Monday, November 8, 2010

FMM ~ Giving Thanks

It has been such a long time since I've participated in FMM {such a long time since I've had the time to participate in any blog carnival, for that matter}, and I've missed it. So imagine my surprise when I see that my dear bloggy friend, Becca, is hosting this week! I just had to link up.

She asks about our Top 10 of 2010 ~ What we are most thankful for.

{This should be easy, right? Unless you're like me, and can't narrow down the 4 MILLION things I have to be thankful for to just 10}

Here goes:

1. My three beautiful daughters. My life *revolves* around these people. I love them so much, and cannot imagine spending my time any other way than taking care of them. How quiet and boring and sad my life would be without them. Some days are chaotic, and others I'm praying for bedtime to come ;) But I wouldn't have it any other way.

2. My husband. This year we celebrated 8 years together. I love our time together {though sometimes limited}. I love all that he does to provide for us. And don't tell him, but I even kind of enjoy all his teasing. I think I'd worry a little if he became too serious.

3. My faith. Specifically the opportunity to go through several Bible studies this year, thanks to my sweet MIL for hosting them {and allowing me to bring my wild little monkeys!}. I love the fellowship. I love the accountability. I love going deeper into His word.

4. Our new house! We've got a ways to go but have also come a long way! And I'm still in a state of shock that we are actually going to have a brand new house to enjoy in a few short months. Mostly I am thankful to my husband who has put in countless hours working on the house {after spending countless hours working his "real" job at the fire station}.

5. Extended Family. I love that we live so close to grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We aren't short on love or family gatherings around here!

6. Friends. My sweet IRL friends, and my bloggy friends. What would I do without you?

7. Blogging. Seriously, I love looking back on blog posts ~ remembering where we've come from, and the places we've stopped along the way. Months seem to speed by, and I can't always remember the little daily moments that can be so special. I love having a place to document so that I can remember.

8. My camera. Can I take a moment to be materialistic? ;) I love my camera. I love that I was able to get a new one in August. I love that in less than 3 months I've already snapped over 3,000 pictures on that thing. I love capturing everyday moments.

9. Homeschooling. We are in our 4th year of homeschooling {Holy moly, how did that happen?!}, and I am so thankful to continue to have this opportunity. I cannot imagine sending my girls off to school to spend more time with teachers and classmates each day than with me. I love having them at home. I love that our first year homeschooling TWO daughters is going so smoothly. And I love having them at home {did I already say that?}. Mmmkay.

10. Clickin' Moms and several other photography-related sites and blogs that have offered so much in the way of resources, support, and help. I have grown so much in photography because of them.

10. Mini Trips, Vacations, and Family Visits. It's been awhile since we've had a "real" vacation, but we've been blessed to be able to take several mini trips this year. A couple of visits down south to visit my sister and her family, trips to the beach and Kah-nee-ta, and a birthday trip to Great Wolf Lodge were so much fun!


Head on over to Becca's to see what others are thankful for!

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MomBrose said...

I loved reading this! I love, even more, that you cheated and made two number 10's ;D I share a lot of your thankfulness items! Some days I feel like I could just burst with blessings :D

shortmama said...

I am so with ya on the homeschooling! I feel blessed that I am able to do it!

Becca said...

Of course you can be materialistic!! Did ya see my margarita???

Love your list & I love the fact that you joined up even more!!!


gayla said...

stopping by via FMM! loved your list, and your girls are beautiful!

i'm a teacher and often find it sad that i spend more time with my students than their parents. how special that it's not that way for your family. :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

awwww....this is sweet.
My list would be just about the same too.

Kelli said...

That is a wonderful list! And yes, you can be thankful for that camera because it helps to capture all of those things you are thankful for :)

Jenny said...

Wonderful post! I so agree with you about homeschooling. I can't imagine Abby gone at school all day!

Xazmin said...

Love your thankful list! I especially love the way you expressed number 1. I feel exactly the same way! LOVE being a mom! I hope you have been doing well!

jennykate77 said...

I absolutely love your list! You have so many wonderful things to be thankful for!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!!♥

AndreaLeigh said...

Congrats on homeschooling! That is certainly a wonderful accomplishment. It sounds like you are so blessed! Congrats on your new home as well!

Foursons said...

You live such a blessed life Liz. I enjoy your blog tremendously and you are always one of the first ones I click when I sit down to read. I am happy that you have had such a wonderful year and I look foward to seeing you move into your dream house.


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