I'm thankful for time. Quiet time with God in the mornings, time with my kids before they are grown up, time with Ben to laugh and snuggle, time with friends for coffee, time to "just be".
I'm thankful for the freedom and ability to homeschool. It's a good feeling to know that I am in control of what my kids learn and when they learn it. I don't homeschool to shelter, but I am thankful for the protection of their innocence that comes along with it. I am thankful that I have a supportive husband and that we have been blessed with an amazing support system. I never, ever thought that I would even consider homeschooling my kids.
I'm thankful for Amazon. I know, this seems superficial but it's true. I am thankful that I can find good deals and have them delivered to my door for free (in 2 days!!). This year I've decided that I am NOT going to stress about getting out to shop and remembering everything, buying too much b/c I see something else in the store that I think someone needs, etc. My goal is to do 75% or more of my shopping online so that I can enjoy more time at home with family. I think we let Christmas become too stressful sometimes!
I'm thankful for new things. New friends, new opportunities, new days (his mercies are new each day!), new recipes, new books, new ideas....everything new!!! I like old things, but new things are exciting!
I'm thankful for my kids. I love that God has trusted me with them (although, what was he thinking??). I am thankful that I was able to easily become pregnant, something that I don't take for granted. I have quite a few friends who long to be moms or to be pregnant, and I know that it is a blessing that I shouldn't overlook.
I'm thankful that even though some days I feel like I am at my wit's end, I have 3 kids who make this life so much more exciting!
I'm thankful for "social situations". I am a VERY social person (if you know me then this isn't a shock!) I love to talk and to just be with people! If I'm sad or stressed, I just want to talk and be around people!!! I never meet a stranger.