I am thankful for…(part 3)


I try really hard to be thank full each and everyday, and to express my joy for the countless blessings that comprise my life  each and every day, not just at Thanksgiving.

I am full of thanks this year.  Dave is healthy, really that is enough to fill me with thanks, but lucky me, there is so much more. 

I am thankful for my kids, my heart swells with gratitude when I look at them.  I feel an inadequate and incompetent parent many days, but always, always Thank Full.

I am thankful for my family, far away though they are.  I am thankful that they will be together tomorrow and I know that they will miss us as much as we miss them.  How great is that?  To have a family that enjoys being together and loves.  Thank Full!

I am thankful for my friends.  Here, there, everywhere.  It is amazing to me that I have friends at all, so when I stop to think about all the people all over the world  that I care for and that care for me, it is almost overwhelming.  I am not worthy, but wow, am I Thank Full!

Those are the big things.  But still there is more I have to give thanks for. 

Over the last few months, with all that has gone on, Dave’s health, the move back to Alaska, I have been pretty narrowly focused and have felt like I “can’t see the forest for the trees”.   

So, looking closer at those trees, this is what I found, a forest Full of Thanks.  And I am truly THANK FULL for:

dear darling Entropy rejoining our family, our cozy little house, the csa I just discovered that will bring me good organic produce each week, the chance for our kids to learn a 2nd language, the chance for me to learn a 2nd language, Dave’s steady job, an old blue honda minivan, not having a newspaper route, a gym membership, a diverse school for the kids, the beauty of the mountains that greet me each day, rediscovering old friends, making new friends, the time to bake bread, volunteer opportunities, a welcoming church, daily walks with the dog, the park 3 blocks away, the gas stove, water and ice in the frig door, non-hideous furniture, my really funky and warm winter boots, visitors, postcards in the mail, emails from near and far, facebook, my cell phone and  the crazy number of minutes we have a month, the end of the election cycle…

I could go on and on and on…  there is much for which to be Thank Full!


About Sandie

A little background: A mother of 3, two boys and a girl. Married young to a good man. No longer young, but he is still a good man. Grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, lived several years in small town Alaska, spent a couple years in the city of Madison, currently residing not too far from down town Anchorage. Drink a crazy amount of coffee. Fiercely loyal to my friends. Truly rabid in my defense of family. Beyond thankful that my God loves me enough to allow me to doubt and question.

5 responses »

  1. It’s an amazing list! We are reading about pilgrims in the Plymouth Colony, it’s just a crazy amount of thankfulness there. . . and we are so much better off than they were!

  2. Sandie, I am Gloria (in Florida) who just this summer discovered Roy and Dave are my cousins……added even more to the wonderful Lawrence lineage! I have not kept up with your blog in recent weeks but am thrilled to hear the news of Dave’s surgery and progress. By the way, you look terrific in the fashion show pics. I’m looking forward to returning to AK and will meet you guys then. Love and prayers, Cousin Gloria

  3. There are so many things to be thankful for and your list is a great reminder to keep looking each day – we are thankful as well to have gotten to know you in Madison.

  4. I am so Thankful to have had you in my Life for such a short but joyful time. I still think of all the conversations & much laughter. Enjoy your Holidays with your blessed Family.

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