So I underestimated how busy the holidays would be. I had it all planned out perfectly in my head how I could easily write a blog every day in December about what I am thankful for.
I was not prepared for road trips and friend’s houses with no Wi-fi…. a ridiculously busy schedule as we tried to make time to see soooo many people on our travels…. the amount of time I would lose by having a 4-year-old to take care of…. etc.
Long story short, life is busy.
I was still thankful for many things.
I did not have time to blog about them every day.
Here are a few highlights of things I was thankful for during the last few weeks of my 2011. 🙂
Of course, I am always thankful for Chad.
But when we travel on long distance road trips, see friends and family, and in general find ourselves outside of our routine, I become abundantly thankful for his friendship, his presence, his familiarity…. I love having him around. 🙂
I am thankful for road trips.
I like to get away from the normal routine.
I like to hold the wheel in my hands with my favorite music playing loudly in my car radio and just sing along for hours.
I like to fly too, but there is something about an open road, with sunsets and coffee and music and privacy that makes it all so memorable. 😉
I am thankful for advancements in technology.
As strange and bizarre as being thankful for that seems, let me be specific.
I am thankful for technology that makes my life infinitely more convenient and luxurious. 😉
Specifically, I am thankful for our new Cat Genie.
It is 100% self-sufficient.
It has allowed us to leave the house for extended periods of time, without having to pay anyone to come to our house and scoop a litter box.
It has allowed us to own 3 amazing loving kitties, without ever having to even think about their excrement again.
It has lowered the amount of germs in the house, and the levels of stress because we do not have to touch a litter box at all anymore.
In essence: heaven-sent. 🙂
I am also thankful for our newest Christmas gift: A Kindle Fire!
I never wanted an e-Reader, and essentially I still don’t.
I like real paper… real books… you know, the kind with tangible pages…
BUT, this Kindle Fire can do so much more than read books… and it made our massive amounts of road trips over the holidays much more entertaining than they would have been otherwise. 😉
I am thankful for fireworks. We shoot them off nearly every year we are at Chad’s Mom’s house for New Years Eve.
They are just so pretty. 😉
I am thankful for times to just sit and relax.
They usually involve a warm cup of coffee, or – in this case – a mason jar of homemade sweet tea in Texas.
There is something wholesome about drinking sweet tea in Texas. 🙂
Vacations can be stressful, but – if you seek it out – they can also include time to just sit and relax and just breathe.
I sat on Chad’s Dad’s back porch and just watched the kids play football.
It’s not easy to find time for stuff like that in the hustle of every day life.
I want more times like this in 2012. 🙂
I am thankful for friends who know me.
Being able physically and financially to drive to see a great friend is just about the best thing I can think of besides them living right next door.
Friends who get me.
Friends I share history with.
Friends I share memories with.
Friends who I can be myself with.
One of God’s best gifts to me by far. 🙂
I am thankful that Chad is so good with kids.
He may not have a wealth of experience in babysitting or younger family members, but Chad’s heart is loving, gentle, generous, and fun with kids.
It makes my heart so happy. 😉
I am thankful for coffee and for those that bought me a year’s supply!
I am thankful for a great book.
I got many for Christmas.
I don’t think I will have time to read all of them before school starts up in 2 weeks.
I am certainly going to give it my best shot! 🙂
Lastly, I have found that I am thankful for God’s hand in my life even when I might forget he is leading me.
A few months ago we decided to ask my brother Shaun if we could take his youngest (our nephew Nathan) for the Holidays.
At the time, I thought it would just be something fun and nice to do – to get to know him and love him, etc.
Little did I know, God planted that idea in my head and orchestrated the whole thing.
Another blog posted is needed to explain in detail, but I never thought I would learn so much about myself by taking Nathan into our lives for 3.5 weeks.
There were things that God wanted to show me and he chose to do so through the eyes, hands, and mouth of a sweet 4-year-old.
(More to come on this experience soon.)
I LOVE my nephew Nathan.
He is the most sweet, cuddly, warm-hearted boy! He is eager to learn, and humble in correction. He strives to have a good heart and to listen and obey – even if it’s tough.
He is full of life and excitement and passion.
He is a joy to have around!