30 Thanksgivings

***Sorry this post is two days late, but I got a stomach bug a couple of days ago and have been out of service. I’m feeling much better now, though!

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Happy Thanksgiving! I am currently sitting in my in-laws’ house, having just helped do the dishes from breakfast and wash the sheets to prepare for more family coming to stay. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is on, and Granny is sitting on the couch with Bubba, her little white dog who she insists is NOT spoiled (though the survey results are inconclusive). I call him Ol’ Bubbs.

Granny with Bubba

In honor of this month of thankfulness, I’ve decided to post 30 things that I’m thankful for. I know people have been doing this on other blogs and on facebook, so maybe you’re tired of reading them. However, this post is honestly more for me than it is for you (although I love you all!), but I hope you enjoy it anyway. It may be the cheesiest post I ever write, but cliches are cliches for a reason, right?

I am thankful for:

1.  My incredible husband. During the past three months of chaos, Logan has been a voice of reason, a rock, and a source of comfort when I have been depressed and anxious.

The summer before he proposed :)

2. My family. My parents and little brother decided to leave me to go on a cruise to the Bahamas, and my sister is spending Thanksgiving with her husband’s family, but I still think about them during this holiday and miss them. They were incredibly  good to us when we were in Scotland, sending us care packages and such. Encouraging us when we needed it. I’m blessed to have them.

Last Thanksgiving in Branson, Missouri

4. Logan’s family (now my family as well!). They brought me in as one of their own when they first met me, and they have remained a source of continuous love. A lot of women complain about their in-laws, but I could not feel more fortunate to have them. Plus, they make pretty awesome Thanksgiving dinners :)

Picture from a couple of years ago...

5. Retail therapy. Now that we’re back in the States for good, I feel like I can buy a few things we need because we won’t be immediately putting them in storage. Going to Target lifts my spirits. I’m sure that sounds incredibly materialistic, but seeing all the pretty things and realizing that yes, I can buy that  new lamp, because I now have a home to put it in, feels good. I can finally start to make our house a home and not a campsite.

6. That God is found as much in stillness as he is found in the mundane happenings of everyday life and in our relationships with others.

7. Sweatpants. Yes.

8. Freaking Wal-Mart/Target/H-E-B. Never in my life have I appreciated being able to drive my car to the store and not have to buy only what I can carry. And no more walking a mile and a half for milk and bread. And no more being not able to find tin foil!

9. Holiday drinks at Starbucks. Gingerbread is my favorite.

10. Blaize Justice (Logan’s sister’s husband, a.k.a. my brother). He made me put him on this list and insisted on his own number. And because he told me that my pumpkin pie was the best he’s ever had.

dumb.

11. Black Friday circulars. There’s nothing like spreading out 5,000 circulars all over the dining room table and browsing through them all while discussing how crazy people are who stand in line for sixteen hours.

12. That even when I think the future looks completely empty and I have no idea what I’m going to end up doing, I know in my heart that I have many options concerning my career and more opportunities than a lot of people. I have the opportunity to dream, and it is actually realistic that I do so.

13. Talking about literature and theology and biblical studies with people I love, even though I’m not in school anymore and am not getting graded for it.

14. That I get to read FOR PLEASURE for the first time in 3 1/2 years. And I remember why I love reading so much.

15. Garage sales.

16. That Logan’s parents live 15 minutes away from this:

Palo Duro Canyon in Canyon, TX

17. Christmas wreaths like this:

red berries

18. My girlfriends. You never realize how much you care about them until you’re away from them for four months.

Just love em.

19. Texas sunsets and thunderstorms. Of course it’s cheesy, but again, you don’t know what it means to you until you don’t have it anymore.

20. Little cousins to play with on Christmas. All-adult holidays are definitely nice, but kids make things a little more magical.

Bella, Faith and Isaac with my Aunt Bekah.

21. House Hunters and Real Housewives. How I missed you.

22. That I am starting a job and will be receiving a regular PAYCHECK for the first time in six months. Thank God. A lot of other people don’t have that right now.

23. That I had the opportunity to travel to a foreign country and live there for two whole months.

24. Razors. Leslee gave me this one. The more you think about it, the better they seem.

25. Our house. Sure, the floors aren’t level because it’s almost 100 years old, but it’s got everything we need plus new carpet, a new stove, and central air/heat.

26. Saltine Crackers. They’ve saved my life more than once when I couldn’t eat anything else.

27. Indiana Jones movies on TV.

28. Witty puns. If there are such a thing.

29. World Market. I swear, if we had one of these back home I would be in there four days a week.

30. That Logan always seems to know a little bit about everything, especially the things I know nothing about. Cars, electronics, home repairs, etc. I think “Man, I’m so glad I married this guy” multiple times a day.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! What are you thankful for this year?

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