I have so much to be thankful for, and I want to make sure I take the time to recount the blessings of the Lord. For those close to me, it’s no secret that this year has been my hardest yet. But God has been good to us in the midst of it all. 

1. This year, I’m most thankful for my marriage to Joey. This year has tested what we promised each other on July 22, 2011 like never before, and we are coming out on the other side closer and more in love with each other than ever. And I am so thankful for Joseph Scott Wahlquist. He has been such a rock and faithful friend on my darkest days. He has seen the best and worst of me this year, and he has never wavered in his love for me or given up on me. He has faithfully prayed for me, encouraged me, and pulled more than his weight when he’s at home with the kids. The redemption we’ve seen in our marriage is the best gift of 2015.

2. Arden Scott and Jane Rebecca. Arden and his big curly hair, big puppy dog eyes, big smile, and BIG passion and charm; Jane with her dainty features, eyes the color of faded blue jeans, scrumptious cheeks, and amazing strength and energy. Each day I am more aware of the grace of God that He gave me these two kids when He did, not as accessories or because I was worthy of them, but because that’s exactly where He wanted me: brought to a place of weakness and daily reliance on His grace like I’ve never known before. And the fact that they are so likeable and ADORABLE, well, that’s more than I could ever ask for. 

3. This little blue rental house in Houston. After a year of talking about moving to Houston, trying to move forward with the house, putting the house on the market and it selling quicker than we thought, and Joey getting a job quicker than we thought… and after MONTHS of looking for a place to live and thinking we’d end up in a little apartment, I’m seriously amazed that we are here. It’s perfect for us in this season. JUST enough space, JUST affordable enough, and just close enough to our families. And the best part that I’m THOROUGHLY enjoying…there’s NOTHING we need to do to improve it! If something’s broke, we contact our magical little repair fairy Mario and it causes no monetary or time inconvenience for us. This is something I fantasized a lot about while in the Belton house:)

4. Joey’s job. It’s a really good company that will provide a lot of opportunities for Joey to really excel and grow as a real estate appraiser. It’s provided stability that we have never had in our time together. I’m thankful for the way God provides for us through this job. Food on the table, clothes on our backs and beds to sleep in. Our basic needs are always taken care of, and that is no small thing. 

5. “My people” during this challenging year. Namely, family, and especially Joey, Sarah, my mom and Joey’s mom, who have provided a lot of practical support on my hard days by taking the kids, just coming over or getting on the phone to let me talk it out. My people who I can text whenever I need to let someone know that I need help. I’m thankful for my dad, Mama and Papa, my sister, Andrew and Hannah, and everyone who lets me know that they are praying for me. People who have seen me at my best and my worst and have never given up on me. People who never stop reminding me of God’s goodness and of who I am in Him. People who believe for me what I sometimes don’t have the strength to believe for myself. 
Those are the main things. And I am so thankful. 

Love you all! Happy Thanksgiving!


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