Thankfulness v. 2010

I am thankful to be alive. I always said growing up that I just wanted to be here long enough to get married, and once that happened, I just wanted to be here long enough to have my first baby, and now that has happened. Now I’m just taking it a day at a time, thankful for each day that I am given.

I am thankful for a husband that loves me, loves Caleb, and most importantly, loves the Lord. Micah is truly my soulmate, my rock, my inspiration, and my happiness. We celebrated our 3rd anniversary on Wednesday (woohoo!), and every day I love him more than the day before.

I am thankful for our little boy, Caleb. This guy is my life, my joy, my smile. In these past 8 months our life has been turned upside down and inside out. No more do we think about our own selves, wants, and desires, instead, this little boy has become our whole world. Every day is something new as I watch him grow and learn before my eyes.

I am thankful for having such a close relationship with my family, even though we’re 3,000 miles apart. I call my Dad every day on the way to work and I call Mom on the way home from work. If I miss either of these calls, whew, do I hear about it! But I know that I can talk to them about anything and that they’re proud of the woman I have become, the woman they taught me to be.

I am thankful for my brothers. Growing up, we fought like cats and dogs for most of our teen years, but as soon as I got married and moved away, suddenly I realized that my brothers were pretty cool after all and they realized that I wasn’t the mean big sister they thought I was. Now, these two have become more than brothers, they’re my friends, and I miss them terribly. They’re growing up and becoming strong men of God, so handsome that they make all the girls swoon, and smart and accomplished so that I bust my buttons at being so proud to have them for my brothers.

I am thankful that my best friend moved to Alaska this past spring! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that we would ever live in the same town again after I moved away. But God saw fit to bring us together and I cherish every moment that we have. While it may not last forever, we have made so many memories in these past months… and I am thankful that she said yes to being Caleb’s godmother and that she has been here for these first months of his life. He loves his “Auntie Em.”

I am thankful for the growth in our photography business: m. Photography. Over the past year, business has tripled, and we’ve turned a profit and then some. In the past few months, we’ve partnered with a birth clinic and are looking forward to everything the future holds. Hopefully, next year I’ll have an even bigger testimony as I’ll be able to go full-time!

I am thankful for security in our financial situation. After several very difficult first years of married life, where we lived from paycheck-to-paycheck, we are finally in the place where we’re paying off bills, we have several 0’s in the banks, and are able to give, save, and even splurge now and then.  It’s so nice to be able to sit back and anticipate tomorrow instead of worrying about it.

I am thankful for the freedom to worship God, for the opportunity to live out my faith in my daily life, for the joy I find in Him, and for His continual blessings.

I am thankful for 2010 and cannot wait to see what is in store for 2011. Happy Thanksgiving!

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