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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Today is Brought to You by the Letters, T, F and NSV and the Number 5

I sometimes revert back to childhood and can't help the Sesame Street reference!  

Anyway, wow!  What a day to be thankful for!  Not that I'm not thankful most days, but there really is something about taking a day out of the year to truly think about all the blessings God has bestowed upon us.  So that's the T - Thankful.

F is for friends.  I have said it before, but I really do have the most amazing friends ever!  Though God is moving some of my closest friends to other parts of the country (oh, I'll be a blubbering idiot when they move!) he is bringing new people into my life.  People who have commonalities with me and the heart God has given me.

Such is the case of "C".  Long story short is that she and her husband signed up for a class that I was teaching at church...we just connected.  Quickly. God has wired us similarly and our friendship is blossoming.  She texted me yesterday and said, "Are you still running tomorrow?  It's suppose to be cold!  Do you want to borrow my warm gear?"  To which I replied, "What is warm gear???"  Seriously!  I'm not a runner - I have no clue!  

Which leads me to the letters NS and V (Non Scale Victory).  Do you know how lucky I am to have someone that I can borrow clothes from?!?  I've NEVER had that luxury before.  I've never had someone that can loan me something to wear.  But today?  Today I was warm and cozy in the 18 degree weather!  That is a HUGE NSV!  

The 5 - yes, you guessed it - the Turkey Day 5K.  Today's 5K was sponsored by Goodwill Industries and the proceeds were to benefit the homeless people in Evansville.  It. was. cold.  But can you imagine how the homeless feel during this time of the year?  It makes me reflect on how we take some things for granted - like a warm place to rest.  So thankful for the reminder.  My oldest daughter and I participated together and though it wasn't my best time (45 minutes 31 seconds), we walked/ran it together!  I'm hoping this becomes a new tradition for our family.  It's a healthy start to the day!  

Other Thanksgiving blessings... my youngest daughter and her husband decided to come into town.  That's always nice.  One of the international students joined us as well.  He misses his family and was glad to be able spend a celebration with an American family.  I was glad too!  One weird thing...I put WAY too much food on my plate.  WAY too much.  I didn't eat it... I couldn't (and didn't want to).  But that old habit happened.  I need to watch that!  Regardless, the food wasn't the main part of the day... Thank you God!

So yes, what a day God has given us! What a glorious day!
Oh...just hanging out with this turkey.

Before the race at the starting line.

We did it!

Love this little one!  I think she might like me a little too!

We're *that* family!  (Love that all my kids were together!)
My Family!  (minus Martin who totally missed the photo op!)

"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14

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