Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 51

We hit the 5,500 milestone today! Wow! I love that we get to celebrate thankful milestones in 500 reason increments along the way. Each one of us has so many things to be thankful for and I enjoy reading everyone's unique approach to thanksgiving. You make this journey so much more exciting. Thank you for partnering with me in The Thankfulness Experiment. Our latest milestone is on the lower right branch.

Tonight, my family got to experience a unique Christmas event here in Louisville, KY. It's called KaLightascope at The Galt House Hotel. Imagine larger than life colorful, animated, automated lanterns in Christmas scenes. It reminded me of 3D stained glass windows. They were beautiful... there was Santa on a snowboard, dancing gingerbread girls, skating snowmen, toys and a Merry Christmas sign. But my favorite part of the display with the one about the true meaning of Christmas. There was an entire scene of Mary holding baby Jesus with Joseph at her side, angels and Wise Men. It was beautiful and a great reminder that Jesus really is the reason for the season. Here's a picture:

One of my favorite classic Christmas songs is What Child is This? which syncs up with the picture above.

what child is this
who laid to rest
on Mary's lap is sleeping
whom angels greet with anthems sweet
while shepherds watch are keeping
this, this is Christ the king
whom shepherds guard and angels sing
haste, haste to bring him praise
the babe, the son of Mary

he lies in such a lowly place
where ox and ass are feeding
the end of fear for all who hear
the silent word is speaking

this, this is Christ the king
whom shepherds guard and angels sing
haste, haste to bring him praise
the babe, the son of Mary

so bring him incense,
gold and myrrh,
come peasant king to love him;
the king of kings salvation brings,
let loving hearts enthrone him.

this, this is Christ the king
whom shepherds guard and angels sing
haste, haste to bring him praise
the babe, the son of Mary

raise, raise the song on high,
the virgin sings her lullaby:
joy, joy for Christ is born,
the babe, the son of Mary.
As I was listening to this song today, the picture of shepherds being the first ones to greet Jesus took on a new meaning. God reminded me that Jesus was the good shepherd (John 10:11-18), so while to us, it may seem odd that those guarding sheep were the first to welcome Jesus to the world, it actually makes more sense now. This connection never occurred to me before. Jesus' birth was to save everyone one... from the lowly shepherd to the Leaders of the world. And both groups welcomed Jesus... shepherds in Luke 2:8-20 and Magi in Matthew 2:1-12. It's so exciting to learn new things about the Christmas story. The birth of Jesus is our reason for hope and one thing that we can give thanks for each day. Let's experience the Christmas story with thanksgiving this year as we celebrate the most important birthday ever on December 25th.
Tonight, I am thankful for...
1. Winter Break
2. Sleeping in
3. Knowing my friends are praying for me and learning how the Holy Spirit lets them know just what to pray
4. Making Christmas cookies and candy
5. Laughing with my mom during the baking process
6. My generous parents treating my family to dinner and KaLightascope
7. The smell of gingerbread
8. Hearing the kids say "This is fun" while helping with cookies and candy
9. Learning that non-perils are NOT the best topping for sugar cookies...imagine the tiniest bouncing balls everywhere
10. Sprinkle mountains on cookies
11. Praying for others
12. Knowing God hears our prayers and Jesus advocates on our behalf too
13. My hubby who knows the ins and outs of technology... because I don't... and how he helps me
14. The joy of kids running down the pedways
15. Jesus' humility and love that just blows me away!
Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 4,354 to go...


  1. Eden
    I am thankful for:
    1. My Mom
    2. My Dad
    3. Christmas
    4. Our car
    5. The Willey family
    6. Tutti fruitti popcorn

  2. I am thankful for :
    1. The Lawrence family Christmas ham tradition
    2. Memories
    3. Moments captured on film- priceless indeed
    4. Hope
    5. Grace
    6. Mercy
    7. Healing
    8. Salvation
    9. Love
    10. Rest

    Bonnie Lawrence

  3. I am thankful for...
    1. Kiddos who sleep
    2. New adventures with a neighbor who is also an awesome friend
    3. Watching my daughter love on my son
    4. Getting a nap when the kiddos napped to fight off a headache
    5. Leftovers for dinner
    6. A husband who works from home
    7. A husband who really like to clean and is really good at it!!!
    8. Clean bathrooms
    9. Not feeling overwhelmed for the upcoming in-law family Christmas visit
    10. Skinny cow ice cream sandwiches
    11. Being able to pray continuously for a family I dearly love
    12. God's presence
    13. Friendships
    14. My mom feeling better
    15. The sound of nieces and nephew on the phone eating cookie dough and knowing I'll get to see them soon

  4. I am thankful for
    1.My son taking both kids to the eye doctor when only one had an appointment.
    2.Me having time to roll the candy and cookies before the kids came back.
    3.My son having lunch with the kids.
    4.Getting out of my bad mood because things were not going as planned.
    5.Baking cookies and making candy with family.
    6.Seeing how much fun the kids were having decorating the cookies.
    7.Having a Christmas outing.(all ten of us and it went really well.)
    8.The kids being so good and not touching when they were told not to touch before they went in.
    9.Everyone having cookies and candy to take home and share.
    10.Relaxing and reading before going to bed.
    11.Going to bed and going right to sleep.

  5. I am thankful ...
    1) that my son is finally finished with all of his comprehensive finals!
    2) for all of his hard work and the great grades because of it.
    3) that both of our kids have a break from school for 2 weeks (daughter's college break is longer)
    4) for the opportunity to go to Owensboro to spend time with my family
    5) for family dinner in Owensboro with my mom, brother, sister and her family.

  6. I am thankful for:
    1, Greg's safe arrival to CA
    2. my children laughing together and enjoying one another's company
    3. Casa Lupe's - yum
    4. a time to relax and read
    5. puzzel time!
    6. getting in the Christmas spirit with wrapping gifts and watching movies