Gobble, Gobble

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100:4&5

The last couple years I wrote lists of things I’m thankful for every day of November through Thanksgiving and then every day of November. This year I’m going to try something different and write one thing for every letter of the alphabet leaving some room for artistic license and possibly some creative spelling.  I always have things to be thankful for and have always enjoyed Thanksgiving.

Adoption-I’m thankful God adopts us into His family when we accept His grace.  I’m thankful for all the people who adopt children and give them forever families.
Benjamin-I’m thankful for my sweet, silly, goofy second born son.
Church-I’m thankful for the neat community of believers that we are part of here and the global body of believers who love and follow God.
Driving-I’m thankful we have a car and have generally gotten the hang of driving here.
Envelopes-I’m thankful for envelopes, postcards, and all the other things we use to send mail back to the US. I’m thankful for people who have used envelopes, boxes, etc. to send mail and packages to us this year.
Family-I’m thankful that God puts us in a family as part of life on this earth.
God-I’m thankful for God, for who He is, and for how He works.
Hope-I’m thankful for the hope I have because of Jesus.
Isaac-I’m thankful for my full-of-smiles, happy go lucky third born son.
Jesus-I’m thankful for Jesus walking with us every single minute of every single day.
Kommunication-I’m thankful for all the ways we can communicate with people near and far.
Love-I’m thankful that God loves me, and all people, and that  means we can love each other.
Medicine-I’m thankful for decent medical care and compassionate, caring doctors.
NQR things our kids say-I’m thankful our kids keep us entertained with the things they say and do. Example-“The taste is weird. It’s crunchy.” -Samuel, about brownies.
Open Doors-I’m thankful for all the doors God has been opening throughout Asia and getting to be part of the work here.
Partners-I’m thankful for our personal financial and prayer partners as well as the ministry partners we have in the region.
Quiet Moments-I’m thankful for the rare, but very lovely, quiet moments that happen in our house.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups-I’m thankful for Reese’s cups and all the other treats God has sprinkled throughout the region for us to find at just the right time.
Samuel-I’m thankful for my bright, sensitive, extremely extroverted first born son.
Toffer-I’m thankful for the incredible man God gave me to walk with through life.
Understanding-I’m thankful God has been growing us in so many ways including understanding.
Visitors-I’m thankful God provided funds for my parents to come twice this year.
Writing-I’m thankful God gives me words and a platform to share them.
Xylophones-I’m thankful for xylophones and all the other ways we can make music.
You-I’m thankful God created you with a purpose and that you have taken at least a few moments to invest in our lives by reading what I wrote.
Zoos-I’m thankful for having opportunities to see God’s creation in so many places and for the joy my boys have when we get to go to a zoo.

Samuel’s List:
1. Red-“Red is my best.”
2. Coloring Pictures
3. Cutting and Taping
4. “I’m thankful for Mama and Papa, but not Grammy and not Baba and not Benjamin because I love Isaac.”
5. Bob the Builder

Benjamin’s List:
1. Mama!
2. Papa
3.  Grammy
4. God
5. Samuel
6. the Baba fellow