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1 Corinthians 1:4

The Message (MSG)

4-6 “Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives…”

Fall officially started today!  Woo hoo…I think this is my favorite season.  I love the crisp air, the breeze, the changing leaves, and the holidays!  My favorite holiday, ever since I was little, has been Thanksgiving.  It was, and still is, the only holiday where both sides of my family gets together in one place.  We have always held Thanksgiving at my parent’s house and it is a time of food, family, and a lot of gratitude.

There is always SO much to be thankful for.  People to be thankful for, blessings to be thankful for, and a God full of love and grace to be thankful for.  Even in our most darkest hours, there is something we can always be thankful for, but how often do we really tell those that we are thankful for them, for something they did, or for simply who they are.  God has really been placing this on my heart lately.  I have SO much, and SO many, that I owe gratitude to and for.

I have decided to embark on a personal challenge…a 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge.  I got the idea from here.  It’s simple, your goal is to express gratitude to one person a day, anywhere in the world, for any reason,  for 30 consecutive days by sending a heartfelt card.  Who doesn’t like to get mail {real mail}.  I am going to be using SendOutCards.  The are many reasons I am using SendOutCards, but the main reason is  because I don’t have to leave the comfort of my own home to try and pick out a card with a squirmy 16 month old…and I am lazy ;)!  With the economy the way it is, you don’t even have to send a card if.  It could be a phone call, a hug, or a personal Thank You!  Just let someone know, everyday, that you are thankful for them.

I can’t wait to see God work through me in this challenge and I am excited to share my experiences with you.  I would also love to have you join me and see how God works through all of you.  October 1st is my official start date.  Start with me or chose your own start date, but be sure to comment and share your experiences!!

XOXO,

Kristie

Days of Thanks {6,7, & 8} + Exciting New Adventures!

Time to play some catch up:).  Here are 3 more things I am thankful for:

6.) I am thankful for sleep.  Seems so small and insignificant, but once you don’t get any you realize how much you love it.  Naps and bedtime are my favorite part of my day these days!

7.) I am thankful for my health.  I am very thankful that I am healthy.  That I have had no major health problems and the God has given me the love to run and be active.

8.) I am thankful for the ability to be a Stay-at-Home Mom.  I am thankful that my husband is willing to give up some of the “finer” things in life so that I can stay home and raise our baby.  I am thankful that he wants a wife who is willing to stay at home and encourages me every day especially when it has been a hard one.  There are definately days I wish I could go to work and hand his cranky butt to someone else, but that’s what grandparents are for ;)!

EXCITING NEW ADVENTURES

Now that Ethan is 6 months old and getting into some sort of routine…kinda…I have decided to start pursuing some things God has really been putting on my heart.  I love to be creative and I love to love and bless others.  I have started to craft more…which I love…and I have also been introduced to a way to “craft” and bless others at the same time.  I am excited to share this new endevour with everyone and see where it takes me.  As excited as I am, I am also terrified.  I am terrified of failure.  I am terrified of what others may think of me or my “things.”  I have to remind myself that everytime you take a step out of your comfort zone…there will be fear, but I have to also remember that God will be right by my side and encouraging me the whole way!

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

  For a sneak peak at what I am a part of check this out: