I love reading blog posts and facebook statuses and tweets listing all the many things my real friends, cyber friends, and acquaintences are thankful for. It is a welcome change from reading the ever-present statuses and posts about all that is going wrong with boyfriends, reality television, families, school, work, and politics. I, personally, am a fan of keeping negativity and personal problems out of social networking spaces.
Earlier this week, one of my dearest friends and co-workers informed me that it had been nearly three months since I last wrote a blog post. The past three months have been incredibly busy and have been filled with the things I love most.
I have become increasingly more active in my church, and I have formed some amazing friendships with the people there.
Back in August, I took the Confirmation kids on a retreat. We enjoyed team-building activities, getting to know each other, and growing in faith...
The week of Halloween, my Crossroads group hosted a car for Trunk or Treat. These people have become such great friends of mine!
Our youth group, which I sponsor, meets every other week. Most recently, we went bowling.
I am so thankful to have such an amazing church family, and I feel blessed to learn and serve with such wonderful people.
I've had many opportunities to celebrate with friends recently. There have been:
|Olivia had the most adorable way of telling us all that she and Trevor are expecting!|
The 11.11.11 Party:
And just plain hanging out:
I can't even express how much my family means to me. I am one of the lucky ones, you see. My family has always been loving, supportive, positive... together. As a teacher, I am often made aware of less-than-ideal family situations, and there are moments each and every day when I think of my family and how fortunate I have been.
Though I don't get to see them as much as I would like, our most recent get-together was in celebration of my brother's last college football game of his senior season. They had a lovely ceremony before the game. My parents were escorted onto the field by a cheerleader as my brother ran through a lineup of his teammates.
Prior to the game, my mom expressed to me that she doesn't know what they will do with their Saturdays now. Football has been such a major part of their weekends for the past nine years of my brother's schooling, and now, it's just... done. I'm sure they'll find a new hobby soon enough.
I am so proud of my brother for sticking with college and sticking with football even when it was hard or boring. This boy kept a positive attitude and a brave face every day. Even when his football coaches changed his position and changed it back again. Even when he had a concussion which took him out of playing for a few weeks. Even when his coaches were shady. In all of the circumstances where I would not have been able to keep my mouth shut, he held his tongue. He's a much better person than I am.
Despite his countdown to the finish and excitement as he went through his last practice and his last game, this face says a lot:
I think he'll miss it.
My goodness, I have much to be thankful for.