Friday, November 28, 2008

My top 10

I realize that Thanksgiving has passed, but I have decided to continue giving thanks. I don't think I can put into words how thankful I am this year. My life has radically changed in many ways. In honor of the holiday, and because Meg, Sarah, Jenna, Hannah, and many more did it, I've decided to as well.

The Top Ten Things I'm Thankful For:
(In no particular order)

1. My cat Rocky. He's cute, he's fluffy, and he gives me a reason to vacuum. HA (If you are confused, reference Confession #3)

2. Family Dinner/ Mafia. Every Sunday night, people pile into my house for dinner and a few cut throat games of Mafia. I love the family that has begun to develop through these evenings together. I love the pile of shoes at the door. I love how people are now as hooked on Mafia as I am!

3. My roommates. They are amazing women, and are just genuine people. I have had a LOT of roommates, and these two are by far the best yet. And they both love my cat.... well, maybe LOVE is a bit of a stretch. They tolerate him at least!

4. My Life Group. These women are amazing. They share life with me, and I continue to grow and learn from them. There is a very unique dynamic and rhythm to our group, and I love every minute I get to spend with them.

5. Windchimes. I love how soothing they are. I love really windy nights, when I can hear them even with my window is closed. That's my favorite.

6. Peppermint hot chocolate. By far my favorite hot drink. I get instant comfort from drinking it.

7. The beach. Any beach. I grew up about 2 minutes away from the ocean, and the beach is my ultimate place of comfort.

8. New friends. This past year I have made a TON of new friends. Don't get me wrong, I am thankful for the old friends too, but there is something special about meeting a new person, and beginning a new journey with them. Hearing their stories, and learning their unique quirks.

9. The deep passion for children that God's given me. God has brought so much purpose to my life just through this passion. I know exactly why I am here, and that is to teach His children. I love being around kids. God has given me His dream for the children of this world, and I couldn't be more excited to live out this dream. I'm not sure where it will take me... Africa perhaps? Maybe China? Wherever I end up, I know the calling on my life, and that is something I am truly thankful for!!

10. Back surgery. I know, you are all probably wondering "why in the WORLD is she thankful for having to undergo back surgery?!" Well the answer is simple- it forced me to slow down. I was moving so fast ALL the time, that I never slowed down, ever. By having surgery, I was forced to slow down, and God really blessed me in ways that I can't even begin to explain. New friends, new home, new roommates, new job, new opportunities.

It was a crazy year. A good year, but a crazy year. I could continue to list things I'm thankful for until the sun comes up, but I must stop.

Happy Thanksgiving


Annie said...

A belated Happy Thanksgiving. And I'm thankful for your, for your impact on children's lives.

Becky Moseley said...

What a great list. Know that as you're thankful for our kids, we're thankful for your passion for them.

Jenna said...

i'm SO stinkin thankful for your back surgery. haha! but really. michael phelps and getting to know emily branca via vacuuming (but definitely not as well as she does it) her 4-sq-ft living room! the BEST ending to a summer i could have ever asked for...

i love you!

bETH vAUGHN said...

yay a thankful blog from Emily! I hope you left some decorating for me..cuz I love Christmas decorating. I can't wait to see the new tree!
Sad I missed tonight..hope the game of Mafia was lively enough without me there screaming for people to kill someone.

I'm thankful also for your back surgery and the way God used it in your gave me a new friend and a new hated pet!..haha
love you!

Sarah said...

sorry! that last comment was from me!..I didn't realize this computer was signed in under a different name..haha

Cara said...

Hey Emily, thank you so much for the comment. Sorry it took so long to respond but I'm still figuring out how to use this whole thing! I actually just got the comment today and didn't think anyone actually read my blog... I was just writing to get stuff of my chest! But anyways thank you so much. To know that someone has felt the same way and to see how far you've come is really inspiring. I think before I was trying to do it for other people and now I realized that it's me who has to want a relationship with God... and I really have missed the Stirring! Thanks for your words of encouragement and I can't wait to see more of you! Take Care Girl
P.S. I really enjoyed your Blog!!

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