I asked the kids this morning what they were thankful for today. Here are their lists:

our car
our house
my bed
my family
the baby
my chickens
the couch to snuggle up on
my food
my lamb


my blankie
my two teddies and my lamb
our food
my daddy


my bed
my train blankie
my balloon
my sheep
my friends, Titus and Maddie

And I am thankful...
...for Mark, who works so hard to provide for our growing family- even when he's not feeling well. He loves us so well through his service to us. And he's handsome, funny, fun and wise. And my best friend. I am so, so blessed. I love being married to this guy.
...for Ella, who is my new laundry helper~ and I can't tell you how much I love this! I can now ask her to go throw in a load of laundry and she does it
I'm also thankful for her compassionate, tender spirit. Last night she told Mark and I, "I can't bear it anymore! I want to GO to Africa and help those children! I want to go there and feed them and then take one home with us. God is telling me to." [She was actually quite adamant that we go. To the point that she had me check my pockets to see if God had placed tickets there so that we could go.] I love this girl.
...that I'm feeling a little better today.
...for our wonderful church family and especially- our small group.
...for this sweet baby growing inside of me, for my growing belly. I love being pregnant.
...for a week ahead with very few scheduled events.
...for laughing children who play so well together.
...for the fact that it is nearly time to put up Christmas decorations! Woo hoo!
...for Adelia's little pigtails and now-toothy grin.
...for morning productivity: dinner in the crockpot, the dishwasher running, and laundry being washed!

What are you thankful for today?


  1. I am thankful for my friend Stacy!

  2. so good to take time to reflect on all that God has given us. what great lists! thank you for reminding me to be thankful.

    definitely one thing on my list would be you and your blog!

  3. Jake said it probably isn't kosher to do what Hannah did with Samuel and send Ella off to Africa. We decided it wasn't. But talk about FAITH..."check your pockets"! Wow, Ella.

  4. I am thankful for so much ... most of which I will write in our thanksgiving journal, so you'll have to wait until then to find out. But I will say that my beautiful wife and family are right up there at the top of the list (just below God and just above the Steelers).

    - Mark

  5. I'm thankful that nothing can separate me from God's love, and for my best friend and husband! I'm thankful that this morning, when looking at her big sister, Shana broke into the biggest toothless grin ever! And I'm thankful that last night, my friend came out late at night to bring me some ginger tea to help me get better!


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