I Believe in Thanksgiving

I believe in Thanksgiving.

The technical definition is “an expression of gratitude.” I think all too often we aren’t grateful, and even when we are we certainly don’t express it. I’m not going to get on one of those “all these young kids” soapboxes; I’ll put the blame right on myself. I rarely verbalize or otherwise express my appreciation. In the fall of each year the social networks are blowing up with “   days of Thanks.” When I saw this trend emerge the first time I thought it was nice, but didn’t join in. Then my ladies Bible study group challenged us all to write out  ,    things we’re thankful for….now that sounds like a bandwagon I’d like to jump on. ONE THOUSAND! It sounded hard at first, but once I started it flowed like a river. The first ones that come to mind are the most obvious, but then you REALLY get to the heart of gratefulness…appreciation….thanksgiving!

. Salvation  . Freedom  . My husband  . My children  . My parents  . My friends  . MOPS  . The Port St. Joe Sacred Heart Hospital ER staff  . Stents   . Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators   . Modern medicine   . Dr. Mubarak   . Dr. Baddigam   . Dr. Singh   . John Barger   . Conception   . Pregnancy   . Birth   . Dr. Desautel   . The US Air Force   . The US Military   . The Veterans Administration   . Elizabeth Fehrman   . Melissa Wolowicz   . Walking   . Talking   . Huntingdon College   . Chi Omega   . Laura Partridge   . Lauren Merritt   . Adrienne Asire   . Writing   . Prayer   . Technology   . Kissing   . Hugging   . Snuggling   . Reading   . Telephones   . Facetime   . Computers   . Cameras   . Toothbrushes   . Soap   . Books   . Fall Leaves   . Shoes   . Bathtime   . Bedtime   . Babywise   . Carseats   . Big Smiles   . Sleepy Smiles   . Daddys home smiles   . Going outside smiles   . Belly Buttons   . Cherry St. Baptist church   . Shane Roberson   . The Church at Canoe Creek   . Raindrops   . Sunbeams   . Mountains   . Oceans   . Central heat   . Air Conditioning   . Electricity   . Dishwasher   . Washing Machine   . Dryer   . Those who wrote down Gods word   . Sharing   . Swings   . Slides   . Sidewalks   . Walking Group   . Play Group   . Bible Study Group   . Mrs. Nell   . Mrs. Nancy   . The other nursery workers   . Good shopping days   . Meals Out   . Life lesson: Some things cant be fixed   . Life lesson: Some people pay for their education, some people get theirs for free   . Life lesson: half’ing   . Memory   . Dr. Hogan   . Ice Maker   . S’mores   . Camping trips   . The Miracle Fire   . Nature   . Trails   . Rappelling   . White Water Rafting   . Rain on our camping trips   .  Shelter   . Coleman products   . Grilling    . Swimming    . Caves    . State Parks    . Wildlife    . Boats    . Fishing    . Board Games    . The US Secret Service    . Debora Selix    . Study Abroad    . Girl Scouts    . Girl Scout Camp    . Girl Scout Cookies    . Girl Scout Mall day    . Music    . Strings    . Saxophones    . Music Teachers    . Jazz    . Art    . Art Teachers    . Sculpture    . Photography    . Film    . Developers    . Scrapbooking    . Cricut    . Stickers    . Fancy Paper    . Our Playhouse    . “Bear”    . “Patch”    . Grandma    . Granny    . Examples of hard workers    . Examples of selflessness    . Examples of true love    . Examples of Family    . Examples of faithfulness    . Examples of sacrifice    . Examples of integrity    . “Ring” cookies    . Trees to climb    . Hummingbirds to catch    . Fireflies to chase    . Christmas Lights    . Christmas Trees    . Christmas Ornaments    . Christmas Songs    . Christmas Cookies    . Live Nativities    . Christmas Eve    . Trip to Canada    . Trip to Disney World    . Trip to London    . Mission trip to Jamaica    . Cruise to Bahamas    . Our Wedding    . Our Photographers    . Our cakes    . Our Flowers    . Our guests    . The Buena Vista    . IOS ESL class    . Foreign Missionaries    . Operation Christmas Child    . The Angel Tree    . Giving    . Great Bosses    . The Downings    . Invovled Parents    . Huntingdon College    . Auburn Montgomery    . Maxwell Elementary    . Etowah High    . People who Believe in me    . My brother    . My sisters in law    . My Nieces    . Chocolate Chip Cookies    . Chocolate Chip Cookie dough    . Ovens    . Pam spray    . Nestle Tollhouse    . Refrigerators    . Diapers    .Wipes    . Diaper Genies    . Baby Powder    . Clothes    . Shoes    . Bows    . Purses    . Earrings    . Grass    . Flowers    . Windows    . Terrain    . Catching fish in cement pond    . Playing hide and seek in the yard    . Planning operation “ho ho ho”    . Learning how to wash a car    . Learning how to ride a bike    . Learning to cook in my easy