Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thankful Thursdays in November: Week 1

My friend Gabby at MamaGab is hosting Thankful Thursdays where we share one thing we're thankful for each day of the week in November. Lucky for me I've been keeping track of my blessings lately, so I've decided to join her. 

7 Things I'm Thankful For This Week

The life of my grandmother who celebrated her 81st birthday today. My Mema Jean has a heart of gold and never an unkind word for anyone. She exemplifies Southern hospitality: you can't go to her house without eating a meal, even if it's lunch at 10:30 in the morning.

My Dad and his family of five brothers and sisters, who together, with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren came to celebrate Mema Jean's birthday. We only see my Dad's side of the family a handful of times each year, so anytime we gather, it's special. Family--it's what really matters, right?

A sweet couple at our church who has offered to temporarily take over the Sunday night class for young children my husband and I started this summer. I've been very discouraged and even considered calling it quits many times, but the Lord heard my need and answered with their desire to help out.

The American Heritage Girls troop my daughter is a part of. As a homeschooler, Kate's social activities are pretty limited. AHG has introduced her to new friends who love the Lord and also given her responsibilities and new experiences like scripture memorization, service projects, and fundraising efforts that are broadening her perspective on life.

Having my middle daughter at home with us. One month ago I hesitantly took Cora out of Mother's Day Out--prompted by the Holy Spirit. It was a tough decision to make, but the Lord has been faithful and I haven't looked back since. Cora participates in school right along with Kate, and the two are inseparable.

My Community Bible Study core group. The young moms that I have gotten to know and their sweet little babies I've held have been such a blessing to me. I never would have seen myself as a leader of anything, but the Lord called me to lead this group, and He has been faithful to see me through.

Exercising at the Y with my husband. I'm thankful that the Lord has blessed us where we can afford to go to a gym with child care and exercise alone or together. Knowing we're both working towards improving our health is a comfort, and I'm grateful the Lord has provided.

What about you? What is one thing you're thankful for this week?

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  1. I love this, though I'm not sure which one is my favorite! They're all so precious and big things to be thankful for. I wish we had an AHG group here, or a Y for that matter!

    Both my grandmother and my great-grandmother were just like your Mema. They usually had something you had to eat while you were there, often a pie or a cake. Thanks for joining up!

    1. I need to be more mindful of my blessings to keep my perspective and my priorities in check. Thankful Thursdays is challenging me to be more intentional in that. So, thank YOU!