The last month has been full of fun memories and thankfulness. Thanksgiving day morning began a new (hopefully) tradition for our family. We went over to the local highschool track near the Weldon’s house and ran a 5K. Our own free turkey trot. It was even complete with Indians and a turkey (i.e. Nadine).
Things I am thankful for:
1. Healthy bodies and the ability to run 3 miles with my kids and family
2. My amazing husband, who pushes me to get over just how I’m feeling and inspires me to do what’s hard, real, and lasting!
3. Monkey Bread
4. Enough mashed potatoes to go around for 29 people… twice… with leftovers.
5. Cousins who make the world brighter, happier, and more fun!
6. My own, personal barista, whom I love not only for his good looks, but also his finesse in coffee-beverage-making-skills.
7. My sisters, because my world would be all grey without them!
8. The laughter that comes at funky hours of the night when parents should be storing up energy for the following day, but instead decide to make memories together.
9. Boys who are warriors at heart. I would feel safe in any dark alley with these guys. (Notice the turkey bone weapon)
10. Gorgeous weather to take family photos!
11. Five healthy children with such distinctly different personalities that there are never boring moments throughout each day.
11. Imaginations of boys with sticks in tall grass.
12. Creative photo ideas!
13. Betty with her 3 teeth that make me grin and want to kiss her a million times!
14. Clothes to wear.
15. Family times.
16. Nadine Ruth, my tall girl who wears my shoes and loves life.
17. Elijah Watt, who figures out how to fix stuff for me, and asks me questions through writing notes to me.
18. Heather who lives so close now, and is a constant source of encouragement and inspiration to me as a wife, mom, and homemaker.
19. Sherry, who doesn’t live that close, but doesn’t let distance get in the way of staying close in heart. She too is a huge fountain of inspiration and encouragement to me.
20. Re-enactments of battles long ago.
21. I will mention cousins again, because they are so special to us!
22. Elsie Rose, who smiles and sings and laughs so much each day, the world is truly a happier place because of her.
23. The way she sings, “Who broke the ark? No one, no one! Who broke the ark? Brudder, no one!” Instead of, “Who built the ark? Noah, Noah. Who built the ark? Brother Noah!”
24. Betty Ann, who sits in leaves and still smiles. She loves life. She loves food. She loves to be loved, and it’s such a privilege to love her.
25. The way cousins interact with eachother, no matter the age.
26. Food to eat.
27. Jack Taylor, and his strength, twinkly eyes, and desire to conquer. He’s tough, but his heart so wants to do what’s right.
28. My husband.
29. Our home and every inch in it, because we use every inch!
30. Above ALL of these things, I am thankful for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. I am thankful for His written word, the Bible, and that it is becoming more alive to me as I grow older. Thank you, Lord, for this month, and for every day and hour we are given to live for you here.