November 28, 2013

three things for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!  This marks the beginning of the holiday season, but let's not get too caught up in the act of ushering in Christmas and pause to enjoy our many blessings today.  I'm ready to eat tons and TONS of food (my family attends two Thanksgiving meals in one day), but wanted to jot down three things that I'm thanking God for today:

one: my pit crew of people.

In her book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, Anne Lamott writes about how one of our biggest blessings is the "pit crew" of people God gives us to help us get through this life.  I absolutely love that phrasing because, as you grow up, that's really what the people you do life with become.  This year, more than ever, I have felt overwhelming gratitude for the pit crew of people God has given me.  My sister and best friend and I refer to this group as "the people who love us," because that's what it is--the people who love me tangibly.  These people are the ones who are there through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows--the ones who I feel absolutely happiest with, yet also the ones who literally serve as the glue that holds me together during hard times.  I am ridiculously blessed with an amazing family and wonderful friends.

two: my + my family's health.

It recently occurred to me how easy it is to take health for granted.  I've never been through any traumatic health experiences, nor has anyone in my family.  But it never really hit me that we are not a majority in that.  I want to make it a point to be more thankful for the mental, emotional, physical and relational health that God has blessed us with.

three: the past four years of my life.

I'm pretty constantly overwhelmed by how blessed I am to be at UVa.  My time there has been priceless.  I cannot even put into words how much I have grown and how much I have learned--in terms of both academics and life in general.  UVa now takes up a MASSIVE part of my heart; the memories and experiences I will take away from Charlottesville when I leave in May will last me forever.

What are you all thanking God for today? 

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