So Very Thankful

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 3 Comments A+ a-

I know it seems that I skipped over the whole Thanksgiving holiday, especially with the Christmas design and Christmas music playing in the background. But I assure you, that is very much NOT the case.

When people start talking about the holidays, for me that encompasses the whole month of November and December, from Thanksgiving through Christmas. This is truly my favorite time of year! And if I want to delve into the decorations and music earlier than most, there is only one reason for it, to let the sights and sounds flood over me as I prepare my heart for the upcoming holiday season.

Thanksgiving is not the only day I give thanks; I try to be thankful throughout the year. However, in order for me to keep this whole season in perspective, I make a conscientious effort to be thankful for the things that are important and hope that it carries me throughout the holiday season. While I do enjoy the sights and sounds of a crazy-busy mall, while I do enjoy searching the stores for the perfect gift, Thanksgiving prepares my heart for what truly matters throughout this season.

Faith.

I live in a country where I am free to worship my Lord; a country where I do not have to worry about persecution. I am able to openly express my adoration for my God, without fear of death, without fear of jail, without fear of discrimination. There are many in my faith, throughout the world, who have to live with these fears every day. I am in awe of them. I pray for their safety and then I thank God for allowing me to live here. (There are times I wonder, though, how much stronger their faith is than mine. But another post for another day.)

Friends.

Jon and I are so very blessed and rich in this area. Truth be told, I was overcome with emotion last Saturday as I thought about the families and friends in our lives. To be able to call at a moment’s notice in need of a babysitter, or a cup of sugar, or a coffee date, and have others respond to that call is to be rich indeed. We are so very thankful for the men, women, and children we get to call friends. To be able to travel this journey of life with you is an honor and we pray that we are the kind of friends to you that you are to us.

Family.

If there is one thing that my mom instilled in us from the very beginning it was the importance of family. “Friends may come and go, but your family is forever,” she say. And how very right she was! I am who I am today because of my family; Jon is the kind of man he is because of his. I am so very thankful for my parents, knowing they’d be there without a moment’s hesitation. I am thankful for my sisters, who are also my best friends. The older I get, the more I realize how unique we are to be so close, but the thought of it being any other way, is too painful to comprehend. I’m thankful for Jon’s family, for his parents, for his brothers, and extended family. They all had a hand in shaping him, in growing him, in supporting him. Thank you!

And to you, babe, and our beautiful children, I am on my knees every day in thanksgiving for you. Jon, you have been such an example of unconditional love, I’m awed every time you love me when I’m at my most unlovable. I’m overcome at your example of forgiveness. And Devyn, Hudson, and Reagan, there are no words to express how blessed I feel to be your mother. I rarely do it right and I often need forgiveness which you are quick to offer. You three make me a better person and make my life so very full! I love you!

Tomorrow we head to Jon’s grandparents’ house for a whole day of eating, visiting, and sleeping. I’ll bring along a stocking to work on, cuddle with Jon, watch Reagan toddle around, and Devyn and Hudson will race around the house, shrieking and laughing the entire time. I can’t wait!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I’m a coffee drinking, book reading, laundry procrastinating, husband and children loving, mess of a woman who believes that chips and salsa can fix anything. We have chickens running around the backyard, a mountain of dishes in the sink, and on any given morning, I have at least 10 school forms that need my signature or initials. It’s a crazy life {I prefer to call it controlled chaos}, but its ours.

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Deidre
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8:52 PM delete

Great, great post!
Happy Thanksgiving, Jenn!

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Courtney
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I'm always thankful for you guys too! I'm sad we won't see each other today but I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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Christine
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This one brought tears to my eyes. Hope you had a wonderful day.

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