Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful

I'm sure many of you have been seeing the posts all over Facebook about things that people are thankful for. I haven't been doing that, but it's created this awareness of what I am thankful for. It's helped me foster an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the fact that as Christians we are called to be thankful [in all circumstances], I thought it would be nice to share what I'm thankful for this year!

1. I'm first and foremost thankful for a God who loves me unconditionally despite me failing, in some way, every. single. day.

2. I am thankful for gaining such a wonderful husband this year who loves me so well.

3. I'm thankful that in gaining my awesome husband, I also gained his amazing family. They bless me daily :)

4. I'm thankful for my awesome parents. They have made my life so much easier [and so much more enjoyable]. Always offering love, encouragement, guidance [even when I don't want it but need it :)], and a good laugh.

5. I'm thankful for having four awesome siblings which has multiplied into TEN thanks to their marriages and my own :)

6. I'm thankful for SEVEN beautiful, happy, healthy nieces and nephews [and I look forward to more being added in the future].

7. Sounds silly, but I'm thankful for social media [Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, etc.]. I took them for granted living in Virginia with most of my friends and family, but they have proved to be such a blessing in keeping Neal and I connected with friends and family now that we live across the country.

8. I'm thankful we have found a bible-preaching, people-loving church. If you've never looked for a church, let me tell you, it's hard. Thankfully, the Lord has led us to an awesome body of Christ!

9. I'm thankful for grandparents. As I've grown older I have learned to treasure my relationship with them, as well as the wisdom they impart, so much more.

10. I hate change, but I'm thankful for it. Giving up everything I've ever known to move to a place I've never been 8 days after I got married has proved very difficult, but has stretched me and grown me more than I ever could have imagined.

11. I'm thankful that Neal has a job that provides not only for the necessities but also for seemingly frivolous things like last minute plane tickets home to meet and love on our precious niece :)

12. I'm thankful for Cooper [our beagle]. I can't believe it's taken me til #12 to list him! Poor guy. As aggravating as he can be sometimes [whining, barking, howling, needing to be walked in the rain, always chewing on something...], I love him to pieces and I treasure his companionship so much!

There are TONS more things I'm thankful for like the dog park, random packages/letters/cards from home, Target...but I could sit here all. day. long. and list all these things. 

Remember to not only have an "attitude of gratitude" but let the people you're thankful for know that you are, indeed, thankful. Write a card. Make a phone call. Saying "thank you" doesn't have to cost anything but can change someone's day, week, or life. For real. 

"Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you, who belong to Christ, to live." -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hello, Again!

I've been slacking on this. I apologize!  This last month has seemed to FLY by!

I'm still not working.  I've been looking like crazy and applying for pretty much any job I don't think will make me miserable. I've applied for secretary positions, pre-school teacher and assistant jobs, social work jobs, and Neal's boss even suggested I apply for some jobs on their work site (no worries, that's not happening!).  We're just trusting that the right job will come about at the right time (i.e. God's time).  I'm trying my absolute hardest to trust in the Lord for His provision.  Some days are easier than others. It gets lonely, and quite frankly, boring being a stay-at-home wife a lot of the time. I don't do well just sitting idly.

When we found out we were moving here, so many of you encouraged us to first and foremost seek out a church.  (Thank you! It's awesome advice!) We've gone to several and are beginning to settle into a church here called Silverdale Baptist Church. I've been three times, Neal's been twice (He was out of town, not sleeping in. No worries). This church just seems to suit our needs at the point we're at in our lives.  It's so difficult to find a church that reaches out to twenty-somethings, both  married and single, and this church does an AWESOME job of doing that.  There are so many people there our age.  They also have Life Groups (small groups that meet once a week to discuss that week's sermon with a focus of building relationships) which we intend to join very soon.  We're hoping that this will allow us to really bond with some people at the church. Be praying with us that God will show us exactly where He wants to use us (how He wants us to serve and minister to others).

I also recently discovered a local dog park.  Cooper is in doggy heaven there.  Haha. It's a rather large park and he can just run free for hours on end with 10-20 other dogs.  He LOVES it.  It's important that we're ALL happy while we're out here, Cooper included ;)

I'll let Neal write more about it once he returns...but as a lot of you know, he's been on a hunting trip in Montana with his Dad this week.  He gets back tomorrow night. I'll be glad to have our home 'whole' again.  I've missed him! They went to a place called Dog Creek Outfitters.  I've only had the chance to talk to Neal for about 30 minutes while he's been there (there's NO cell phone service where they're at) but from what he was able to tell me it sounds like they've had a good time! Like I said, I'll let him tell you all the juicy details, but I can tell you that he's had good luck while he's been there...AKA we'll be eating VERY good :)

We're slowly but surely meeting people, but we're realizing how difficult it is to form real relationships with people who share the same values that we do. We miss home but we know, deep down, that the Lord brought us here for a reason.  We want to serve Him in all that we do here. It's really setting in now that we're away from our families and we will be for the next few years...there's no place like home. So, if you've ever wanted to visit Washington, I'd encourage you to NOW ;)  Haha. But really, visitors are WELCOME!

Neal will be posting soon all about his Montana adventures.  We hope this post finds you all well!

Thanks for sharing in all the days of our life.