better things to worry about than whether or not his grandma is going to be okay.  He's been by my side through all of her illness.  He's watched me cry, he's drove me to the hospital more than anyone should have to, and he's spent many an hour in the Emergency Room with me.  It's not a burden a teenager should bear, but he does it.  Even when I tell him he can take a break and be a normal kid, he declines.  It's second nature to him, and I honestly don't think he'd have it any other way.

6.  A supportive church family - I'm not much of an extrovert.  In fact, I've been called intimidating.  I have no room for drama or fake friendships.  I have a wall over my heart that takes a mighty sledgehammer to break.  Since being active in the church and being with a group of people with the same beliefs, I've learned that it's okay to let people in and that people can and do genuinely care.  My Small Group has literally dropped everything they were doing (including supper at Applebee's) and have showed up at the hospital to pray over my mom.  Without question or hesitation. 

7. White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino - I know it's minor but the Heavens parted when I discovered this amazing drink at the gas station.  I've never stepped foot inside a Starbucks (and doubt I ever do) but I recently came across this amazing drink.  It's liquid gold to my mouth.

What are you thankful for this year?  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Samantha said...

Omgosh you too!! I love the gas station cappuccino!!
Happy Thanksgiving doll!!

VickieC said...

I am thankful that I have 14 healthy grandchildren,,5 great kids and a wonderful husband

laborders2000 said...

White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino - that is one thing I am thankful for too! I am also thankful for a loved one that came home this past Tuesday after being away for five eyars. Great to have our fmaily back together again.

Jackie said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
I'm thankful for my wonderful family.