The homeschool memoirs theme this Thanksgiving week is, appropriately, “A Thankful Heart”, where we are asked to list 27 things to be thankful for. Here are 27 of mine:
- Jesus – for saving me.
- My home – after losing our home in 2004, and spending the next four years renting and moving multiple times, 2008 marks the year that we were once again blessed with the opportunity to purchase our own place to call home.
- My husband, who works extremely hard to provide for us. He is gone over 11 hours a day for his full-time job, then does extra work on the side to make ends meet.
- Great Friends!
- The freedom to homeschool. There are so many freedoms we take for granted in this country, and this one is substantial. We have the rights (for now), as parents in this country, to education our own children in the manner that we deem the most appropriate.
- The freedom to worship as we choose. I am thankful to not be living under persecution; to have the right to attend church, read the Bible, and to legally and openly live my life as a Christian.
- Soldiers. I am thankful for those who give freely of their time, and even their lives; sacrificing their comforts and time with their own families to make sure that we, my family, can continue to enjoy our freedoms.
- A paycheck. As previously mentioned, Rob works very hard, but in this economy, jobs are hard to come by. Businesses are shutting down and contracts are going away — and the new jobs just aren’t out there. We have spent more than one Christmas season with no income. We have lost a home to a previous job loss. So I can’t be more thankful than I am for having a paycheck to deposit every two weeks.
- Our little one in utero. I honestly thought our “baby days” were over, so news that we were again expecting came as a big pleasant surprise. I am delighted by every one of her little movements to remind me that after Christmas, I will once again be snuggling with a newborn.
- Warm weather. As I wake up in an un-seasonably cold house this morning (36 degrees outside, brrrr!), I am thankful to be living in Florida, where I know it is just a cold snap — rather than in a frigid northern climate where 36 degrees would be a warm day.
- Animals. I love animals, and feel very blessed for the wildlife that God has provided for us to enjoy. We have a “pet” raccoon who visits every evening – sometimes with her four babies. We enjoy watching the deer and the sandhill cranes when they visit our back yard. They are all just such beautiful creatures and bring us lots of joy!
- Nature. We are so blessed by our natural surroundings. Can you imagine what the landscape would look like without something as simple as trees and flowers?
- Books. I know, I am a bit obsessed with books, but I feel genuinely blessed to be living in a time period in which we are able to obtain books. I am thankful for the printing press. I am thankful that we need not have to use scrolls, or <gulp> have no access to the written word at all!
- Computer. The computer has changed my life in so many ways. I don’t know how I spent the first 28 years of my life without it. It has simplified my life, been such a terrific time-saver and money-saver, put an entire world of resources and reference at my fingertips, and opened up a vast network of friends that I otherwise would have ever met. I even had a child whose LIFE was saved, due to someone I met online (Hi Christie!).
- Other modern technology that we so often take for granted, like electricity, telephones, the dishwasher, hot water heater, air conditioning, indoor plumbing, gas and electric kitchen appliances, vehicles, washer and dryer, and so much more….
- The Ocean. I just love the ocean!
- The ability to use my five senses to be able to appreciate all of creation to its fullest.
- Audrey, and the way she stands steadfast in her beliefs.
- “Gator”, and his love for cooking and take-charge attitude (can you believe he already has a few of the Thanksgiving dishes already prepared and in the refrigerator waiting to be cooked?)
- “Ant”, and his willingness to bake treats for his mama.
- “Dinky”, and her encouragement, general good attitude, and helpfulness.
- “Lefty”, and his intense love for wildlife
- “Boo”, and her femininity
- “Cricket”, and her inquisitiveness
- “Curly-Top”, and her energy and “spark”
- “Rey”, and his cuteness and ability to make me smile
“O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”