bake oven    . Neighborhoods safe to walk in    . Home-made ice cream    . Running through sprinklers    . Riding Leslie’s motor cycle    . Four Wheeling with Dad    . Climbing the mountain behind the church    . “helping” with the soup    . Making potpourri to sell    . Lemonade stands    . Freeze Tag    . Dodge Ball    . Coats    . Footie PJs    . Blankets    . Electric Blankets    . House shoes    . Socks    . Gloves    . Hats    . Scarves    . Ear Muffs    . Cuddle Duds    . Hand warmers    . Fire Pits    . Fire wood    . Lighters    . Spankings    . Time Outs    . Groundings    . Learning from mistakes    . Repeating mistakes    . Learning from repeated mistakes    . Peanut butter    . Chocolate    . Sweet Tea    . Birthday Cake    . Birthday Parties    . Birthday Balloons    . Barbies    . Matchbox cars    . Care bears    . Trolls    . Roller Skating    . Ice Skating    . Hoola Hooping    . Bike Racing    . Allowance    . Chores     . Fall weather    . Fall Leaves    . Pumpkin Patches    . Hay mazes    . Petting zoos    . Apple Cider    . Hot Cocoa    . Harvest Apples    . Strawberry Patches    . Summer Sun    . Swimming Pools    . Oceans    . Rivers    . Canoes    . Creek Rafting    . Acorns    . Snow    . Snowmen    . Snow-cream    . Snow angels    . Scavenger Hunts    . Bugs    . Raptor Center    . Christmas Stockings    . Christmas Communion    . New Years resolutions    . Second Chances    . Finding the one    . Agreeing on financial decisions    . Agreeing on parenting decisions    . Compromise    . Heart shaped chocolates    . Breakfast in bed    . Grilled cheese in bed    . Star gazing    . Deer grazing    . Face Painting    . High School Bands    . Opportunities    . The Sound of Rain on a metal roof    . The smell of Grandma’s perfume    . The sound of birds chirping    . Heart-ache    . Compassion    . Grace    . Mercy    . Mercy me concerts    . Third day concerts with the birthday song    . Waiting in line    . Anxiety    . Adrenaline    . Ressurection    . Finding Eggs    . The wonderful cross    . Blessed Assurance    . Victory in Jesus    . He lives    . Love Lifted Me    . Amazing Grace    . It is well    . Chocolate bunnies (solid!)    . Thin Mints    . Samoas    . Independence Day    . Fireworks    . Sparklers    . Back to school clothes    . Back to school shoes    . Teachers    . Education    . Reading    . Blue Like Jazz    . The Giver    . The Scarlett Letter    . Pride and Prejudice    . The Wizard of Oz    . Wicked    . Theater    . Romeo and Juliet    . The Count of Monte Cristo    . Elvis    . Franki Valli    . Patsy Cline    . The Beatles    . Johnny Cash    . Ebay    . Pinterest    . Amazon    . Mapquest    . Family Reunions    . Airplanes    . Baby shoes    . Hair Bows    . Baby Feet    . Baby ears    . Baby sneezes    . Baby Hiccups    . Recordable Books    . Skype    . Coming to get you    . Peek a boo    . Mail    . Bubbles    . Slides    . Swings    . Water Fountains    . Parks    . Grills    . Tickling    . Forgiveness    . Coloring    . Reward points    . Bargain Hunt    . Generosity    . Reading your list and realizing that you put Fall leaves twice, just like your mom would have    . Realizing that realizing that is something your dad would do    . Organization    . Friendly neighbors    . Imagination    . Homemade costumes    . Thank you, the words to express your gratitude when there aren’t any other words    . Flowers for no reason    . Flowers to say I’m sorry    . Flowers from a friend    . Flowers for a lost loved one, symbolic of their fleeting but beautiful life    . Remembering    . Forgetting    . Puppy breath    . Obedience training    . Adoption    . Little Red Wagons    . Cat ladies    . Screen doors    . Mini quads    . Upcycling    . Refurbishing    . Daddy’s train whistle    . Flying round and round    . Swinging all the way over the top    . Pillows    . Carpet    . Bug spray    . Sunscreen    . Walks in camp sibert    . Walks around HC    . Walks down the beach    . Walks down to the horsie    . Trying to walk the baby out    . Learning to walk    . Teaching how to walk    . Capturing it all in a video montage J    . Grandfather clocks    . Sams    . Gaarrrrfield    . Six Flags over Dallas    . Being “tall enough” to ride    . Pennies    . Stories told over and over    . Dining room wall paper projects    . Salsbury steak and rice    . Cornbread    . The Pyramids     The Peabody ducks    . Phones in bathrooms 😉    . Frozen Niagra Falls    . Frozen Great Lakes    . Branson    . Riding the ducks    . Caving    . Panning for gold    . Digging for diamonds    . Mazes    . St. Louis arch    . Heart shaped cookie cakes    . Tears    . Sleeping on the couch    . Sleeping on the waterbed    . Handmade