First, I need to let you know that not everyone is going to get a car at the end of this post. Actually, no one is. Just sayin'... But I would like to share some of my favorite things today. Things I'm thankful for.
This isn't meant to be an all inclusive list, and certainly not everything listed shares equal "importance," as you'll soon see. These are just things that––as I've gone about my business this last week––I've taken more thought of. I guess you could say I'm trying to be more thankful for what I usually take for granted.
To that end...
I'm thankful for my BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) study on Acts, and and I'm grateful to our own Robin (and to Francine Rivers) for encouraging me to commit to this. It's changed my life. God's Word will do that. And I'm grateful to Kristen, my BSF Leader, for leading our group with such grace and wit.
I'm grateful for my family, as you would guess. But I'm specifically grateful for how we laugh together, the witty comebacks we share, the "family jokes" that have taken years and years to come up with, and that we all remember and pull out at opportune moments. There's nothing better than someone who really knows you, and yet loves you anyway.
I'm grateful for this lamp. Grateful for a lamp, you ask? Yep. This is an "adjustable light" torchère lamp that sat on a table just outside my mom and dad's bedroom in their last home in Atlanta. Every night, Mom would dial this lamp to low and it would act as a nightlight (fancy nightlight!) to their home.
And each night as I reach around to the side and turn the lamp on in our home, and as I dial it to low before I head to bed, I think of Mom, and I whisper a prayer of gratitude that God gave her to me for as long as He did here, and that she's waiting for me there, praying me Home.
The next thing I'm grateful for is yogurt. I warned you that the seriousness level would be all over the board. But I really do love the Kroger brand of lite yogurt, especially with some Special K mixed in. And you can't beat the price!
Next is my rice cooker from Costco. LOVE THIS THING! We used to eat a ton of white potatoes but since Joe was diagnosed with diabetes earlier in the year, we've had to change our "lifestyle diet," and moving to brown rice was a must.
However, I loathe cooking rice on the stove because you have to watch it. I like independent food. Food that you can tell what to do, walk away from it, only to return later and find it done. Purchasing this (under $30) rice cooker has changed my life! And Joe's blood sugar. Love it.
Next… I'm grateful for wine glasses. I'm not a huge fan of wine but I love drinking from wine glasses. So several years back I started drinking my every day sweet iced tea with lemon from a wine glass. It's pretty. It's fun, and I like how the condensation runs down the stem. (Oversharing alert?)
And I'm grateful for Jack... The love of a pet is so precious. I can run out to check the mail, and when I come back in you'd think I'd been to Haiti and back. What is it about our precious pets that makes them love us so? Whatever it is, I'm grateful.
And I'm grateful for you gals too. I love our banter, our joking, and the way you all encourage each other. Even though I may not comment on a certain day, I'm always reading your comments. And smiling.
Catherine (DaCosta), thanks again for coming last Thursday night to the booksigning at the Belmont Mansion, and for sharing your picture of us (since Joe messed up mine, LOL). It was so good to see you, and I look forward to getting together and "exploring" after the first of the year.
With a heart full to overflowing, and wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving,
P.S. Lest you think I'm not baking this week, I am. Angie Hunt and I will post the results of our Thanksgiving Dessert Bake-off on Wednesday!
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It's 7:53 on Tuesday night and I'm about to watch the season finale of Dancing with the Stars, and I wish you were all here. I'd share my warm-from-the-oven Southern Plate Old-Fashioned Blackberry Cobbler... I'd even give Judy a bite. But just a bite...