This is my last Thankful Thursday post. It's been a great blessing to me to share what I've been thankful for. If you'd like to read the first three posts from this series, go here for #1, here for #2, and here for #3. When I finished my post last week, I thought to myself, 'will I be able to come up with anything else to be thankful for?' I hit all the big ones - Jesus, family, friends, chocolate. What else is there in life to be thankful for?
(Sorry, no pictures this time)
First, I'm thankful for a roof over our heads. It's a nice home, but in a not-so-nice neighborhood. If we are still here when Jack is ready for kindergarten, I'll become a homeschooling mama. I love the space we have, and that there is plenty of room for the three of us. This is a great house for a big family. There are plenty of not-so-thankful parts about this house, but not so many that I can't appreciate the good parts.
Along those lines, I'm thankful for the means to pay for this house. Since quitting my job as a teacher to stay home with Jack, I have not had to worry about finding part-time income. Rick has budgeted us out the wazoo, and we are blessed to be able to live comfortably off of one income. We have done some reading and studying of Dave Ramsey, who is the mastermind behind Financial Peace University. (Some people refer to him as Damn Ramsey, which I think is hilarious, because at times, you do want to curse his name!) Working very hard with what we had, we were able to get out of all of our debt. Not many people can claim that, and I am VERY thankful to be in this situation.
I'm thankful for the holidays. I love that they are a time our families set aside to get together. We don't always get to see everyone throughout the year, so the fact that we will get together over the holidays is a real treasure. We know we will see everyone eventually! Also, the holidays give us a time to reflect on our blessings, Jesus coming to Earth to save us sinners, and His death and resurrection that covered our sins. Wow. What a great God we have!
And finally, possibly most importantly, I'm thankful for peanut butter. It's my favorite food. There is nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter, but it really does go with EVERYTHING. Bananas, toast, graham crackers, bagels, apples....the list is endless. (I'm pretty sure my father ate a peanut butter and pickle sandwich - I'm not willing to go there)
Thank you for taking the time to read my Thankful Thursday posts. I hope that you were able to relate to one or more of the things I'm thankful for. I've really been very blessed, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to share my thankfulness with all of you! (And good for you if you read them all!!) HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I hope you have a blessed day!!