~ thankful that I’ve learned at least a couple of lessons over the 20+ years of parenting. For some unforeseeable reason, I thought it was a great idea to potty train Tatum this week. She talks about going on the potty and seemed super interested. She’s so bright, I figured that she was ready. In case you think that my 20 year experience of parenting resulted in a successful potty training session, let me quickly correct you. After two days of trying, I my experience let me know that this child is not going to be potty trained anytime soon. The only thing that ended up in the potty was Daddy Pig.
~ for the raw beauty of the brilliantly colored fall leaves Kora collected for me.
~ for the simple, graceful sight of a family of deer beside the road. And of course, thankful that they did not run in front of my car!
~ for the AWESOME NEWS that our beloved Uncle Alan has successfully completed his treatment for throat cancer, and that he got to triumphantly RING THAT BELL! We rejoice in the past, present, and future healing by the Lord! BUT GOD!!
~ for a wonderful evening with our small group from church. We are such a diverse group…but everyone is just real and kind and we have the best time sharing life with each other. And this week we truly had a feast: a smorgasbord of breakfast treats! At the end of the evening, I’m not sure which was more full, my heart or my belly.
~ for Sawyer’s unbridled delight in creating his Super Turkey for his kindergarten class project. Each child has to “disguise“ their turkey so it doesn’t get eaten for Thanksgiving.
~ for my new basket wall. I’ve had the plan brewing for a long time now, and been building a collection of round baskets for months. On large item pickup week, I was thrilled to score a stack of exactly the baskets I had been looking for, and then this week I found the last few I needed. So fun to add a fresh design element to a space.
~ for such an exciting season for Giddyup & Whoa. We had a good showing at the Vintage & Co Fall Barn Sale last week, and we have two more shows coming up in the next few weeks. I’ve been painting my little hands off, and Josh has built me another big stack to work on. And ornaments on top of that! Can you believe it’s only 50 days until Christmas? Keep us in mind as you plan for those meaningful one-of-a-kind gifts.
~ for warm coats, cozy hats, and an insulated gallon jug of hot chocolate to get us through the 33° temps at Cooper’s football game. We shivered through all 4 quarters, and although the Cougars didn’t come out with the win, we were thankful to get to cheer them on.
~ for the comforting crackle of the fireplace. Oh how we all love a fire in the fireplace!
~ for irreplaceable moments dreaming together with my husband and asking God for big things.
~ for unexpectedly encouraging words from a kind friend. It’s so easy to focus on powering through the tasks of the day without so much as glancing up or around. Do you ever get to the end of your day and realize you never SAW anyone else. Even if you were surrounded, did you truly SEE anyone? Or did you wonder if anybody saw YOU? Think of what a difference it could make if we each took the time to SEE (REALLY SEE) at least one person around us and speak a kind word to them. A simple complement. A blessing. Ask about their day and actually listen to their answer. Sometimes people cross our paths unexpectedly, and what a blessing when they choose to take the time to spread some light around. I want to challenge myself to do that more.
~ for grocery day. So thankful to have my fridges full, mostly of milk.
~ for November 1! November 1 is one of my favorite days of the year for two reasons. Number one, because it means Halloween is finally over. I’m sorry to be a party pooper, but I cannot stand Halloween (sorry not sorry). And I’m always so grateful when that stuff is out of the stores and off all of the Netflix lineups. Secondly, it’s the first day of a favorite family tradition: the Thankful Game. We have a huge group email comprised of family and friends who have become family, and we each share our gratitudes for each day. I love getting to hear what’s on each of my children’s hearts, and to hear what everyone else is thankful for. It’s such an encouragement. Thank you Grandmommy, for starting, cultivating, and expanding this wonderful tradition!
~ for a wonderful and encouraging meeting with dear friends regarding the future of Gold Network of East Texas. We have exciting new vision about expanding our team and reaching more families impacted by the nightmare of Childhood Cancer. It still blows me away that the Network has grown from 3 families to more than 60. I never could have dreamed that my baby would have cancer. But that from the worst days of our lives would be born a ministry and organization that could make a difference to so many people. And I’m so humbled and grateful that the Lord has moved on so many hearts to help us continue to reach out. Great is Thy Faithfulness.
~ for the most mind-blowingly delicious meal: a succulent roasted chili relleno stuffed with gulf shrimp, Monterey Jack cheese, street roasted corn, mushrooms, and asparagus on a bed of cilantro lime rice. WOWZA!
~ for awesome family pictures from the photo shoot a couple weeks ago! Lauren did the most amazing job and we are all thrilled!
~ for tiny little moments. Josh and I say regularly how we have learned not to take for granted ORDINARY LIFE. That’s what Sunday Gratitude is about. Finding beauty in the tiny and mundane things of life that we sometimes overlook. I looked in the rearview mirror at Tatum K in her car seat on our way to pick up kids after school. She was bleary-eyed were half closed from being awakened from her nap, hair a fuzzy, tousled mess, and just the faintest hint of a smile. She took my breath away. How did God know I needed this baby girl? I’m grateful for the everyday: looking at dozens of kids’ worksheets, listening to their reading. Being greeted every morning with half a dozen hugs and a big hairy dog. The times when my teen actually tells me about his day and then asks me about mine, or when my grown kids take the time to text or FaceTime. The tiny little moments are when life happens. No matter what’s going on, no matter what we’re worried about or scrambling for…we are so rich. We are so blessed.
I just hope to encourage you to look around for the tiny little moments that you are thankful for instead of the 1001 nagging frustrations that crowd their way to the front. Looking at life through a lens of gratitude truly has the potential to change everything. And most of the big things we give thanks for…are made up of a million tiny little moments. God is always at work, in the tiny things and the big ones, and when we finally begin to acknowledge WHERE OUR BLESSINGS COME FROM, we can truly begin to understand how deep and how long and how wide is His Love for us.
Thanks for giving thanks with me.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
Romans 12:10-13 NIV