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30 Days of Thankfulness – Day 30

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A reminder to do what we are commanded in Scripture.)

November 30th, 2012.
Day 30.

I am thankful for Disney helpers.

With our Disney vacation just a few days away now, I can more or less look back over the process of getting everything ready… And I realize how important my helpers were along the way. There’s a lot to this planning, and people with specialized knowledge make all the difference!

I am thankful for Disney Dining’s cast members.

Making most of the reservations online was simple enough, but there are always a few snags. How do I book the package with the show reservations? How do I change all of these reservations from 5 people to 4? One call to a toll-free number, and cheerful Disney folk were able to handle it all.

I am thankful for Disney Dining’s gluten free policies, the special diet department, and the information they provide.

Honestly, I think I would be too overwhelmed to try a vacation like this to a place where I didn’t feel comfortable about being able to get “safe” food.

I am thankful for my Disney “Earmarked” Travel Planner.

Again, I could have booked a hotel and bought tickets online myself. But I don’t know which rooms have the best view, much less how to request them. And adding the Free Dining Plan after the fact? Making payments on my trip? Changing things at the last minute due to Wolf’s military schedule?

Yes, I could have called Disney each time, and I’m sure the cheerful folks there would have been able to handle each request. But I can’t tell you what a relief it was to have a single, knowledgeable point of contact who knew and could do everything. And there’s no charge for the hand-holding – agents’ commissions come out of Disney’s part of the bill.

I can’t speak highly enough about Chris at Pixie Vacations, so I want to share her information with you. She did not seek this promotion, and I am not receiving any compensation for it. Please do tell her As For My House sent you, so she knows how much we appreciate her!

Chris Wood
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Her blog / website: Everything Walt Disney World

And here we are… A whole month of gratitude!

Feels good, doesn’t it? :)


30 Days of Thankfulness – Days 26-29

30 Days of Thankfulness

(This meme is really just a reminder to do what we are commanded to in Scripture.)

November 29th, 2012.
Days 26 – 29.

26. I am thankful for Netflix.

I know that may sound a little silly, but hear me out. We don’t have TV service, and have spent a lot of time with just DVD watching for our family movie time. Netflix has given us a much wider range of good choices, as well as the “instant gratification” factor. This is great for family movie nights, as well as sick kids!

27. I am thankful for AWANA – and the people who make it possible.

Naturally, we consider ourselves to be the primary teachers of our children in all things; we certainly don’t consider Sunday School, Church, or AWANA to be a substitute for that. But the kids have a great time socializing with other kids their own age in a pretty “safe” (morally) environment, as well as memorizing Scripture and hearing Biblical lessons.

AWANA this year is also the first place R.T. has been willing to go and stay without us. Hooray for my big boy!

28. I am thankful for Christian music – old and new.

I don’t listen to secular music at all anymore, except in unavoidable situations where it is being broadcast in a public place. I am always blessed when I play (and sing) my favorite Christian artists’ music, which I enjoy because of the worshipful and/or heart-touching lyrics, as well as the music itself. (Who? Casting Crowns, This Hope, Phillips Craig and Dean, The Masters Chorale, etc.)

I am also a huge fan of the classic hymns of our faith. I have come to realize how much I’ve missed being in a church where the worship leader says, “please turn to number 278 in your hymnals…” So many of them are Scripture based (rather than the shallow themes of many modern praise choruses), and really encourage a worshipful heart.

29. I am thankful for modern conveniences.

I know I blog a lot about off-grid living and man-powered machines, and I truly do believe those are valuable and important. But with my health challenges of the last year, it is a tremendous relief to have a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, a KitchenAid mixer, and an Air Conditioner. I can’t imagine how I’d be able to take care of my family without them, right now.


30 Days of Thankfulness – Day 25

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A handy reminder to do what we are commanded to in Scripture.)

November 25th, 2012.
Day 25.

I am thankful for homeschooling.

