Monday, November 18, 2013

thankful, day 18

i am thankful that my mom was kind enough to send down a couple jugs of Turner Dairy Farms pumpkin spice eggnog a few weeks ago. (no other milk or dairy product compares to the freshness and tastiness of Turner's!) this week i am enjoying the last jug- it makes such a nice addition to my morning coffee :)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

thankful, day 17

i am thankful for a short, but sweet, weekend visit with my dad. hiking and sushi is about all we had time to do, but we all enjoyed every minute of his time here. it's always sad to say goodbye to our out-of-town-visitors.

swinging on the vines on our hike

this may never happen again, so we had to photo document the eating of sushi, just in case

Saturday, November 16, 2013

thankful, day 16

i am thankful for out-of-town guests! not only do we love having family come visit us, but it gives me extra incentive to deep clean the house. it's an extra bonus that my floors get washed more than once a year. :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

thankful, day 15

i am thankful that i have a job and an employer that allows me to work from home. it is a huge blessing to our family during this season of our lives. i get to be home for jacob and kate, it saves us money on clothing (office attire and home attire vary greatly in cost!), and not to mention the gas expense of travelling to and from work. i know it is going to coming to an end soon, so i am thankful for and cherishing every (ok, almost every) moment.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

thankful, day 14

i am thankful for our 2nd vehicle! 8 years of being a single car family brought it's challenges. the past 3 months of having another car have made life a little easier. and the fact that jesse loves his "man car" is a bonus! praying that this antique lasts us many years!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

thankful, day 13

i am thankful for all my handsome, beautiful, smart, sweet, cheerful neices and nephews! today i am especially thankful for the safe arrival of neice #4! Dominca Jane Pié was born this morning to Josh and Heidi. we celebrate a new life and are thanking God for a healthy mom and baby!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

thankful, day 12

i am thankful for coffee. but i think most everyone already knew that.

Monday, November 11, 2013

thankful, day 11

today i am thankful for the freedoms that we have as Americans, and thankful for the men and women who have served in the military to defend those freedoms. i pray that the Lord heals our nation and turns hearts to Him, but until then i pray that we have the right attitude that God calls us to.

1 Peter 2: 13-17 
13 Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants[d] of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

thankful, day 10

i am thankful for the friends and community we have been blessed with. we try not to take for granted the way we are served and encouraged on a daily basis by the the people God has put in our lives here in Kentucky. so thankful.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

thankful, day 9

i am thankful that our first family camping trip last month was a success (minus jesse's nasty cold that kept him up all night). the kids had a blast and were sad to leave the campsite. that gives me hope for future camping trips with our family. :)

Friday, November 8, 2013

thankful, day 8

i am thankful for our small group. a collection of people who lived relatively close together for 5 years and didn't know it. i am thankful for the friendships that have developed since the start of our group, a little over a year ago. i am thankful for the encouragement, prayers, and serving that happen amongst us.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

thankful, day 7

i am so thankful for melissa's tortellini soup recipe. since i have been making it for the last 2 years, it has been a wonderful, tasty, amazing addition to my soup rotation during the cold months. and bonus points for being a recipe that everyone in my family loves to eat.

thank you, melissa! i owe you.

(so thrilled to find this photo i took almost exactly 2 years ago)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

thankful, day 6

i am thankful today for a fairly inexpensive trip to the mechanic. everyone panics when the "maintenance required" light comes on in their car. as my friend put it, "when that light comes on, you just see dollar signs."*

today i was thankful to find out that the message popped up for a simple oil change. i am thankful it was just $30 and not $300!

*shout out to Katie for the great quote! :)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

thankful, day 5

i am thankful that Jacob had a day off of school today. i enjoyed having him around (although it does seem to make a lot more work for me :) ). we spent the morning babysitting and in the afternoon we took a special treat trip to the Lego store for their free monthly build event. we drove 30 minutes, waited in line for 90 minutes (doing homework, watching tractor videos on the ipod, jumping out of line for potty breaks) and 55 minutes in traffic on the way home....all for a free tractor mini-model that we got to build in the store. ok, we actually go 2 of them :) but in the end, it was all worth it. a fun afternoon spending time with my kiddos...priceless.

Monday, November 4, 2013

thankful, day 4

in the last 8 months i have reflected more than ever on how thankful i am for the home we live in. our landlords have had the house on the market since March. i have been soaking in the moments and memories we have here, knowing that it could come to an end very soon. there is still a chance, i suppose, that we could be here for a long time yet, but until that is clear to us we are holding loosely to the idea that this is our forever home.
i feel most thankful for the beautiful views we have from our kitchen window. the mornings and evenings are breathtaking. the wide open space is irreplaceable. we are truly blessed to have the privilege to enjoy this every day!

this morning was a perfect reminder of that

Sunday, November 3, 2013

thankful, day 3

i am thankful for our little Katie Pie, who just turned 5 years old this past week. she is such a joy to us! she is creative, dramatic, thoughtful, wacky, and most of the time, just plain cute! i am thankful for this time i have with her at home, and am already not looking forward to the day she starts kindergarten.

treasuring every moment with my little helper girl.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

thankful, day 2

today i am thankful for lazy saturdays. after a month of crazy busy it is nice to slow down, rest, and enjoy each other. oh, and shepherd the young hearts. (but that is constant, you know. and for that i am thankful too!) the peak weekend for the fall leaves seems to be today. the colors are vibrant, the sun is shining, there is a nice fall breeze, and we are lazily taking care of things that have been forgotten about over the last few weeks.

Friday, November 1, 2013

thankful, day 1

i am so very thankful for this man. i am amazed at the way God puts 2 people together, and knows just what he is doing. i am thankful for the way that jesse serves me as a husband and as a father to jacob and kate. he sets an example for me everyday of what it means to live in Christ. i am especially thankful for the time we had together this past weekend as we went on a little road trip to a small town in southern Kentucky for a concert. i loved being "stuck" in the car with him for several hours. :)