Perfect time of year to share this. So beautiful.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
For some reason, teaching the history of Thanksgiving to my students this year was a much more meaningful and beautiful lesson than has been in the past. It is so crucial that we educate our students based on as much fact as possible. This holiday has always been one of my favorites in that it is generally a time to be with loved ones and show thanks for the many blessings we have in this life... breath alone.
This year I am specifically thankful for deepened relationships, the love of my family, my schooling, being in a profession that I absolutely love, and having His favor in life. I truly believe that I have a purpose and destiny each and every day and I love those moments when you can see all the beautiful steps that God has led you on... high and low, backwards, forwards, turns, through valleys, up mountains, etc. Our life experiences make us who
we are and awaken us to beautiful new learnings. I couldn't be more thankful for the life I have, even when it has its tough moments.
As we get older we also learn more and more about forgiveness and restoration. Recently, I learned that my ex and his girlfriend became engaged and are having a baby. And, from the bottom of my heart, I actually can say that I am really happy for him. What a joy to have that. To love and be loved, these are life's greatest joys. And, having a baby? Wow, Lord knows I feel that is one of the greatest gifts one can bear-- truly amazing. I can't say that I wasn't at first shocked... I had to digest the information... but, after that... I can say that I am genuinely happy for the ex. And, that is a good feeling. I have heard that his fiancee has written some unkind things about me in a public manner. Though I have never met her, I have forgiven her and wish them both well. There is much to be thankful for in this great, big, beautiful world. I have to say, thought it's not always so easy, forgiveness is a beautiful thing.
As I think of all that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, I will keep singing, keep dancing, keep dreaming, and keep rising to the challenges that bring us to our greatest strengths. I am looking forward to a long, restful, quiet holiday weekend in the VAK. Turkey, potatoes, fresh fruits and veggies, sweet yams... and good company. Missing my family is always something I am good at doing this time of year, but it makes me more thankful for them. Besides, Christmas break is just a few weeks away! ;) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone and enjoy the pics!