Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thanks Giving With a Grateful Heart

First of all, I am thankful for all of you who have stopped by with words of encouragement and advice. I am taking it all seriously. I am also thankful that I was able to help "nudge" a couple of you to join me in getting back on track with something you're dealing with.

My "thanks" list is long, and I have decided to limit it to one topic: my very large family, immediate and extended.

  • DC - my sweet husband. We are celebrating our 34th Thanksgiving together - the first one being when we were engaged and getting married in about a month. He is kind, patient, handsome, loving, generous with his compliments and with special gifts. He didn't know what he was getting into when he married me! But he has gone with the flow in so many ways. We look forward to growing old together and all that entails. We have some good role models there.
  • Kristen - beautiful, smart, a born mommy who wishes she could be at home all the time, overcomer of anorexia and other huge challenges and working on others, growing in the Lord.
  • Mike, Kristen's husband - loving daddy, really great drummer in our new Praise Band at church (something I didn't know he could do so well), handsome, kind, learning about God's ways and His goodness.
  • Kevin - survivor. If Satan had his way, he would not be alive today. We are looking forward to our first really good Thanksgiving with him in several years. He is handsome, strong, smart, clean and sober, serving the God who saved his life. He is great with kids and I pray that he will be a daddy one day, when God knows it is right.
  • Angela - Kevin's wife - beautiful Kenyan young woman who has adapted to America amazingly, courageous and loyal in the face of great odds in her new marriage, organized, smart, excellent cook.
  • Care Bear - funny, brilliant, creative, artistic. She makes me laugh every day. She loves life. She has her "moments" - don't we all??
  • Feisty - she fits her blog name, but she is also petite, thoughtful, sweet, a perfectionist, a peacemaker. What would we do without Feisty?
  • Anakin - handsome with dark eyes and hair, very bright, very very active, artistic, sensitive to God, struggling with issues of torn loyalty.
  • Mom and Dad - great role models for a long and successful marriage (60 years), amazing parents who began so young and reared 5 children to love and serve the Lord, made living in the parsonage a privilege instead of a burden, still serving Him every day in their retirement.
  • Mom C - the dearest MIL one could ask for, living with the loss of her sweetheart after 65 years and doing amazingly well, a servant heart (which I wrote about in an earlier post), pastor's wife for many years, raised her eldest son to be my wonderful husband. Dad C is in heaven since September 30 and I know he is having a wonderful time meeting all of his heroes of the faith.
  • Siblings - my sis and I are only 11 months and two weeks apart in age - we are "twins" for two weeks every year and have enjoyed that all of our lives (except I always knew what I was going to get for my birthday, because everyone got us the same things), wonderful mother and grandma, teacher of ESL, generous, my best friend throughout our many moves as kids, and still today just 4 miles away and in the same church. Three great brothers who always hoped to outgrow me in height - they all did. They are all brilliant in their own fields - one in music, one in theology in England, and one in public relations. I could go on and on, but there is not room.
  • Five wonderful sisters-in-law, all talented in their own ways; three brothers-in-law who have special spots in my heart. Our two families have become one in so many ways - we have celebrated many holidays with a mixture of both sides that the lines of family are very blurred, which has been a very nice way to live.
  • Nieces and nephews - 17 of them and one in heaven - I don't see them enough, but they have all brought joy to my life. All but 6 of them are married and have adorable children, which leads me to --
  • 22 great (or grand) nieces and nephews, with another one on the way. I said 14 in my last post, but that was only my side of the family. We are blessed with the most beautiful babies!
  • My church family - what would I do without them? I have mentioned before that we were married, dedicated our children, saw our children married, and dedicated our grandchildren all in the same body of believers. (My dad actually built the sanctuary when he was the pastor here). We have been with this extended family through some very lean, tough times, and through some very wonderful times. They have stuck with us through our tough times and have literally prayed us through. We are so blessed.

Blessings on my new friends - all of you. You have added a dimension to my life that I never dreamed possible only 5 months ago.

20 comments:

Linda said...

Morning Dawn,
I love your thanksgiving list. The older I get, the more precious family and friends become. The material things just don't mean very much compared to the precious people God has placed in our lives. We are truly blessed beyond measure. I am so grateful that my children love the Lord. To think that we will be together for eternity just blows me away. What a wonderful God we serve.

Have a blessed day.

Morning Glory said...

What an inspiring post of Thanks. Beautiful, Dawn. I'm glad this family is part of mine, as well.

Kristen said...

Great post, Mom! Thanks for the compliments you gave me, too. That's nice to hear.

You definitely have a lot to be thankful for! We're thankful for you as well. More than you will ever know!

Anonymous said...

That was an inspiring thanksgiving last. I enjoyed reading it!

Praying for your Prodigal said...

We are so blessed--aren't we!

Great list! I rejoice in thanksgiving with you!

Diane

Sue said...

Family is truly one of God's greatest gifts. It's good to pause at Thanksgiving and really count our blessings..
:)

PEA said...

Loved this post....made me sit down and think of how grateful I am for my own family and friends! We are blessed to have YOU in our lives too Dawn:-) xox

Praying for your Prodigal said...

Have a great Thanksgiving Dawn! Filled with family, love, and lots of great memory making!

Blessings!

Diane

Barb said...

What a wonderful list, Dawn. My word, you have a huge family!

I so enjoyed Kristen's post this morning. I know she really wants to stay home - I did, too, when my girls were little - but the reality is it took two incomes to make ends meet. She sounds so much better this week, though. I had no idea she'd overcome anorexia.

This is just the nicest post. What on earth would we do without our family. I'm still shaking my head how big yours is though. :-) You're very blessed. But then, you know that.

Anonymous said...

you are blessed!

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

Wonderful to read of the strong family ties you have. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Lala's world said...

this was great! love hearing about all the good things! God is so good!

Maggie Ann said...

What a loving family..and how good to hear that the LORD is working and blessing within it. I'm playing catch-up with running the sweeper and feeding the washing machine this morning...never ending chores...smile. I'm expecting someone to stop over today too and you know how that is. Trying to get every room 'tidied' up at the same time can drain my batteries. Oh well, they will recharge! Blessings to you...

Pamela said...

What a wonderful list full of such great treasures to be grateful for indeed! Hope your Thanksgiving was filled with love and family togetherness! :)

LZ Blogger said...

Hope you have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING weekend!!! ~ jb///

Looney Mom said...

Wow! That IS a lot to be thankful for. I hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Jessica said...

I'm glad that you have so much to be thankful for...I think that is GREAT!

So do I! :)

BTW...my blog is now hosted at blogger...come on by and visit me! :)

Maine Mom said...

I'm so glad you are surrounded by a lot of great family and friends. It is definitely something to be thankful for!

Anonymous said...

This should be your Christmas blog as well...it is all about giving thanks. Your fam is a great gift to you. Blessings friend

Wendy Ann Edwina D'Cunha e Pereira said...

a lovely Thnaksgiving list.... beautiful & inspiring... love the pics of the children playing too...... Have a lovely advent season...