Autumn always seems like a good time to reflect on life. Perhaps it is because it is a season that reminds us that the darkness of winter will arrive shortly. And just like in the seasons of our life, there is a time when we realize that we need to reflect back and to look to the future with hope. Instead of autumn feeling like a season of anxiety for the winter ahead, I want to see autumn as a time to celebrate the new adventures awaiting our family. We are looking forward to so many things this year!
The first thing that we are so thankful for this year is our Daddy's new job. And then I am especially thankful that I can now be home with our girls, and have time to do all the fun things that this mama loves to do with the kiddlins! But there is so much more! We are expectantly waiting to hear of the birth of two new grandbabies. Both little girls, and it is possible that they will arrive on the same day, or at least within just a few days of one another. So this Grammie and Papa are very excited about that! And then there is always the reminder of Gracie's "Gotcha Day," and the year that we celebrated Thanksgiving in a hotel restaurant in Xi'an, China.
And today, Veteran's Day, offers us the opportunity to reflect on the gift that has been given to every American . . .. . to live in a country where we are free to pursue our dreams, our goals, our beliefs, and our choices. Today I am truly thankful for the men and women, and their families, who have willingly sacrificed so much to protect us. We are free because of their courage, and we must never forget. We remember, and not just on Veteran's Day.
Grandbabies' birthdays, all of the fun and excitement of the holiday season shining in the eyes of our beautiful daughters, building closer relationships with our older children, and the peace that comes from knowing that our family is growing in so many ways, and the gift of freedom and liberty. Again, I must remember all of the blessings that we have, and not dwell on those things that are not exactly "perfect." Life happens, and it doesn't always go the way I think it should. But that's why I'm not in charge of the universe! This is truly a season of reflection, and a time of thankfulness for all of God's blessings.