Thankful? Grateful? Blessed? What for? What with? Let me tell you.
I am thankful for my beautiful mother. She has taught me that true beauty lies within your actions, your words, and your heart. It does not resonate from the clothes you wear, your ‘style’, or the makeup you wear.
She has also taught me that true love lies within Jesus, and no one else. Do you want to truly love? Love through, with, and by Jesus.
She has taught me that my actions represent Him, and that sin done to me is sin done to Him.
She has also taught me patience. Especially the beginning part of this year, she had to practice this with me and my disrespectful actions. She patiently showed me what I was doing wrong, and when I was blind, she patiently waited for me to see. I love you mommy for all that you do for me – even when I don’t appreciate it.
I am blessed to have such an amazing family – ridicule and all (; They make tease me when I try something new that they find weird, or make fun of me because I don’t wear socks, but even though sometimes it really irritates me, it also makes me happy a lot (: They support me with following my dreams. It may not be support in the conventional, normal way, but I’ve come to realize that no matter how they make fun of it all (haha) that they really do support me following my dreams. They just like to poke fun (;
I’m thankful for Kevin in my life. I’m thankful that God has blessed us with a kind of love that people dream of . . . that most people don’t get. The only kind of love that is worth anything: The kind that God wants for everyone. I’m thankful and excited for the life we’re going to live together. The family we’re going to build together. The trials we will face together. I’m thankful for my family for showing me the worst of the worst and the best of the best. They showed me exactly what God can do for a family, and I’m thankful that I got to see that, because it gives me hope for whenever it feels like we’re falling apart, that if we just stand out of the way and give Him time, He will fix out mistakes with patience, time, and a gentle, loving hand.
Though this year has been tough, I’m grateful for all the trials. I am going to be stronger for it in the end. I’m stronger in God. I have more faith in Him and His ways. I’m grateful for the move out here, even though it has separated me from so many people I love, it has shown me who is there and who is not, and I have grown closer to those who are. I miss you all so much, but I know God has a reason for all of this.
I am thankful that God has shown me where I am to go – for now. I am thankful that He has provided me with a job to pay for school – by myself. How many young people get to do that these days? I’m paying for it all. That’s a miracle, and only God can create those.
I am thankful for all the opportunities He has given me. I am thankful for the people He has given me in my life – new and old.
I am thankful that He gave my mother someone she can be a freak with (you know who you are haha.) My mum has needed that for a long time.
I am thankful for my best friend. She’s a beautiful, wonderful young woman, and I’ve learned so much from her. Like Meredith told Christina on Grey’s. You’re my soul mate, darling. My other half. My peanut butter (: Or you can be jelly. Whichever you like.
Olivia is a wonderful person. I am so grateful to know her and to be able to call her my best friend. I don’t know what I would’ve done without her this whole year. Oh, I know – been pretty darn boring (;
What else could I say I’m thankful for? Grateful for? Blessed with? Everything. A roof on my head. Food in my stomach. Loving, wonderful parents in all their beautiful mistakes. Jesus in my heart. A best friend on one arm, and a wonderful man to call my own on the other. I am not alone. No matter how I feel, I am not alone. I am loved and cared for and . . . it’s a beautiful, rare thing.
I love you all so much. You all do so much for me, no matter what I do – or don’t do – for you. You show me what I need to be.
Happy Thanksgiving, loves.