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Portraits of thanks


I'm thankful for my amazing family.

 I'm thankful for my home.   

I'm thankful for our amazing church!  This is a photo from our Thanksgiving dinner last Sunday night.  The best ever!
I'm thankful for this sweet BFF who never leaves my side.  This is Maxie last night sitting next to me while I updated facebook.  He sits right next to me just like this whenever I work on the computer.  A constant, faithful, sweet friend.   When he wants me to stop typing and give him a little more attention he touches me with his paw and I love on him a little before going back to work.

Thankful for this sweet girl -- our miracle!  Maddie lights our world with love.  Her scar is a reminder to us of where she was and how far she's come, and that God does answer prayer.
 I'm thankful for the street we live on, for the nice sidewalks I walk on every day.

I'm thankful for the sights I see on my walks everyday in our neighborhood.

 I'm thankful that I live near the beach.

 I'm thankful for the beautiful sunrises and sunsets I saw while on my bike this past year.  I'm thankful for friends that rode bikes with me and shared these moments.
I'm thankful for the blessing of leading worship with my family, all the time.  By God's grace I've raised children who will do much greater things than me.
I'm thankful for naps.  Especially the way I take 'em, with the best snuggler ever.


I'm thankful for beautiful mornings in the well fields near my home.  Thankful for friends who shared time with me in the fields.

I'm thankful for a church that prays - with young people who worship and pray and cry out to God with all their might.  This photo was taken between midnight and 1 am, by the way.  Yeah, these folks are hard core for God and that's my baby girl there in the green shirt in front.  :)

I'm grateful for these faces that are most happy to see me walk in the door each day.  

I'm grateful for our table that has welcomed so many friends this past year and holds so many memories of lunches, dinners and late night conversations.

I'm thankful for a man of God who preaches God's word uncompromised!

 Thankful that I'm not the only worship leader in the family anymore.

Thankful to have raised a young man who is passionate about life, the Lord, and music.

Thankful for a daughter who is beautiful inside and out ~ loves the Lord, His church, and is gonna change the world!


 I'm thankful for so many friends and family near and far.  I never selected a photo because it's impossible without leaving someone out.  I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.  You all know who you are.  Thank you for coloring my world so beautifully. You are all loved.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Comments

Grace said…
Happy Thanksgiving, friend! I loved looking at your photos. Great list!!
Anonymous said…
Beautful!

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