A Time of Thanksgiving…

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  We spent Thursday and Friday at my parents’ house.  My mom, sister, and I went shopping for a few hours on Friday.  Before too many of you think how lucky we were, let me add that we took a 5 month old, a 9 month old, a 4 year old, and a 10 year old.  We still had fun, though.  The real reason for my post is to mention a few of the things that we as a family are so thankful for.  Our pastor at our church gave two messages about true thanksgiving.  Wow.  I realized how many things we have for which we can be thankful.
1.  A husband who taught me so many things.  I find myself drawing on those things every day.  So, while I miss him so much, his life lessons are carrying me through.
2.  The unusually warm weather this time of year.  The sunshine so improves my mood.  And my kids LOVE to be outside, so they’ve been able to play outside even in late November.
3.  My “Delaware Girlfriends.”  These girls (and one from Dublin 🙂 ) come to my house EVERY Tuesday night for a girls’ night.  After the kids are in bed, they head over and hang out for a few hours.  This allows me to be with adults and not stress over finding and paying for a babysitter. Thanks, girls!!
4.  My “10 friends.” These girls have committed to praying for me for this past year.  They’ve also been bringing meals since late October.  They’re bringing one per week to help out as the kids and I navigate these 10 weeks remembering last year when Stef went into the hospital until he passed away.  I cannot say how I’ve felt those prayers and NEEDED those prayers.  So, thank you, girls, for doing such an amazing thing.
5.  My family.  They’ve surrounded me and checked in on me.  I know it’s hard for them because I’m the baby of the family.  My mom and dad have helped out by watching my kids and my sister and her family have helped out with the kids as well.  Thanks, guys!
6.  My niece, Kristen.  It’s so fun having her live so close.  We love hanging out.  It’s been so nice to become such close friends.  Thanks, Kristen, for being right there for me.
7.  My neighbor, Lisa.  She has been such a help with the “Tarapchak Zoo.”  She helps out with our dog, guinea pigs, and fish.  Our dog adores her and her amazing dog, Summer, and she is actually watching two of our guinea pigs for a few weeks to help us out.  Thanks, Lisa.
8.  My friend, Kendra.  I have been so blessed to have such an amazing friend walk right beside me through this journey.  Our husbands knew each other really well, so we knew each other that way, but had never become super close.  Through Stef’s and my journey, she became such a true and amazing friend.  I truly don’t know what I would have done without all our late night talks either at my house or over the phone.  She consistently prayed for me and encouraged me to draw close to God.  Thank you, Kendra, for being a constant friend and prayer warrior for me.  I so treasure our friendship.
9.  My friend, Melanie.  Melanie and I have such a comfortable friendship.  I am so thankful for all the hours we’ve hung out, shopped, sat by the pool, worked out at the gym, etc.  It’s so great to have that type of friend who you are comfortable to walk in their house without waiting for them to answer your knock.  Thanks, Mel, for your friendship.
10. My 3 amazing kids.  I love these children.  They’re my reason for getting out of bed every morning.  Even though they can and do exhaust me, I love seeing the joy of life in them.  They each have such different personalities.  Derek is like me.  I love his type A tendencies.  🙂  Justin is a free spirit.  He makes me see a totally different side of life that I’m not used to seeing.  And Carley… that sweet girl.  She makes me laugh.  I mean, really laugh.  She doesn’t mind the randomness of life.  And she is truly her own person.
11. My neighbor, Kelly.  She is my morning walking buddy.  We take our two dogs for a 2 1/2 mile walk most mornings.  It’s great exercise and I enjoy that adult companionship.
12. All the amazing people who so often check in on us.  God blessed us with amazing people in our lives.  So many people I talk to can’t believe the support system we have.
13. Our church youth group.  They came and raked all our leaves last week.  I had been complaining about those leaves for a couple weeks.  I just couldn’t get out there to finish what I had started.  Well, they texted me on Sunday afternoon to see if they could come do that for me.  I’m so thankful for their hard work.  And it was so amazing that a task I was dreading was totally taken care of by them.
14. My friend, Jen, who brings us a meal once a month.  Not only does she bring us a meal, but she brings us a gluten free meal that Justin can eat.  She has 3 children and one on the way, so she is plenty busy at her own house, but does this amazing thing for our family.  And she brings them on Tuesdays, which is my busiest day.  Thanks, Jen.

I could go on and on and on.  It just hit me as our church was talking about this same topic that even though this is an extremely difficult time of year for me and the kids, we have so many amazing things to be truly thankful for.  And please understand that this is just an abbreviated list.  I could have listed so many other people.  I am so truly thankful for everyone who has been there for us and helped us out.  We’ll pay it forward!!

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One Response

  1. To your Mom, Sandi *** you are the amazing person!!! Even as your Mom, I’ve learned so many things from you through the years!!!!

    Never quit being the caring, loving and understanding person that you are!!! God has molded you into a woman of God!!!!

    You and my Steve have always been the “people persons”. Always trying to keep peace and please everyone. What a nice trait!!!

    I love you sweetie!!!!
    Mom 🙂

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