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Give Thanks: Day 3

Today I am thankful for family days. One of the reasons we decided to homeschool this year was so that we could have our family day during the week. Mondays are usually our day. Today we visited a new regional park nearby. I love this place! It is so nice to get outdoors away from the noise of the cities and to be surrounded only by nature. I love my kids’ excitement for what they are seeing around them (like the geocaching box that Older Boy exclaimed, “I know. It’s a mailbox!” Which may have made sense if it wasn’t in the middle of the woods.). I am thankful for these days and feel so blessed to have them together as a family.

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For the past few years I have taken the month of November to write something I am thankful for each day. I have decided I’ll try to do it again this year.

Day 1

Today I am thankful for coffee and more specifically morning coffee with my dad and any other family members present. This past weekend (which is Thursday-Saturday for us) we were able to visit my parents in South Dakota. The first morning we were there my dad mistaken a text* for the alarm** that my mom had set for him because he had men’s breakfast that morning. I was already awake because I couldn’t sleep so I heard him get up and make coffee at 4:30am. I tried really hard to go back to sleep but just decided to give up and go upstairs. In the quiet of the early morning my dad and I each enjoyed a cup of coffee and talked a little before he had to go to the church for the breakfast. Then I enjoyed another cup while I read a book. P.S. Why does coffee always taste better when I am not the one making it?

*The text was from my sister about a bat underneath her bed. She is renting a house my parents purchased.
**My parents hardly ever use alarms but my dad had previously overslept on a morning of the men’s breakfast so just to be sure they had set the alarm.

Day 2

Today I am thankful for the sun and how it comes through the window. One of the kids was sick today so I stayed home from church. I opened up the curtains in our room to let the sunlight in. I was able to lay where the sun was shining on my face. Little boy was laying beside me so I told him about how I have always found ways to lay in the sun coming through windows since I was a little girl. I have always loved light. In fact when the day comes for us to purchase our first home one of the most important things to me will be how many windows and where they are located. But I also had the thought (prayer?) that I want to be someone who always looks to the “Son” for comfort and warmth and I want to live my life bringing the light and hope of Jesus wherever I go.

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Thankfulness Month: Day 27

Today I am thankful for our friend from India, Arthur Raj.

He is here staying with us for a few nights before he flies out to Chicago. What is blessing my little heart even more is seeing my children interact with him. I’m excited for them to grow up learning to love the world around us and far away from us. I grew up having Arthur come visit my family from the time I was a little girl (he and my dad were in seminary together when I was born and Arthur continues to come to the US every few years since then). It is always inspiring to hear his stories.

He shared how recently there were 4 women in his church who all had alcoholic husbands that caused them to miss a lot of work which accused a lot of strain on these women (in addition to the hardships emotionally living with these men). Well these women decided to commit to praying together every day for their husbands and Arthur would join them whenever he could and in his own prayer time. I am sure there were many others praying from the ministry as well. After days of praying for them, one went to take a drink and when he looked at the drink he saw a picture of his wife crying out in prayer and he couldn’t take the drink. He went home and found his wife exactly in the way he saw. This man’s life was changed because he knew it could not just be coincidence. One by one all four men were changed and completely healed. They have all become active in the church and the church is growing because of their testimonies.

What a great reminder of the power of prayer!

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