Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.
~ from Thanksgiving by Edgar Guest
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers! I have so much to be thankful for this year.
~ For a husband who works really hard, driving long hours, dealing with people’s crap – sometimes literally! – in order to provide for our family. For the fact that he ha always supported our decision to homeschool and has never made me feel like I don’t contribute to the family or don’t work simply because I’m not bringing home a paycheck.
~ For parents who have opened their home to us and made it feel like our home, too. For the smooth transition into a new home, community, and church. I can hardly believe it’s already been a year!
~ For Natalie (16), who is such an amazing young woman. She is working 15 to 20 hours a week, taking a full college credit load for which she is maintaining all A’s, volunteering with the fellowship committee at church, keeping up with her chores and commitments at home, and all with a wonderful attitude and cheerful heart. And she’s not even 17 yet! I’m also thankful for her boyfriend, James, who is a great young man and who loves her and treats her with respect, and for the fact that both of them have been very respectful to our wishes in how they are carrying out their dating relationship.
~ For Noah (15), who is a young man of integrity. He is kind, compassionate, and creative. He is always helpful, usually patient, and is known at church and among his friends for being responsible and polite. I’m also thankful for his girlfriend, Meghan, who fits right into our family. And, like his sister, I am proud of him for carrying out their relationship with honor and integrity.
~ For Jonathan (14), who has grown up so much in this past year. He has a terrific sense of humor, a strong sense of right and wrong, and perseveres even in the hard things. I am proud of him for his desire to serve God and be the young man that God wants him to be.
~ For Josiah (12), my baby. Sigh. He is growing up way too fast and I wish I could slow it down! I am grateful for the fact that he will still crawl onto my lap and snuggle while we watch a movie, that he is unabashed in his love and affection for his mom, that he is sensitive, and always tries to be a good friend. I also love his quick wit and his belly laugh.
~ For dear friends. We had such a rough year last year, leading up to the move, and after the move before Kevin found his job, and were so blessed by the financial help we received. It enabled us to get through the roughest patches. We also received encouragement and strength from the love and prayers of our true friends during that time of losing not only our home, but our church. And we continue to be helped by someone dear to my heart who is generously buying Natalie’s books for Running Start, which is the only expense for her college classes that isn’t covered by the school system. I am so blessed by all of these people, and their willingness to be used by God!
~ For all of my online friends who have stuck with me in spite of much more sporadic blogging.
~ For terrific books and more time to read this year!
I know there are many more things I could list, but I am going to sign off and go enjoy the holiday with my family. I wish all of you the happiest of Thanksgivings!