thankful thursday

This Thursday I am thankful for:

1) Upcoming holidays. Specifically some days off work. This time of year I always seem to get so frazzled... with the shopping... traveling... gift wrapping... But I am so thankful that I am able to take a few days off work to slow down and enjoy my time with family and friends. I am looking forward to sleeping in a few days, eating, maybe catching a holiday movie, and then eating some more.

2) Community. As in, our Community Group. At the new church we have recently joined they strongly encourage community groups... which is basically a group from the church that you meet with once a week that live near one another. It is a beautiful time of fellowship where we can encourage and challenge one another. I am so thankful for the new friends we have made in this group.

3) Christmas shopping. I absolutely love giving gifts. Anyone that knows me can attest to this. I love everything about gift giving... selecting the gift, the entire wrapping process, and seeing the receiver's expression as they open the gift. So you can imagine that I get pretty excited about the Christmas shopping season. We are on a super tight budget this year, so I have been challenged to think outside the box a little... thinking more handmade... more personal. Any ideas?