Yes, I know...still just in the one hundreds. I'm actually a little ways past these numbers...but still pathetically off-the-mark. Of course, there are plenty more things for which to be thankful this Thanksgiving Day...more eternal gifts and such...but these come with pictures, and so I thought I'd post them here.
There are these pretty and unique vases that always cheer me up...
There's a sweet put-a-bird-on-it mirror I now use almost daily to check my scarf on my way out the door....
There's a pile of 'officer horse' manure on top of our garden soil I keep looking out at from my kitchen window...with a smile on my face as I think of how it got there...
And there are many other "little reminders of loved ones" not as much in plain view, but just as thoughtful. I'm especially thankful for these when I am so busy in the day-to-day and need to get jarred from my self-focus to remember a friend. Perhaps my friend needs a call...or maybe I should be praying for them? And honestly...it's just nice to be reminded that there are people out there who care about me too.
There's Miss Molly from Kaiser and Mrs. Belisle from Hiteon for speech:
Although I know I'm never really alone in this enormous task of educating our special girl, it's nice to know there are regular, visible and tangible collaborators whose hearts have been weighed with a real concern for her success in the world of academics. There is also a team of family members and close friends who pray for her regularly..and for all that, I am super grateful!!
We've been trying out new family traditions the last couple of years and it's been kind of fun to change things up.
There's the once-a-week homemade pizza night (still haven't pinned down which night quite yet as I'm finding making pizza is actually pretty easy and convenient and works for me in a pinch):
There's the family "urban harvesting" that happens about every other weekend from Sept through early November. During these weeks, the entire family is on the lookout for unharvested fruit trees within a certain radius near our house and if we find a tree, we go knocking on doors and ask permission to harvest the fruit that would otherwise go to waste. I know some people would be mortified to do something like that. For my family, it's this awesome treasure hunt! Isaiah recently made a list of all the harvest-able trees in the area. I realized it was all worth the time and effort when Papa let us make apple cider from the many apples we harvested! Here are some pictures of our harvest of prized pears near the school Andrew used to teach at.
There's the birthday card display that goes up on our game closet door for about a week. Brielle loved to add her birthday cards to it!
Andrew wasn't as thrilled about the whole idea, but he did laugh when he saw I put his school teacher picture right smack in the middle. ;)
And that's the end of my 2011 Thanksgiving post.
Thankful for you and praying for hearts full of thankfulness before God as we approach the end of the year.