This is the fourth year in a row that, together as a family, we've taken time out in November to list things that we're thankful for. I'm so glad that we've started this tradition and a couple months ago, I realized that it meant something special to Zachari as well. She started asking if we were going to decorate the mantle with "our thankful things" again. This girl remembers everrrrrything, but this particular memory she had brought me joy. Maybe it'll be something we all cherish for years to come and who knows, maybe my children will pass it down to their children one day?
We often talked about what we were thankful for while we were eating a meal which is why several of Jonathan's have a food "theme". This list doesn't even touch the tip of the iceberg as far as the millions of things this family can give thanks for. It is, however, a good reflection of where our hearts are right now in this season and for that - well - I'm thankful!
coffee in the mornings
my best friend Kelli
a good job
Saturday morning with the kiddos
Wednesday AM coffee with the guys
dates with Mama or Papa
going to the pumpkin patch with my family
letters and packages in the mail!
my family and friends
pesto pasta on Sunday nights!
Jonathan getting to have swim lessons with Mama
shows and movies
play dates with Maggie and Marion
friends at my school
snowy, sunny days
Corry helping me swim
LOTS of fruits!
my best friends Marion, Annabelle, Matilda and Haley
peanut butter and jelly
my preschool teachers
spiritual direction from Deb and Mandy
the gift of song
swimming lessons and our great instructors
Monica teaching me how to sew
Kelsie and Kyle Meyers
morning coffee dates with friends
warm, sunny days in November
Zachari and Jonathan's creativity and love for books
Deb Woods and Mandy Shumaker
my Lactation Counselor certification
early, quiet mornings - seeing the sun rise
days when the kids listen and play well on their own
Papa working so hard so that I can stay home with J and Z