Ok, combining a few days to catch up.
Saturday, November 3, We are Thankful for:
Allie: ALL my babies. Apparently, she was worried that some of her babies felt left out by just saying, "My Babies," so she made it more inclusive.
Ryan: My caterpillar, Bumble. So far, his thankfuls have truly represented the biggest things in his life.
Muppets Take Manhattan. Have you seen it? One of my favorite childhood movies. I remember the first time I watched it. Miss Piggy roller skating after the purse snatcher in the park was my favorite scene. I happened to see it was on, and caught the last half. Ryan and Allie joined us during the muppet babies number. They loved it (the little they saw). Ryan told me it was the funniest thing he ever saw :)
A Husker's win: Confession: I like it when my team wins, but there is no game I want to win more than the one we play against MI State. And really, the only reason that game matters to me so much is because my brother-in-law, Logan, cheers for state. Logan is always talking smack about the Huskers - which makes the win so much better because it shuts him up...for a day or two. This year Logan and I made a friendly wager on the game. My team winning meant Logan had to post this as his facebook status:
Oh, yeah. It was a good day.
And, with that, I have to say I'm very thankful for each and every one of my "in-laws." And I'm not just saying that because they read the blog. Early on I felt very comfortable with Lucas' family. They truly welcomed me into their family. I thought this was the norm. I have since learned that it most definitely is not. In fact, many people (especially daughters-in-law) don't ever feel like they do, or should, fit in at all with their in-laws. I feel so blessed that this has not been my experience at all. I'm truly grateful for in-laws who love me so much and consider me one of them. I'm thankful for the relationships I have with each of them. And I'm thankful for a brother-in-law who not only feels comfortable enough to trash talk my team, but (I know) values me more because I trash talk back :)
Sunday, Nov. 4, We are thankful for:
Allie: God and Siddeley. Perhaps because it was Sunday (a day that tends to involve a lot of talk about God and His love) God was her first answer. But she made sure to remind me the next day that she was thankful for God. Sweet. And Siddeley is the spy plane from Cars 2. Allie is in love with all planes and have assigned them this name!
Ryan: Bumble. He loves his Bumble. I would be willing to bet that Bumble will get the majority of Ryan's thankfuls.
A Day of Rest. I thought our time Up North would leave me rested and refreshed, but the way our return played out I felt more frenzied, disoriented, and burnt out than before. Sunday is always one of our busiest days (and, in all honesty, this one was on different). But we had a few gorgeous hours in the afternoon to just chill, and those few hours were glorious. Daylight savings did not mean the extra hour of sleep those without young children enjoy, but bedtime was a breeze because the children were exhausted from the extra hour of being awake! Simple blessings :) And I'm especially thankful for a God that commands rest. I frequently need the reminder that I am created to be a human BEING not a human doing.