Expressions of Thankfulness

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Photo taken by BJ at our home on Lake Ann Camp. Edited by AJ.

I love the season of autumn or fall. I love the colors, crisp air and warm, sunny afternoons. It is now November, just a few short days before Thanksgiving in the United States. Although it looks a lot like Christmas outside with all the fluffy white stuff, inside our home it still looks like fall.

I love November and the many things that come with this month of thankfulness. I am personally thankful my husband (or myself!) does not follow “No Shave November” each year. I’m not a fan of his super furry face; however, I am a fan of Facebook in November. I love the number of posts each day that are filled with positive words of thankfulness. So today, on this 11th month, I would like to share 11 things I am thankful for in no particular order. I hope it will cause you to think about those things for which you are truly thankful and why.

BJ, Celina and AJ

BJ, Celina and AJ

#1 Purpose. Living with purpose beyond this temporary moment is an amazing way to walk through life.

#2 Jesus. He is the reason I have purpose in this life and hope for the next.

#3 Childhood. The years that shaped me, the people that influenced me, the experiences that impacted me – all part of making me who I am today.

#4 Parents. I am blessed by the influence and continued encouragement I receive from all my parents.

#5 In-Laws. All of them (and there are many!). They love me as if I’m their own. My parent-in-laws raised an incredible son who I am blessed to call my husband.

#6 Bethany Joy. My daughter who brings joy and excitement to our family. She teaches me to pause and truly listen.

#7 AJ. His loyalty and determination challenge me regularly. And he holds his own amongst all his female siblings.

#8 Tatiana. The beautiful addition to our family who is teaching me to communicate more clearly than I ever have. Valuable lesson for me.

Celina loves the leaves.

Celina loves the leaves.

#9 Celina. My youngest child who is filled with grace and love. She teaches me to let go of my ever-so-serious side and see the world through the eyes of wonder and awe.

#10 Joe. I feel so incredibly blessed to be married to a man who loves me and encourages me to pursue my passions. I love dreaming and working toward those dreams with this awesome man.

#11 USANA. This home-based business has provided financial stability for our family. It allows me the freedom to travel, give time to our ministries and be a stay-at-home mom.

What are you thankful for? Will you please share in the comments below so I may enjoy and learn from your thankfulness too? November or not — it is always a good time to be thankful.

AJ, BJ and Celina

AJ, BJ and Celina

Be Extraordinary!