I have so much to be thankful for in my life. Taking a moment this Thanksgiving to reflect on some of these blessings:

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  • Each & every moment that we get to spend together, hubby, baby and I, as a family
  • Road trips to visit with extended family in Colorado, after so many years, and being able to introduce Sam to them
  • A healthy, strong, growing baby boy
  • A top-notch, convenient health care facility filled with doctors & nurses who will continue to care for my mother as she undergoes more chemo treatment
  • Being able to stay at home with Sam and watch him discover the world each day
  • A chunk of rural land waiting for us to take possession in the New Year
  • All the hopes, dreams, challenges, hard work and satisfaction that we get to look forward to as we prepare ourselves for big change
  • The longing that God places in my heart to help others more
  • My personal burdens, that are so small in comparison to what some face.
  • Dedicating our son to God with the support of our family, friends, and church this weekend. Truly a great way to give thanks and bring glory to The Lord.

Hope you have a moment this weekend to give thanks and realize how truly blessed you are, no matter where you’re at in your life, or the difficulties you face. You are loved.

Sad goodbyes and anxious hellos

Marcus & Sarah Napping
Photo by Scott Frank

That is how much of 2011 went. Started the past year off by saying goodbye to a much loved job and wonderful co-workers after a round of layoffs, which allowed me to dive into the nerve-wracking adventure of running my own craft business. I sat for months anxiously awaiting the birth of my friend’s babies, two special ones in particular, while mourning our own loss when my first pregnancy came to a sad and quick end (I don’t think I ever really said much about that here on the blog… a very private loss that has become a bit easier to share now that we have a healthy, full-term baby on the way). All the while, my mother’s diagnosis was going from pretty good to not-so-good when it was discovered that her cancer was already stage 3.

Hubby and I made the decision somewhere along the way to be baptized, together. It started out as a way to confirm the faith and reliance in God that has grown stronger and stronger in our lives. To say goodbye to old thoughts and habits, to be forgiven and to forgive. Who knew one of my greatest challenges would come the very night before our baptism? A horrible phone call to confirm fears that I’ve carried with me for too long. My oldest brother had died. At first we wondered how we could possibly go through with our baptism the next day… but that quickly changed to “how could we not?!” A clear sign from above that life is precious and often shorter than we expect. So instead of pulling away from our faith, we leaned into it even more.

Saying goodbye to my brother has had to be the hardest thing to do this year. In a way it has become more difficult for me as my due date draws near, knowing that he will miss holding his first niece or nephew. We will make sure our little one knows who he was and the amazing things he did to change the lives of others.

And so we sit and wait for the greatest of “hellos” we will ever have. A hello to the small life that has been growing inside me, to the person who has and will continue to forever change our lives. If we thought 2011 was a full and life changing year, just wait till this small babe arrives in only eleven more sleeps. Here we come 2012…

Giving Thanks

Baby PumpkinTaking a moment this Thanksgiving to reflect on what I’m really grateful for in our lives these days. Here’s my top ten:

  • A hubby to share this life with, and grow alongside as we face amazing moments mixed with great heartbreak
  • Time to spend with family in joyful moments, and mournful ones too
  • A kicking baby keeping me company throughout my days
  • The hope and healing that our baby brings to this whole family, even while it’s still in the womb
  • Precious friends with whom we share our faith and entire lives with
  • My hubby’s big heart and amazing desire to bring God into our lives more
  • The opportunity to turn my passion into a business
  • An abundance of yarn in our basement to make cozy things
  • Getting to watch two little babes discover the world around them
  • Being baptized alongside my hubby and committing our lives to much more than just each other

Hope your Thanksgiving is filled with more blessing than you can count!