Last year's Thanksgiving 2010
My, oh my, how a year can change...
Just looking back on this photo gives me chills. I look so sick, and I don't think at that time I really realized how sick I was. The biggest difference this year at Thanksgiving is that I lost my hat and gained some hair...and maybe another sister one day ;)
I know everyone has said what they are thankful for. And I know that a lot of things that I am thankful for are the same as yours too. But sometimes I think you don't really know what to be truly thankful for until it is lost. Only then do you see the value and truly appreciate it. This year, I knew I would be thankful for something that I have taken for granted and I know many of you have too. But I am so thankful for my health. I am so thankful that my white blood cells have started to act right again and not produce anymore cancer cells. I am so thankful that I have the chance again to live a healthy life, to fulfill my dreams, to have children, and love more deeply. I am so thankful that there was a medicine to get rid of my cancer and hopefully keep it away so that I can have a long, long life. But even though I am thankful for my health, I am also thankful that God has given me trials in my life, so that I truly know the meaning of the word thanks.
Beyond just my new health though...
I am thankful for my husband who tells me that I am beautiful...even during the rough days last year.
I am thankful for my sisters (and you too Buddy). They are my best friends and I am SO thankful that we live just a short car drive away.
I am thankful for my parents and their incredible example of love for their children.
I am thankful for the ability to live a comfortable life style...having clothes to wear and a washer and dryer to clean them in...food to eat at my convenience...and a house to live in that has heat when it's cold and air conditioning when its hot...how often we can forget how lucky we are to live such a comfortable lifestyle.
I feel like I could keep going like a child on Thanksgiving about how I'm thankful for my dear friends, and music, and books, and Oreos, and my pets...but above all else, I am so deeply thankful for my relationship with God. He keeps me grounded and keeps me pursuing Him. I am thankful for the cross so that one day when my life on earth is done, I can be more alive than ever in His kingdom up above. I feel truly blessed to have the life that I do, and I press on daily to live out the life I was called to live. I feel challenged everyday, but that comes with the territory when I ask God to push me beyond what I think I'm capable of. My biggest challenge this year is to take on the challenges that God keeps giving me...I know only then will I be content, and possibly more thankful than I can even imagine!