Sometimes I think I’m the creator of creativity. Oh! Do a Wyldlife club with a theme of thankfulness? Share a list of things that I’m thankful for and tie it to Jesus, and then give kids the opportunity to do the same? Bam. Done. I have launched a thankfulness revolution that all started with a handful of middle school kids giving thanks. And then I read the 376th Facebook status update filled with 30 days of thanks, and see my inbox filled with a Thankful Tuesday blog and a Thankful Thursday blog both, and I realize that really, I’m just a bit behind on the thankfulness boat.
Last year’s Thanksgiving was marked with a deliciously secretive bite of thanks, as we had just found out I was pregnant with Canon. Even though we weren’t out of the safety zone yet, we generously decided to let the rest of the family give thanks for our little bundle-to-be. And thankful they were. We mailed the far-away sets of families a little “Thankful” banner made out of Trader Joe’s bags, computer paper and twine, complete with the announcement of “Baby Meredith” and “Baby Dayton” at the end of the message. The nearby, extended family quickly figured it out when, in person, my pants were already bulging in all their rubber band glory, and my hopes of covertly switching out the glasses of wine for cranberry juice didn’t exactly go as planned. Instead, with eyes that peered into the soul, Auntie looked and me and just knew. So, cheers. Cheers to Baby Meredith, Ocean Spray cranberry juice and all.
So today I join in. I’m thankful for…
Rain pattering on the skylight. Pajamas. A sleeping baby. A handsome, funny, delightful, caring, provisional husband. Little Canon James smiles. Family. Thanksgiving. The food at Thanksgiving. Road trips. Airplanes. In-n-out and Chick Fil-A. It’s a Grind and their N’Orleans drink – yum. Homemade meals. Creativity. Football (so I can get crafty with those little DIY projects). Friends. Wine. Christmas. Christmas lights. Hot chocolate. Tea. Sweet tea. Arnold Palmers. Crab and bread and butt-ah. Holiday traditions. The smell of Christmas trees. Orange spice. Learning. Books. Rest. Cooking. Seasons. Life. Jesus. The ocean. Maui. Maui in January for 11 days. Mama’s Fish House. Sunshine. Sand in the toes. Bikinis. The Giants. Orange and black. San Francisco, a town that we love. Community. Our church. Cute little old ladies. Spirituality.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving week?0