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.

 

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An Ordinary Thanksgiving

I’ve missed several days this week just due to a busy schedule. The bottom line is that I’ve been generously provided for. God is good.

To wrap it up, I’m thankful for holidays. They change life up, make us pause and think, and let us celebrate with food and drink!

I hippie you make merry today! Happy Thanksgiving!

Ordinary Thanksgiving Day 16

I’m thankful for God’s generosity to me. I’m thankful that I not only have a roof over my head, but a beautiful home. I’m thankful that I not only have clothing on my back, but a while closet filled with beautiful things. I’m thankful I’m not only starving, but have to watch not over eating. God has been generous in so many ways, and I’m thankful.

Ordinary Thanksgiving Day 8

Today I’m thankful for candles, pinecones, and Christmas music.

Pinecones are funny things, and yet, I wouldn’t want to live in a world without then. They bring back happy memories from childhood: camping trips and pinecones fights. I love to decorate with them because they also invoke winter. They make me think of a rustic, snowy Christmas.

Candles and Christmas music provide an earthly, temporary, soothing calm for a few minutes during a busy day.

I’m thankful for these passing gifts.

Ordinary Thanksgiving: Day 1

Every year in November I do a short Thanksgiving post each day leading up to the holiday. It’s a fun tradition that sets the mood and let’s me practice being thankful.

This year I want to focus on ordinary things. I want to notice all the ways God generously cares for my physical needs in this temporary life.

So, day 1: today in thankful for mugs.

I love mugs. Short, tall, fat, skinny, thick, thin, ceramic, clay, or china. I have a small collection of mugs that make me smile. I like the way they feel in my hand, their pattern, their design. I love hot drinks and hot drinks shared with friends. My Mom has always said, “Coffee is a big in a mug.” If you were to make hugs solid and tangible, they would be mugs. 😁

And look at that picture! God would have been kind to provide me with one mug. That would have been fear more than I deserved. Instead, I have many mugs. God is so kind to me in ways that are so insignificant. He is a generous Father.

Thanksgiving  (Day 15)

Today, I’m thankful for Jules, Ellie, Constance, Joshua, Shannon, Bruce, Jude, Imogene, Remi, and Rook.

An Auntie couldn’t ask for a more wonderful group of nieces and nephews with bigger imaginations, sillier jokes, special hugs, growing geekiness, and bright eyed wonder. 

I’m so thankful to live near all of them and I’m blessed to be in their lives. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving  (Day 5)

I’m thankful for so many things today!
I’m thankful for the chilly, wet, dark morning! I’m thankful for time to write and the joy of working on my YA Faerie Tale. I’m thankful for a quiet day and the joy of looking forward to spending time with friends tonight.
I’m thankful that in the middle of trials, we have ordinary delights.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thankfulness  (Day 2)

Today, I’m thankful for everyday common grace. I find it interesting that when we write post-apocalyptic fiction the world is ugly, but we live in a post-apocalyptic world (The Flood) and look at the beauty God left us!  I’m so thankful for our oak trees, our pecan and crepe myrtle trees. I’m so thankful for flowers all around my house, the butterflies that have been so predominant this year, the wren and cardinal families nesting in our front hedge, the hawk couple living in the neighborhood, and the crows that visit occasionally. I’m thankful for the Texas Fence Lizards and Carolina Anolie that guarded our front and back porches like tiny Dragons.

God could have made this world so ugly after the Flood, but He didn’t. I’m very thankful for that small, ordinary grace.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!