Give Thanks: Part IV

November 28, 2010

Once upon a time in a land filled with ribbons and bows, there lived a pretty little girl who dreamed in white: white lace, white horses, white dress, and white roses. Her every daydream, every night dream, every thought and idea flowed freely in a sea of white. “Oh, to be married one day to my very own prince charming,” she would say. The dreams grew bigger with every passing year. With all her might, she dreamt of becoming a bride in white.

How do you think this sweet little dream ended for this sweet little girl?

I wouldn’t know. I’m not her. Don’t get me wrong. I always hoped to be married someday, but my dreams did not involve fairytale weddings or fairytale princes. I just wanted to be married, to be a good wife, to love a good husband. Luckily, that dream came true.

On my last day of thanksgiving, I want to say how thankful I am for my husband. He is loving and gentle. He is silly and wise. He is my best friend. I couldn’t have asked for a better gift from God.


I appreciate your patience the past few weeks as I have put into words those things that so rarely get expressed, the things I am most thankful for. Happy month of Thanksgiving!

Word of the Week: Thanksgiving

Word to the Wise:  “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.” Isaiah 12:4-5.

Disclaimer: While I chose not to finish the fairytale above, if this girl is you, please feel free to finish it for me. I would love to know the ending.


Give Thanks: Part III

November 21, 2010

From homemade gifts and scrapbooks to warm winter socks and gloves,
I am thankful for so many of my first and forever loves.
I give thanks to God for all he has done.
I give thanks to God. Now, let’s let this thing run.

By now, you may have realized the magic that is about to happen
As your beloved friend is actually rappin’.
Ok, so maybe this post won’t be much of a rap,
But feel free to let your foot or finger go tap, tap, tap.
You see, I am famous for my mad rhyming skills.
The problem is they just won’t pay the bills.

So what else am I thankful for this time of year?
I’m thankful that my Bible is always near and dear…
That my in-laws are loving and part of my life,
Accepting of their son’s selection for wife…
And that my brother’s family is healthy and happy.
That’s enough about them; don’t want to get too sappy.

That must be it. That must be all.
What else to be thankful for? (I’m having a ball.)
One more thing before I close my rhyme.
I know, I know. It’s about dang time.
I am thankful for my parents and all that they do
And that they didn’t name their little boy Sue.

Oh wait – It seems as though I got off track.
It’s time for me to bring this rhyme back.
I am thankful for my parents and all that they give,
For teaching me to grow, to love, and most importantly, live.
Now that my thanks I have so graciously expressed.
I know, my friends, that you’re secretly impressed.


Word of the Week: Give

Word to the Wise:  “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.”  Psalm 147:7


Disclaimer: By famous, I mean only slightly somewhat appreciated by very few discerning persons. By discerning, I mean slightly demented.

Give Thanks: Part II

November 14, 2010

As announced in my previous post, November is my month to be thankful. Last week, I posted the things I was thankful for with pictures to illustrate my thoughts. This week, I have chosen to list them below. I hope that you are also thinking of all the things you are thankful for and that you will share them with me.

  1. I am thankful for my blog, which is a creative outlet for me. We spend so much time doing the things we have to do, the things we are supposed to do, and the things we feel obligated to do. I am thankful that I have time to do a few things, such as my blog, that I want to do.
  2. I am thankful for my health. Although I lean slightly toward the hypochondriac side, I am a healthy person who can work, play, and love, preferably not in that order. So many people in this world do not have the advantage of health. I am thankful that I do.
  3. I am thankful for my car. Many people are solely dependent on public transportation, but I am not one of them. I can take my car and drive myself to the store, to the gym, to church, or anywhere else I please. It is a freedom that not everyone has, yet I do.
  4. I am thankful for my dogs. Bullet and Maggie are the excitement of my life. They remind me that life is supposed to be fun and playful. When I feel down, they are upbeat and loving. They show me what I should be.
  5. I am thankful for my cat. Corona Cat portrays the irony of life. She plays fetch better than any dog I have ever owned. She is obsessed with light switches (much like my almost 2-year old nephew), and she refuses to obey the rules while remaining the best cat in the world. Life is full of surprises, and so is Corona Cat. That is how life should be.
  6. I am thankful for my friends. Moving to Chicago took me away from most of them, and I have realized how precious they are to me. I miss my friends every day and wish I could see them and talk to them and laugh about how life used to be.
  7. I am thankful for my house (yes, I have two, but I am referring to the one I live in). I am thankful that I have the privilege of owning a home and that it has a yard for my dogs, a bed for me and my husband, a semi-kitchen for family meals, and a garage to keep my car warm in the winter. It is a house to remind me that I belong here.

