Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Playing Ketchup

Get it? Ketchup, catch up... I love a good (or bad) pun! Anyway, I'm behind, so here's what I'm thankful for on days seven through twelve.

Seven: I'm thankful for bad days. Now that may seem like I'm being a little sarcastic, but I promise I'm not. See, November 7 was supposed to be an awesome day according to my calendar. Not only was is pay day, but I had plans to apply for my passport (more on that later). Oh, but the day was anything but awesome. I had to go to three different places before I found the place I was supposed to turn in my application. Then the clerk was hemming and hawing about whether or not the government would accept my birth certificate because it had a watermark instead of an embossed seal. Seriously? And all of this was before I had to go to work, which was a whole other story in non-awesomeness. So why am I thankful for bad days? Because they make me appreciate the little things that go right on days like that. And they help me appreciate the good days that much more.

Eight: I'm thankful for my best friend forever for life for real, Amy. What can I say about such and awesome person God has put in my life? She is my mental twin. She is who I go to when I need to know what I think about a situation. I swear, sometimes she can explain my own thought process to me better than I can. She is also someone who I can talk to about spiritual matters which is such a wonderful development in our friendship. After 10 years of friendship, we have reach the point of no return where there is quite literally nothing I feel awkward telling her. And she makes random boring errands not so boring (also known as "fundane"). I don't know where I'd be without her, and I don't really care to find out.

Nine: I'm thankful for vacations, and something to look forward to. This is where 7 and 8 come together. I haven't had a vacation since Greg and I went to Destin in August of 2012. Well, my bffflfr decided that since I'm turning the big 3-0 next year, I needed to go on a cruise for my birthday. But, since her store will be crazy busy around the time of my birthday, we're going in February. Where are we going, you ask? To the Bahamas. I've never been out of the country (hence the passport), so I am super excited. Did I also mention that Amy is paying for the trip? I told you I was thankful for her. I don't know what I did to deserve friends like her, but I'm glad I did it and I'll try to keep doing it! PS, we leave in 86 days!!!

Ten: I'm thankful for pressure cookers. I know, a little random. The other day I made a huge batch of vegetarian chili (aka vegetable soup with beans) and didn't have room to store it in the fridge. My grandmother gave us a pressure cooker not too long ago to use for canning, so I canned 8 jars of the chili for later. I'm excited to be able to have that on a day where maybe I don't feel like cooking. I have many plans for more canning adventures in the near future.

Eleven: I'm thankful for our veterans and their families. My grandfather served in the Army, my uncle in the Marines, and I have several extended family members in various other branches. I have the utmost respect for the people who put their lives on the line so we can enjoy things we take for granted. I'm also thankful for their families who support them as they take those risks.

Twelve: I'm thankful for the blogosphere. Not just my little blog here in the corner of nowhere, but all of the bloggers who put so much time and effort into their blogs to provide people with information, inspiration, and entertainment. There have been so many times that I have needed something and found exactly what I needed through a blog. Crafting, recipes, bible studies, workouts, and so on... I'm just so happy it all developed.

Ok, I think that gets me through today. I'll try to be more regular with the rest of the month, but I make you no promises. :-)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hospitals

Today I am thankful for hospitals.
While that's a cutesy picture, I'm thankful for a serious reason. Today, my friend Jennifer had an accident while cooking and had to be taken to the hospital. As I type this, she is being transferred by ambulance to a hospital in Atlanta. I'm still foggy on the details, but I am praying for full healing. Amy and I are probably going down to Atlanta on Saturday to visit her. At this point I'm just glad there is a place she can go to get the help she needs.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pinterest

I told you all of these wouldn't be serious. And today I am thankful for Pinterest.
I was able to jump on the Pinning bandwagon pretty soon after the website launched, and I love it. It has helped feed my creativity on multiple levels. Occasionally, I have been known to do a Pinterest search instead of a Google search. It is also a good time suck when you are in a waiting room or getting your oil changed. Just saying.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Game Nights

For the record, these will not be in any kind of an order. Except God. He's got the Top Spot for a reason. Anyway, today's entry is dedicated to Game Nights. I don't know who had the genius idea that people should sit around and move tokens on a board, but they deserve a medal. Or 12. 

On Saturday, I played a new-to-me version of Clue; Clue FX.
It was so fun! I have played many types of Clue in my life time including Classic Clue, updated Clue, Clue, Jr., and Harry Potter Clue (which has to be one of the most confusing versions ever), but Clue FX was a first for me. I won't go in to all of the details of how it is different, but I really liked it. 

I also love the idea of having a "family" game night. I always have a good time playing board games, card games, whatever games with my friends and family. It's a great way to spend some quality time with people. And in case your interested, some of my other favorite games to play include Apples to Apples, Buzzword, Phase 10, and Settlers of Catan. And I'm always looking for new games to try. :-)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Church

This is actually from a sermon series a few years ago.
Today was a toss-up, but ultimately I had to go with my church. I love my church. Not only do I love our staff, but I also love the volunteers that help it run. And I adore our pastoral staff. They encourage and challenge me with each message, and they don't shy away from Biblical truths just because it's an unpopular line of thinking. If it weren't for Faith Promise, I would not be who I am today. I have been encouraged to grow as a Christian, but also as an individual person. I feel truly blessed to have found a great church to call home.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

My Mom

For Day 2 of my self-imposed Thanksgiving Challenge, I chose my mom. My mother and I don't always see eye to eye, and there are many times that we get annoyed or frustrated with each other, but at the end of the day I am very thankful she's my mom. She's my crafty go-to person. As a matter of fact, we spent much of this morning figuring out a color scheme for a project I'm working on. She's also the one I go to when I need help doing research on a topic or organizing my thoughts. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Thankful Heart

Around this time of year people are always more open to thinking about the things they are thankful for. This is actually something that I have been thinking about quite a bit lately, so I decided to make it my theme for this month. Kind of like the September Photo Challenge, I will post a different thing that I am thankful for every day between now and Thanksgiving. That's 28 days of having a thankful heart. So without further ado:

My Savior, who loves me more than I can possibly imagine or deserve. It has taken me a long time to come to the realization that God loves me all the time. Even in the midst of my sin, even when I don't talk with Him like I should, He still loves me just as much. He has loved me in my worst possible moments, moments that I felt I didn't deserve to be loved by anyone. He was right there, waiting for me to talk to Him. 

It's such a hard concept for Christians to understand! I've been a Christian since I was 10, and I can't say I fully get it. And, amazingly enough, it doesn't make me feel like I have license to behave badly. It actually makes me want to show that same love to those around me. Why would I not want to share something so amazing? 

Anyway, that's Day 1! I doubt these will all be this deep, but God had to be my number one! Have a great Friday! 
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