Friday, November 29, 2013

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving has come and gone. We are regretting that second helping of, uh, pretty much everything. Our nice clothes were swapped out for fat pants and baggy shirts. Some of us have already braved the crowds of Black Friday, which somehow began at 8 pm on Thursday, and have snagged a great deal or two or three or four. 

I would not be one of those people. There's this tiny part of me that wants to be adventurous and crazy and push my way through the madness on the quest for saving some moola. But then there's this other part of me that gets seriously stressed in big crowds filled with pushy people so I just avoid the whole experience all together. 

Plus, I sort of resent the fact that Black Friday has creeped in and stolen a piece of Thanksgiving day. I want to hang on to every last moment Thanksgiving affords to just sit and enjoy the company of family and friends and reflect on all that I am thankful for. In today's crazy busy world, the opportunity to do that is becoming increasingly rare.  

Today I am thankful for friends, and the ways God has woven our lives together with so many great people everywhere we go.

Since we've been married, I haven't been home for Thanksgiving. Our first year of marriage, my parents and sister flew out to Germany to spend the holiday with us, but since then we have been away from our families for Thanksgiving. Today, I thought back on the last few Thanksgivings, and even though they haven't been spent with family, at the end of each one I felt full--I mean that figuratively in this context, although I was pretty full in the literal sense as well! In all of our moving around, we have never lacked for friends and community and for that I am beyond grateful. 

I am also thankful for moments like this. 

For all the sleepless nights. For all the hard moments. It's all forgotten and completely worth it in that moment when you are the only comfort they need. It didn't matter that I was missing the party downstairs. I was exactly where I needed and wanted to be. Cuddling my sweet boy who was having a hard time sleeping on his own tonight. 

I hope your day was filled with laughter and moments that left you with good memories for many years to come. If you're out there braving Black Friday, good luck to you! May all your deals come true. 

Happy Thanksgiving!   


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