Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! I hope you are enjoying some much needed down time + gathering with friends or family. I am busy today going here and there for different things but wanted to take a second to make a list of things I am thankful for. For the past 11 days I have been going through the She Reads Truth Thanksgiving plan and it has really allowed me to think about the things I am thankful for and the times in my life that I have needed to be more thankful. We have so much to be thankful for..even when things in our lives aren't going as we had planned.
T- I am thankful for teaching. I love love LOVE what I do and couldn't imagine doing anything differently. Yes, the days are long and sometimes really really hard. BUT the reward of getting a letter from a student or a hug at the end of the day reminds me that what I'm doing is important. I always tell my students that my job isn't to just teach them academic things, but to also mold them into really awesome little people. They love that I care about their families and that I want to come to their basketball games. They make my job so much fun (even the difficult ones ;)
H- I am thankful for my health. This is something that I often take for granted. I want to be more conscious about thanking God for my health and the health of my family.
A- I am thankful for Adam. I could not have married a more perfect man for me. Lord knows any man who can put up with my sassiness is worth keeping ; ) Really though he is an awesome guy and I love being his wife. I have loved watching him navigate his role as a husband..he's really good at it.
N- I am thankful for necessities. I am thankful I have a warm house to live in, a car to drive to work, and food in my cabinets.
K- I am thankful for kin. Okay.. so I've never actually used that word in real life, but it was the only way to fit my family into the word "thanksgiving" ; ) Anyway--I am so so SO thankful for my family. From my parents, to my brother, to my amazingly perfect niece, to all of my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins--they all ROCK and I am so blessed to have a close family all the way around.
S- I am thankful for Southern Simplicity. This little space has turned into so much more than I ever dreamed of. When I sat down 3.7 years ago and wrote my first post I never in 1,000,000,000 years thought it would become what it has. I have made some of the sweetest friendships and have some of the greatest experiences because of this blog and because of YOU. So thank you for believing in me and reading about my pretty normal life ; )
G- I am thankful for grace. Lord knows I need His grace every.single.day. I am so so thankful for my relationship with Christ. I am thankful he completely wrecked my life when I was 18 years old so that I would turn to Him. I am thankful that no matter what stupid thing I've done in the past He still loves me. no matter what.
I- I am thankful for the internet. This sounds kind of silly, but really.. I'm very thankful for the internet. It's just one of those things I don't know if I could live without.
V- I am thankful for vision. I am thankful for the things I am planning and the things that I'm working on. Big life decisions are happening and I'm so so excited!!
I- I am thankful for investing. For those who have invested in my life and those who have allowed me to invest in theirs. I have made some sweet friendships over the last five years that I have been in Athens and I am so thankful this little city has become my forever (god willing) home.
N- I am thankful for our new house. Our little "Athens Cottage" as Adam calls it. This house is a total God story and I LOVE THAT. I love that we weren't really even looking to buy and this little house was placed perfectly in our laps. I love that we have had circles of people in our living room learning and talking about Jesus. I love that we have spent our first months of marriage making this house our home.
G- I am thankful for Carolyne-Grace. As you can tell from my Instagram I'm pretty much obsessed with my niece, Carolyne-Grace. She is one of the greatest things about my life and I am so thankful to be her aunt. She is an amazing little girl who came into our family when we needed her most. She is the most joyful and sweet spirited child I have ever met. In her 3.5 years of life she has taught me more than she will ever know!!
So those are just a few of the many things I am thankful for. I hope you know just how thankful I am for YOU. I blog because it's fun and it's something I'm passionate about, but knowing there are people who care enough to read my words makes it that much sweeter--so THANK YOU!