In going back through and importing my few years worth of blog archives, I came across quite a few thankful letters that I wrote during our first year or two of marriage. They ranged from random lists to intentional letters meant for loved ones. And you know, I love the spirit of that and I think I’ll bring it on back.
With lots of meetings and gearing up for the fall semester, I’m incredibly thankful for a job that I really care about, that I get to make a difference in the lives of my students and now I have a greater capacity for that. I’m also appreciative of the paycheck that comes along with it *wink*. I’m thankful for campus safety officers who show me how to use my new keys when I can’t figure out how to unlock my office door (the trick is in the shove, apparently).
I’m thankful for photography as a creative outlet and as a business. I’m so deeply humbled by the people who support me and my work – I could weep when I think about all the ways I’ve felt loved and supported in these last few weeks. I’m thankful for a God I can place my hope and identity in, so that my value doesn’t have to come from my business success or page likes.
I’m grateful for all of the wonderful humans I’m surrounded by. My husband who has fully embraced staying at home this summer and helps me and loves me in so many little ways. My female friends to share dinner and coffee with who embody real faith and authenticity. Those sacred conversations, and the understanding “I’ve been there” affirmations are life giving.
I’m thankful for steroids for Luna when her paws get torn up from a stay at the kennel (Baltimore friends – avoid Best Friends Fur Ever).
I’m thankful for a house to call our home and all that it means to us.
I’m thankful for early mornings and higher than average productivity levels.
Amen and amen.