30 days has September, April, June and November.
I can't ever remember how many days in each month without repeating that line to myself. I do, however, no longer have to make L's with my hands to tell my left from right, which is nice.
November is the month of Thanksgiving, and everyone seems especially thankful this year. I like seeing all of the Facebook posts about what people appreciate in their lives. Too often we focus on the negative. We give in to our human nature to be pessimistic, believe people are out to get us or complain.
In our young marrieds class we have been challenged to keep track of how often we complain. It's embarrassing. Especially on a day of sports.
I don't think it coincidence that I stand at this intersection of complaining and thanksgiving. It's an obvious decision I have to make. I choose to be thankful. I've always had a problem talking about what I'm thankful for, or what I need or what I'm having problems with. Maybe it's because I'm stubborn. Maybe it's because I'm actually more private than I'd like to admit. Maybe it's the way I was brought up. I remember my first Thanksgiving with Brandon's family. Extended family including cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents were there. They suggested we go around the table and tell what we're thankful for. I was in shock. I couldn't say anything. I nearly had a panic attack wondering what on earth they were doing. All I ended up muttering when it got to me as "God knows what I'm thankful for".
That is still true. God does know what I'm thankful for. But I've learned that it's okay to let others know what I'm thankful for too.
I love my husband. I love my daughter. I'm thankful for my cats, which seems silly, but anyone who has pets knows how often we pray for them and how much we love them too! I'm thankful for my church and all of my friends who are stay at home moms. I've got everything I need in life- I'm thankful that Brandon has a job, that we have money, food, and clothes. I'm thankful for the cooler weather because I LOVE WHEN IT'S COLD! I'm thankful for Facebook because it lets me keep up with my friends. I love pajamas. I love Halloween. I'm thankful for Hallmark because of their Christmas ornaments. I'm glad that I'm creative and have the ability to make things for my friends and loved ones. I love my siblings. I love visiting family. I love road trips. I love Alabama. I'm thankful for the understanding that God and doctors work hand in hand and that you don't need to choose either medicine or prayer. I'm thankful that Brooklyn has 8 great grandparents still living. I'm thankful that I knew Mema so well- she lived until she was 94. I'm thankful that I got to go to North Carolina for Grant and Meredith's wedding. I'm grateful to all of the ladies at church who didn't know me but came to my baby shower anyway. I'm thankful that Brooklyn is sleeping so I can blog again. I'm thankful for all of the Soundsation kids at Needville who make me laugh and smile twice a week at rehearsal. I'm thankful for movies. I'm thankful for memories. I'm thankful for all of the toys I had growing up. I'm thankful that I grew up going to church. I'm thankful for my education. I'm thankful for Jesus. I'm thankful for friends that I miss like Chelsea and Lydia and Kerie and Jacqueline. I'm thankful that I married into a great family. I'm thankful that I have a 3rd family in the Newberrys.
I lost count, but I could go on and on. The point is that I'm thankful to have more than 30 reasons to be thankful and that this wasn't hard at all to write.