With Thanks…

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We returned this weekend from a great visit to Arkansas to visit Tyler’s family.  We had a relaxing, fun visit that included a lot of football, pie, and more pie.  I’m pretty sure the only vegetables I had over four days were dipped in mayo or sprinkled with fried onions—Happy Thanksgiving!  I am remiss that I let the holiday pass me by, though, without expressing gratitude for what I am most grateful for…

  • Our church home… We have been a part of National Community Church for almost two years now.  We are so thankful for our church family and the teaching we receive there.  We are consistently challenged by their teaching and we love their approach to ministry, always providing opportunities for service and fellowship outside the box of tradition.

  • Fall… I haven’t mentioned it, but it has been absolutely gorgeous around here for the last six weeks or so.  I’ll give you a Savannah summer any day, but it’s got nothing on a Fall up North.  Driving down winding, hilly roads under a canopy of orange; watching kids walk to school wrapped up in their coats, kicking away the fallen leaves. Clear blue skies on a sunny day atop golden trees.  It leaves me wondering why I still claim summer as my favorite season…

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  • Family… We were in Arkansas last week with Tyler’s family.  We were in Arizona two weeks ago with my Dad and in Savannah two weeks before that with my Mom and grandparents.  We are so fortunate to be close with our family, to be so well supported and loved by them, to have family we truly like and enjoy being with.

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  • My husband… I could not have asked for a better partner to get through the last few months with.  Preparing for parenthood, in all of the logistical and emotional challenges it entails, would have been enough, but throw in the move, the traveling, the doctor’s appointments, my increasing size and decreasing emotional stability, the man has been a saint!  He has held my hand through every appointment, stressed out right next to me during ridiculously frustrating furniture hunts, kissed my tummy, and shamelessly admitted his excitement for buying tiny little socks and furry hats.  He is going to make an excellent dad, but I am sincerely excited for our marriage and our growth as couple as we embark on this journey together.  He is truly the best.photo 3

And at the end of it all, it all means nothing without the saving grace of Jesus.  We enjoy seasons and family and fellowship because we are free from sin and judgment and fear.  We live with hope and confidence because we believe in the Gospel that saves us.

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”                         ~2 Corinthians 4:15

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