Since I have started this thankful series, I am reminded each and every day of new things I am thankful for. It is hard to narrow it down for each post but fun to be in such a thankful state of mind. Be sure to give thanks this week for the silly things and the important things, and let me know what you are thankful for.

Word of the Week: Thanks
Word to the Wise:  “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.”  Psalm 100:4-5

Disclaimer: While I have not mentioned it, I hope that you are thankful for my disclaimers. They are my one attempt at wit in each blog post…the goal being to keep you entertained so that you will continue to read my blog.

Give Thanks: Part I

November 7, 2010

November is a month to be thankful. After all, we end the month with the most thankful day of the year: Thanksgiving! How could you not be thankful when all the food you could ever ask for is spread out before you and you are asked to indulge yourself to the point of no return…or to the point you have to unbutton your pants just to be comfortable…and that is before dessert is even served. Of course, some would say family is the more important piece of Thanksgiving, which I happen to agree, but I know how others feel about forcing a large group of people in a room that is typically much too small for the amount of people and ask them to pretend they don’t remember the decades of hurt the others in the room have caused. But I digress. I hope this isn’t what Thanksgiving means to you.

To me, Thanksgiving is a day for food and family, a day to see the good in people, a day to be thankful for all that we have and even some of the things we don’t have. So for the thankful month of November, I want to put into words those things that rarely get shared. The things I am most thankful for. I hope that you will share what you are thankful for as well.


I am thankful for the fall. I am thankful I get to experience 4 seasons in Chicago, even if I happen to dread one of them. I am thankful there is no snow on the ground yet (only because I will have 3 months of snow starting very, very soon). I love the colors of fall, the feeling of fall, and everything about fall, with the (very large) exception of the allergens, but that is neither here nor there.
I am thankful for the fall.


I am thankful for my phone. I am thankful that the next time I am stuck in an airport, wondering if or what flight I can be transferred to, I will have Internet on my phone to do a little research. I am thankful that I can use my phone to call my loved ones without long distance charges. I even love that I can call my husband from another room in our house if I am too lazy to get up (ahem).
I am thankful for my phone

Hand Sanitizer

I am thankful for hand sanitizer. I am thankful that hand sanitizer comes in travel sizes that fit in my purse, my laptop bag, my carry-on bag, my commuter bag, my car, and even my pocket if I wanted it to. I am thankful for the larger bottle that sits on my desk and gets used every morning after my public commute. I love that it does not require water and kills lots of germs.
I am thankful for hand sanitizer.


I am thankful for pictures. I am thankful that a camera can capture the most beautiful moments of our lives, as well as the silliest, the funnest (that’s a word, ya know…), and the proudest moments. I love that we are never again in that exact same moment but that our memory can take us there at a glimpse of the picture.
I am thankful for pictures. 


I am thankful for my job. I am thankful that in a time when it is difficult for people to find jobs, I found one in Chicago. I am thankful that when facing multiple layoffs, I was spared the devastation. I love that I have a paycheck to pay my mortgages (notice the “s” folks) and that I can challenge myself at work.
I am thankful for my job.

Handwritten Letters

I am thankful for handwritten letters. I am thankful that some people still take the time to write them. I am thankful that they often come on cute stationery. I love that they don’t come every single day because it makes it that much more special when they do arrive.
I am thankful for handwritten letters.


I am thankful for books. I am thankful that I have interesting books to read and that authors can create faster than I can read everything available to me. I love that books can take you away from where you are and into another world of excitement, sadness, fear, or love and that sometimes it can take you through all of these worlds at once.
I am thankful for books.

And these are just a few of the things I am thankful for.

Word of the Week: Thankful

Word to the Wise:  “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.”  2 Chronicles 16:8-9

Disclaimer: If you feel that I should be thankful for you and you are not on this list, please keep in mind that I have a month of thankfulness, and there are more posts to follow. However, if you think I should be thankful for you and you are afraid I may forget to include you, please let me know as I would hate to forget to be thankful for someone who is obviously so dear to me.