quilts    . Handmade dolls    . Quilting circles    . Beanie babies    . Mcdonalds    . Sharing a Dr. Pepper    . Wheel of Fortune    . Larry Bird    . Leaving the tv on to save power    . The old house    . The Little Naked Boy    . The street lamp    . Grass knee high to a giraffe    . Neighbors workshops    . Coke on a windshield    . Being from Alabama the country    . Supporting Grandma no matter what crazy thing she says    . Seeing someone we know EVERY where we go even out of state    . Cracker Barrel    . Cracker Barrel across state lines    . Bedtime routines    . Diaries    . License Plate games    . Punch Bug    . Green Apple Jolly “rogers”    . Aldermans    . Good Lucky    . Chocolate dipped oreos    . Turtles    . Potato candy    . The candy maker    . The chifferobe    . The sewing machine    . Bright Red    . Sparkles    . Never having enough socks and underwear    . Toe nail polish    . Taco Bell    . Pizza Hut    . Washing dishes by hand    . Bench seats    . Ceramics    . The singer in the red dress on the boat    . The Foggy River Boys    . So much junk food you get sick    . Quartets    . Being ‘along for the ride’    . Having such good company you don’t need the radio    . Talking so long to the good company you run out of things to say and still don’t need the radio because your love is big enough to fill the silence    . The journey    . The destination    . Putting on your seat belt    . Getting an arm across your chest anyway    . Getting pulled over    . Talking your way out of a ticket    . Surgery    . Catheters    . Churches you feel at home in    . Churches that remind you that Christians can come in different forms    . Small Churches    .  Old Churches    . Church suppers    . Children’s church    . Children’s minute    . Praise bands    . Neighbors to ride to church with    . Neighbors who’ll fix your crappy deck build job    . Neighbors to camp with    . Neighbors with a work vehicle    . Neighbors who support your team even when they’re rivals    . Getting the gossip    . Sharing in ups    . Sharing in downs    . Strawberry cake    . Surprises on your doorstep    . Quiet students    . Challenging students    . Mature students    . The “aha” moment    . Seeing life applications to my lessons    . Seeing cross curriculum applications to my lessons    . Student art    . Thank you notes    . Lesson plans in advance    . Lesson plans on the fly    . Classroom technology    . Teachers who are an example to me    . Teachers who are an example of what not to be    . Teachers who help me get my feet wet    . Teachers who use my ideas    . Dr. Hogan    . Coach Harmon    . Coach Edge    . Mrs. Walden    . Mrs. Jones     Mrs Bowen    . Mr. Payne    . Andy    . Mr. Harrell    . Dr Harrell     Julie     Mrs. D     Mrs. Yancey     People who try new things     People who inspire    . People who are passionate    . People who are kind    . People who are full of Christ    . People who don’t settle     People who work hard    . People who don’t give up    . People who are sarcastic    . People who laugh at my humor    . People who create    . People who learn    . People who learn from their mistakes    . People who apologize    . People who are sincere    . People who are grateful    . People who are intense    . People who are driven    . People who are ambitious    . People who share    . People who wonder    . People who day dream    . People who are morning people     People who are night owls     People who serve     People who sacrifice     People who workout     People who don’t smoke     People who dress up     inventions     Ideas     Dreaming     Planning     Faith from friends and family    . Surprise flower gardens     Gifts in hidden places     The romantic camera lens     Unconditional support     Real chopsticks     Embarrassing birthday moments     The Shakespeare curfew     Family Photo sessions     Themed Christmas trees     Opening one present at a time     Wrapping EVERYTHING individually    . Carving pumpkins     Hunting eggs    . Tennis matches with special rules     The air traffic control tower     Lunch on the base lake    . Welcoming home a troop    . Maj. Fehrman    . Maj. Main    . Maj. Reiter    . Maj. Roach    . Maj. Carlson    . Private Main    . Capt. Holt    . Gen. Lorenz    . Gen. Crowell    . All the many other men and women who sacrifice to serve our country    . First pregnancy test    . Second pregnancy test just to be sure    . Celebrating at home alone     Being “promoted” to mommy    . Auburn games at Jordan Hare    . Toomers Corner    . Lemonade    . SOS class parties    . Cricuts    . The home shopping network    . Late arriving gifts    . Sushi    . Gifts mom lost    . Great roomies    . Graffiti Boards    . Late night/early morning meteor showers     Twister     Backwards Trick or Treating     Smoke Detectors     Illegal s’mores roasting     Ex-boyfriend cleansing    . Stables studio    . Dark rooms    . Art studios    . The summer cleaning staff    . Melted Ice Cream    . Fellow Miss Huntingdon contestants    . SGA    . LAS    . Rhetoric    . Mega slip n slide    . Intramural Basketball    . Intramural flag football    . Flags in a knot when we played the boys    . Walk of Honor    . Lazy days on the green    . Bid Day    . Initiation    . Big Sisters    . New Member Educators    . Personnel Chairs    . The whole Chi O leadership team    . The Chi O Advisers    . Eleusinian Tea    . Recruitment    . Delchamps points    . Tailgating    . Dunking booth    . IMing someone in the same room    . The NON pedestrian friendly campus    . Security    . Love sucks parties    . Roller skating parties    . Sisterhood retreats    . Camo Parties    .   s prom parties    . Formals    . Friends who force you to the pri med when your migraines are totally out of control    . Friends who wake you up after    hours of demoral induced sleep so you don’t miss your Senior semi formal    . Taco night    .  Roomies who tell you when you stink even when it makes you cry    .    Love!    . The ORIGINAL facebook    . Power outages    . Ridiculous loudness    . Communications CRUISE!    . Dr. Dilley’s cat    . Friends closets to borrow from    . Barbie dress up by Lauren    . Friends who are the only mirror you need    . Carolyn’s big b’day bashes    . Enya at the top of our lungs    . Karaoke    . Bumper Bowling    . Crazy AUM stalkers    . Crazy HS Stalkers    . Those who love you enough to let you go    . Those who don’t and hold on too tight    . Feeling empowered and taking action    . My Mr. Huntingdon contestants    . My Mr. Huntingdon volunteers    . HC Underground    . Laura’s ping pong skills    . Laura’s snake skills    . New Years at Laura’s    . Weekends with the Blaisings    . Mama Lee fetching my passport    . London     !    . Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad day    . Lunch and learn    . Roman bath    . Mr. and Mrs. Williams    . Work study    . Doing more work than study    . Admissions    . Huntingdon Hosts    . Shelby and Jackson    . FOSL    . The marina, shady as it is    . Nerd Party    . Color coordinated everything    . Fixing Adrienne’s closet    . Bridesmaids    . Plaid shorts    . The Big Green Waterslide    . Seeing my daughter experience everything for the first time    . Minnie Mouse    . Step stools    . Car washes    . Birds chirping    . Deer crossing    . Deer Corn    . Horses    . Cows    . Recommendations    . Carseat Backpacks    . People who believe you no matter how crazy it sounds    . People who know you so well they don’t believe the negative things others say about you    . Optimism    . Cactus plants that survive without aid    . Impatients that survive without sun to bring a little color to the woods    . Friends who stay friends even across the big pond    . The monkey that took our bag     Hop flights     Getting lost together     Peas in Gibraltar    . Plaza D’Espana    . Smallness of the world    . Largeness of the world    .Early rising of the moon    . Pink in the sky of a sunrise    . Melting orange sunsets    . The magic of Santa     The true meaning of Christmas    . Joy of the sparkling trees at home depot    . Dance class    . New tights    . First time hearing tap shoes    . Seeds     Buds     Blooms     Shells that “mommy will like”    . Keeping them all, even the broken ones    . Being a flight married to a fight    . Morning snuggles    . Elizabeths face upon seeing me after I’ve been gone a while    . Squirrels    . Feeding the chickens    . Gathering eggs from the coop    . Mentors    . Warm syrup    . Butterflies flitting by    . Wishing on stars    . Waking to hear the sound of rain, rising to discover is just the ocean crashing peacefully by    . Doctors who listen    . Doctors who dont give up    . Being accepted    . Finding a home church    .Good travel companions     .Veggie tales

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Brandy
    Nov 26, 2013 @ 16:18:51

    Jenn,

    I am thankful that you take the time to blog. I am thankful for you as a friend and sister in Christ. I am thankful we attend MOPS together and for your talented eyes that captured the beautiful moments of our new home. I am thankful that you shared and share your gratitude. I am thankful to be in fellowship with you, counting the true blessings side by side.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    Love,
    Brandy

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