Thursday, November 28, 2013

with a thankful heart.

     ........Give thanks

Today I did not spend my day eating lots of food or with family or friends. I spent my day doing nothing! Yes of course I talked with my mom (who I think thought I was crazy and un-American for not celebrating with others today) and I ate food but nothing about this would be considered a traditional Thanksgiving. Today I spent my day relaxing. I never got out of my pajamas (which rules). I had several sweet friends invite me to be a part of their Thanksgivings but I just wanted to take some time to do nothing. I took the day to catch up on TV shows and enjoy life. As I relaxed I had ample time to think about the things that make me the most thankful and here is my list....

My thankful list...
I am so incredibly thankful for my Jesus and the unending love he has for me even when I am unfaithful. I am redeemed and I do not deserve it!

                                                                                                                                                                  I am thankful for my family although over a 1000 miles separate us I am so blessed that we are still so close and I know they are there for me and support me and my sometimes crazy un-sensical (I might have made that word up) life. I am thankful for my amazing parents and the great example they set for all of us in life and in marriage. Love you mom and dad!

I am thankful for my Solace Family. This family has been through so much together (leadership changes, tornadoes, fires, hurt and the list could go on) and every hurdle we clear we become stronger. I am thankful for the ministry of the church and the unique group of people who are a part of it. I am thankful for the outreach ministry of the venue (a snap shot of that here if you don't know what I am talking about). After every show I am reminded of the importance of our ministry. I am thankful that our Solace family extends beyond this small little city of Joplin. I am thankful that we have brothers and sisters all over who are a part of this mission and this family.

I am thankful for my Duke pup! He is my little sidekick no matter how annoying he can get I still love him and he's changed my heart towards the furry little creatures we call dogs. P.S. This picture of us was taken by my best friend Kristen! Go check out her blog and support what she is doing!

I am thankful for "my kiddos" Jaxson, Zion and Ella. I have watched those little ones grow up over the last 4-5 years and I love them like they are my own. I am thankful that their parents allow me to be a part of their lives!

I am thankful for hobbies. Dry Bones Vintage has been a fun little journey over the past year and its fun to bring new life in to things that were once thrown out and tossed aside.

I am thankful for a job I don't hate. Although I don't see myself staying with the bank forever I do appreciate it and I am thankful for all the new things it has taught me over the last year!

I know I mentioned my family but I specifically want to mention my siblings. They are beyond amazing and wonderful! They are talented (ALL of them). I love them all more than they probably even know! Colin (and Cassie), Chase, McKenna, Mason, Colton, Chandler, and Dakota you all are my favorites!

I am thankful that I am an aunt! Kyla and Kessler are just simply great! They are beautiful and full of spirit and life! Auntie Courtnie loves you and will see you soon!

I am thankful for past journeys. I am thankful for all the different roads (I have been down quite a few) I have been down that have lead me to RIGHT HERE. This moment right now! They have made me stronger and lead me to a place I never would have imagined being. I am even thankful for the journeys that didn't end well. Those were the ones that taught me and molded me the most!

I am oh so thankful for caffeine! Diet Soda, Tea, Coffee! They sometimes are the only things that keep me human :)

Laughter! I am thankful for laughter! Its seriously the best everyday medicine anyone can take! And since Torey has come into my life and become a great friend it happens often and I am grateful!

Since the recent move I have been able to reconnect with one of my best friends from college. We are now neighbors and its wonderful! I am thankful to be back in each others lives and I am thankful I get to spend time with her little one as well!

Last week I got a FaceTime call from my dad, except it wasn't my dad. It was my youngest brother (9 years old I think its hard to keep track) Dakota! Mom said he missed me and asked to FaceTime me! For this reason and many others I am thankful for technology! The amazing way that it brings people together is a blessing to all who are a part of it!

Today I had mac and cheese! Pasta is my comfort food. I am thankful for comfort food!

Lastly, ambition. I am thankful for ambition. I am thankful that I haven't settled in life. I know that I am called to something greater than the everyday life. I am thankful for the ambition I had at the beginning of the year to choose a word that would help shape my year. That word was "Discover" I feel like over the last year I have learned so many new things about myself and about life. I have discovered new parts of my city and gone on small road trips of discovery and I. LOVE. IT. This word discover helped me learn to "stop and find beauty in the moment/day." I am thankful for the simple everyday beauties. God has great things in store and its my prayer that this restlessness, this ambition to strive to something greater will become clear soon.

The beauty found in today while resting was the perfect way to spend a day meant for being thankful!

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