This morning started at 5:45 am. I was up, dressed and out the door by 6:10. Met my dear Thanksgiving Day shopping partner (that would be my sister-in-law, Tanya) at Hinotes Corner and off to Bellingham we went. We were at Starbucks by 6:30, grabbed a table to make our last minute shopping plans and then to KMart. They were open at 7:00. We found some great stuff and in the end our combined savings were $280! Now there's something to be thankful for.
No seriously, we have so many things to be thankful for! God has really blessed our family this year and in times when we didn't know how we would financially survive a given month, He has always provided everything we have needed.
I have an amazing husband, Jason! He is always such an encouragement to me. With a job schedule change for me this year, he has had to take on the homework task and preparing dinner 4 nights a week. And, he has done it with an amazing attitude! Never once has he complained of the added tasks that have been put on his plate.
We have been blessed with three wonderful children. Yes, there are times that are tough and we often feel outnumbered, which we are, but we enjoy each of our children. They all have their unique personalities and quirks.
We have an amazing church family. We come home every Sunday challenged and blessed. We are so thankful for our amazing pastors and all they give to our body of believers. We absolutely cherish our Christ Group. It's just another family that we have. Each couple brings a little something different to the group and we look forward to meeting with all of them on Sunday evenings.
We are thankful for our family and friends who have rallied around this year through our challenges and who have been such an encouragement to us as we announced the possibility of full time ministry and what that might look like for our family.
We are excited for what God is doing in our lives and look forward to what he has planned for us in the months ahead.
From our family to yours...HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
(For those of you wondering, yes, I am shopping tomorrow and will be up at 3:45, pick up my sister and be at WalMart before 5 am...call us crazy, but we save lots of $$ and get a lot of Christmas shopping accomplished!)