With Thanksgiving around the corner, I’m sure many are excited for the food and maybe overwhelmed by all of the travel holidays such as these bring…I myself tend to get overwhelmed at all the travel, the preparation etc However, looking ahead at our second year without Josh, I’ve found a deeper gratitude for the things I do still have. We often get upset about the unanswered prayers, myself included, I mean after all, how could God take my husband and expect me to be ok with that? How dare He leave me here alone to raise a child and wander this earth without love? But the truth is, He didn’t leave me here alone. Nor did He leave me loveless. He always takes the best to heaven and sometimes they go sooner than we’d like but it’s all apart of a greater plan. Even in the midst of my uncertainty and confusion over how and why, I rejoice because I am not alone. He is with me and has blessed me beyond measure. I have the greatest families a girl could ask for, the most loving and inquisitive daughter and a karate kid growing in my belly. Not to mention the incredibly large safety net of friends to fall into on my toughest days. I think when we really take a minute to stop dwelling on the things we don’t have or the prayers we feel went unheard, we can listen to the love in our hearts and seek gratitude for the ones that matter most. This holiday season, I invite you all to take a step back, breathe, and take in all that you do have. There are still many things we have that others could only dream of and for that we must give praise. God didn’t promise days without pain but He did promise to carry us through it, so let Him.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,’ therefore I will hope in him.’”- Lamentations 3:22-24

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