Thursday, November 22, 2012

Life Style: Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving Thursday!

What I am thankful for:

1) Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! For His unfailing love on me (a sinner) and His grace. I am amazed each day that goes by for each little blessing I have been blessed with.

2) For my amazing husband. This past year and half have been very trying for B and I as we struggled with secondary infertility. We are so blessed to have God be the center of our family (even though we are still far from perfect!). For his undenying love 9 years ago when we said "I Do". For being my rock through the hard times and always being the calm one and seeing the positive in every situation. I love you with all my heart!

3) For my amazing (and a blessing) son, Jayden! Specially because of our struggle (see #2), we cherish each minute we have with him. Children are a precious gift from God, and we are so grateful that He gave us the chance to be parents.

4)For my sister, my best friend. My twin sister, Elizabeth, is a 3 1/2 year brain cancer survivor. (Her journey here) God had shown us amazing grace in her healing and the reason for me being born again in Christ! She has been someone I admired to be growing up and even more after her cancer diagnosis. She is compassionate and caring and has an amazing faith! I thank God every day for my sister. Couldn't imagine my life without her!

5) For my wonderful parents. They sacrificied so much for my sister, brother and I and still do so with my son and nephew. For their selfless love, from my growing up years to today.

6) For my extended (and ever growing) extended family. We may not see eye to eye on everything, but we can count on each other for support, no matter what.

7) For my wonderful and amazing friends. I am blessed to have such a huge array of friendships. From my girls from middle and high school, to my college sorority sisters, to friends from my previous employer and my employer now, to friends I have met because of my sister's cancer, and finally to my friends because of my infertility journey and the blogging world. I would not trade each friendship for anything in this world. I have seen so much kindness and unselfishness in so many of my friends, I can only hope I can be half of a friend they have been to me!

8) For my job in pharmaceuticals. I am absolutely blessed to work for such a caring and compassionate company and manager. I remember praying before my first interview with my company 3 years ago this month. The first time I ever prayed (before and interview) and God has blessed me beyond words. 2009 was a year of blessings (Jayden's birth and our beautiful new home) but also much heartache (My sister's diagnosis of brain cancer and huge impending layoff at my previous company). It was also in the fall 2009 that I accepted Christ into my life.

9) For medicine and our health. I am very proud to work for a pharmaceutical company who specializes in the cardiovascular field. And now there are 3 cancer medications in the pipeline. I feel God's calling into the oncology field, but I trust He will also guide me every step of the way. I have seen my sister's healing though medicine by the grace of God, and now to my journey with infertility. I am grateful for my health and all of my family and friends He has blessed us with.

10) For all our men and women who serve in the military. I take it for granted each and every day! There are so many men and women away from their family this holiday season. The sacrifice they do to serve this great country is beyond words. Complete and utterly unselfish. I have a friend whose husband is getting ready to leave to Afghanistan. Their youngest daughter is only 2 months old. Brings tears to my eyes thinking that they and so many families are away from their loved ones to protect our freedom. So, thank you to everyone who serves this great country from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you Lord not only for my blessings, but for my challenges and heartaches. It makes me trust You even more, knowing that You have a much beautiful story that I could ever imagine.

1 comment:

  1. I just saw this! It brought tears to my eyes! Love you too, sis!