Today and every day

This September I returned to teaching (because college and braces for four sons is expensive!) After eight years in high school, I decided to change things up and try out elementary school. Each day I spend time with 4th and 5th graders working on language arts, science, and math. Yesterday was an early release day, so as you might imagine, the kids were very excited. I did my best to make the day fun by doing some different types of activities.

In our language arts class, I asked my 5th graders to write a letter to one person who they were thankful for. Many chose their parents, a friend, or relative. I could tell that they were proud of their work and excited to give it to the recipient.  One student asked me who I would write my letter to and I smiled. Here is my Thanksgiving letter:



Dear God,

Thank you for the many blessings that you have given me in my life. Thank you for having your hand on me when I was a young girl; scared, confused and unsure of my future. Thank you for putting people in my life to look to when my situation at home was so hard. I am thankful that you never gave up on me and pursued me until I finally realized that it was you that I was searching for. Thank you for blessing me with my husband and our four amazing sons. Finally, thank you for sacrificing your only son for our sins so that I (and many others) are reminded of what it means to be given grace. I can’t imagine my life without you, on Thanksgiving and every day.





On being thankful

As my family and I are preparing food for our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, the smell of the pie in the oven, and cranberries on the stove make me feel happy.PAULA_DEEN_BOURBON_PECAN_PIE_H2.jpg

I have always enjoyed Thanksgiving and think of it as   a stress-free kick off to the holiday season. We welcome friends and family over and laugh, talk, and enjoy each others company for an entire day. It’s like time stops. What other day do we do this?

Each year at this time I think of the things that I’m most thankful for. My list is probably a lot like your list: my family, my church, my friends, a comfortable home, plenty of food and water, oh, and coffee. But this year I am going to add something else to my list. I am thankful for the struggles that I have endured. This seems strange to say, but I realize that if I hadn’t had the life that I’ve had, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to share my story and help others.