So much to be thankful for today! But, the top 5, in no particular order, are:
1. 5 years on staff with Cru! A certificate of appreciation came in the mail the other day, and although hard to believe it has been 5 years already, I am so thankful for each one of them. The Lord has grown and sanctified me so much through being on staff with this organization, and I love being a part of it. As my time with Cru comes to a close, I am thankful for the joys, the trials and the amazing experience this has been.
2. My dad! Today is his birthday, and I am so thankful for him! He is my hero, and I love him. He models so well for me and others what it looks like to love the Lord first, to lead our family well, to love others, to sacrifice his time, and is one of the most supportive and encouraging people I know. Happy Birthday dad!
3. Craig’s List. As I am downsizing my apartment and getting rid of many, many things, this site has been so helpful! Love how easy it is to use.
4. Cortland. He’s my hairdresser, and he is awesome. I’m thankful for him as I go today for my final haircut before moving!
5. Winston. He’s my car, and I am thankful to have a reliable, safe, fun vehicle to get me to various points. We’ve had many an adventure together, and at over 130,000 miles, he is still going strong!
Already been home almost a week from summer project! So amazing to me how fast time flies when you want it to go slowly, and how slow it goes when you want it to speed up. 🙂 Here are 5 things I am thankful for on this beautiful, hot, sunny Thursday in Indianapolis:
1. My chiropractor. I said that was one of the things I was most looking forward to when I got back from Berlin, and that was definitely true. Going again this morning for another tune-up!
2. Protection. There was a fire in my apartment complex the night before I got home, on the other side of the lake where I live. 2 townhouses were destroyed, and 3 others severely damaged by the blaze. I am thankful that no one was hurt, and that the Lord saw fit to spare my place.
3. Gaby. My neighbor is amazing, and I am not just saying that. For 6 weeks while I was away she checked my mail, watered my plants twice a day, took care of getting my car fixed when it overheated, kept me updated on things here at home, and came and picked me up from the airport. She is a huge blessing, and I am so thankful that the Lord moved her next door last year! She is a dear friend who I love very much!
4. Flowers! Since Gaby took such great care of my garden, we now get to enjoy the resulting beautiful Zinnias again this summer like we did last year! Gorgeous!!
5. Free Tea day at McAlister’s Deli. They make the best brewed tea I have had in the Mid-West, and today is free tea day!! So, Lauren and I are taking advantage of that and having dinner there and enjoying some delicious tea! Thankful for free stuff, for Lauren’s friendship, for good food and for sweet tea!
1. One year without headaches! Today is the anniversary of my eye surgery, and I am thankful that my implant is still intact (there is a 20% chance that your body will reject it and push it out…)! I am thankful too for the chance today to reflect and remember all that the Lord has done in the past 12 months. He has brought healing both spiritually and physically, and thinking about the painful things helps me realize what a joy my life is now!
2. The Monon Trail, and daylight lasting until 9pm so I could go for a long walk this evening.
3. Getting to spend a couple hours with my dear friend Jessica today, who is a medical missionary in a far off land. She is a treasure, and I love time spent with her! Thankful that we were both in Indy at the same time, and were able to connect for a delicious lunch.
4. Huddles Frozen Yogurt. So. Delicious. Especially when eaten for dinner.
5. A spur-of-the-moment hangout with Miss Kayla Gray on Wednesday. Like Jessica, I love any time spent with her! Getting to do life with Kayla is so fun and life-giving to me, and I am thankful for the past 2 years of getting to know her and build into her life.
It has been a crazy, exhausting, awesome week, and as I look back I am thankful for these 5 things:
1. Finishing up another conference season…today marks the end of our last conference until August! I am thankful for my team, for the way we have worked well together this year, and for being able to serve ‘behind the scenes’ making conferences and events run smoothly for our region. It’s been a great experience! I am looking forward to turning my attention fully towards Berlin Summer Project now, and finalizing all the many details that need to happen in just a few weeks.
2. For the new Franklin baby that will be joining our family this November!!! Let me just tell you, this is going to be one well-loved child. I am SO excited about being an aunt (you can call me Auntie Em) and getting to love on and spoil my niece/nephew!! The sonogram photo is the front screen on my phone, and it makes me smile every time I see it. Can’t wait to meet this baby!!!
3. Hearing our AIA students speak the gospel with boldness and clarity. I love hearing what God is doing and has done in the lives of the athletes at Butler, and getting to be a small part of their journey! We heard from our three graduating Seniors tonight, and they did a fabulous job giving encouragement, casting vision and challenging the younger students to stay strong and finish well. I am going to miss Erika, Ross and Mallory a lot!
4. Pumpkin cinnamon rolls with carmel frosting. How can something be so delicious?
5. My patio/garden area/flowers! I planted a new batch of wildflowers today in front of my A/C unit, and am praying they grow as well as they did last year. We shall see. I didn’t have my handy-dandy dad here this time to help, but I did call him for assistance. The rest of my garden is to the point where it doesn’t need much help, for which I am thankful. I can’t do high-maintenance plants. They will all end up dead.