Ordinary Thanksgiving Day 18, 19, 20

I got a little behind over a busy weekend.

For the 18th, I’m thankful for leaves blowing in the wind. I’m thankful for the smell of wet leaves, and the sound they make when you kick through them. Autumn is filled with lovely sounds, smells, and sights.

For the 19th, I’m thankful to have a place to go for thanksgiving when everything falls apart and you can’t do what you planned. I’m thankful for friends who love me and I’m thankful for family who I will miss.

For the 20th, I’m thankful for family get togethers, even little ones, even when someone is missing. I’m thankful that we love each other enough to miss each other.

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Ordinary Thanksgiving Day 17

Today, I’m thankful for group texts with my family and friends. Nothing brings light to a dull day faster then lots of text, silly or sad, from those you love.

Ordinary Thanksgiving Day 15

Today, I’m thankful for trees. I love all trees, from towering oaks to small cedars, from redwoods to mesquite trees. I find their shapes appealing and beautiful. I love their steadfastness. I love how often the Bible compares a battle-hardened Christian to a tree planted by rivers of water. Deep roots and and the water of the word.

Ordinary Thanksgiving Day 12, 13, 14

Playing a bit of catch up here:

Day 12

I’m thankful today for the ordinary means of grace, the preaching of the word, and my faithful pastors. I’m thankful for my local church. These are both ordinary and supernatural.

Day 13

I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for my little home, my brothers and sisters, my parents, my nieces and nephews, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. I love them all.

I’m also thankful for the family I married into. For my extra parents, extra siblings, extra nieces and nephews, extra grandparents, extra cousins, and extra aunts and uncles. I love you all and I’m blessed to be a Jones.

Day 14

I’m thankful for stories. I’m thankful for they way they share, teach, and the us together. I’m thankful to live in a world that tells stories.

Ordinary Thanksgiving Day 9

There is nothing more welcoming or comforting after a long day, or on a cold night, than snuggling up under a throw blanket. These small pieces of joyous warmth grace my couch, my bed, and even travel with me. I love how they add a pop of color and are practical.

I’m thankful for winter faced with a house full of throws.

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 5

For yesterday, I was thankful for the comfort of God’s people, preaching, prayer, and the Lord’s supper. I know I cried through most of the service, but I feel more at peace after our service. God is gentle. God lifts us with truth, and I’m thankful.

Ordinary Thanksgiving Day 3

This has not been an easy week. I’m mentally, emotionally, and physically drained. I’m not looking forward to today because it will be mentally, emotionally, and physically draining. But! Today I’m thankful for the fast and easy work of the Patriot Guard who are coming to honor my extra Dad. I’m so glad Jan mentioned it to me, and I’m so glad the Guard said yes. My extra Dad went to war, faced angry protesters when he came back, and went on with his life. I remember him commenting once that WWII Vets always got accolades, but Vietnam Vets didn’t, and that he didn’t get that or think that it was right. Not for himself, but for all of the boys who went over there.

Today, I get to be involved in doing my little part of seeing a Vietnam veteran honored.