Finding Thanks

Sometimes life gets really busy – and we have deadlines that are important, and some that are self imposed important.

And so we (okay, I) get hectic and cranky and stay up too late getting things done (time I am starting this post – 11:29 pm)

Well, that has been me the last few weeks working on a bunch of stuff.

And of course, I had a bunch of files to upload tonight – so that I could check a big one off the list – and it wouldn’t work.

So Hubby and I fiddle and wondered – and came up with nothing.  And so I called my best friends – tech support.

We spend a lot of time together.

Turns out – nothing can be done – there is still so much damaged equipment from the storms, the “upload” equipment is not working and they have no idea when it will.

And I didn’t get upset or frustrated – I just thought, “well at least we have internet.”

And so, tomorrow morning my girls and I will go get breakfast at Panera and hope that their internet is working.

(update – it uploaded this morning! yeah!)

And I have to say, it felt really good to not get all worked up about it.

I guess that is what we get from perspective.

So, we this being the week of Thanksgiving, I thought I would share just a few of things I am thankful for through the eyes of my iphone the last few weeks.

1. Perspective.  We could always use more and I am thankful for each dose I get.

2. I am thankful that I faced my fear and drove by myself into the city to have dinner with this amazing lady and her sweet and handsome husband.

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3. I am so blessed to have met Erin of Eve’s Wish Photography and to call her a friend.  This week she came and photographed our Christmas decor.  She is so crazy talented.

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4. I am thankful for the sweet valley that we live in and that sometimes it can show the most beautiful glory even when I am simply picking my daughter up from school.

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5. I am thankful that I will always appreciate my own sense of humor even if no one else does.  This sign absolutely cracked me up.  Still does.

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6. I am thankful that dear friends invited us to tailgate at the school we both graduated from.  I had never tailgated before so I felt it was necessary to get the mascot picture.  And we are back at my sense of humor.

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7. I am truly thankful for my husband.  I am not going to get all mushy here – but I think it deserves to be said.

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8. I am thankful to have been able to bring my girls here as a family – and it was their first football game!

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9. I am thankful to be able to reflect back on the place where I met my husband and the dearest friends I could ask for.

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10. I am thankful that my kids get to form new relationships and friendships with all of their kids (a few missing from the photo!).

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11. I am thankful that my friends all really work hard to make spending time together a priority even though we are far apart.

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12. I am thankful for this picture because it is just too cute.  It was a very big soft bear with a very kind face.

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13. And for so many reasons, I am so excited that this girl’s hopes came true and she got a main part in her school play.  For this girl, it really is a big deal.  I am just so thankful.  (More on this soon – maybe?)

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14. I am thankful for the opportunity to write this blog and interact with all of you.  It has been a blessing beyond measure.

But really I am just thankful.

For everything.

Sometimes I struggle with understanding the inequity in the world and how I got so lucky to have so much.

I realize I will never understand and I just try to rest in relying on His plan.

So with that, I wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings.

And to those readers in other countries – I wish you a relaxed and enjoyable few days.

P.S. The letter today from The Greatest Gift Project is pretty amazing – stop by and learn about a whole new and amazing side of Jennifer Rizzo.

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  1. says

    Beautiful post, Laura. I’ve been staying up way too late, too. I’m naturally a night owl and start on projects really late…or even start doing laundry or something else equally as crazy. I usually have to force myself to go to bed!

    I know who that lovely lady is in picture #2 – that’s KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm, right? I’m guessing you two live fairly close to one another?

    Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

  2. Peggy says

    Thanks for sharing your family and blessings with us! Have a wonderful Holiday weekend.

    Peggy

  3. says

    What a lovely post. It really dosen’t matter if we’re feeling high or feeling low there is always something to be thankful for. Congratulations to your daughter on her part in the play. I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.
    Susan

  4. says

    Oh Laura…I am so glad that I “found you” when I first started blogging…your blog was special…you are special…I always knew that when I clicked on the email to your post that I would always find inspiration, a smile, a warm, from the heart writings from a beautiful soul…..You have stated all of your blessings, however, you are a blessing to all of us!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!… P.S. Perspective, so important, as you said…I have a perspective box I always reach into!! …and Congratulations to your daughter…how wonderful she must feel!!!

  5. Jeannie S says

    Happy Thanksgiving Laura! I’m thankful to know you through your blog. Thanks for all you share and have a tremendously blessed day!

  6. says

    Happy Thanksgiving Laura! Great post. I think you and Thistlewood are my fave blogs. So happy you two were able to meet up. I’m thinking of taking my daughter Amy to see a Broadway show for her birthday in February – would love to meet up with you!
    Have a wonderful day!
    xoxo,
    Kim

  7. Marla says

    Happy Thanksgiving, Laura to you and your beautiful family. I really appreciated your words from the heart today. In the craziness of life, it’s good to stop and reflect on what’s really important. Have a wonderful day! Marla PS Sooo happy for your daughter! I love the look of joy on her face!