Thanksgiving.

I like to think that I’m not one to post super cliche things.
But, here I am, about to tell you what I’m thankful for on this holiday.
{This silly holiday. But, that’s another blog post about the silliness of all our American holidays.}

I’m so thankful for the beautiful freedom I have because of Jesus.
I’m so thankful He’s always redeeming my broken selfish heart.
I’m so thankful for His mercy & grace.
I’m so thankful for His unconditional, pure, perfect compassion that understands & values life in a way I never will.
I’m so thankful for His heart for me.

I’m so thankful for my sweet husband.
I’m thankful for his kindness & love in my life.
I’m thankful for his joy & pure excitement about our little baby.
I’m so thankful for the way he desperately wants to always do what’s right… For his love for justice & kindness & mercy.

I’m so thankful for our little baby who we will meet so soon.
I’m so thankful that through this pregnancy it’s been made evident just how selfish my heart is.
I’m so thankful that we’ll meet this sweet little wiggly girl any day now.

I’m so thankful for my parents.
Thankful for their generosity & patience, for their prayers over the years.
Thankful that they never gave up on me, & have so lovingly supported me.

I’m so thankful for my sister.
Thankful for her beautiful laugh; that she’s such a good listener.
Thankful for her sacrifice to come see me & baby soon.

I’m so thankful for John’s family.
Thankful for their laughter.. for their time, for their acceptance of me into their family.
Thankful that our little girl will have such a fun family.

I’m so thankful that I have a husband who understands & knows me, who listens to me & pursues truth with me & for me.
Thankful that he’s supportive of me as Mom {even before I’m really there}. Thankful that he has a heart that longs for truth & compassion.

I’m so thankful that God’s provided for us so I can stay home with baby when she comes.
Thankful that I’ll get to watch her grow, that I’ll get to have the precious first moments with her.
Thankful for our midwife who will help us welcome her into this world at home, safely.

Thankful for the understanding He’s given us, the passion He’s given us. The willingness to communicate with each other that He’s given us.
The grace that He gives us to listen to each other & work our way through tough conversations. The shared passion He’s given us for truth & righteousness.

I’m so thankful that I get to spend today with almost our entire family, {& that they’re coming to us}.

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