Tis the season to be thankful!
I must admit once Halloween is over my brain is on Christmas mode. I’m sure many can relate! Despite my child like passion for Christmas, thanksgiving is a holiday I truly love and appreciate. I believe it’s a holiday that can easily be overlooked or becomes all about food. As an adult, creating my own values and traditions with my loved ones is important. Being intentional about acknowledging the things we are thankful for is vital on thanksgiving and can truly allow you to connect with friends and family on a greater level. Here are my top 3 things I am thankful for in 2018!
The first on my list is the healing my husband received from his back surgery just two months ago! It was difficult on many levels, emotionally, physically and spiritually. We are just a few weeks shy of his last follow up on his three-month critical recovery stage. My husband Kevin has shown such strength as he faced many trials and painful moments. Today he is walking 5 miles a day, he has lost about 25 pounds and counting (recommended by the doctor). He challenges himself daily with a positive outlook and such spiritual dependability on God to help him continue to surpass all the negative limitations he confronted prior to surgery. I am grateful to have walked every step with him and experience the power of Gods healing. I give God all the glory for giving my husband a second chance to live life without pain. Proud of you babe!
The second thing I’m thankful for is GRADUATION!!! I wish I could shout it from the roof tops for all to hear! Two years of tears, frustration and having such a busy schedule while interning. At the start of this program I doubted my abilities to get through it, my marriage was in a transitional period as we just moved back home from the mid-west after four years. I remember asking God to give me the wisdom and strength to get through what I felt he was calling me to do. I blindly went forward with school and God paved the way for me, although it was not easy and many times I felt like giving up, Gods promises always provided the hope I needed to stand strong. The second week of December I will be walking across a stage that will solidify all the sacrifices I made to accomplish my graduate degree and for that I am thankful!
Last but not least, my sweet family! Wow I am beyond blessed with support and love from my loved ones. I can honestly say because of my family I have experienced many blessings. So many unseen sacrifices from our parents to give us a life they never experienced is such a blessing. I want to personally thank my family especially my parents and my in-laws for everything they have done for Kevin and me. We will never be able to repay you for all the prayers and unconditional love that you gave us even as adults. I thank God for placing me in families that have truly lived by full example of the bible and being such parents of honor. Our prayer is to return the blessings to the best of our ability. We love you so much and we are so blessed to share this thanksgiving together as a family. And to my dad, if your reading this I cannot wait to see your face after ten long months of you serving in Kuwait in the Army! Christmas morning is going to be one special day in the Diaz home, we cannot wait to shower you with love. Thank you for all your sacrifices dad.
Now that you have read what I’m thankful for, I want to challenge you to share something you are thankful for with your family while partaking in dinner. You can jump right in and go around the table sharing, or you can make a fun activity out of it! At our house we put different topics regarding life on paper and put them in a jar. Each person at the dinner table will pull out a paper and share what they are grateful for.
Have a happy thanksgiving from our family to yours!
Feel free to share in a comment what your thankful for.