black Friday

Thanks and Giving

Thanksgiving was absolutely lovely.

A little craft I made with the kids at our church. Some of the things I'm thankful for :)

A little craft I made with the kids at our church. Some of the things I’m thankful for 🙂

This special holiday always has me reflecting on God’s blessings in my life. To have a roof over my head, abundant food, clean water, electricity, a wonderful husband, a healthy family, a job, a vehicle, and so much more is crazy to think about. I have all I could ever need. 

On top of my basic needs, God has blessed me with much, much more. This Thanksgiving was extra special for my family for some personal reasons, so I just want to acknowledge how good God has been to us. He answers prayers in amazing ways. He goes above and beyond.

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Jimmy and I celebrated Thanksgiving at my parents’ house with my mom, dad, Hannah, and all of our pups. We ate, laughed, prayed, and relaxed. It was a great day.

I also had to pet sit, so that was done before and after visiting my parents. It’s tempting to resent working on holidays, but that’s just when pet sitting is the busiest. I’m thankful for the extra work and the opportunity to contribute financially to our little family in a way that I so enjoy.

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After eating, my mom convinced me to go Black Friday shopping with her, even though it was still Thursday. It was my first true experience with the craziness that is Black Friday. I went not to buy anything, but to spend time with my mom. We had fun, and it wasn’t too wacko out and about.

This time of year reminds me not only to be thankful, but to give. To give of myself, my time, money, love, and more. However I can help others, really. Here’s to having an attitude of thanks and giving the whole year round.

I hope all who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful day spent with loved ones!

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This past weekend was spectacular.

On Black Friday, I went to the gym bright and early to lift weights and saw my mom and aunt in the same shopping plaza–while they were doing their Christmas shopping. They gave me a ride to my car… except I couldn’t sit in the seat because the vehicle was filled with stuff. First world problems.

The only place I shopped on Black Friday was online!

I spent most of Friday working on a huge research paper on TLC (the TV channel). I have actually been enjoying writing the research paper. What a nerd.

Friday night, my family took our family from New York to a classic Pittsburgh restaurant, Primanti Bros., to celebrate my little cousin’s 11th birthday. I tried lamb for the first time and I really liked it!

Saturday was also spent with family. My mom, sister, aunt, cousin, and I all went to a craft fair at the local YMCA. Yay for Small Business Saturday! I purchased a candle and two hand-painted cards. 

I started off Sunday with church.

I saw Jimmy for the first time in a week. He went to New York to visit his family for Thanksgiving. It was really nice to hang out with him all day in between church services.

We painted Christmas ornaments together for some very special people!

They’re not done yet!

More on the ornaments in another post!

How was your weekend? 

Bible verse of the day: Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28