Being thankful in a season of Thanksgiving - Jenn's story
Where to begin? There are a million and one things I'm thankful for in my life. Probably like you, I could go on and on and on about the amazing and wonderful blessings in my life. Even as I write this, I see and hear everyday things going on all around me for which I'm grateful:
- The neighbor boy playing hockey in his driveway
- The sound of my husband and son playing Risk
- The quiet tick-tock of the clock on my wall
- The ham, eggs, and homefries we all just enjoyed together
- The pumpkin spice coffee steaming in front of me
And I'm so very thankful for the bigger and extraordinary blessings: the veterans who gave and continue to give their lives to keep us free; the colorful leaves as summer turns to fall; the upcoming Christmas season and all its wonder and joy; the sight of a newborn baby; the way a kiss can make you woozy. Boy, oh, boy...there are lots of wonderful things in life. And in my 42 years, I've been able to experience an awful lot of them. The memories I have of school friends; barbie dolls; vacations; bike rides; family gatherings; etc. all add up to a whole lotta WOW. A whole lotta joy. A whole lotta good life.
And this Thanksgiving season, as I pause to ponder my many and bountiful blessings, more than any of the above, I would have to say that I am thankful that, back in 1967, a scared young woman chose to give me life and give me up to a couple who would provide the home and atmosphere in which these blessings, foreknown before I was born by the One who created me, would be allowed to flourish.