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Happy Thanksgiving!

It seems in the rush to get to Christmas too often we overlook Thanksgiving. Somehow it gets lumped in with Halloween, and after October 31st all the pumpkins, fall leaves, cornucopias and scarecrows disappear and are quickly replaced by red, green, balls and bows.

I don’t post “personally” much anymore . . . well, there’s always a part of me in each post no matter what the topic, but it’s been months since I’ve written a post sharing my heart with you. I guess the bigger my blog gets the less I feel like I’m being vulnerable with a few close friends and more like I’m an “over-sharer” who tells virtual strangers details that have nothing to do with them. Except that’s kind of the whole point of a blog – it’s almost an online diary of sorts.

If that’s true, apparently my life is full of saving money and doing my best to help others. Hmm, there is some truth in that. But there are a lot of other things that don’t get mentioned much, so I thought I would share them with you today.

I am thankful for:

  1. Salvation
  2. Family – I seriously have the BEST parents in the entire world. Not perfect, but wonderful to me, my husband and my kids.
  3. My kids have a close relationship with their extended family. On big holidays like Thanksgiving, I’m reminded that I don’t see my extended family much. I’m unbelievably thankful that my kids see their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins every few weeks. In fact, my boys would name their cousins as some of their very best friends.
  4. Provision – my home, my vehicle, the fact that my bank account generally stays in the black (ha!), our full pantry, clothing, indoor plumbing, electricity, air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter.
  5. Some of the best friends in the world – there was a point in time when Joey and I thought is it just us out here? Now we have amazing friends who would give us the shirt off their backs, be there for us on the tough days, laugh with us and maybe sometimes at us, cry with us when life sucks, and encourage us to keep living life fully and completely, all to honor our Father.
  6. The older I get the more I find myself grateful for the way my parents raised me.  I didn’t know it was unusual until I got older and realized that most people weren’t allowed to give their opinion freely in their family or be frank about how they feel. I can’t say it hasn’t gotten me into some uncomfortable situations, but I am glad that I don’t deal with residual  bitterness because it’s easy for me to get things off my chest and move on.
  7. This blog  - honestly, it has kept me sane when life was crazy. It has helped me save money and provided for our family at times as well. It has introduced me to some wonderful people. It has opened my eyes to needs that I never dreamed existed.

I could keep going, but I won’t. 7 is the number of completion in the Bible so I’ll stop there.

I hope you have as many things to be thankful for as I do. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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