Sometimes you can’t see it till later but God always has a plan! Here’s some wild things I am grateful for!
#1 I’m thankful my son did not get in to the Air Force Academy. Zach had all his ducks in row for the USAFA since seventh grade. There was no earthly reason for him not to get in. But God had a different plan that afforded him the opportunity to meet his lovely wife Laura which would not have been likely if he was in Colorado. I’m thankful for the servicemen that protect the peace for us all!
#2 I’m glad I moved from Wisconsin. It was a such a hard decision to leave family and familiarity behind. We all paid a price but “obedience is better than sacrifice” has multiple meanings. I’m grateful for parents that support their adult children’s choices.
#3 I’m grateful Courtney and Skyler moved to Oregon. It hasn’t been easy not living close to my daughter and son-in-law. I ache when I think of my adorable grandsons. But I am so glad Courtney and Skyler followed their hearts, had the courage to move across the country and didn’t feel stuck in NY out of obligation. I’m thankful for social media and texting that help us stay close.
#4 I’m thankful Natalie did not go to Harvard for her Masters. Most parents would be thrilled for their kids to get into Harvard (and of course I am proud too) but I am so blessed to have a daughter that didn’t just assume that because she got in somewhere great she had to go. She prayed about it, put out a fleece regarding a debt cap and decided to move home. I am thankful for those who honor values over opportunities.
#5 I’m grateful my dad had multiple failed business ventures. My dad lived out the value, “You’ll never know unless you try!” and try he did from chicken farming and Shaklee to raising cantaloupe and Volkswagons. I am thankful for all those who give things a go even if they don’t work out, after all it’s just research! (and we had a lot of fun!)
#6 I’m glad Meredith was on her way to Paris with nowhere to stay. She followed her dream to study abroad. Long story about how her plans fell through, but God, and a friend of David Edwards, came through and she stayed with missionary friends. Talk about building your faith!! I’m grateful that as Christians we have family all over the world!
#7 I’m SO thankful my brother is insane! Paul has given literally countless hours away. He volunteers for numerous organizations and ministries but has probably given the very most time to me and my family. He renovated almost every home we lived in until we moved to NY, then he decided to upgrade his volunteerism and along with my father finished the second floor and basement of our current home from just studs – adding two full bathrooms, walls, heat, electricity, lights and more… in just one month. I’m grateful for how family pulls together for each other!
#8 I’m glad Eric kind of gave me a blank check. In the past five years I have done the following: completed my Master’s degree debt free, had six different offices (and 7 titles), started a new business, traveled to multiple states to take classes and/or to speak at seminars and workshops. While I want to be a supportive wife and would never do anything without his support, I am so grateful he doesn’t put a lid on me. I’m grateful for men that encourage their wives to be who God created them to be!
#9 I’m grateful I had to interrupt my mom to talk to her. My mom is always praying. Ask my family. If you go into her kitchen her body may be there, but her mind is somewhere in the heavenlies. I’m so grateful for prayer warriors, you may not get recognized but you carry a precious load!
#10 I’m glad I’m not for sure what’s going to happen next year If I was sure what was going to happen I would be less dependent on God. As it stands now I really need Him to come through and I have become so very comfortable and grateful for my glorious dependence. I’m grateful the adventure has just begun and there is no telling what He might have next for any of us, but we can be sure He will be with us!
What wild things are you grateful for?