The meal is finished. The games are played. The kitchen is clean, and leftovers put away. As we do each year, it's time to have everyone who is here help with my Thanksgiving post. Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours. Team Lawson joins me in wishing you all the best. We pray you will always have a grateful heart. We pray you will find joy in the small things and fortitude in the difficult ones. We pray the year ahead will bring you more joy than sorrow. We pray that you will always have plenty of food on the table and friends to share it with. We pray you will know how very much you are loved. I am thankful for you. each one of my precious, bloggy friends.
a list of gratitude
* a houseful of friends on Thanksgiving day * Sloane * art * plenty of food * games and laughter with friends * that the Patriots are totally schooling the Jets right now * my new Chi straightening iron * a whole new Freshman class that's fallen in love with the Enderverse * our sweet, sweet dogs and how gentle they were tonight with Grandma * swinging * cousins * Daddy's that paint their daughter's nails * Greg survived his first Black Friday * Picmonkey * 2 paid for cars * candles * the odd music on Michael Bain's podcasts * the way you can find anything on youtube * chalkboard signs * balloons * Everlost and Everwild * public libraries * Atlas Shrugged * books * Pinterest * my pretty home * vintage cameras that look like mini-sculptures * guns * candy * that lemon pie tonight * blogging * listening to audiobooks * collections of quotes * Adel's voice * makeup and hair design sketch portfolios * winning blog give-aways * America * fresh flowers * photoshoots * the chance to teach little kids at church * Etsy * my new purple purse * our dogs are getting calmer * our new coffee table * book clubs * big earrings * selling my first photo * Yo Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone * Toby Mac * Jaime Grace * the Newsboys * family game nights * a handwritten letter in the mail * all the pretties that I set my table with * yummy turkey * trees * Christmas is coming * Elf * fonts * It's a Wonderful Life * soldiers * Operation Christmas Child * poetry * thoughtful friends * Persephone * my parents and in-laws * music * obsessions * belly laughs * my Mom's turkey dinner * Chopped * passionate kisses * new books * new Sharpie markers * great reading conferences * good health * long walks * holding hands * laughter * old friends * the theater * reading * cards just because * compliments * learning the little quirks about your friends * Star Wars * Bond, James Bond * Chinese take out for supper * pedicures * golf * dogs * new friends * freedom * a job I love * the right to vote * my students * art museums * Norman Rockwell * a clean garage * Jeffrey, Jeffrey, Jeffrey! * Scholastic Book Clubs * Sloane's wonderful, thoughtful best friends * Chapstick when my lips hurt * lotion that soaks right in * a favorite song coming on the radio * veterans * a good night's sleep * family * God's word *
Happy Thanksgiving, friends.