Transitioning From Thankfulness to Expectation

Here is collection of all of the daily thankful posts I made on Facebook. As someone who has expectations too high for myself and too high for others, I often am not very thankful. It was very good to stop and remind myself to be gracious at least once a day. Now, as the month of November wraps up, I am throwing myself full-on into Advent and the coming of Christmas. More to come here soon.

I’m going to try to post something that I’m thankful for every day in the month of November. Today I am thankful for ALL OF YOU. Thank you for your birthday wishes. I wish I could have a conversation with each of you and thank you personally but for now Facebook will have to do I guess. I feel very loved.

Today I am thankful for the loyalty of Adriene Hodges Holland. No matter what mood I’m in (and it varies greatly), she’s always a constant with how she deals with me. I know I can always count on her when I make tough decisions, even if she doesn’t agree she helps us present a unified front to our children and to the outside world.

Today and I am thankful for my daughter Erin. I’m thankful for my little girl that loves frilly things like bows and dresses but also loves kicking the ball around with her daddy.

Today I am thankful for my daughter Maria Grace. I’m thankful that though she spent the first hour of her life in the NICU, she has grown into a tough little strong-willed girl.

Today I am thankful for Saturdays in the fall. College football and soccer on TV

Today I am thankful for a safe birth for Aaron Manes and Brandi Smith Manes. Congratulations!

Today I am thankful for my parents. I’m thankful that they raised me with love and trusted me enough to give me lots of independence as I grew up. I’m also thankful that they are now grandparents that give us a little time off now and then.

Today I am thankful for my in-laws. I’m thankful that they give us wisdom without meddling in our business. I’m thankful for the vacations we’ve spent with them. I’m especially thankful that they live in a place as scenic as Savannah that makes every trip feel like a vacation.

Today I am thankful for other men that follow God and are honest and open with discussions about what it means to be a follower of Christ, a father, a husband and a leader with humility and love.

Today I am thankful for the diversion of football. I’m thankful for seeing old friends at tailgates. I’m thankful that today is GAMEDAY!

Today I am thankful for veterans and current members of the military serving overseas and here in the States. Thanks for keeping us safe.

Today I am thankful for Saturdays with nothing planned.

Today I am thankful for church and that I live in a place where I am free to worship how and where I choose.

Today I am thankful for music….especially new music. I love discovering new artists, new bands, and new songs.

Today am I thankful for the rare quiet moment in the middle of the day when I can take a break from work, go for a short run, and clear my mind.

Today I am thankful for lunch with my wife.

Today I am thankful for coffee. I could’ve had an IV stuck right into my arm with coffee during the girls’ first two years. I still need a dose every morning.

Today I’m thankful for Jennifer Cartwright and the great job she does babysitting our children!

Today I am thankful for soccer on Saturday mornings.

Today I am thankful for Thanksgiving lunch with my family.

Today I am thankful for three-day work weeks.

Today I am thankful that we are not travelling this Thanksgiving. Looking forward to a quiet holiday at home.

We put our turkey in a cooler outside to soak in the brine and I had a nightmare last night that bears ripped the cooler open an ate the turkey. Today I am thankful that bears did not eat our turkey last night.

Today I am thankful that I am not shopping.

Today I am thankful I am not a Georgia Bulldog.

Today I am thankful that the girls take a Sunday afternoon nap, because daddy sure needs one.

Today I am thankful for 2.5 GB of Christmas music uploaded to my iPod. ‘Tis the Season, chumps!

Today I am thankful that the heat in our house works.

Today I am thankful for a good month. November has given me plenty of opportunities to contemplate what I am thankful for and it is good for my soul to remember that.