It takes some effort to keep the list going, but it feels so good to look on life from the vantage point of being thankful. Sometimes I struggle to put the hard things into thankful words, but I am thankful for them and the grace they bring into life. Often the hard things involve others in a way I don’t have permission to share publicly, so you don’t get the details, but they are there. And they are hard. But they are also part of the growing and progressing and learning that end up being strength and opportunity.
And so the list continues:
816. New clients for the office – thank you God for provision on the financial level through Andy’s provision of services to people in need.
817. Antelope steaks received as an unexpected gift – and cooked without being ruined!
818. J’s bravery in the face of change
819. New Karate belt level for J, advancing him to another set of classes to be reunited with friends and to boost his confidence.
820. Studying Philippians
821. Snow for J to go snow boarding
822. Make-up inspiration
823. Settling into a work routine
824. Faithful friends at our Bible Study who live transparently and invite us to be transparent with them
825. News of new babies on the way for young couples – little as they may still be!
826. Old linens tucked away in a box being brought out to brighten the house with a fresh look
827. Spring days warm enough to wear Capri pants between the snow days.
828. Robins hopping on the lawn.
829. New clothes for J to wear instead of the boring old uniform
830. J’s great sense of style and a funky belt
831. Friends to spend the night with during Spring Break (three times!)
832. Anticipation of the return of Sandhill Cranes
833. J’s love of music from rock and roll to hymns to contemporary Christian styles
834. Lunch out with my boy
835. Karate community that allows us to be friends with new folks and enjoy encouraging each other’s children
836. One on one Bible Study with a new friend
837. Learning as I prepare to teach class
838. Windows open to let the fresh air into the house and days warm enough to allow that to happen.
839. Blades of green grass developing in the lawn – even though they are under the snow now, I know they are there!
840. Honoring send-off a J leaves his old school
841. Appreciation for photography
842. Talk with Tamara
843. Getting bills paid
844. Progress on accounting issues
845. People remembering to pray for J on his first day at the new school
846. Mary Kay order placed
847. 10 inches of new snow helping to distract from the fear of first day at a new school
848. Sharing stories of raising kids and finding commonality among moms
849. Super cute book/story for Charlie
850. Charlie turns one year and we got to be part of it
851. J’s great first day at new school