Thankful

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, hands-down, but this year I’m feeling a bit of bloggy pressure to write some Deeply Touching Treatise on thankfulness, something in which I repeatedly use the word “autumnal” while describing the vast range of colors one can find in a single maple leaf as it basks in the rays of a golden harvest sun.

(I don’t know if y’all have caught on to this or not, but Descriptive Word Pictures aren’t really my thing, seeing as how I have the vocabulary of your average eighth grader, not to mention the fact that I’m far too literal to compare that ever-changing maple leaf to, say, a cocoon, because for one thing there’s only one way I know how to describe a maple leaf (ORANGE!), cocoons really gross me out, and I believe my usage of the phrase “gross me out” brings us right back to what I was saying about my eighth grade vocabulary.)

So I will not be discussing nature in this post, is all I’m saying.

Limited descriptive powers aside, I have so much to be thankful for – an embarrassment of riches, in fact. And those riches have absolutely nothing to do with money or houses or cars or even my beloved DirecTV / TiVo combination. Instead, those riches have everything to do with faith and family and friends…and when I start to think about the people I love and the people who love me, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I’m blessed beyond measure.

Not to mention: the blawg.

Almost a year ago, I sat in the rocking chair in our guest bedroom while keeping one eye on Alex in the bathtub, and I wrote my first blog post. It wasn’t anything special – just about the events of the day – and I wrote it with no audience in mind, fully believing that no one would ever read it besides D and me.

(Perhaps now you’ll understand why my sideline business in fortune telling isn’t really all that successful. I’m not very strong with the predictions.)

I guess what I’m saying is this: I had no idea that this blog would turn out to be such an incredible blessing in my life. I had no idea that people would, you know, read it. But I am forever humbled and forever grateful that you do…and your encouragement, your emails, your comments, and your friendships have been life-changing for me. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for that.

All week long a song that we sometimes sing at our church has been running through my head, and while I wanted so badly to be able to share a recording of it with y’all, I can’t find one on this here interweb (and they say it’s useful – HMMMPH!).

But I did find the lyrics – I think they’re beautiful on their own.

For all that You’ve done, I will thank You
For all that You’re going to do
For all that You’ve promised and all that You are
Is all that has carried me through
Jesus, I thank You

and I thank You
thank You,
Lord
and I thank You
thank You

Thank You for loving and setting me free
Thank You for giving Your life just for me
How I thank You
Jesus, I thank You
I gratefully thank You
And I thank You

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.

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  1. I just sung the song as I read the lyrics. Perhaps I could record myself and send it to you through this here interweb thing. Though, that might not be doing the song, lyricist or anyone listening any favors.
    I sure am glad you set your mind to the blawg a year ago. Not, not glad, thankful.

  2. Durnit. Meant to say, No, not glad. Thankful. Stupid typo.

  3. I “stole” your Holiday Tour of Homes button, thanks. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. Amidst my list of many blessings is this blog that makes me smile and encourages my heart.

    Enjoy the day.

  5. the song … dennis jernigan (i am not sure that i spelled that right)

  6. Right back atcha, BooMama. ;-)

    We love you, too, and we’re blessed to have found each other here in Bloggityville. It feels like our own little friendly community, and I’m thankful for it.

    Hope you, D, Alex, Sister & B. and the rest of the family have the best Thanksgiving ever, S. :-)

    By the way, how’s Sissy doing? Hope she’s able to be home for the holiday.

  7. It is a Dennis Jernigan song and if you are not familiar with that man’s testimony you should seriously check out his site. His music is great but after hearing him tell his story so many of his song had such a deeper meaning! Seriously, check him out…and seriously Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  8. I know that song! We sing it at our church too. I rarely comment, should do more, but I read you every day! Happy Thanksgiving!

    ~Mariah~

  9. Its been an pleasure, dear friend- a true pleasure.

    I may have just bumped into you not too long ago, but in that short time I have laughed through my tears while sitting in front of your place on the web. I thank you for that….

    you da bomb.

    Me

  10. Yup…I agree with your previous comments (and one eighth grade vocabulary deserves another doesn’t it :)) you’ve added a great deal of fun to our year, too. Thanks for your wit and wisdom.

  11. I can’t remember how I found you back in April when I started blogging, but I am so glad I did–I am thankful for our friendship:) I hope y’all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. I’m so glad you started blogging, you make me laugh almost every day. :)

    I’m thankful for your friendship.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. You are a blessing to all of us who read your wonderful posts. Isn’t it just amazing what God can do? I never expected all of this when I began writing a blog either. It has literally changed my life.
    We sing that song in church too. It is so appropriate. We are all so abundantly blessed in all that truly matters.
    Have a joyful, blessed, delicious Thanksgiving Day!

  14. and now we know the rest of the story – may all your ventures be so successful. Can’t wait to hear more about your new house.

    I, um, hung my two measly snowman ornaments on my lamp last night. That’s probably going to be the extent of my Christmas decorations.

  15. I found your page through Mishel. I love your blogs! Your septic tank saga had me rolling in the floor. I’m new to the blogging myself but I can already agree with you on how wonderful it is. I look forward to seeing pictures of your new place. Isn’t God amazing!

  16. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends.

  17. I just read Sarah’s comment and it’s weired but I can’t remember how I found you either. Hmmmm. But I’m sure glad I did!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, too, BooMama. You’re a blessing to all of us.

  18. A beautiful Thanksgiving post!

    Blessings to you!

  19. I just want to say THANK YOU for putting the lyrics of that song on your blog today. For the past 4 years our choir has sung that song this time of year, among other times, but usually it’s pertinent this season. A couple years ago when I was battling breast cancer and some days were bleaker than others, this song reminded me of what I had in my relationship with such a mighty and personal God.
    This year, our choir has a new Music Pastor so this song isn’t on our choral agenda, but I’m singing it in my head – thanks again for your blog and your special friendship that you offer through it.

  20. Oh I love that song
    Im singing it right now LOL
    Happy Thanks giving to you and yours

  21. Phyllis R. says:

    Okay, so now I’m feeling the pressure to reply in a meaningful way! Because, and I really DO mean this, I love coming to your little place here on the interweb. I know I shared with you once that I had to have some icky, yucky, just plain no-fun medical stuff done, and I am not kidding that a some days I would just think to myself, “Get through this and then go home and read a Boo Mama.” It was something I really looked forward to (this and my secret “People” magazine read-a-thon.) Your blog (and “People”)made a hard time FUN! REALLY! I have always loved your humor, and the way your turn a phrase, but most of all I have loved your sweet heart. I am so blessed to have “met” you here and I am thankful you take time to share your life! Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. Happy day after Thanksgiving!