According to some very wise vegetables, Bob and Larry, “A thankful heart is a happy heart.” I agree with this sentiment. Since it is Thanksgiving week, it seems appropriate to share a few of the many things that I have been thankful for in 2021.

I am thankful for my husband. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this year. We’ve been through some stuff over the past 25 years. There’s nobody else I would rather go through it with. I am blessed!

I am thankful for my growing family. This year we officially adopted our two new daughters, and we gained a son-in-law. It fills my heart with joy when everyone comes home and we cram around the table for a loud and chaotic family dinner. It’s been somewhat of an introspective year and I appreciate the quietness of family life as much as the craziness.

I am thankful for the Orthodox church. There have been phases to this journey. In the beginning I was curious. Then, I became interested and started to learn about it. Along the way I realized that, in some ways, I have always been Orthodox in my beliefs. Over the past couple of months, I did pull away from church activities, because I wanted to figure out if I was drawn to the vibrant community, or Orthodoxy itself. I realized that I have come to truly love and fully embrace Orthodox Christianity. I am thankful that I was able to pull away and have this quiet season to pray and listen.

I am thankful for teachers! After so many years of homeschooling, I was tired. There were needs that I didn’t feel qualified to meet. I believe that the Lord has led us to great schools for our kids. So much stress has been lifted off of me and the kids are learning and getting what they need. I feel so relieved and I am extremely thankful for that.

I am thankful for my career. When we decided to add more children to our family I thought that my dream of having a career was probably not going to come true. I was okay to let it go, but the Lord opened doors. I now own three Airbnbs and I absolutely love it! This is truly a dream come true. Maybe I’ll add career number two and write that book in 2022.

I am thankful for true friends. I’ve discovered that you don’t need a hundred friends. I know who my people are and I am truly blessed to have them.

Of course I have many more things that I could list, but these are a few of the things that have been big in my heart. My heart is filled with thankfulness. Life isn’t perfect. There have been some difficult circumstances, but the Lord is near in the midst of them. My heart is indeed happy.

I hope that you have an extra thankful Thanksgiving and are blessed with a happy heart this holiday season.

The Lord is good!

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