Reasons to Be Thankful
I’m getting ready to make my traditional pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins for Thanksgiving. I’ve made several batches since pumpkin season began, but they are required at my family’s Thanksgiving celebration. This year my sister Sherry is hosting a large crowd and requested a double batch. I pretend to get sick of making the same mini muffins that I’ve shown up with for over a decade. “Are you sure you don’t want something else?” Honestly though, I look forward to the tradition and love seeing how quickly they get gobbled up. Having a close, loving family and so many friends to make my famous muffins for is one of the many things I am grateful for this year.
Along with the comforting sameness of this baking tradition, I am also thanking God for some things that are new. At last year’s holidays got under way I was feeling a bit discouraged. Freelancing had dwindled to one source of regular work and, although I’d signed with my dream agent, I was beginning to wonder if it might be time to take a break from writing. Life had changed my focus and I had no idea what to do with the ideas in my head. A book proposal was making its rounds, but the more time passed the more I wondered if I would be better off working at Target considering how often I frequented the place with my family. Then, the day before my birthday, my agent called with exciting news. A new book is one of many “Life is definitely turning around for the better” blessings that I’m praising God for this Thanksgiving. I am also thankful for . . .
- Finally getting the courage to talk to the worship director at church and ending a two-and-a-half-year hiatus from singing.
- Feeling the process of writing Suddenly Single Mom free me from the events that inspired it.
- Experiences that reminded me that Nathan and I really are home now.
- Seeing God bring people into my life who are gifts as much as they are friends.
- Watching Nathan take exciting steps of independence, like his first band trip to Disneyland.
I could go on, but then I will be baking muffins until midnight. Instead, I’ll let you take over. What are you grateful for? What has changed since last year? What are you thankful is still the same?