Give Thanks to the Lord

Last night, Jonathan and I were sitting on our couch after finishing a TV show, and started musing on our thankfulness. It has been a year of ups and downs, joy and heartache, but it’s been a very good year. We have so many things to be thankful for, but this is pretty solidly my top five.

We have the most wonderful blessing of a daughter. We’ve watched our little girl grow from a tiny, helpless baby, to a sweet, bubbly, fun-loving, feisty, strong, smart toddler. She’s a handful some days, but so precious to us. We grow more in love with her every day, and are looking forward to watching her become a big sister.

We have a healthy, growing son despite the pregnancy challenges. I can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am for that, and we can’t wait to meet him in a couple months. I know life will get even more crazy, balancing a toddler and a newborn on top of everything else, but it will be so, so wonderful.

We have our own cozy little home. This year, I’ve struggled with being content with our house. It’s small, and it has several annoying quirks. I keep thinking how nice it would be to move to a slightly bigger, slightly newer home. But these past few months as I’ve been organizing and purging and decorating, I’ve fallen in love with it again. I’ve come to see the smallness as a blessing, and realized that the quirks can be fixed with a little time and effort. I wish we could stay in it forever.

We have two good jobs. Work has been a quite a bit of a balancing act for both of us this year. Me trying to find a balance between my job and motherhood, Jonathan trying to juggle his main job and side bookkeeping business. We’ve spent late nights and weekends working (Jonathan especially), but we both have stable jobs and great co-workers. Neither of us would rather be anywhere else.

We have a good marriage. It’s not perfect. We’re both sinful humans who want our own selfish way sometimes, but this year has been a year of settling into life and growing more and more unified with each other. I couldn’t ask for a better, more loving, more hardworking husband.

This year hasn’t been at all easy, especially with how hard Jonathan has been working and a pregnancy that’s been hard on me both physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But it has been so incredibly good. I often just sit back and wonder how our life can been this sweet and wonderful.

God has been so good to us. We don’t deserve any of this, but He shows His goodness to us day in and day out, through the restful times and the hard times.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
..

to him who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who
by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who
spread out the earth above the waters,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who
made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures forever…

It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
and
rescued us from our foes,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
he who
gives food to all flesh,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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