Give thanks…

Give thanks to Him and praise His name.  For the Lord is good and His love endures forever!  psalm 100.4-5
Getting ready this morning, I was just overwhelmed with all I have to be thankful for.  Feel free to skip this post, but I just had to record them (without the chicken-scratch thing 🙂
1.  For a God who reigns in splendor and holiness, yet His love endures forever!
2.  A husband who is faithful and makes me feel like the prettiest woman in the world, even when I’m not.
3.  My boys.
4.  Miles – He continues to confuse the autism specialists and blow us away as he deviates from his diagnosis–thanks for so many of your prayers!  He is living out the meaning of his name, “warrior.”
5.  Jack – He never ceases to make us laugh and melt our hearts with his great joy for life and love for affection.
6.  The prayers of our moms and dads who keep us going, seriously, you will never know how much that means to us and how reassuring that is on the hard days.
7.  Our church – The Godly men my husband gets to be in ministry with and the teaching we receive–we’re truly spoiled.
8.  The students we work with–we love you guys!
9.  The line in “Not to Us” that always puts me in my place “Pour your holy fire on this offering, let our worship burn for the world to see it’s not for us, it’s all for You!”  This song constantly helps the battle to surrender my will.
10.  Our families that care so deeply for us.
11.  The friends who have enriched our lives over the years–some reading this from different countries/states, some entering our lives within a few weeks.  We’re so blessed with like-minds to share our lives with.
12.  Our home – we moved in last Thanksgiving.  I can’t believe it’s already been a year, and I’m excited to see who He’ll bring to our home this coming year…
13.  God’s constant provision.
14.  Simple pleasures–coffee, Nonni’s biscotti (thanks Will and Jo), Barnes & Noble, 8 pm – midnight (after the kids are in bed!), Blokus tournaments (currently stomping on Andy…), legos (Miles will sit for HOURS building…so nice to have a toy we can both enjoy :), Biaggi’s dressing–these are a few of my favorite things.
15.  Dare I say this?  The character He’s built in the hard times.  Some of the richest, most meaningful times of my life have been when I grapple with the idea that the God who gives is also the God who takes away.  And I’ve come to see the hard times can make the good times all the more richer.
       Andy took Miles to the dr. for more allergy testing.  We’re probably going to start shots soon.  He has some severe allergies, and every medicine he’s tried doesn’t quite work, and the stronger the doses, the more his behavior is affected.  He is such a trooper, and we constantly pray for the right decision what to/not to try.  Jack’s just been my little bud this a.m.  I need to get back to packing, but wanted to cement some of these thoughts first.
Here’s Jack talking to grandma last night:
He’s showing her the lego steps we built:
This is from a few days ago…
I will try and get a pic of the Indian hat Miles has had on for the past 2 days straight–except for his bath, but as soon as he gets out, he puts it right back on.  It’s very cute.  Happy Thanksgiving all! 


3 thoughts on “Give thanks…

  1. JAMBender

    ~I enjoyed your thankful list. . . it’s nice that this time of year makes us stop and really reflect on the beautiful moments in this life.  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!~


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