‘The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.” – Norman Vincent Peale
When I think about what I am most thankful for, it’s never anything I own. It’s always my family and friends. The people we do life with. The ones who get you through the hard times that make the good times so much sweeter. I’m thankful for my house but I am more thankful for the people inside who make it a home. I’m thankful for my car, but I am most thankful it gets me safely to North Carolina and Tennessee to spend time with family. I’m thankful for all of the Thanksgivings spent lingering around the table talking with loved ones, some who are no longer with us. I’m thankful for memories of Thanksgivings past. The tears my Grandfather Gordon always cried when the whole family gathered in my Grandparents’ kitchen and held hands as my Dad prayed. He was the only one who could get through a prayer without crying. My Grandfather always treasured seeing his family gathered together. It moved him to tears every holiday. I’m also thankful for Thanksgiving memories made with my in-laws. We’ve spent Thanksgiving at the beach, different houses; one year everyone crowded in our tiny three bedroom house to celebrate Thanksgiving and to celebrate the birth of my youngest daughter. Even with all us crammed in that tiny space my heart was so full.x
“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.“ – Ernest Hemingway
So today, let’s list-actually write down or type out what we’re thankful for. List the little stuff…like the sunshine dancing on the floor, lighting up the room after a week of rain. Or the art work or photograph that makes you smile every time you walk by. The smell of something yummy cooking or the scent of some delicious takeout. I made a list to share of what I’m thankful for. As I wrote it, I felt like they say the grinch did, and my heart grew three sizes.
‘When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.‘ – Willie Nelson
What I’m thankful for.
A wonderful, amazing husband, two sweet girls and two loving eccentric old lady dogs.
A house that is now home. Fully renovated and repaired.
A tribe of amazing friends. I never thought I would have such amazing girlfriends in my life but I really do.
I have two sisters living in Georgia. One is only fifteen minutes away.
My bother- in -law is home safe after almost a year in Afghanistan.
This month I got to spend time with all four of my sisters. Really good quality time.
I have three adorable nephews and three adorable nieces.
I’m thankful for my large shower. After ten years of trying to balance on one leg crammed in a corner, in our old house, this large shower still makes me happy.
I’m thankful for all the trees around our house that are gorgeous red and yellow colors.
I’m thankful for a dinning room full of tropical house plants that make my heart sing when I walk by.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to homeschool our girls.
Sushi and sake.
I’m thankful for art, music and classical education.
I’m thankful for long summers and short winters.
I’m thankful for hard seasons that make sweet seasons even sweeter.
I’m thankful for my grandparents. I’m thankful my daughters got to meet all four of them and still get to spend time with my Memom and Granddaddy Wilder.
I’m thankful for my huge extended family.
I’m thankful for the 13 foot Christmas tree my husband picked out in true Griswold style.
I’m thankful for the men and women serving our country.
For the missionaries spending their Thanksgiving in a different country away from their family.
I’m thankful for Whole Foods bakery making gluten free pecan pie.
I’m thankful for a pool where we made so many good memories with friends and family this summer.
I’m thankful I can call my mom whenever I want to.
I’m thankful my youngest daughter is so creative.
I’m thankful my oldest daughter is a little scientist.
I’m thankful God is the same God who created the world, changed the hearts of kings and then sent us His Son.
I’m thankful for forgiveness and salvation.
I’m thankful I’m the daughter of the Most High Warrior.
I’m thankful my kids love Jesus.
I’m thankful for coffee.
I’m thankful for extra thick memory foam on a king sized bed.
I’m thankful for sparkle lights .
I’m thankful for Christmas.
I’m thankful for Disney World. And being able to be a kid again.
I’m thankful for my wonderful family I was blessed with when I got married. Now I can say I have six sisters.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou
I am thankful for you, reading our blog each week and coming along on this journey with us. Comment and tell me some of things you’re thankful for this year and if you’re already decking the halls or waiting until after Thanksgiving to decorate.
” What if today, we were just grateful for everything?” – Charlie Brown
I wanted to share some pictures of the people and things I’m thankful for. Post some pictures what you’re thankful for in the comments!