Thanksgiving 14

 

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Day 14:

Today, I’m thankful for IRBS. This is a new seminary, and a project our church has been heavily involved with since day 1. My husband is currently finishing up his first full semester there.

I’m thankful to see him embrace his classes and learn and grow. I’m thankful for new friendships we’re both establishing.

I’m thankful to see this work of history get started and to be on the front lines.

I’m thankful for IRBS!

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Thanksgiving 13

 

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Day 13:

Sometimes life can kick you in the guts, things you thought you’d put in the correct place leap out and haunt you, old dreams you thought you’d laid to rest call to you again, and you feel lost and alone. I’m thankful for the loyal and faithful friends who stand beside me in such times. I’m thankful for truth that reminds me I have a great High Priest who knows what I am going through. I’m thankful I have a loving heavenly Father!, a Father who loves me perfectly and knows what I need even when it’s hard. I’m thankful for the faithfulness of the Holy Spirit. Life can really be hard, but God is truly good.

Thanksgiving 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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I just can’t seem to stop playing catch up!

Day 8:

I’m thankful for my Moms. The Lord blessed me with two wonderful mothers who I love so much.

My Mom: Mom, you are the calmest, warmest, and most welcoming person I know. We’ve shared giggles, tears, long days, long talks, good movies, good books. I could spend every moment of my life with you and still feel like I miss you. Thank you for diligently working to transition from my parent to my friend. Thank you for being here through all the good parts of my life and so many of the bad. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for being you and sharing that with me. I love you!

My extra Mom: Wanda, you are fun, wise, and your home is a second home to me. Thank you for always being game for whatever life brings you. Thank you for moving forward in life even after Vidal has passed. Thank you for hours and hours of discussion, laughter, figuring things out, gripping at long holds on the phone, plant advice, and always being a good sport about your lack of technical knowledge. Thank you for welcoming me into your heart and home so many years ago, and for letting me stay. I love you!

Day 9:

Today, I’m thankful for Extra-Sisters. I have three who I love. Ruth, Joy, and April. One of the awesome delights of having a big family is all the extra siblings, especially sisters, you add in.

April, you were my first big sister. I’ve loved having a big sister, someone to giggle with, look up to, ask about things, and just in general enjoy. I’ve loved our many family adventures, family holidays, and good memories! I love you.

Ruth, you have been a close and beloved friend for many years. I miss you all the time. I love our shared geekiness, our love of stories, characters, settings. I love talking with you, being with you, seeing what you will create. I love you!

Joy, you have welcomed me so many times into your home, shared your girls, and your life. You are creative, marshalling so many things to make life fun for the children around you. You have so many cool pets, and are a great cook. I love being with you and yours. Thank you for being game to include me in so much of your life. I love you!

Day 10:

Today, I’m thankful for the women of my church, especially as we got to gather round Leslie and express our delight in God’s goodness. I’m would address you all very specifically, but I’m terrified I’ll forget someone important to me, so just know, Ladies of Heritage Baptist Church, you are the salt of the earth, the people I treasure most, the ones I always love to be with. Please know that I sincerely love you all.

Day 11:

It’s the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1, and so I am thankful for the silence of the guns. I’m thankful for peace. I’m thankful for men and women willing to go to war, to give their lives for others, to do the dirty work of fighting. I’m thankful for my soldiers: my grandfathers, my Vidal, my big brother, and my brother-in law. I’m thankful for my cousins and uncles who have served. I’m thankful for my fellow church members who served, and I’m thankful for the young men who are currently serving.

Thank you.

Day 12:

Today, I’m thankful for a day off, a day to curl up with my stories, candles, music, and my man. I’m thankful for a warm home, warm blankets, food, and clothing. I’m thankful for this rest time, because I am very tired this week. But, I am thankful to be provided for. God is good.

 

Thanksgiving 7

 

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Day 7: I’m thankful for my two sisters: Emily and Liz. You two have been by my side through thick and thin. Y’all have included me in your families and let me love on your children as much as I can. From shopping, to adventures, to holiday fun, to family picture chaos, and discussion about what to wear, y’all are my go to, and my favorite people. I love you both so much and I’m thankful God gave you to me, and me to you.

Thanksgiving 6

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Day 6: I’m thankful for Emily Shiflet! We’ve been friends now for several years, had many fun and silly adventures, are working on our second round of Band of Brothers together, and in general probably shouldn’t be trusted together. I love our rambling talks about everything, our enjoyment of whiskey, tea, and coffee, our share love of stories and writing, but most of all our shared love of our churches and associations. You are truly and for real a sister in Christ. I love you more than I can ever say.

Thanksgiving 3,4, & 5

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Seeing as I’m having the most ridiculous time keeping up with my Thanksgivings this year, I think it’s safe to say, life is busy.

Day 3: I’m thankful to have my first paid writing gig! Eeeek. This year I was able to quit the world of retail and move into the writing world. I work for a small neighborhood magazine as the Content Coordinator. I get to see my name in print every month. I get to interview down to earth, unique, and interesting families. I get ride herd on photographers, design teams, businesses, and my publisher. It is perfect for me. 🙂

Day 4: I’m thankful for Deanna, Elayne, and Liz. While I never get to hang out with you three women as much as I want, and sometimes we talk in groups, and sometimes separately, I can’t tell you how much you mean to me. You three keep me sane, laughing when I want to give up, centered when I’m frazzled. Thank you for loving me for so many years.

Day 5: I’m thankful for Rachel Cole. Rachel, without you I wouldn’t have gone on so many adventures, wouldn’t love my house, and might be slightly off my rocker. Thank you for saying what needs to be said when I’m anxious or overwhelmed. Thank you for being someone I can safely talk to who always points me back to truth. Thank you for including me in your life. Thanks for home and afar adventures. I love you!

Thanksgiving 1 & 2

I’m already a day behind, but for the first day of Thanksgivings I’m thankful for new floors. My house feels like my house for the first time in years. It looks like my home. While it has created several weeks of chaos, it’s well worth it.

For the second day of Thanksgivings, I’m thankful for my dear friends, The Stices!, who are taking home their first adopted child. We have prayed for this child, they have waited, and now Logan is theirs. My heart 8s filled with joy that my dear friend Leslie is no longer in the ‘not a mom’ club. Congrats Leslie on becoming a Mom!!!!!