Staying Thankful

I hope  y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday full of delicious food, laughter, family and maybe a little football too! On a day that tends to be full of a flurry of activity in cooking, washing dishes, traveling or scrambling for the best seat on the couch, we take time to be thankful for our blessings, but it’s often not enough.

 

Thankful

 

In this day after Thanksgiving, a day that tends to be filled with scrambling to get the best deals on material things, I want to make a point to remember to continue being really mindful of all that I am thankful for.

I love that Thanksgiving reminds us to really take stock of our lives and intentionally list all of our blessings – big & small. It reminds us to step back from focusing on our challenges and frustrations and put our attention to the good in our lives. Wouldn’t life be so much better if we kept that focus all year-long?

 

Instead of thinking about how run-down your apartment/house is, focus on the people under that roof.

Instead of thinking about how you have zero “social life” because you’re too busy taking care of your little ones all day, everyday, focus on the fact that you’re getting to spend precious time with them in these years that will so quickly be gone.

Instead of looking at someone else’s career achievements, focus on the distance you’ve come so far and the blessing of getting your valuable experience without being under the microscope of major success.

Instead of longing for the next phase of your life, focus on the people, places, lessons and opportunities available to you in the here and now.

Instead of wondering why God hasn’t answered certain prayers, focus on His wisdom and provision in your life so far.

 

So here’s to all of our blessings, big & small.

Here’s to making each day one of Thanksgiving.

And here’s to y’all – I am so thankful for each and every one of you who support me through reading & commenting on the blog!

Thanksgiving 2014

As I mentioned yesterday, we spent the week of Thanksgiving with family in Baton Rouge. We spent a lot of time relaxing and watching Peanut play with the dogs. We also spent a good amount of time outside – even if it was just in the front yard.

Nacogdoches photographer - family time outside during Thanksgiving break Obviously, Peanut loved getting to run around outside and enjoy the beautiful weather! Nacogdoches photographer - family time outside during Thanksgiving break Nacogdoches photographer - family time outside during Thanksgiving breakIt was sooooo good to see Peanut having great quality time with her TooDee and PawPaw, and TooDee just so happened to be the go-to picker-upper when Peanut decided she didn’t really like sitting in the grass.

Nacogdoches photographer - family time outside during Thanksgiving break

 

With the last little bit of light, we tried to get a few shots of each of us with Peanut… she was more interested in heading in to play with the puppies, but with a little bit of playing the 1-2-3-DROP! game with her, at least we got a few.

Nacogdoches photographer - family time outside during Thanksgiving breakNacogdoches photographer - family time outside during Thanksgiving breakWe took one morning to go spend some time on the LSU campus… it was fun to see Max sharing that part of his life with Peanut, and she most definitely loved seeing Mike the Tiger. She would growl at him as he walked by, and called him a “ra-ra.” Ever since then, she gets so excited to see a tiger anywhere, and it’s pretty much adorable.

Nacogdoches photographer and family spend Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge and visited the LSU campusMax showed Peanut his name on the 2007 SEC Champions & National Champions plaques.
Nacogdoches photographer and family spend Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge and visited the LSU campus Nacogdoches photographer and family spend Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge and visited the LSU campus Nacogdoches photographer and family spend Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge and visited the LSU campus Nacogdoches photographer and family spend Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge and visited the LSU campus Nacogdoches photographer and family spend Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge and visited the LSU campusWe spent some more time just walking around campus.. it was a seriously gorgeous day, and I couldn’t help but snap some photos as we walked along.

Nacogdoches photographer and family spend Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge and visited the LSU campus Nacogdoches photographer and family spend Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge and visited the LSU campusNacogdoches photographer and family spend Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge and visited the LSU campus Nacogdoches photographer and family spend Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge and visited the LSU campus

I didn’t break out the camera for Thanksgiving Day or many other times throughout the week, and I have to say it was a good mix of making these memories be forever memories, and then also just letting some of those moments sink into my soul to live out their lives there.

Again, as always, I am so incredibly thankful for this life that is mine, and mostly for the people I get to share it with. I am more than blessed.