Thankful 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Thankful 20: I’m thankful for my church family and the diversity of God’s kingdom — not to mention the love and compassion — they embody. Also, there are only six months until the wedding!!

Thankful 21: I’m thankful for “old” friends. Tonight I went to a “Friendsgiving” with a group of girls I met in my residence hall freshman year, and we’ve stuck together ever since then. We typically have an annual “Secret Santa” Christmas party, but this is the first year we’ve celebrated Thanksgiving together — and I only wish we hadn’t waited so long to start this tradition.

Thankful 22: I’m thankful for a Skype date with my dear friend Rona. She’s more of a sister than just a friend, and she’s in Korea now, teaching English and working in ministry. I miss her tons and we’re both so busy that we forget about Skyping sometimes, but it’s always wonderful to see her shining face across the screen.

Thankful 23: I’m so so so thankful for this day, and the chance to sleep in, to play with silly puppies, to work on term papers, sort a mountain of green tomatoes, bake pies with my Mama and watch a movie with my parents. It is wonderful to be home again.

Thankful 24: I am thankful for my family, for our home, for our little holiday traditions and for the fact that we’ve been blessed to live close to each other. I’m thankful for a united Thanksgiving dinner this year — that everyone is safe and healthier, no one is in the hospital, and that we can all eat heartily, with gusto, and then collectively sleep it off to the tune of football.

Thankful 25: I’m thankful for the addition of another family to our little brood — we visited Andrew’s family in St. Louis for another little Thanksgiving, and we are so blessed to be alike and to mesh well together. We played and ate and cheered on the Razorbacks and played and ate some more, only to repeat it the next day. I’m glad for opportunities to prolong holidays like this for an extra day or two.

Thankful 26: I am thankful for generous, adventurous parents. We went Christmas shopping today and I got spoiled — but more importantly, I spent the whole day with two adults that are at the same time my family and my friends. We are silly and strange and we had the best day together, navigating the mall and exploring local shops and a great brewery. I’m so glad they — Mama and Daddy — are mine.

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What are you thankful for? Join me in giving thanks for one thing each day this month, and let’s be grateful together.

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