November 1: My husband, Casey
November 2: My God
November 3: Amazing women, mothers, and role-models I know
November 4: My health
November 5: Other moms willing to share advice (in particular twin moms!)
November 6: The right to vote
November 7: My siblings
November 8: Viability for the Ps
For the full details of my first week of thanks check here.
November 9: Weekends with my love
November 10: Teachers and educators
November 11: Our veterans and active duty military (and their families)
November 12: Warmth
November 13: Prayers
November 14: Infertility
November 15: My home
For the full details of my second week of thanks check here.
November 16: I am so thankful to be pregnant with Pip and Pop. I already love these two boys with all that us in me - and we haven't met yet. It is absolutely amazing to think I will be counting their little fingers and toes and looking into their eyes in no more than 11 weeks!
"I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart" -- Jeremiah 1:5
November 17: I am so fortunate to have my perfect part time job! God really does work in us and among us. Not long after I realized returning to teaching and graduate school wasn't an option for this semester, I was approached about a newly forming Elementary Lead Teacher position for our Sunday School program. I work 10ish hours a week writing and preparing lessons for the kids of our church and absolutely love it!
"Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them." -- Mark 10:16
November 18: The nursery is painted!! We still have a bit of work to do repairing the drywall holes in the closet and reprinting their, but for the most part, it's done. And it's awesome! We are blessed with truly incredible friends who came over today and helped get it done. True friends are such a blessing and really something to be thankful for!
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!" -- Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
|Brad and Jenny helping us paint.|
November 19: I am thankful for laughter. Tonight Casey and I sat outside on the patio at Ozona's and enjoyed a leisurely dinner and lots of good talk (politics, financial markets, and other nerdy topics) and even more laughter. It felt so good to laugh and enjoy each other's company. We weren't in a hurry. We had nowhere to be. We had nothing else to do. We enjoyed dinner and dessert and each other. And laughter, lots of laughter.
"Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”" -- Psalm 126:2
November 20: I am thankful for the amazing folks in our medical community. Today I met with a cardiologist and everything seems to be okay. I am so grateful I have a team of doctors working so hard and taking every precaution to keep Pip, Pop, and I safe. I am also thankful that The Great Physician is involved in my healing.
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." -- Psalm 147:3
November 21: I am thankful that Jesus Christ came to earth to save me. He came to show the way to heaven. He came to teach us how to have an authentic relationship with Our Father. He died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sin. He paid the ultimate price so that you and I can have life eternal with our Father in Heaven.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." -- John 3:16
November 22: In its founding, Thanksgiving was a mass, a day intended to give thanks to God. The pilgrims breathed a sigh a relief that they made it through alive. They survived the ocean crossing. The illness. The massacres. They had food and supplies to survive the winter. It was a true celebration borne of relief, a truly pure foundation for gratitude. I am going to give thanks in advance for that attitude, which I am trying to foster in myself. I want to be better at breathing a sigh of relief. I want to celebrate where we are instead of fearing for the future. God has been with Casey and I throughout our infertility and this pregnancy. His healing hand has touched us. Our marriage came out stronger. We have two boys on the way. We are broker than we've ever been after paying for all of this, but we have each other and our savings will build back. Casey and I have survived and we are relieved! These baby boys have made it to viability and are heathy and big. Our nursery is going to be finished. We have car seats and a few necessary items to bring the boys home (and the rest can be bought later!). I give thanks today for the trials we've had and more importantly for the relief and peace we have now. On today, this traditional day of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so much! My heart is overflowing with joy. I am surrounded by blessings!
"I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving." -- Psalms 69:30