This one encompasses a lot…

  • I’m thankful for a husband committed to the idea as much as I am, so that he’ll do whatever it takes to allow me to stay home with them.
  • I’m thankful for a supportive homeschool community of friends online, and the wonderful Magnolia State Home Educators group locally.
  • I’m thankful for great Christian curriculums (although I hesitate to mention this, as I already gave Sonlight their own day!)
  • I’m thankful for the Lord’s leading that brought us to the point where we feel this is the right path, and for his strength and support when times are tough.
  • I’m thankful for children who are interested and willing participants in the process (and who also each had their own day!).
  • I’m thankful, so thankful, that I have the opportunity to not only teach each child in a way that meets their needs best, but also to teach them about a worldview and way of life that our faith imparts, and protect them from the bad influences and dangers (on so many levels!) that are “out there”.

30 Days of Thankfulness – Days 21-24

30 Days of Thankfulness

(This meme serves as a reminder to do what we are commanded to do in Scripture.)

November 24th, 2012.
Days 21-24. (Yeah, I’m behind again)

21. I am thankful for all the wonderful ministries out there, and those that serve in them.

My calling isn’t to go spread the love of Christ to children in Sri Lanka – but through World Vision I can help. My calling isn’t to share the love of Christ and the story of his birth with children all over the world, but through Operation Christmas Child I can help. The list goes on and on. Thankfully!

22. I am thankful for good food!

God could have made one kind of bland, nutritious substance that would keep us alive and healthy. Isn’t it a blessing that He created such an amazing bounty, instead?

23. I am thankful for DVDs and Netflix.

We don’t have TV service, but we sure do enjoy watching our choice of family-friendly commercial-free entertainment together!

24. I am thankful for photographs.

I have a house full of framed photos, and many, many albums. I enjoy having the “triggers” there to keep all the wonderful memories alive and close at hand.

We have such fun with our annual family photographs! This year we did a Disney theme, with local photographer Haley Zak, and had a great time!


30 Days of Thankfulness – Day 20

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A handy reminder for me to do what we are commanded to do in Scripture.)

November 20th, 2012.
Day 20.

I am thankful for God’s miraculous provision.

Every time we have a need come up, there has been a miraculous answer – and God is so gracious that he even includes the “want” kind of “needs”, like a vacation.

It’s a different shape each time. Sometimes it’s an overdue payment from somewhere, or an unexpected gift, or a blessing from a church. Recently, to our amazement, it was some office furniture that we “inherited” because a closed business was going to throw it away, which we were able to sell to fill out our Disney budget!

Thank you, Lord!


30 Days of Thankfulness – Day 19

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A handy reminder for me to do what we are commanded to do in Scripture.)

November 19th, 2012.
Day 19.

I am thankful for the Bible, and those who made it possible.

I confess, today’s entry was inspired by my friend Tamara’s Facebook post this morning:

I am grateful for history’s reformers, without whom, I would not have had the privildge this morning of holding and reading my bible! The Apostles, Christian martyrs, Luther, Calvin, Knox, Zwingli, Tyndale, Wycliffe, Cromwell, the Pilgrims, the Puritan Fathers. So thankful for their sacrifices and work for God’s glory and Word! Now, to lay aside every weight of sin and live a life worthy or The Author.


30 Days of Thankfulness – Days 12-18

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A good reminder to do what we are commanded in Scripture.)

November 18th, 2012. Days 12 – 18.

I’ve fallen behind, so rather than give you a flood of posts today, I’m going to catch up.

12. I am thankful for the seasons.

I wouldn’t like it to be cold all the time… But it sure feels wonderful when a really chilly cold snap comes along after a long, hot summer!

13. I am thankful for the Internet, and my online friends.

We haven’t been able to find a church group locally where we are really plugged in, and my migraines keep me from being able to interact with my homeschool group as much as I’d like. I’m so very thankful for places like Facebook, where I can “chat” with women across the country (and even overseas) who share my interests and convictions!

14. I am thankful for my Mom.

We’ve been though a lot of challenges in my painful growing-up process, but today I count my mom as a dear friend and a wonderful source of support. I’m so thankful that she’s always there to listen to me, even if we don’t live as close as we’d like.

