Thursday, November 27, 2008
I'm so excited to be spending Thanksgiving with family! My mom, and three of my 5 siblings will be coming over to our home for Thanksgiving day. This will be the first Thanksgiving that all of my siblings haven't been here. My brother Mike and sister Nikki now live in Florida and won't be back until Christmas. We are having all of our Thanksgiving favorites and I can't wait to have my mom's Apple pie!! The chex mix is cooking in the oven as I type...oh how I love the smells of the holidays. I'll make sure to post pictures! We plan on just hanging out at home this evening and if I'm up to it, I'll start to bring my Christmas decor upstairs and start decorating. I'm sad to take my Fall decor down as Fall is my favorite season, but I love Christmas just as much. As Isit here and think about Thanksgiving and all that I am thankful for, I am humbled. I am thankful that I live in a country where I am free to worship God openly, where I can walk down the street safely, and my family has food to eat every day. I'm thankful for the men and women of our country who have fought to keep our country safe and free. My father was in the military for 26 years and I know what it is like for the families of our service men and women. The sacrifices these families make are profound and I am thankful for their courage! I am thankful for my mother, for all she does for our family. She has been a single mother for years and even though it can be unbearable at times, she is a woman of Faith and God's role in her life and heart is evident in all that she does. She has a strength that comes from God alone and I'm so thankful for her love and support. I'm thankful for my husband!!! He is truly my best friend and has a gentle heart. He loves me and our children unconditionally and I wake up daily thankful that God has brought him into my life. He knows what to say or not to say and is so patient!!! I can't imagine my life without him. I'm blessed to be his wife! There are so many other things I'm thankful for: my beloved sons, my baby in heaven, my siblings, my girlfriends, my job, our home, and so much more. Most of all though, I am thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am humbled to my knees daily and thankful that he died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of everyone else. I can't imagine what my life would be like if I didn't know him. I am thankful for his unconditional love and forgiveness of all of my sins. I am so impefect and deserve hell, but by His grace and life I am saved and will one day see him. Today I will enjoy the time with family, laughter, and memories that come with these special holidays. Creating traditions with my family is something I get excited about and look forward to another special day.