I haven't written all month and since we just celebrated Thanksgiving and I just finished reading a book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss called "Choosing Gratitude" I feel like this would be a good time to write down some of the things I'm grateful for.
My husband. Who has said to me at least 2 dozen times this week, "You're the greatest."
Caitlin, who stood at the tree lighting ceremony in downtown Elk Grove Village Friday night directly under a barrage of fireworks and said "I'm fine, Mom." With a big smile and a cheery voice just three short years after being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when loud noises brought tears of pain to her eyes.
Maggie who is always grateful for everything regardless of what day of the week or year it is.
Ryan who prayed before our Thanksgiving meal with the sincerity and maturity of someone who knows how blessed we are.
That Dan and I have jobs.
That I love my job.
That my dishwasher hasn't completely died yet.
That I got to go away for the weekend (one week ago) to scrapbook and hang out with two great girlfriends.
That I have great girlfriends.
That the weather has been mild all November long.
That everyone in my extended family is relatively healthy.
That having Thanksgiving dinner was not at all stressful.
That the stuffing turned out.
For our supportive parents.
For our siblings. All of them. Near and far.
That I haven't gained back the last 5 pounds of the 40 I lost.
That I own a really good treadmill.
That the heat works.
That my car runs.
That my kids go to a great school with great teachers and great volunteers.
For our neighbors.
For the park by our house.
For our church and the many many people who make ministry happen.
That Jesus died on a cross to save me from my sins and give me abundant life.
That I can feel peace in the midst of difficult circumstances.
For the movie "Elf."
For the new sheets on my bed I got 75% off on black Friday.
For my bed.
For $5 fleece sleeppants at Target.
That my back hasn't gone out in over a year.
That my nephew Charlie will be here for Cait's birthday.
That I live in a country where I can worship God without fearing the government.
That a gallon of milk is less than a mile away.
That clean, cold, Lake Michigan water comes out of the tap.
That I have next Friday off to celebrate Dan's birthday with him.
That I can write.
That you can read.
And a million other lovely things.....