15. I am thankful for Ms. Cheryl.

Jewel’s ballet teacher is wonderful! Ms. Cheryl is an excellent ballet teacher, but also so devoted to the kids she teaches. I also appreciate her Christian faith, and the modesty of movements and costumes displayed at all times.

16. I am thankful for the amazing animals God created for us.

We’ve recently been to the lovely Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, as well as taking the kids to see the Budweiser Clydesdales at an event on base.

What fun to see the huge variety of animals that exist – some of which are stranger, more amazing, or just plain BIGGER than we can easily imagine until we see them “up close and personal”.

17. I am thankful for Sonlight (and other such people and programs).

I have been an admirer of Sonlight ever since we discovered them, many “miles” ago on our homeschooling journey. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that.

But with my current migraine situation, I simply would not be able to manage homeschooling without their amazing Instuctor’s Guides – all the lessons planned out and integrated, and even ideas for extra projects to do. Whew!

18. I am thankful for my Amy Knapp planner book.

(No, totally NOT a sponsored post). I’ve been though a lot of systems and planners over the years, but nothing has worked as well for me at the Christian Family Planner that I use now (I like the 7 hole punched version, so I can keep a manageable sized chunk in my binder).

Again, my current health situation brings it into focus – without some way to keep track of things to do, shopping lists, online passwords, and many other details, I’d be completely at a loss.


30 Days of Thankfulness – Day 11

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A handy reminder for me to do what we are commanded in Scripture.)

November 11th, 2012. Day 11.

I am thankful for Veterans.

This is a recap of my Veteran’s Day post from last year. I’m taking Veterans Day as a family day with our personal Vet, so I’m not going to try and write something fresh, when this was written from my heart and is all still true.

I don’t have anything deep and profound to share with you today, but I didn’t feel that that excused me from posting my heartfelt thanks.

Freedom, indeed, is not free.

Our men and women in uniform are brave, selfless people. They have made a choice to stand for what is right.

Even when I disagree with political things that are happening in our country. Even if the cause for which our troops are sent out to fight is misguided or poorly managed.

Even then.

What is a Veteran?
A “Veteran” – whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including my life.”

(Saw that on Facebook – no attribution)

My father served. My father-in-law served, and his two brothers who also served were both killed in action. My husband served active duty time, and continues in the Reserves. A sweet young man who was a family friend served, and gave his life in 2010 in Afghanistan with the Dark Horse Marines. The list goes on.

I am proud, so proud, to be associated with people who will stand in harm’s way to protect my family, my freedoms, and my way of life — and yours.

My gratitude goes out to all the men and women of our armed services – past, present, and future.

And I also especially wish to thank all the military families. Mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, and children of service members.

Thank you for letting them go, knowing that they may be called upon to make that ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you for supporting them, encouraging them, praying for them, and “keeping the home fires burning.”

You have sacrificed, too. And it is appreciated.

(The beautiful photo is from Free Republic)


30 Days of Thankfulness – Day 10

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A reminder to do as we are commanded in Scripture.)

November 10th, 2012. Day 10.

I am thankful for Garage Sales!

Yes, we’re having a Garage Sale. Ack!

I don’t typically do them. Two major parts of the benefit are (1) getting the items to someone who needs them, and (2) reducing waste and landfill usage by keeping things that still have life in them in circulation. So usually we donate them, lately choosing the Airmen’s Attic as our preferred recipient.

Today, though, I’m thankful that those two things are still happening, but also that we’re raising some extra cash for our Disney trip!


30 Days of Thankfulness – Day 9

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A handy reminder for me to do what we are commanded in Scripture.)

November 9th, 2012. Day 9.

I am thankful for Wolf’s job(s).

We’ve struggled though many years of being self-employed (and a failed business), unemployed, and under-employed – so I am profoundly appreciative of Wolf’s paycheck from his regular job, which allows me to be home with the children, as well as the Air Force Reserves salary that’s enabling us to save for a previously-unimaginable trip to Disney.

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