Wednesday, November 25, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 25

Today I'm thankful for Brumbra - for many reasons, but specifically today because she taught me to  love the kitchen.  I love that even though she has so many favorites under her belt, she's always trying out a new recipe for special occasions. I'm not NEARLY as good of a cook as she is. But, my favorite kind of day is when I can turn on music, put on my apron, and make a total mess of my kitchen. Which is how I spent my day today! If  I could have spent the day with HER in the kitchen with me- it would have been perfect.

P.S. Christmas is in one month! AHHHHH!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 24

Today I'm thankful that this boy gets to be home for the rest of the week! Also, he told us tonight at dinner that he thinks he's ready to go before the pastor and elders and talk to them about joining the church! Wow!

Monday, November 23, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 23

Today I'm thankful that I got to have lunch with these sweet friends. It's funny how when Mark and I come to eat with Keaton, we always end up at the girls table! I enjoyed some sweet lunchtime conversation with these ladies. We told funny stories about loosing teeth (Keaton had just lost his tooth that morning in Library), the probability of the existence of the tooth fairy, Santa (the reasoning of 2nd graders is quite convincing), and even Jesus. Most of these girls were in Mr. Krueger's 1st grade class with Keaton, so it is really fun to see how they've grown up in the last year. I'm hoping to be able to help out more in the classroom over the next few months. Pray that Jesus will come up again and again!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 22

Tonight we had our "Pie & Praise" event tonight at church. It was such a special time to gather with our church family and publicly praise God for all that he has done for us over the past year.  We were able to share two very important praises in our life this year - both of which I NEVER thought would happen.

1) We finally sold our house in Nashville in October! We prayed for this to happen for over 5 years, and God taught us so much about  patience and faith in the process. It was amazing to see God provide us with renters during that time, and always provide us enough money to pay our mortgage even with our astronomical rent payments in Hawaii and Virginia. Looking back, we can see how God providentially withheld a buyer until just the right time.

2) My younger brother Dustin came to know Jesus this summer! Ever since he was adopted when he was 10 years, Dustin always had a very hard heart towards God and my family.  God opened his heart in repentance over the summer, and it is so amazing to see the change in him. He brings his family to church every Sunday, and he shares his faith with anyone who will listen. I had several people come up to me after the service last night and share how encouraging it was to hear about Dustin - they each had siblings that they pray for continually. No one is outside of the reach of the Holy Spirit!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 21

Today, I'm overwhelmed with thankfulness that I get to be a mom - and to three of the coolest kids on the planet!  What an honor that God entrusted these three hearts to me to mother. I am not a perfect mom, but I trust that God will fill in the gaps where I fail them. He loves them even more than me!

Friday, November 20, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 20

Today I'm thankful for Scott.
Loving, supportive, unselfish, thoughtful, humble, genuine, funny, hard-working, and an
amazing Daddy to boot.
I'm one lucky lady.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 19

Today I'm so thankful that Mark's tonsillectomy is over and we never have to do that again (with him at least!). What a torturous two weeks that was for my boy! We just got his school pictures back today. This picture was taken 5 days after the surgery. He really wanted to go to school, but was still in a lot of pain. He pushed through picture day, and he smiled his best with a fresh dose of Tylenol with codeine.  Bless him.
Mark was laughing so hard at this picture. "Mom look! I look like a ZOMBIE!"