Thanksgiving is a time to pause for a moment and thank God for all his many, many blessings.
I am so thankful for my family. My immediate family and my extended family. And the family I married in to who treats as one of their own.
I am thankful for my husband. He provides me joy, safety, adventure, support, challenge, understanding, patience and most importantly, love. He is a Godly example for our children. He is the most wonderful and amazing person I know. Words cannot describe how highly I think of him, how much I love him, and how grateful I am for God bringing him into my life.
I am thankful for my children. They are each beautiful and special in their own right. Grace is so sweet and compassionate towards everyone. Faith has a joyful heart and silly nature. And Benjamin is growing into a strong and determined man just like his father.
I thankful David's career. His job provides so well for us. It allows me to stay home with our children while giving us financial security. With his job we are able to pay all the bills, afford some extravagances, and still save for our future.
I am thankful for our home. It is beautiful and more than I ever dreamed of having. It's more than just a roof over our heads, it is our home. The place we enjoy our meals together at the dinner table. It is the place we make some of the best memories. Already it is full wonderful treasures: Grace learned to swim in the pool in our backyard. Faith learned to ride a tricycle in our driveway. Benjamin was brought home from the hospital to this house. We reside in a safe neighborhood with so many wonderful amenities and incredibly nice neighbors.
I am thankful for our boat. We have really enjoyed it this year. Every chance possible we take it out and go up the river, out to the bay, to a small beach, and even all the way to Gulf Shores. We've gone fishing, tubing, water skiing, and we've even seen dolphins. We've made some really incredible memories on it this year..
I am thankful for the school Grace attends. The teachers here are amazing. Alabama gets a bad rap for their schools but I have been completely blown away with what all she has learned at such an early age. She was reading entire books independently by the end of kindergarten. She's learning how to multiply numbers and diagram sentences in first grade. And all the kindergartners and 1st graders have iPads. Second graders and above have MacBooks. Starting in January all kids will start learning a foreign language (we pick from 25 different languages) using Rosetta Stone. Amazing.
I am thankful for our community. It is a small family oriented town with conservative values. Things go at a slower pace here because everyone takes the time to get to know each other. It's a place where people know you and greet you by name. And they ask how your family is doing and what your plans are for the holidays - not to just be polite but because they are sincerely interested.
I am thankful for our church where we can worship together as a family and enjoy Christian fellowship.
I am thankful for our nation and all the freedoms we have. I am thankful for the men and women who fight to protect those freedoms. We are so blessed here that sometimes it's easy to forget that not all countries are as fortunate as we are.
We truly are blessed beyond measure and for that I am forever thankful.
The walls and trim were plain old boring white. The cabinetry is ivory. The trim and columns were once ivory as well and looked gorgeous against the dark taupey walls and light tan ceiling. But then the bank brought painters in to paint everything white - the walls, ceilings, and trim. But that's another story...
And by "we painters" I mean Grace, Faith, and me.
Faith took a wall and painted quite meticulously.
Grace took a wall and turned it into abstract art.
Then I finished it all up by cutting in and rolling it all out. I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out in spite of the fact that the pictures makes everything look wonky in color.
We started on a very special Christmas gift today.
A personalized cake plate for Nana who is famous in our family for her cakes.
So Grace and Faith took turns fingerprinting the plate.
Benjamin tried to take away their snacks to eat them.
Then we started painting individual faces to represent each of Nana and Gran's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Come this May they will have been married for SIXTY years. Wow! And they have the family to prove it.
The people represented are colored coded and described by family below: