On the even of his 7 month birthday, this little guy decided to sleep in three extra hours! Granted, we made him cry it out for an hour in the middle of the night when he wanted to play. Jonathan is getting cuter and more fun by the day!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today I am thankful for all of those people who work so hard on this day. For doctors (including Joe), nurses & hospital staff, for policemen, firemen, for first responders, and our nation’s military -thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. And to those who have to work in the retail field today, for those working in the grocery stores, gas stations, and other places, I wish you a special Thanksgiving too! All of these people work to support their families, to serve their patients, and to protect and serve the public. Don’t forget them today, as they are away from their families, where I’m sure they’d rather be!
Today I am thankful for Jenni Saake, her book Hannah’s Hope, and her ministry through Hannah’s Prayer. All parts of her ministry have been an incredible blessing to me through our walk with infertility. So many women around the world have been blessed as well, and I’m sure everyone would agree that Jenni deserves our gratitude!
Today brings thanks for having the privilege of being a stay at home mom! I do not take the job and responsibility lightly. I am so grateful that Joe works incredibly hard to allow me the opportunity to stay home with Jonathan so that we can raise him the way we desire. I know at any time, things could change and I need to go back to work. But for now, I am honored to stay at home, to take care of our son, and to keep our family running. It’s nice to also be able to serve Joe in this role too. I enjoy being able to have dinner ready (or almost ready) for him when he gets home, to have the laundry complete, and to take care of our home (now that I’m reclaiming it thanks to nap time!)
Today I am thankful for first world things…hot showers, comfortable beds, toilets, favorite television shows, access to great books, computer/phone, and other things that we often take for granted. When you’ve had to bathe from a bucket or pray you didn’t get electrocuted from the rigged hot water heater possibly shorting out next to the shower OR pee in a hole in the ground while holding your skirt up to your ears and praying you don’t step in the pile of poo someone else left behind, you certainly feel thankful for the first world things that you’re spoiled with.
If you’re reading this, you’ve got it easy. We don’t know what real “hard living” is all about.
Day 16 beings thankfulness for my love for cooking and baking. And along with that, Joe allowing me to explore, create, and being my guinea pig along the way Before we got married, I knew how to cook 2-3 things…maybe. Now, given the opportunity and someone willing to donate the money, I’d love to go to culinary school just for fun.
Today I am thankful for financial security in this crazy economic times. I’m thankful we’ve tried not to live above our means, that we’ve saved money, and we’re not having to live month-to-month. We pay off our bills each month and do not seek debt to weigh us down. I’m glad we can afford to give joyfully to ministry, to work with Compassion International, and to help others if need be. I look forward to the day we are debt free or at least have no debt other than our home. While I’m thankful we’re doing great right now, I do worry of the days ahead and the way our country is headed. But thats a whole different topic.
If you want financial freedom, I think Dave Ramsey is a great place to start!
Today I am thankful for the south! Sure, it may sound silly, but I am thankful to have been raised where “yes ma’am & yes sir” were expected, where gentlemen held doors for the ladies. I am thankful for “ya’ll”, sweet tea and fried chicken. Sitting on the front porch swing or rocking chair and watching the road as familiar cars passed by were part of my childhood. Seersucker & monograms, grits, hushpupies & BBQ. Charleston, Savannah, Wilmington. All being a part of the south! And I LOVE IT!