giving thanks

(warning: rather large brain dump to follow)

this time of year my thoughts, as those of many others, turn towards what i am thankful for. i am so blessed. so so blessed. i don't think we really comprehend how blessed we are a lot of the time. sometimes i fall victim to the "wants" and "i don't haves" and feel like lamenting that i don't have the newest this or that or camera ;) and forget that compared to so much of the world that don't even have a warm house to sleep in, clean clothes everyday (let alone a closet full of them) or even food to feed their childreand n, i am SO SO rich.

so this thanksgiving, i am really thinking of all the ways the Lord has blessed me.

my family. this is numero uno for sure. i have two healthy, happy children. they are miracles in themselves. i know that i can let the "stress" of motherhood consume me at times, and forget to cherish EVERY SINGLE moment. and i need to cherish them, because each moment, even the hard ones, are precious. i have a wonderful husband who works so hard to provide for us, is a wonderful father to chase and amelia, and is just all around a GREAT person who i am blessed to share my life with. and my extended family. i have the BEST extended family hands down. parents who love us and give us so much, from wisdom, to help with the kids to fabulous meals. we only hope we can follow in their footsteps. siblings to share the fun of life with. and a humongous jumble of aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins that make me look forward to each holiday

friends. what would i do without their shoulders to lean on, the ears to cry to, their arms to hug? without our game nights? to watch and recite the princess bride with? without their constant support and laughs and phone calls?

my job. which doesn't always feel like a job. you all, who let me into your lives. let me into your families. you give me glimpses of what makes you blessed and thankful, and i walk away a better person for your sharing with me. THANK YOU ALL! the fact that you have faith in me to take your most important photographs still makes my day every time.

my faith: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

and so much more. so yep. i am blessed. i have so many things to be thankful for. i have no reason to long for anything...no reason to feel less than thankful.

wow. so that was a rambly post for sure, but it was on my heart.

of course, i can't post without a few photographs of two of my blessings