Thanksgiving Day is a day that most see as a day of family and food. But, as my pastor reminded us at Mass this morning, it's primarily a day to thank God for what He does in our lives. That's so important for me to remember, and I definitely don't do it enough.
My "Thankful" List
My Faith- a God who loves me, a Savior who died to save me, and the Spirit who gives me so much grace and inspiration
My Family- Mom, Dad, Aunt Patti, Christine, David, Teresa, Jake, Sarah, Matthew, Joseph, Tobias, Rebekah, Catherine, MaryGrace, Celia, Jacob, Jonah, Rosie, Baby G*: You guys are awesome, I love you, and I thank God for you every day! Thanks for keeping me “in the loop” while I’m constantly away from home :P
My “Second Family”- John, Josh, Zechariah, Peter, Mario, Stephanie, Grace, Kirstin, and Amanda: Thank you all for the beautiful friendship that we all have. We’ve all been blessed beyond imagination and God certainly knew what He was doing putting us all together this summer! I say this with all the sincerity in my heart- you are family, and I love you.
My Friends- Hannah, Robyn, Hannah, Leslie, Abby, Leslie, Gracie, Evelyn, Stasia, Grace and everyone else who has made me who I am over the years: I’m so grateful that you’re in my life. I’m sorry that I haven’t kept in touch with all of you like I should have, but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten you. Thank you for your friendship.
What else I’m thankful for: (in no particular order)
the opportunity to go to a Catholic school **
Once Upon a Time
Principles of Biblical Studies class
Skype and Google chat
laughter at 2 am
The Milky Way
the founders of Crossroads and all current directors
Andrew and his beautiful witness
tea & scones
conversation with friends who expand my worldview
* surprise! Come June, I will have a new little niece or nephew!! Needless to say, I’m fairly excited (read: I’m freaking bouncing off the walls!)
** despite the fact that sometimes it drives me nuts… ;)
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving Day? Maybe tonight, before you fall asleep, you can say a quick prayer thanking God for something that you usually take for granted.