As I stated in an earlier post, I went back to work full time a couple weeks ago. The transition has been mostly positive, but it has been a transition nonetheless. And, not sure if you know, but November is quite the busy month for church employees, so I’ve been run a bit ragged.

But it’s okay! Because it’s a huge financial blessing to my family that I’m working full time again.

So, on this Thanksgiving day, when I haven’t had the time or energy to post daily gratitudes like I said I would, I’m thankful for a great job, a great husband, a great kid, and a time of relaxation in a (mostly) great hometown.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

giving thanks.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I feel like 2011 has been dual enrolling all year in order to graduate earlier and get a head start on college or something. I am having a hard time believing that Thanksgiving is tomorrow. But, whether we like it or not, this is the reality.

Dan and I are gearing up to head to my hometown to spend some much needed time with my family over the holiday, so I will not be blogging the rest of this week. I’m sure you’ll all survive.

But, since Thanksgiving is truly the original gangster THINGS I LOVE THURSDAY, I’d like to leave you with a list of things I’m so thankful for this year. Ready? Here we go, in no particular order!

  • You. All of you who read my blog. You all rock my socks off (which is fine for now, since it’s still 80 outside. But come February, we’ll have some words.)
  • The unending grace of a Savior everyday.
  • My sweet, supportive husband. I swear, I love him more and more every day.
  • A job at which I don’t work holidays and can actually get time off to see my family. (I get to be there till Saturday, y’all! It’s almost like a legitimate vacation!)
  • Close friends who love me even though (and maybe because) I’m me.
  • Vulnerability — being vulnerable and having other people be vulnerable around me.
  • Miracles and the fact that they truly do happen every day.
  • Sundresses and the ability to wear them almost year round.
  • Decaf coffee which somehow still wakes me up.
  • My church family.
  • My bible studies — Case and Breakfast Club.
  • My pastors and their families and how they challenge me to be a better person.
  • Being able to do ministry with junior high students.
  • Being ministered to by junior high students.
  • Books and words.
  • Writing for a living.
  • Art and artists, particularly the ones I get to interact with.
  • Pianos and the people who play them.
  • My cats, Romeo and Hamlet, even though I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in well over a week because of them.
  • Kittens, even though they seem to be taking over my life.
  • Children and babies and the things they do and say.
  • My family, both in Florida and in the Midwest.
  • Text messages and gChat — forever keeping me sane at work.
  • Our quirky but cute house in Frenchtown.
  • Road trips for weddings, celebrations, etc.
  • LIFE.

Hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving. During this holiday season, steeped in commercialism and superficial happiness, try to keep your minds focused on the non-material things you’re thankful for.

See you next week! Muah. ❤