Thursday, November 27, 2014

Faith's Thankful List

Last year, Faith began a new Thanksgiving tradition of writing down everything for which she is thankful. Since she could care less about eating a huge turkey dinner, I thought it would be great for her to have her own little tradition.

Here are ten things she says she has been especially thankful for this past year:

Daddy being her teacher - Faith is enjoying her first year of being homeschooled and although she and her Daddy butt head sometimes, she really likes him being her teacher. He is doing a great job at teaching her how to read. I'm thankful he is her teacher too because although I am usually the "patient one," he is better about not jumping in and giving her the answer when it's taking a long time for her to get it.

Pastor Marc - Faith really does love her pastor. Her new thing is to ask him to pray for her at the end of each church service. He of course is always more than willing even if he is running behind schedule trying to make it to the next service. We are all thankful for Pastor Marc and our New Life Church family!

Grandma - Although Faith loves her Grandpa Mike, she is especially fond of her Grandma Deone. While she isn't always too crazy about going to Grandma's house, she loves to have Grandma come over to visit, go the library with her and eat at Perkins!

Seeing Her Grandparents in Canada - Even though there were some tough days due to lots of driving, Faith was still thankful for the time we spent with her Grandparents in Canada. She also liked visiting her Auntie Joh and meeting her amazing dog, Rosie.

Her apartment - Admittedly, there are days I wish we lived in a bigger place but Faith really does love her apartment. It's a reminder to me to be thankful for a roof over our heads that helps us to stay warm during these brutal winter months. It's also nice having a smaller place because it's so much easier to keep up with the cleaning!

Her clothes - Faith likes her clothes, especially comfy pants and nice warm pajamas. I have to admit I like shopping for her too and have to try to not get too carried away. I only wish I could find some cute jammies just like hers!

Todd and Barbara - She loves her uncle and auntie and we wish we could see them more often. Even though they live here in Bismarck, they are both pretty busy. When Todd's not working on the rigs, he's trying to keep up with their tree business.

Healing Rooms - Faith goes for prayer at the Healing Rooms at least once a week. It's open every Monday and Tuesday and it's not uncommon for her to go for prayer both days. There are many days in the winter when it's like -10 degrees and we still brave the cold to get there. She loves it that much!

Integrative Music Sessions - Doing integrative music sessions is one of the best things we've ever done for Faith. She absolutely loves it! During her last session, Faith actually sang a little solo while Jonnica played the guitar. Jonnica is impressed with her incredible memory and the ability to memorize lyrics so quickly.

Sid the Science Kid - This is her new favorite show on PBS. It's also on Netflix. I think it's a great show for kids because it really does teach them cool things about science. Some of the fun things she has learned by watching the show is why bananas get brown and mushy and why Sid's ball made out of play dough doesn't bounce like other balls.

I'm thankful that Faith has gotten through another year without any major illnesses, no hospital stays and no surgeries. I'm also thankful for a husband who has been especially encouraging and supportive this year as I have nearly reached my goal of writing my book, Having Faith. I'm thankful too that my parents live close by and for God's amazing provision during this time in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving!