As I look back over the last year, I can't help but be thankful. I'm so humbled by the amount of things I've learned and the ways I've grown. Even more so, I can't help but shake my head in pleasant disbelief that I am, right now, exactly where I'm suppose to be. Even if the road here was kind of long.
I'm so thankful for Jesus. For His life that was perfectly lived. For His death that conquered sin. For His resurrection that gave me life. For Him, more and more of Him and I don't deserve a thing.
I'm so thankful for my husband. What a sweet, sweet man. He puts up with me in ways that no one else could, I'm certain. His patience. His grace. His faults. His smile. The way the bed smells like him. Ah. I love him. And even when it's hard, when it's overwhelming, when I'm just too much, he's there. Loving. Listening. Handsome. All mine.
I'm thankful for my baby. My little man who loves to be around me, who loves to dance, who has quite an attitude, who makes me smile bigger smiles than I think I ever have before. I'm thankful, too, for the little miracle growing in my womb. A sweet gift from the Lord. A huge test of faith, a lesson in trust. This growing baby is nothing short of the Lord's kindness to someone who doesn't deserve anything kind! These sweet lives (Benjamin's and Beta's) were worth far more than I had to go through to get them. Infertility is something I will never, ever regret or be bitter about. The lessons learned, the struggles, the joys - every second was worth it. Worth knowing the Lord more, seeing His plans unfold, the miracle of life, becoming a momma. I don't think thankful, or grateful, or any other word could describe my gratitude to the Lord for allowing my body to have babies.
I'm thankful for family and friends. Close and far away. I love how life shakes things up and you find those who love you, who know you, there. Still.
I'm thankful for Oklahoma weather. There may not be snow (yet?), but I will count all of these simply gorgeous days blessings and nothing but another chance to breathe in refreshing, life giving, fall air!
I'm thankful for the following foods and drinks: chicken noodle soup. carnation instant breakfast. milk. water. iced tea. cupcakes. jelly beans. chips and salsa. coke zero. hash browns.
You know, there's just so much I'm thankful for. A home, food to eat, clothes to wear, my husbands job, being healthy, being educated. My friends, we are among the wealthiest people in the world by just having these things. What a sobering reminder, what an incredible thing to be thankful for.