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Counting our Blessings

This year is our first married Thanksgiving… and we are spending it in a country that doesn’t celebrate this awesome holiday!;)We are definitely missing our sweet families today and all that Thanksgiving brings…but, we are SO thankful to be able to be together… a blessing to be counted.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the memories that are made every year over a huge turkey centerpiece…and long post turkey naps. And the past two years this holiday has become even more special. I first met Joey during Thanksgiving break two years ago, and last year Joey proposed on Thanksgiving weekend. I love that God placed Joey in my life during a season of gratitude- because it reminds me of the wonderful blessing that he is in my life.

My parents started a Thanksgiving tradition years ago where we all share one (or more) things we are thankful for before we stuff ourselves silly. Since we are not in person to do so- this here blog will serve as the next best thing.

When I think back on these past 11 months- these verses ring in my head:

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us…” (Ephesians 3:20-31 MSG)

If that’s not a reason to be thankful, I don’t know what is. Any phrase with “wildest dreams”  has always sounded like such a cliché to me, but not anymore. This year has been one far beyond any crazy dream I could have drummed up on my own. His ways are far far greater than our ways- and his thoughts, far beyond our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9)

God has blessed us from day 1 of this year, when Joey and I began our new lives as Mr. and Mrs on New Years Day…and every day since has been one of adventure, and learning, and growth- and extra doses of grace. It’s really impossible to pick one thing to be thankful for this year- but for the sake of your poor tired turkey’d out reading eyes- I’ll pick one: I am thankful for God’s grace. There’s no reason I deserve the crazy amount of ways he’s blessed me this year- but we serve a gracious God- one who loves us and who is ready to literally POUR his blessings on us if we let Him.

Last night we walked to the market in the hopes of finding food to make that would closely resemble the grandiose spreads we are used to on this blessed holiday. We found that Colombia isn’t necessarily big on pumpkin pies, stove top stuffing, green bean casserole, and turkey (since it isn’t domestic, it’s incredibly expensive) but we came away some goodies that we will have fun making into our own Colombian thanksgiving. I’ll be sure to post the results of our Colombian Thanksgiving spread:)

Happy Thanksgiving my friends! Hug your loved ones a little more and eat a few more pieces of turkey just for us! And if you feel so inclined, spend some time with your friends and family counting your blessings…


A shot from last year’s Thanksgiving- two days before Joey proposed!


November 27, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Elisa Adams - Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for you and all my nephews and nieces spread far and wide this year! Be safe and know that I love and pray for you.

November 27, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Sara Hughlett Paulson - Love this post! Happy thanksgiving Sarah. Thankful for you and your friendship.

November 27, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Sue Adams - I miss you two but I am happy for you to have a memorable Columbian Thanksgiving starting your own traditions. I am thankful for my middle child and my son-in-law :) I look forward to some big circle Thanksgivings in the future :)

November 29, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Heidi Zerhusen Baustert - Happy Thanksgiving to you and Joe. I love reading your blogs and this one especially touched my heart. God is AWESOME! And I love to hear how he has worked in your life and has blessed you both! Keep making wonderful memories! Love and miss you!

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