30. That I married my best friend and that after 13 years we’re only just getting started.
29. For running water, hot water heaters, and washing machines.
28. That when I go to church this Sunday, I don’t have to worry about men with guns showing up at my door later.
27. That my seven year old thinks her best quality is her huge imagination.
26. For a five year old boy who wants to go find dinosaur bones when he grows up. His previous career choice? Tiger.
25. That God is more patient with me than I deserve.
24. For the food in my pantry, the clothes in my closet, and the car in my garage.
23. For the generous person who donated funds so my husband can go on a mission trip this month.
22. For the sheer joy of books.
21. For friends that knew me during the awkward teenage years and still like me anyway.
20. For a church that loves my children.
19. That my family still likes to go out at night and look at the stars.
18. That the same God who made the stars made us too.
17. And that we matter to him.
16. That my three-year old thinks a ballet costume, princess slippers, and a super-hero mask totally go together.
15. That I get to hear conversations like this in the car:
7 year old: So when you vote, you have to vote for the person you think will do the best job as president.
5 year old: Okay. I’ll vote for the one who makes the best pizza.
14. For the joy of worshipping together with God’s people.
13. For red maple leaves in fall.
12. That the sun glinting through ice covered branches can be so beautiful.
11. That I can see the day of leaving the house without a diaper bag in my future. Still a ways off, but it’s there. In the distance. Really.
10. That I get to teach my children how to read.
9. For all of you that have taken time to read my little drabbles these last few months. I’m still amazed and grateful when something I write resonates with someone else.
8. For God’s infinite, marvelous, matchless grace.
7. For the sound of laughter in our backyard.
6. That Ann Voskamp is right–boring men really do make the best husbands.
5. That my children know and love their grandparents on both sides.
4. That our whole family is healthy and well.
3. That God is able to do infinitely beyond all that we could ask or imagine.
2. And that he lets us help.
1. That the cross means I don’t have to climb my way up to God. He came down to me.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving.