I don’t know what it is this year, but I am looking forward to Thanksgiving so much. In anticipation, I checked out tons of books about Thanksgiving from the library, and the kids and I have spent the last couple of bedtimes reading all about this wonderful holiday. I have also enjoyed seeing people list what they are thankful for on Facebook. I have thought about doing that myself, but I quickly discovered that I am too verbose for Facebook’s status updates. Also, I can’t narrow it down to one thing a day. Seriously, I started thinking about all the things that I’ve been thankful for in November so far, and I came up with the following list. All of these pictures and all of these thoughts occurred within the last three days:
1. I am thankful for how well my children get along. A few weeks ago, a friend asked me if my children are close. Now, of course, they do squabble with each other, but the answer to her question is, yes, they are close. Sometimes even weirdly so.
For example, here they are wearing matching outfits. This was ALL their idea. I tried to dissuade them from it, but they would not be moved.
And here they are sharing my jacket in Kroger, because, according to them, it was “FREEZING.”
2. I’m thankful for wonderful parents, who always love, support, and encourage me:
It means so much to me when my mom tells me I’m a good mom. I guess it’s because she is the best mom I know, and so her I value her opinion on the matter.
3. I’m thankful for all the good movies that are out. I love watching movies, and yet, so often, there are not any movies worth seeing. Right now, my list of “must see’s” is quite long: Argo, Lincoln, Skyfall, Flight, Wreck-it Ralph, The Hobbit. WOW. That has got to be a record! I’m not sure when and if I will get to see them all, but I am thankful to have that fun to look forward to.
4. And I’m thankful for a husband who, for some odd reason, seems absolutely smitten with me:
5. I am giddily thankful for the fact that the NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS A MOBILE APP! And yes, that proclamation is worthy of all caps. Seriously, for months–months, people!–I have been bemoaning the fact that our otherwise wonderful and exemplary library system has no mobile app. As I look up books, put in requests, and renew books almost daily–if not multiple times a day–I have longed for a way to do these things easily on my phone. I have searched the app store for such an app, just knowing that it had to exist. Not finding it, I have complained to several of my friends about the library’s tragic oversight in this area. But this morning, I made an amazing discovery, via the Nashville library website: they do have an app. In fact, they have probably had it for awhile, and I just didn’t notice. And if possible, it is even more wonderful than my mental daydreams of it. I kid you not, when I found out this wonderful information, I squealed, did a little happy dance, and ran and told Greg. This is a game changer, guys. Game. changer.
6. I’m thankful for Nashville’s autumns. After spending most my life in the deep(er) South, the phenomenon of leaves that change color and fall off the trees continues to blow my mind daily.
7. I’m thankful I get to watch my children learn.
8. I am thankful for our wood-burning fireplace in our kitchen. And I am thankful for woods behind our house. And I am thankful for a husband who cuts wood and starts a fire, without fail, at the request of any family member.
9. Speaking of my husband, I am so thankful for what a wonderful man he is. I was just thinking the other day of all the things he does around the house, big and little, and I came up with this list: makes and tends fires in the fireplace and outside fire pit; fixes anything that is broken, and if he can’t, arranges for a professional to come; takes care of our budget and finances; does all outside yardwork; washes the cars; handles the thermostat (seriously, until I thought of this list and asked him, I did not know where the thermostat was); takes out the trash and brings it in (no small feat with our massive hill of a driveway); handles any and all computer malfunctions; figures out how any given item in our house works and then explains it to the rest of us (the latest example is our telescope); helps out with science experiments for homeschool (mine is more of a “humanities-leaning” mind); makes sure all the doors are locked at night; introduces me to new music, and keeps me updated on general current events (basically, I live happily under a rock, and Greg is my connection to the larger world); and I’m sure there’s more.
10. I’m thankful that November 1 marked one amazing year in Nashville.
This little note was waiting in Greg’s car the other day. It was from two of his teens. He absolutely loves his job, and it makes me happy to see him so happy. He gets to see his teens everyday at the after school program, and he tutors them daily, goes to their school and sports events, and takes them on all sorts of fun trips. Several of them have referred to them a second (or a first) father to them, and it is clear that he plays that role in many of their lives. My favorite comment came when he was taking two teens, a brother and a sister, home one night, they passed a Greek Orthodox church, and the sister inquired about the meaning of “Greek Orthodox.” It was a simple question, but when Greg explained, the boy asked in outright amazement, “How do you know so much?? Wow…it should be illegal for one person to know that much stuff.” I remember feeling the exact same way about my own dad, and I smile every time I think about that comment.
I also smile when he relates so-and-so’s progress on her 6, 7, and 8 times tables, knowing that Greg has promised her Tacquis if she memorizes all of them. Or when he tells me about how he is mentoring an incarcerated young man as part of a local Christian program to rehabilitate prisoners. I am so incredibly thankful that my husband is doing work that both fulfills him personally and helps to spread God’s kingdom. I’m so thankful to be able to support that work as his wife.
11. I’m thankful that we get an extra hour of sleep tonight!
So do you see what I’m saying about the Facebook thing?
What are you thankful for?