Daily Thanksgiving

With the appearance of November comes a laundry list of things people are thankful for. Rather than adding mine to my Facebook or Twitter page, I’ll just update this post each day. I’d like to see all my blessings in one place as a constant reminder throughout the month (and always). 

November 1: 
I’m thankful for a God that cares for me, loves me, and takes care of me. He has given me so much and taught me how to live a life with a purpose much greater than myself. I don’t understand how people live without faith and hope in their lives, and I’m so grateful I don’t have to. 

November 2: 
I am thankful for an amazing husband. Mr. Gray is an amazing provider for our family; our marriage comes first–always. It is an incredible feeling to know I have someone so amazing to do life with. God hand-picked the perfect husband just for me; for that I am grateful! 

November 3: 

I am so grateful for an amazing son. He brings such joy to our home and our family! I can’t wait to see the man he grows into. I have never known anything like being a mom, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. It is what I have prayed for and longed for since I was a little girl. Baby Gray does not disappoint! Thank you, Lord, for our little guy! 

November 4: 
I am so thankful for my family–the whole great big (well, not really) sha-bang! I have the most fabulous parents, in-laws, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and so on! Family is so important, and I am so blessed to have continued support from my family. 

November 5: 
I’m thankful for the beautiful Ranch we have access to. It’s a great place to go hang out, get away, and enjoy what God has created. I have taken it for granted for a lot of my life, but as we raise Baby Gray, it’s great to know we have somewhere untouched by man to enjoy. 


November 6: 
Our Revolution family is phenomenal. We were placed into our church for a reason, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so grateful for the people we have met, the movement of the Spirit in each message, and the life changes that have taken place. 

November 7: 
I am thankful for opportunities. While these seems like sort of a blanket statement, I mean divine appointments and opportunities to live out God’s word. I am so grateful that when we pray for a way to reach someone, God puts them in our path–in the most unexpected ways–so that we can reach them for Him. I love that! I love how God is in the details enough to coordinate something seemingly off the wall. I pray that I can cease each opportunity that is given to me and help further the Kingdom. 

November 8: 
I am thankful for my health. I have been blessed with great health, and sometimes I take that for granted. It is such a blessing to be able to keep up with my super-busy toddler and never bat an eye! 


November 9: 
I am so, so grateful for the friends that I have. I have friends that build up my faith and help me be a better wife and mother. I love that we can walk through life together. While I have a couple of circles that I run with, each group offers a unique type of relationship and learning experience.

November 10: 
I am thankful for our home. We are safe, warm, comfortable, and protected. God has provided a great place for us to live, love, and enjoy each other. It’s a great place for Baby Gray to roam and explore his world. 

November 11: 
I was already thankful for Mr. Gray, but since it’s his birthday, I’m reminded of just how thankful I really am. Today we celebrate another year of his life and all that he means to those around him. I love him more and more each day. 


November 12: 

Basketball

I am thankful for my education. I have been able to pursue things that interest me, and I continue to “shop” around for what I will learn next. No matter where I attend next, I’ll always be a proud Aggie–even when football isn’t going too great. Being an Aggie is so much more than cheering for a football team. 

November 13: 
I am so thankful for the abundance in our life. I love that we can give freely and joyfully. My friends often laugh about the gifts I give for birthdays and Christmas–I love finding exactly what someone wants and presenting it perfectly. Beyond that, I love being able to give to those who are in need. I cannot imagine having a basic need not met; I am so grateful we are able to help when needed. 

November 14: 
I am thankful for the ability to be at home with Baby Gray. God paved a perfect path for us to be where we are today. It wasn’t always easy; we didn’t always make the best decision; but God is faithful. He provided for us in such a way that has made me so rich and so thankful for my time at home. I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. 

November 15: 
I am so thankful for the rain! Growing up in a family that was supported by agriculture, you’d think I would have had a better understanding of the importance of rain all along. I don’t know if I didn’t understand it or I didn’t like that it was “ruining” my ever-important plans, but you won’t catch me wishing rain away anymore! 

November 16: 
I am grateful for my marriage; this is different than being grateful for my husband. My marriage is Christ-centered, and therefore, strong. My marriage sets an example for my son. I love that I am in a covenant so strong and binding. It is a wonderful security God has placed in my life. 

November 17: 
I am grateful for laughter. It is such good medicine. I love to laugh with Baby Gray and Mr. Gray as we goof around at home. There is really nothing quite like laughter as the sound of true happiness resonates. 

November 18: 
Today I am thankful for our Aggie family. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the twelve that were lost twelve years ago. The Bonfire fall was such a tragedy. While I wasn’t a part of the Aggie family at the time, when I walked through the Bonfire Memorial a few years ago, it was real. The hurt was real. The loss was real. The heartbreak was real. Aggies bonded together to heal and move forward; not to forget, but to be able to live day-to-day life. 

November 19:
I am so thankful for good medical care. Baby Gray has been feeling crummy the past couple of days, but I can rest easy because I have taken him to a good doctor, I have access to twenty-four hour care if I need it, and he is, in general, very healthy. We are truly blessed beyond measure with our medical access. 

November 20: 
I’m thankful for weekends off. Mr. Gray was home all weekend, and we were able to hang out and spend the day as a family while Baby Gray continued to recuperate. He’s definitely on the mend, and being able to just lay low has been key to that. I know not everyone has a schedule that allows for two days of downtime, but I’m sure grateful we do. 

November 21: 
I am thankful for the experiences I’ve had in my life. I have learned so much and been shaped into the wife, mother, daughter, friend, [insert role here] that I am today. I’ve made mistakes, but I’ve learned from them. I have been happy and sad, disappointed and on top of the world. All these experiences make me who I am. 


November 22: 
I am thankful for my mama. She is always there for me, no matter what. She helps me and answers my increasingly short, but more frequent phone calls. We drive each other a little crazy sometimes, I think that’s a mutual feeling, anway, but I love her! 

November 23: 
I’m thankful for days with our little family. We don’t always get to enjoy being just the three of us, but I’m very grateful for the days we do. It’s so much fun to watch Baby Gray and Mr. Gray play and love on each other. 


November 24: 
I’m thankful for the Fightin’ Texas Aggies (yes, again). Win or lose, I’m proud to be part of the 12th Man at Kyle Field! 


November 25: 
I’m thankful for hot drinks to soothe and aching throat. Being part of the 12th Man is hard work sometimes. 


November 26: 
I’m thankful for the time I had with Grammie. She would be 85 today. I think of her often, and I so wish Baby Gray could have met her–Papa, too. I hope to be a woman of God like she was. 


November 27: 
I’m thankful for another year full of health, love, family, and blessings. God is so good to our family! I praise Him for everything I have been able to experience the past 27 (gasp) years. I joke that I’m done with birthdays, but I’ll take them as long as He provides them.


November 28: 
I’m so grateful for the beginning of the Christmas season. Our home is full of decor and reminders of the wonderful time of year that is upon us (have I mentioned I love Christmasday?). We celebrate Christ’s birth throughout the month of December, and I try to keep the focus on Christ, rather than the material, worldly view of Christmas.


November 29: 
I am thankful for a day to rest and recover from a fun time with family and friends. I love that Baby Gray and I can enjoy our time at home and recharge ourselves. 


November 30: 
I’m thankful for so much all the time. I am glad I took a month to reflect and focus on the good and positive things in our life. It’s good to get centered every now and then.

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