This November, I posted something I'm thankful for each day on facebook. I wanted to record them here too, so I've collected all of my posts together. Some are simple, some are deep, but I tried to be very thoughtful about what I'm truly thankful for... there are so many things! I'm really, really blessed.
1: I'm thankful for God's love demonstrated in Jesus. "For God did not
send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world
through him." -John 3:17. It's really awesome to have hope and peace in
the midst of a sometimes chaotic and difficult existence.
2: I'm thankful for my in-laws who take us on fun family outings to the
park and Sam's Club ("I wuv Sam's Clubs!") and watch my kids all the
time for free... not to mention giving us room and board. I hit the
in-law jackpot for sure
3: Today I'm thankful for my husband. He works, goes to graduate school
full time, teaches Sunday School and helps with other things at church,
mows our huge lawn every week, etc., but still makes time to spend with
the boys and me, especially to help me out when I'm not feeling well.
I'm super blessed and SO spoiled. I love you like crazy, Nathan!
4: Today I'm thankful for my parents (who are visiting me this week)! I
had such an awesome childhood and they continue to support me and make
my life awesome now. My kids got awesome grandparents out of the deal
too! So yeah... they're awesome.
Day 5: Today I'm thankful that my generous mom likes to take me shopping I miss our girls days out!
6: Today I'm thankful for my kids' teachers at church. Be it Sunday
School or Awana, they are learning SO much! Orion is memorizing
scripture for Cubbies at home, but his teachers are showing him and his
brother awesome Bible songs, the days of creation, Bible truths, and
reinforcing everything he learns at home. Thank you so much, teachers,
for giving your time to my children!!
7: Today I'm thankful that I get to go to the YMCA three or four times a
week. The boys get to play with other kids and I get to have fun and
stay active and healthy. Thank you to those whose donations to the Y
make the financial assistance program possible!
8: Today I'm thankful that my boys have become such good sleepers. Some
people aren't naturally good at falling/staying asleep so it was a bit
of a journey to get to this point, but that makes me all the more
thankful that they (and I!) get a full, healthy night of sleep every
9: I'm so thankful for my close circle of friends. In middle school-high
school I went through periods of total friendlessness and some bad
friend relationships (with a few amazing friends sprinkled in!)... I
never could have imagined at that point that just a few years later I
would meet people who COMPLETELY love me for me and actually LIKE to be
around me... the people who will truly be my friends forever. We've
already supported each other through tragedies and happy-danced together
in celebration, and we have many more years of leaning on each other to
come. I love you guys like crazy. I won't tag everyone, but I'm sure
you know who you are :)
10: Today I'm thankful for my church. I know there are people there who
love me and will support me when I need it. They're a group of people
who like to help each other and people they've never met. I'm happy to
have a place to learn and grow. I'm thankful we have a church family.
11: Today I'm thankful for the brave men and women in our armed forces
who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe and free. Sure, our country
has a lot of issues and it's easy to complain, but we are SO blessed to
enjoy the freedoms we have. I'm incredibly humbled that so many have
surrendered their own comfort, safety, and even lives to protect the
rest of us. You are AWESOME and I could never thank you enough.
12: Today I'm thankful that I live in an area that experiences all four
seasons to their fullest. I'm happy my kids get to grow up with the
colorful crisp beauty of fall, the magical glittering snow of winter,
the fresh newness of spring, and the clear simmering days of summer.
Each season has its own beauty and tone, and though we get tired of long
icy winters or smouldering summers, change is always near. God made a
pretty amazing world!
13: I'm thankful that we've never really had to worry about our
finances. We don't make much money, but thanks to support from family(!)
and taxpayers (the miracle of Medicaid and WIC), we're able to pay cash
for Nathan to do graduate school full time, take care of our family,
and even afford fun activities sometimes. We have to be very careful
most of the time, but never despair and have been able to stay
debt-free. Thank you for supporting my family- we're investing in our
future and hope we can repay the favor someday!
14: Today I'm thankful for modern medicine. The treatments and
medications we have available to us today save lives that would have
been lost not so many years ago. We have amazing tools for diagnosis and
treatment at our fingertips!
Day 15: Today I'm very thankful for a healthy
pregnancy and baby! I am very fortunate to have had easy and healthy
pregnancies so far :)
Day 16: Today I'm thankful for books. I'm a sucker for TV and other entertainment too, but books are magic.
17: I'm thankful for unlimited access to clean water. I can't imagine
the thing that keeps us alive also making us sick, as is the case so
many places. Indoor plumbing is a super huge bonus.
18: I'm thankful for technology that we have technology that allows us
to communicate with friends and family around the world instantly, and
tech that allows us to travel hundreds of miles in just a few hours.
19: Today I'm thankful for my firstborn son, Orion Lawrence Lambes, who
turns FOUR today! He's funny, brilliant, adorable, sweet, energetic,
opinionated, and crazy! I love him more than I can say. Happy Birthday,
Day 20: Today I'm thankful for my second son,
Desmond Daniel Lambes (AKA Desy Doodle Bug). He's silly, bull-headed,
smart, industrious, rough, social, and SO CUTE.
He spent most of the morning building a Duplo monolith with me while his brother slept in... he gets so focused and refuses to do anything else while he's in the middle of building.
One of the funniest things about him is that he gets SO mad and throws
fits, so we'll send him off to sit in a chair until he stops crying...
he'll cry hard for a couple minutes, then suddenly be quiet, and then
walk into the room with a huge smile on his face. We'll ask him, "are
you done crying?" and he'll giggle, "yeah..." :D Every time!
21: I'm thankful for my brothers and sisters (both natural and
...unnatural). I'm so lucky to be tied to a group of people whom I get
along with so well! We have lots of fun together and I wish we could
somehow all live closer. Love you guys!
22: I'm thankful for my Sunday School class. Because they are awesome.
Also, they're a bunch of nerds. We should definitely hang out more.
Day 23: I'm thankful for a warm house on this cold cold day.
24: I'm thankful for education. I can't imagine not being able to read
or do simple math. If I get to the place in life where I need to work
outside the home again, I'll (probably) be able to get a job because I'm
25: Today I'm thankful that I get to be a stay at home mom. When I was
younger, being a homemaker certainly wasn't on my list of ambitions...
our culture simply doesn't glorify "just" being a mom. Now that I
actually have children, I could never imagine choosing to do anything
else. I'm very blessed to be in a position where I am ABLE to stay home
with my kids. Every older mother I've talked to about it has encouraged
me, saying, "Staying home with my kids was the best decision I ever
made. You'll never regret it." Here's hoping I can make the most of it.
26: I'm thankful I have the use of all parts of my body. Eyes that see,
ears that hear. Feet and hands that work. Organs that do their jobs. So
many things can go wrong with the body... I have had it really easy so
27: I'm thankful for the simple pleasures in life. Some that come to
mind are Chipotle, brownies, flowers, pretty leaves, TV/movies/games,
art, pop, warm tap water, the smell of fresh cut grass, clouds sliding
across blue sky, candles, and a good laugh.
28: Today I'm thankful for those who work in customer service (such as
cashiers and waitresses). It's HARD to be a friendly face all day, but
some people seem to do it with joy. Thank you for working so hard to
help me and make my life easier.
29: I'm thankful for stability in my life. The same place to sleep every
night, always food on the table, a family that will never abandon me,
absolute truth, and soul-deep friendship. Life can be chaotic and scary;
it's wonderful to have a steady foundation.
30: Today I'm thankful for a clear mind and the capacity to learn. I
still have a lot of growing to do, and I'm sure life will teach me. I'm
plenty stubborn, but... here's to being a life-long learner.