Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Thankful List 2012

Psalm 95:1-6
"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker." 

2012 was a blessed year; we thank the Lord for another year together with our children and extended family. We had many visitors and lots of fun! 

1. Drew was thankful for his school, church and family, he especially enjoyed visits from Papa Tractor and his Papa from Seattle. He enjoyed time with his Sister the beginning of the year while Gabe was at Preschool. Then in the Fall he started ACA and was not home quite so much. That was a hard transition for us all, but we made the most of it.
Drew is loving and compassionate. As his mommy I'm so grateful for his helpfulness and servants heart. I also am thankful for his creative mind that is always running and inventing and creating. I know our God is creative so its nice to see life a little clearer through the eyes of my son, he helps me to see God in a clearer light. 

2. We are thankful for our health. It is something we do not take for granted. When we think back to Abby's first month of life, it puts the frailty of life in perspective. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away - Blessed be the name of the Lord.

3. Gabe is thankful for his family, his friends, brother, sister and his fun daddy who is always teaching him new things. He loves his Daddy's blow gun and is blessed to have a daddy who shares his things and a Mommy who forgives the random misses that land in her wall.
4. Siblings - we are blessed to have three kids who love one another. They enjoying playing and singing and laughing. There are random scuffles, but for the most part they are inseparable. What a blessing as a mommy to know her children are practicing Christ-likeness daily within the family. I smile when Drew is quick to unbuckle his sister when we get out of the car, or when Gabe defers to Drew and lets him sit in the front bucket seat of the van. Abby loves to just be around her brothers and enjoys getting the Lego's or blankets for their forts.

5. One huge blessing happened in the Spring, John was able to take off two days and accompany Drew to camp. They boys went hiking, swimming, repelling, and horse back riding. This was a really fun time and Drew became great friends with a little boy Matthew from his class. The bigger blessing was when the following Fall, Matthew too  was enrolled at ACA and held back in 1st grade. God is so good, He had planned it all out ahead of us!

6. Sweet Abby - she is thankful to turn 3 soon! She is also in speech classes that have really assisted her in communicating better. She is such a blessing to our family and daily reminds me to enjoy the moments because they can quickly change to heartbreak. This little girl is a lover of life and all things fun! I am blessed by her energy and eagerness to please.

7. We are blessed to have consistent and stable jobs. Though I wish I  could say I wasn't as busy working this year, I am thankful that my job is consistent and that the growth they have experienced has allowed me to meet and serve some wonderful people. At a time when many are loosing their jobs, we offer up thanksgiving for income and provision beyond all we could have asked or thought.  John is blessed to enjoy serving his special ed kids and educate them to the best of his ability. He was heartbroken when one of his students parents passed away this winter. His job is hard, the there is way more politics than he would like, however, serving children that have little joy in their lives is right from the heart of Jesus. God provides all that is needed each day to serve and it is such a blessing to be right where God wants you to be. 

8. Generosity - I am thankful for a husband who thinks about others. He is always giving - to coworkers, our children, the homeless, random strangers. I love that our kids see this selfless giving and have caught it. John is such a great example for our kids and I feel blessed to be married to such a generous man!

9. Traditions  are hard to keep but lasting in the memories of children. I try and spend time each year recreating traditions year after year that bring our character and a renewed love for Jesus. I am blessed that God placed this desire in my heart, for my children have picked up on it and are learning so much about our Lord. They love our time of Advent and reading of the thanksgiving stories each Fall. They love not having chores on their Birthday and picking the food and games for their birthday. 

10. We are thankful for a great team at church - a group of friends who are genuine and honest. John is blessed with a mentor and godly man who speaks into his life each week and great guys who visit the garage every week. It is amazing how welcoming an open garage is to a quiet neighborhood.
11. Grandma Patti visited us this year and enjoyed some Texas sunshine! She came right before leaving for two years in China. We are blessed to have family that lead by example and serve not just in American but in other countries. John was blessed to go  back to Vietnam this Summer, he enjoyed speaking at the conference in Hanoi on special needs. It was so encouraging to see all the support and funds God raised to send him across the country. 

12. We count each of our blessings this year, there is so much to thank the Lord for! The one change that stands out the most to me is being so close to ACA and being able to financially afford this school. We have always felt called to non-traditional approaches to education. I just feel blessed to partner with a school that has our values and love for creative learning as well as a desire for parents to be actively involved in their children's education. Though the road has been hard and we've put a lot work into school this year, I  can see the rewards in heart and mind. We continue to pray for Drew's love for learning and a deep desire for his eyes to work better so reading comes more natural. In the interim we press on with a higher goal in mind which is character traits like perseverance, discipline and an understanding and compassionate heart.

May you have a blessed 2013 and remember to cherish each moment like it is your last.....

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