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What moment this week are you most grateful for?

I am really grateful for the whole last week, Wednesday to Sunday, that we spent with family – first mine and then Ben’s. The whole time was amazing. We went to Silver Dollar City, ate Thanksgiving dinner with about 40 members of my late father’s family, walked in the woods, spent time beside water, geocached, cooked out, and did all kinds of marvelous things.

I think the moment I am most grateful for was the first day in Missouri, when I went out by the lake and walked on this little trail all by myself, then went on the dock and looked at the water. It was so beautiful, and peaceful. I sat on a bench for a long time. I just kind of meditated, and prayed, and took some pictures, and just relaxed and spent some time in nature.

Oh, and the number two moment I am grateful for is when the roller coaster I was on at Silver Dollar City turned out to not go upside down, even though it appeared to after it had begun.

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What challenge are you grateful for?

This one?

I don’t know. Maybe every challenge I’ve had in my life. Cause all those challenges have served to make me the person I am today, and I wouldn’t change who I am for anything. Even when sucky things have happened in my past, I wouldn’t change it. All those experiences were for a reason, even if it’s not something I fully understand. That’s okay. I don’t have to.

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What tradition are you grateful for?

Christmas?

Does that count?

I do like Christmas quite a bit. I like decorating and the tree and cards and the meal and all that business. It’s hectic but I like it anyway. And I keep learning how to make it a little less about commercialism and flashiness and more about the reason for the season. I also like the other winter holidays, like Hanukkah and the Twelve Days of Christmas and New Years and keeping spiritual thing at the forefront. I like that a lot.

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What story are you most grateful for?

The Christmas story. The one that begins with an angel visiting a young woman with unbelievable news and ends with a newborn King. Or maybe it ends thirty-some odd years later, on Easter morning. Or maybe it hasn’t ended yet and will continue forevermore. Yeah. That one.

Honestly, it really is the most important one to me, even if that sounds ignorant or whatever.

After that I’d guess I’m most grateful for the first novel I completed, Pairs.

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What knowledge are you grateful for?

More than anything, I am grateful that Jesus Christ died for my sins and through His gift of forgiveness, I have received eternal life.

I really do believe this, even though I know it’s not very PC to feel this way and that many people probably feel that I am foolish or that Christians are judgmental, bad people. But I just do my best every day to follow Christ’s example and to follow His commandments. Love God and love others. That’s what it is all about and that’s what is the most important to me. And eternal life doesn’t just mean that I believe a tale that I will go to heaven and play a harp on a cloud. It means that I am already in an eternity of choosing to worship God. Trusting in Him and loving Him is the most important thing in the world to me, and it gives me direction and purpose.

That’s about it for this one.

Nano

Oh, if it wasn’t obvious, Nano didn’t work for me this year.

That’s okay though. I really need to sit down and plot this novel all the way through. I haven’t done that before, but this novel is harder than any other I’ve done. Plotting will do it better justice, I think.

Back to the gratefuls.

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What about your body are you grateful for?

This one is sure difficult, isn’t it? As a person who has been overweight for most of my life, it brings up a lot of thoughts and memories about finding my body unsatisfactory. And now, when I have some related health issues, that doesn’t make my relationship with my body even better.

But what I am grateful for is that I have a body. And it is relatively healthy. I’m alive, I get up in the mornings, I can work and get around, and I can use my body to show love to others. I’m grateful that God gave me exactly the body that He did. It works well for me, personally. It fits me, ha ha.

Maybe I wish my hair wasn’t genetically programmed to go gray early. But I love my curls, and I love the color, and I love the fact that my hairdresser does a great job matching my color to my real color. I love how thick my hair is. And how it bounces.

Maybe I wish I wasn’t overweight. I try diets and exercise but always seem to fail. But I can use my body to hug my kids. I can use it to tickle and rub sore feet and put a band-aid on a cut finger. I can use my brain to write stories, and poetry, and emails, and kind social media comments. I can use my feet and legs to walk to town, and run after our naughty puppy, and kick up the recliner, ha ha.

My hips and back hurt a lot of the time. But they still get me to where I need to be, and when I actually take time to go to the chiropractor, the problem goes away for a long time. (Maybe I should work more on my brain.) Anyway, the aches and pains serve as reminders to take better care of my body. Maybe these reminders will help me to keep going as I get older (maybe wiser?).

Anyway, I’m pretty dang grateful for my body. Issues aside, I can tell you for sure that I would prefer being in my body than any other in the whole wide world.

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What season are you grateful for?

I’m sure this is asking about spring, summer, autumn, or winter, but I already blabbed about how much I love fall, so I’m going to say CHRISTMAS!

I love the Christmas season. I love the music, and the sights and sounds, the cold air, the tree, the lights, everything! I love using it to help me draw closer to Jesus and what His birth means to me and to mankind. I love learning about things like Advent and Hanukkah. I love baking the special things I have for my family each year. I love Christmas Day and I love the Twelve Days of Christmas.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, you know. Ha!