The Big Things:
*Jesus Christ, who died to reunite my Father and me. The rest wouldn’t mean anything without Him.
*the love of a good man. We’ve walked through the sun and the rain, and every day is a little sweeter.
*two unique and amazing kids, with hearts and minds that grow deeper and richer all the time. They are a wonder, a joy, and an awesome responsibility.
*my precious family. We live all over the country, but they are always only a phone call away.
*the friendship of loving, talented, sweet-spirited women–girlfriends who have been there through joy and heartache and the kind of laughter that makes you wet your pants.
The Little Things:
*Paul’s job, and mine. With economic worries swirling around like a flock of malevolent bats, I am deeply thankful for the security of Paul’s job. I know there will be lots of opportunities in the coming months and years to help others who are struggling, and I’m thankful that we are in a position where we can do that. It wasn’t very long ago that we were the ones in need.
*the beautiful home we’re renting. What a blessing to have a yard, and another bedroom, and (eep!) a walk-in closet! After so many years in our apartment, I feel like Annie visiting Daddy Warbucks for the first time.
*music, and the iPod that makes it possible for me to carry it around. It’s my own personal soundtrack.
*hot tea. I think the British are on to something. In times of discouragement, it’s a small, warm comfort, and in times of peace, it puts a finishing touch on the feeling of contentment. My favorite? English Breakfast with a splash of milk and one spoonful of sugar.
*the smiles of strangers.
*Jay Cutler, who is the main reason my Fantasy Football team is leading the league this year. I know it’s not ladylike to gloat, but…BOOYAH!
*Netflix. I don’t even miss cable TV. Well, maybe Mythbusters.
*the sidewalks in our new neighborhood. I love to walk, and I appreciate places that make it easy.
*my library card, and the wonderful public library it unlocks.
*living in a place that has all four seasons in lovely abundance. The fall colors were beautiful, and I’m looking forward to winter’s snow.
*my blog, and those who read it. I really feel like I know some of you, and you have blessed my life.