Thanksgiving Wonder (For Those Tired of Sentimentalism and Cold Mashed Potatoes)

Holidays usually arrive with fanfare. Plans are made, shared and canceled. Sentimental quotes about loving one’s family are plastered throughout social media (usually by people who post too many pictures of their grandkids anyway).

Articles recount 15 ways to de-stress during the holidays. Lists of blessings become outweighed by lists of preparations. There is traveling, baking and reminiscing to be done.

Amidst the hubbub, we are occasionally reminded to focus on the heart of the season. In that spirit, I half-heartedly looked up Bible verses about being thankful. Many were familiar. For instance, there was the verse I have mixed emotions about memorizing:

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (New International Version)

Yep. Pretty clear. Hard to obey completely, but easy to understand. I moved on to another verse.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
1 Chronicles 16:34

Another reason to be thankful- God is worthy to be thanked. His love is amazing.

One verse made all of my other thoughts go silent:

“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 69:30 (Emphasis mine.)

Did you catch that? Giving thanks actually glorifies God.

I had never thought about thankfulness in that way. Choosing to give thanks glorifies God.

Building God’s kingdom brings Him glory. Obeying God gives Him glory. Praising God with songs also direct glory to Him. But another way to glorify the God of the universe is to give thanks.

So… those cutesy kid projects where children write what they are thankful for on some lopsided, construction-paper turkey brings glory to God.

Those times that family member is sappy, saying he or she is thankful for each and every person in the family, is glorifying to God.

Taking time to name our blessings out loud at the dinner table, even as the turkey and mashed potatoes get cold, is a way to glorify God.

Every time you choose to make the effort and be thankful, you bring God glory.

And God deserves so much glory. After all, His love endures forever. We can see His goodness in everything He made. He made good, light, joy, hope, eyes to see our blessings, mouths to tell of His wonders, breath to fill our lungs. God gave us blessings and He also gave us the capacity to realize everything is a blessing. He gave us the ability to be thankful.

Thanksgiving is not just a day to continue the tradition of “counting our blessings”. Thanksgiving is another opportunity to glorify God (even if the mashed potatoes get a little cold).

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International FASD Awareness Day

Today, September 9th, is International FASD Awareness Day!

What is FASD? See this post about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Consider taking a few moments today to talk to someone with FASD and find out how it affects his or her life.

You can also hear people explain what FASD means to them in the following resources:

Jasmine; a young woman living with FASD (Video)

Rebecca; a mom with FASD (Interview Article)

Four young adults with FASD (Video)

College of Irony

Whoo-Hoo!

I just turned in my last assignment for college this semester! It’s also, like, two weeks early so that is awesome. Now I am getting ready to launch into an internship working in a early childhood education facility.

That is kinda ironic.

I mean, really- I have to pay the college in order that I can work a bunch of hours for free to prove that I know how to work with kids, all for a degree that I am only getting to prove that I already know how to work with children.

*Sigh.* Adulthood makes no sense sometimes.

 

Have a Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays
And a Happy New Year

I will be updating my “about” page soon (NO, I am not engaged or even dating so just calm down). This past fall has simply been full of new experiences, beginning with my first semester at college. The courses in child development and special education were my favorites, since the subjects are relevant to my life. My younger siblings were wonderful in providing examples of children’s’ typical development at various ages!

In between college assignments, I began working at a local library. Tracking down books, interacting with a variety of people, and coming across titles to add to my own “Want to Read” list are a couple reasons that I am loving my new job.

My family also had a new experience when we were named the Foster Family of the Year by our district’s Social Services Association. I honestly had not known that the district picked a foster family of the year. However, to be appreciated by social workers and other professionals in social services as a valuable foster family is an honor.

The greatest honor we received this fall was being able to officially adopt the little girl we have been fostering. She is so precious, and we are thrilled that she is a permanent member of our family! I have enjoyed spending time with my newest little sister, and have been pleased, though a little frazzled, with all of the experiences the past few months have brought.

And now is the time to start making plans for the New Year. I love making goals and dreaming. Unfortunately, I do not always make a plan of action in order to accomplish my goals. Sometimes I just dream.

But whatever. New experiences seem to find me anyway. 🙂

A Conversation about Race and Adoption

“It doesn’t matter if your children are black, white, Asian, or Latino: Every parent needs to talk openly with their children about race and ethnicity.”

-April Swiger

Intriguing subject. Talking about race is not only for families who are multi-racial or have adopted, but should be conversations every family has.

How? Read the blog post by April Swiger on Heading Home blog here>

See You Soon

There is so much I want to do. So many kids to love. So many humans to help. So many stories to write.

Unfortunately I only have 24 hours in a day and only a limited amount of energy. I cannot do everything I want.

So right now I have to put some things on pause. Though I love writing and have so much I want to share with you, I have to take a break from writing this blog.

THIS IS JUST TEMPORARY. I will be back.

I just need to focus on Life right now. The past couple weeks I enjoyed doing just that- and actually forgot I had a blog. It has been so good and has done me good.

So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I will see you again in the future one day…some day…