Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gratitude Challenge: Wrap Up

Don't mistake an absent two weeks of posting of things I'm grateful for with apathy.  It just got busy around here!

I'm so grateful for every person, thing, belief, and circumstance in my life.  The hard times make me thankful and teach me more about myself and my God, and the good times make me thankful and teach me more about myself and my God.

Our Thnksgiving was great.  The 5K that my husband and his running club put on Thanksgiving morning was great. God blessed us with a beautiful, crisp morning.  600 people showed up to support the homeless shelter.  No one was injured during the race.  People smiled and had fun.  My boys ran well and fast.  Ben made a personal best at 24:01!  That kid will be fast once he decides to actually train for a run!

After the race, we came home for a couple hours to clean up and pack.  We left for a 1:30-3:30 shift at a local church that puts on a Thanksgiving dinner.  We served as the wait staff for two tables.  Initially, my boys were not excited to do this at all. As a matter of fact, two of the three cried when I told them were were volunteering this Thanksgiving and not eating with Grandma.  Wow, I didn't expect tears.  So I made  a few quick mental adjustments and we decided we could have our cake and eat it too!

Although we did not have many guests to serve at our tables, the boys were very considerate and careful while we worked.  We pitched in and did some extra clearing and cleaning up.  Luke even said, "I like doing this!"  Levi emerged from his shy shell and politely served drinks to guests. 

After serving, we hopped in the car and drove down to Grandma's house.  We helped her eat leftovers.  And the kids played with their cousins, ate cookies and watched a movie.  We spent the night there, and they played on Friday with cousins and raked leaves for grandma. 

I'm so grateful for a well-rounded Thanksgiving.  Family.  Grace.  Memories. 

God is good.

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