Friday, November 16, 2012

30 days of thanks--day 12-16

Monday--day 12:
I'm thankful for our church. It's a fairly small church, the smallest I've been a part of. Most Sundays we have over 100 people, but there have been weeks over the summer when people are traveling that we haven't made the 100 mark. But this is a case where the saying "good things come in small packages" is very true. We're a family. This has become even more clear in my mind in the last month or so.

First there was Pastor Appreciation Sunday. Our church graciously includes my husband and I in Pastor Appreciation Sunday each year--my husband does help quite a bit wherever he is needed, but he is not one of the two pastors. But each year we are graciously included and it reminds me of why we are here, why we are doing what we are doing, and how very, VERY important it is for me to daily choose Christ. If I'm not making those daily small decisions to draw closer to Christ I will not be able to be the woman I need to be to support my husband and encourage the young ladies around me.

The other way I've been reminded of the community in our church is the way we rally around those who are hurting. At one time, when I lost my first child, it was me and my husband who were struggling. Now there are others who need our help. When things like that come up, we pull together and it makes a huge difference. Many hands make a light burden--it's family. My church is such a blessing to me.


Tuesday--Day 13
I'm thankful for my husband. He's a wonderful, amazing, and generally awesome hubby. He's the sort of guy that makes the dashing hero of a romance seem boring and single dimensional. With his unusually varied list of interests he makes every day an adventure.

Wednesday--day 14
I'm thankful for my Keepers at Home girls. We had a small class this week, but they have been working so quickly on their project! They are so much fun to work with, and have done fantastic work this semester. They are a joy to me.

Thursday, day 15
A sister who lives close enough to house-swap for an afternoon. She likes cleaning, and I like picking up and organizing. So we traded houses, and both got to do the chores we like best and skip the ones we like least. It worked like a charm--and I'm glad every time I see the parts that Amanda scrubbed for me (and just a little proud of the work I did in her apartment also).



Friday, day 16
I'm thankful for my daughter. She's the light of my eyes, the joy of my heart. Crawling isn't very far away, so I'm enjoying my last few days of a (semi) stationary baby. Every day is a new day of growth, development, and experimentation for her--which provides endless entertainment for me. This afternoon she rediscovered her tongue, and to the great amusement of her parents, stuck it out and wiggled it around all evening. I wish I had a picture, she was quite the sight.



Saturday, November 10, 2012

30 days of thanks--day 8-10


Thursday (day 8)--I'm thankful for my sourdough!! I didn't know 2 weeks ago that my next skill to learn was sourdough breadmaking. Then I got a coupon for a free starter from a specialized company. The more I thought about it, the more excited I got. I finally picked out my favorite one (they had 16 options!) and ordered it. I haven't made my first loaf yet, but I it is now happily bubbling away on the counter and I anticipate a fresh loaf in the next day or two (I even bought cream to turn into butter, because if I'm going to have my very own sourdough bread, it seems like it OUGHT to have homemade butter melting on top).

Friday (day 9)--I'm thankful for my family. We spent the evening with my folks--had dinner and played some games. We then watched a Sylvester Stallone comedy that had us all in stitches (yes, apparently before he was Rocky he was a comedy actor--learn something new every day). It's so wonderful to have family that we are close to in more than just geography.



Saturday (day 10)--I'm thankful for a shower gone well. My SIL Amanda is due in three weeks, and I threw a small family shower for her this afternoon. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun. We made all sorts of awesome onsies for the newest little addition.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

30 days of Thanks days 6-7

I'm a little behind--Tuesday and Wednesday have been whirlwind days. I expect the weekend will be more of the same. It's nice to have a slow day in the middle to take a breath!

Tuesday, Day 6: I'm thankful for a country in which every 4 years there is a peaceful, people driven, change of power (or not a change, depending on what happens). I learned a lot this election--my third presidential election. I've realized over the past 12 years my politics have changed--in a good way. I'm a different person, and it is good that I'm growing and changing. I'm thankful I live in a country where I have the freedom to cast my vote. (also, adorable baby girl is getting a VERY young start. :-P)

Wednesday, Day 7: I'm thankful for my sweet mama's helper who came over for the first time today! This has been on my wishlist for soooo long, and it was such a big help to have an extra pair of hands. She lives quite a bit away, but I'm hoping we can make this a regular thing. Yay!

Monday, November 5, 2012

30 days of Thanks--day 5

It's November, and this month I'm going to make a conscious effort to write my thanks every day. I often think of things I am grateful for and thank the Lord for them throughout the day. This is good. But when I actually pause to write those things down, they become a testimony of the Lord's grace in my life--a gift that keeps on giving every time I read and remember.

