Thankful Thursday: November 29th

Thankful, thankful, for…

1. Rotisserie chicken. So much tastiness in one little bird.

2. Unexpected half-days at work! Got to leave before 2:00 today, and the result was a very productive afternoon and a restful evening.

3. Mr A. He is such a precious little guy, and I have enjoyed the past two months being his nanny. Unfortunately the full-time schedule was not working out, so change was in the air. Although I was supposed to have him until the end of December, it works out better for him to leave after this week. So, Friday is my last day with him. Sad, but good at the same time, and I am thankful for the time I had with him.

4. Little E. At the same time, I am thankful that a part-time schedule works out with her, and I get to continue on as her nanny until I get closer to heading back overseas. It is so fun watching her grow up, and I love her parents too!

5. John Piper’s free Advent e-book devotional. I am really looking forward to reading it during the Advent season that begins on Sunday, and it is fun to have friends doing it as well! Want to join us? Here is the link!

Thankful Thursday: November 22nd (Happy Thanksgiving!)

I love Thanksgiving. You may notice that I love a lot of things. Welcome to my world. Anyway, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, right after Christmas, which is the best day of the year. 🙂 I also know, though, that today can be a challenge to make through with a smile on your face. There are days when it is a hard fight to be thankful in the midst of circumstances you wish were different.

The pastor at the church I visited on Sunday touched on this during his sermon, and I loved his perspective on thankfulness when life isn’t turning out how you pictured it. His specific example was singleness (always a timely message for my heart to hear), but it applies to a myriad of situations. He said that we can both acknowledge the heartache and at the same time proclaim Christ’s abundant sufficiency in our life.

What a beautiful picture that paints for a dark and broken world. Our heartaches hopefully remind us of our desperate need for Someone to be our rescuer, to give us hope that there is something greater, Someone worth living for who eclipses anything this life brings. If you’ve never met Jesus before, this perfect, magnificent, Someone who has come as our rescuer, today would be the best day in the world to start a relationship with Him. He longs for you to repent of your sin and allow Him to make you brand new from the inside out.

Last year my parents were in town for Thanksgiving, and we compiled a list of 100 things we were thankful for as a family. I was reading back through it yesterday, realizing that the vast majority of them are still what I am thankful for this year.

There are a few items to add to the list for today though.

1. Groupon/Living Social. So many great deals! Birthday and Christmas presents galore for oodles of family members!

2. Logan!

Logan, my precious nephew who has stolen my heart completely. Hard to believe he is two weeks old today! 













3. My mom!

Mom, who celebrated her birthday this week. And delicious, delightful fancy dinners!













4. Family fun. 🙂

A family who laughs a lot, and does awesome things like this to the newest member of the clan. Hahahaha. 














5. Christ, my sufficiency.


Happy Thanksgiving! I pray that today you are surrounded by family and friends, and are experiencing the matchless grace of Jesus.


















Thankful Thursday: November 15th

Another week come and gone, and another week with much for which to be thankful!

1. Scarves and turtlenecks. My own personal name for the winter season is “NeverWarm”, because as the name implies, I am cold pretty much all the time from now through March. My hands and feet have such a hard time staying warm due to poor circulation, and when those extremities are cold, the rest of me usually follows suit. So, I am thankful for lots of lovely scarves, turtlenecks, hats, mittens, gloves, and thick socks to help shield me from freezing to death.

2. “Morning and Evening” by Charles Spurgeon. Such a delightfully rich devotional.

3. Exodus 14:14 “I [The Lord] will fight for you; you need only be still”

4. For breakthroughs and new ideas as I pursue going back overseas. The last few weeks have felt like I was stalled out, not going anywhere, just waiting for direction. This week though the Lord has opened several doors that have me super excited. More details coming soon.

5. Quiet moments and Christmas Music. Today is one of those days with the babies where one stops crying and fussing and the other one starts. Right now though, they are both sitting quietly in the living room playing, looking out the big windows and practicing their crawling (Mr A) and sitting/standing (Little E) skills. We are also enjoying some soft Christmas music to help get us into the season. 🙂

Thankful Thursday: November 8th

Much to be thankful for today….

1. Logan Matthew Franklin. Born today at 1:42pm. 8lb 7oz, 21.5 in long, chubby and perfect! Thankful for this little boy and his presence in our family!! (more pictures below) 🙂

My handsome nephew Logan! Look at those cheeks!













2. Free car washes. The Jiffy Lube where I get the oil changed in my car includes a free car wash with every oil change. Pretty sweet deal.

Inside the car wash!












3. This passage of scripture. I’m reading through Jeremiah, and this is one of my favorites on the nature and character of God. A great reminder of the One in control in the midst of the election.

Jeremiah 32:17-19












4. The freedom to vote. It is so easy to take for granted our ability to give our voice in choosing who leads our nation. As I left the polls early in the morning on Tuesday, I was reminded that even though we vote, the creator of this beautiful sky is ultimately the One who puts people into power and takes them out. No matter what the next 4 years bring, our president and our government are not in control, and one day, they, like all of us, will stand before the throne of God and give an account of their life and choices, and will be held accountable as leaders for the choices they makes. Because of that, we need to pray for them to lead in wisdom, repentance, and humility.

Sunrise on election day!












5. Skype! Since I had to be at work today on Logan’s birth day, my family skyped me in so I could be there for the ‘welcome to the family’ party. I’m also thankful for cameras on phones, so I could capture these gems:

Dad holding his grandson for the first time!
Mom holding Logan for the first time!
My brother and his son. Joy!