Sunday, November 29, 2009

In everything give thanks...

What a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! I hope that everyone had a wonderful, safe holiday with family and friends, and found some time to reflect on all that you have to be thankful for.

My weekend was extra special because I had the honor of witnessing my best friend marry the man of her dreams! At the wedding reception, I felt like I was in one of those movies where they show the happy times in slow motion to fully capture the essence of the moment. After I gave my maid of honor speech (which I was very nervous about, but it went really well!) I was able to relax and just take everything in. I just kept looking around at all the people; Ashley and her new husband Mike just glowing, my best girlfriends from home embracing their husbands and passing around their new babies, my parents, Ashley's parents, old and new friends, neighbors, relatives. It was the perfect scene for one of those slow motion moments, where everyone is together-laughing, dancing, celebrating. It was so cool to see just how much things have changed-we've grown up, we've welcomed new husbands and babies and friends into our lives, we've changed jobs, we've moved, we've gone through heartache and loss- but the underlying friendships and relationships remain. I couldn't have been more thankful in that moment. God has put some pretty amazing people in my life and what a sweet blessing that is!

The wedding also was a chance to have some great conversations about my upcoming trip. I was so amazed at the way that so many people took an interest in what I was doing, and wanted to hear more and know how they could support me. Again, this is just another testament to how God has filled my life with amazing people who truly care.

It's been a crazy year, and a tough year for so many people in this country and in this world, but ultimately there is still SO much to be thankful for.

**Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).**

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