Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I am thankful that I get to share the holidays with family. Several years ago when Joe and I were in Dallas we spent a Thanksgiving without family. I have been so blessed because it has been the only holiday that I have had to spend without family. That one day has given me so much perspective. I will never take my family gatherings at the holidays for granted.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I am thankful to be a pastor's wife. Ten years ago this month Joe started his first pastorate position. It truly is a calling. In those ten years I have experienced some of the most painful moments of my life, but I have also experienced some of the greatest peace and unspeakable joy as I have gotten to sit in the front row of life and watch God work.
Today I am thankful for plastic ornament balls for my Christmas tree. I was able to find some really pretty red tree ornament balls for my tree on clearance at Target last year. We got our tree out last night so that we could be ready for all our Christmas festivities when we get back from Thanksgiving. I was so delighted to discover that they were plastic. With four children and tile floors, plastic ornament balls are priceless!
Monday, November 21, 2011
I am thankful for a husband who shares his toys! I got Joe a Kindle last Christmas. While I have always enjoyed technology and found new technology easy to navigate, I have typically been very resistant to transform some of my paper stuff to computer/phone. Take my calendar for example...for many years I LOVED my paper calendar. I was frequently spurred on to go the computerized variety and attempted it a couple of times, but it was only recently that I truly transitioned to a computerized form. (It took me getting a phone that could contain my calendar for me to be won over and an app like Cozi.) I was the same way with books. I love the feel of a book in my hands. I didn't want to hold a piece of plastic or read a screen. I wanted to have to have a bookmark, feel the paper in my hands, and smell the crisp pages of a new book or the old worn pages of a well-loved book. However, recently my frugalness has won me over to the Kindle. I can't believe how many books you can get for free or borrow from their library. And the screen on a Kindle is not like a computer screen. It really looks uncannily like you are reading a real page of a book. I have enjoyed Joe's so much that we decided to get our book loving daughter one for Christmas (shhhh...it's a surprise!)