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Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Month of Thanks: Day 12, 13, 14, & 15

Psalm 107:1 "Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever."

I woke up with the song "Forever" by Chris Tomlin on my mind. I totally got behind in blogging...life just got busy. I have still been thinking through things that I am thankful for, but I just didn't blog about them. So today I'm going to play catch up.

1. I'm thankful for organizations like CRU who reach out to the local community. I loved being able to spend the morning with my girls and other believers helping CRU prepare dinner boxes for Thanksgiving. It was such a blessing for my kids. They learned how many children have to worry about walking safely to school, which really impacted them. Not every neighborhood is safe like ours and it is good for the girls to learn about that. They also learned that many kids don't have the opportunity to eat fresh fruit and vegetables. It is life lessons like this that make them more compassionate for others and it teaches them to be thankful.

2. I'm thankful for the beautiful weather we've been having in November. We have been doing as much as we can outside while the weather is still "warm". We took a trip to the local park the other day. The girls had been asking me all summer to visit the park. They had a marvelous time at the park. They worked really hard to get their school work done so that they could go. 

3. I'm thankful for fun activities that homeschool allows us to do. Micaela learned the letter "n" this week and we learned all about nests. We made edible nests on Thursday. As I was cleaning up the kitchen, I looked in the living room and I saw that my "little birds" had made a nest for themselves. I love little kid's imaginations!!

4. I'm thankful for my birthday date with Micaela. We had a great time together, despite the crowds, which I do not enjoy. God is so good. We buy the girls a new dress every year for their birthday. Wayne takes them out to breakfast on a special birthday date. They wear a new dress and surprise their dad with their outfit. A few years ago, I started buying their dresses at Once Upon a Child because they are cheaper and the selection is huge. Micaela had a very specific dress she wanted this year...a white dress with little black stripes. I told her that we would look, but there is no guarantee that they would have that color/type of dress that she wanted. We walked up the aisle for her size of dresses and the first dress we see is the exact dress Micaela had described to me. I pulled it out and said, "Is this the dress you were wanting?" and she said, "YES!!" She was so excited that they had the exact dress that she wanted. God is good. We had just talked on Thursday about how God takes care of the birds and the flowers. She has been learning all week that God takes care of us, even in the little things. She got to experience this first hand.

5. I'm thankful for the five years that God has given us with Micaela. I love being her mom! She is known in our family as the "slug bug queen". She can spot a slug bug a mile away! This year she wanted a slug bug themed birthday. I'm thankful for Amazon and the crazy things you can find on it. Grace worked hard on Friday to sew Micaela a slug bug pillow. We had fun celebrating Micaela yesterday.

6. I'm thankful for grocery stores. This may seem silly, but I'm thankful that I can run to the store when I need something and that it is so convenient. Not everyone around the world is as fortunate as us and I never want to forget to be thankful for the little things.

7. I'm thankful for electric blankets. When it starts getting cold, I love having the capability of turning my electric blanket. By the time I get to bed, I'm able to climb into a warm bed. When you sleep next to a drafty window, an electric blanket is something to be thankful for every night. 

8. I'm thankful that Wayne can drive. I know I mentioned the other day being thankful that he was cleared to drive by the doctor, but it is so nice to actually have him drive. He is enjoying the freedom and I am too!!

What are you thankful for today? Let's keep looking around us for things that we can be thankful! 

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