I am not committing to making a list of a certain number of things each day. Some days I may only write one thing I'm thankful for, other days I may write several. Perhaps sometimes list the same thing twice (I daily thank the Lord for my wonderful husband and daughter!). There are no rules to this--except that every day for the next 30 days I will GIVE THANKS. Would you care to join me?


470. I'm thankful that my hubby and I are a team. Not just roommates, or living in the same house with our own little worlds--but actual partners. We become what our spouse needs most--whether it's someone to laugh with, a shoulder to cry on, a nurse, a playmate, a steady hand, or a companion.We work together toward the same goals, even when that means setting personal desires aside (or at least postponing them a bit). The sacrifices aren't one sided, and because we work together so well they rarely even feel like sacrifices.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

30 days of Thanks--Day 4

469. Counting gifts great and small... I'm thankful for my new humidifier. Not only has it allowed me to breathe the last few days with a minimal amount of discomfort, but it also has provided a fair amount of entertainment as I watch the swirls and "clouds" of cool mist rising from it's top.

(and yes, I can still get delight out of tiny things like that. I'm looking forward to Tirza getting older, that way I can pretend I'm staring at humidifier mist, tiny bugs, baking soda risen batter, and other commonplace wonders for her benefit. Until then I'll keep pretending like I'm a grown up and used to these things).

Saturday, November 3, 2012

30 days of thanks--Day 3


468. My crazy awesome neighbors/brother and SIL/besties: Yep--they're all of that. We live in the same apartment complex, and get together at least once a week besides church and other regularly scheduled things. We've done all sorts of crazy things together, and spur of the moment is the norm. The past few months we've been playing a lot of unusual card games/ board games as that is an interest of my hubby's. I think now they're just as (or more) addicted to unusual  games as we are (mwahaha).


Friday, November 2, 2012

30 days of thanks--day 2

It's November, and this month I'm going to make a conscious effort to write my thanks every day. I often think of things I am grateful for and thank the Lord for them throughout the day. This is good. But when I actually pause to write those things down, they become a testimony of the Lord's grace in my life--a gift that keeps on giving every time I read and remember. 

I am not committing to making a list of a certain number of things each day. Some days I may only write one thing I'm thankful for, other days I may write several. Perhaps sometimes list the same thing twice (I daily thank the Lord for my wonderful husband and daughter!). There are no rules to this--except that every day for the next 30 days I will GIVE THANKS. Would you care to join me?


463. The limp weight of Tirza after her early morning feeding, right before I put her back to bed. The most warm, cuddly thing on earth--a sleeping baby

464. A second humidifier that came in the mail, just in time

465. A short nap with my baby snuggled on top of me

466. Tirza being sweet and quiet all day, while I was not feeling well (she'd be lying beside me so sweet and quiet that I would wonder if she was feeling sick--as soon as I checked her she'd grin as if to say, "Oh, I'm so glad you're here--I've just been looking all around. The world is such an interesting place!" Thank the Lord for a baby that can entertain herself sometimes.)

467. My hubby taking most of the day to look after me


Thursday, November 1, 2012

30 days of Thanks--Day 1

It's November, and this month I'm going to make a conscious effort to write my thanks every day. I often think of things I am grateful for and thank the Lord for them throughout the day. This is good. But when I actually pause to write those things down, they become a testimony of the Lord's grace in my life--a gift that keeps on giving every time I read and remember.

I am not committing to making a list of a certain number of things each day. Some days I may only write one thing I'm thankful for, other days I may write several. Perhaps sometimes list the same thing twice (I daily thank the Lord for my wonderful husband and daughter!). There are no rules to this--except that every day for the next 30 days I will GIVE THANKS. Would you care to join me?


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456. A wonderful Reformation Day
"Junker George" on the L, The playwrite/narrator/director (Brenden) on the R
This year was the first year in over a decade that I have not helped to plan our reformation day celebration at church (it was a good thing, because I was sick that night and wouldn't have been able to do much anyway). I was excited about being an observer, because in the past I've been involved to the point that I couldn't get a good feel for what it was like to simply enjoy the evening. The highlight this year was a play written and directed by one of the young men at the church. It was absolutely fantastic (and just a tad bit crazy!). If I can I'll post the video of it, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures:

My hubby was Martin, and had a good time getting into the spirit of the play

Two sisters--Grace and Hope--playing Kathryn Von Bora (L) and random nun companion (R)

OTHER THINGS
457. Hubby reading to Tirza a poem he wrote himself
458. Tirza being willing to snuggle when that's all the energy I had time for
459. Spending (most) of the day without a sore throat
460. Energy to do some housework!
461. A whole case of scrapbooking things to go through--treasure hunting!
462. Hubby doing the dishes for me after dinner