Monday, November 7, 2011


Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner... I figured I ought to do a post on being thankful.. just for fun ;) I'd love it if you joined me and made your own post! *WARNING- this is really long ;)*

spend the time and read it... amazing ;)

That's my first point today: how lucky I am. I suppose you're just as lucky if you're reading this ;) and i guess it's not a piece of luck, it's God's blessings. Always gotta remember that in this world!
But think about it. I've never not had a roof over my head, air conditioning and heating, more food than I could handle, money, everything i could ever need. I have much more than I will ever need, I know that. I mean... I have so much... stuff. Being humans we think we need stuff. We don't. Stuff isn't going to get us to heaven, stuff isn't going to get us friends, and stuff isn't going to make us happy. Stuff is just stuff and we all have way too much of it. Stuff distracts us from God, our friends, our family.
There are so many people living on the streets. they don't have stuff... but they're alive. We don't need computers, tons of clothes, those containers of ice cream in your freezer, or any of this junk we have that we think we need. Think back to before all of this stuff was invented. People were perfectly happy just with just a house, food, and family.

Point #2 of my first point: we should help the homeless. IDK why I'm so obsessed with this but I am. They need it. I'm getting a group of my friends and we're going to raise money and gather donations for homeless people in our city. I think it'd be great if every state had a group like this with a ton of teens involved ;) I just feel like helping, I think it's what i'm being called to do and i'm going to do it with my whole heart and soul!

Point #2: I'm thankful for my family and friends. My family is amazing. Being home schooled can  be stressful sometimes because think about it: you're around your parents and siblings pretty much 24/7. so yeah... I get tired of my mom. We get in stupid little arguments about nothing sometimes. I do sometimes randomly pick on my brother for no reason except I'm bored. I'm a human ;) I try to do better, and I think that's all that matters. But I love my family so much. Those warm cozy nights we sit around the table at dinner eating and talking about our day. When my dad helps me design and build stuff. When my mom and I go shopping just for the heck of it. When my older brother and I used to go climb the pine trees, go on crazy walks together, and just enjoy the outdoors. when my little brother and I just chill on my bed listening to music and talking about how we'll always be best friends. This is my life, and I love it.
I'm thankful for my friends. They're always there for me. When I'm having a rough day, they know how to cheer me up. I have a friend I can just call, and we'll talk for hours. We can talk about everything, and we never know where our conversations will go. My friends love me and I love them. And that's it, we are just always here for each other, making the world a better place ;) Maybe someone said something about me behind my back, but they were sorry and truly meant it and I forgave them. Mistakes happen, we aren't perfect. As long as we strive to be the best, truest, most trustful friends ever, it's worth it.

Point #3: I'm thankful for trials. I'm thankful for hard times, tests, and heart breaks. Each one teaches me something different about life. I learn a lot each time I get tested. Maybe I mess up sometimes, but that mess up wasn't really a mess up because it taught me something new. I then use my new knowledge in the next trials I have, getting better each time. When I fall, I simply stand right back up, confident and ready for a new test.

I'm thankful for life, friends, family, my house, food, trials, and of course pinterest :P haha I'm thankful for everything, there's just too many things to list!

so I suppose I'm done... :) If you actually read that all thank you! I'm sure you don't like reading this stuff, but I actually really enjoyed writing that... I'm going to be doing more of these soon. lol none of my posts ever actually contain WRITING... so this is new for me, and I'm finding it fun :P

If you could each do me a small favor and leave a comment saying one small thing in life you're thankful for, I'd like to set up a post on Thanksgiving day saying everything we came up with ;) And my post is going to look pretty lame with only two comments, so even if you don't feel like you want to leave a comment, just do it. IDC if you don't have a google account and leave one as anonymous, IDC if you leave a page long list of things, just please, show God some love and say what you're thankful for!

linking up to


Kasey @ The Beautiful Thrifty Life said...

In case I hadn't mentioned it are aweseome!

(by the way, I got my earrings over the weekend and I was sick- literally, in bed sick- and they made me happy! I'm wearing them today!)

I agree that we all have too much stuff. I know I do. I have to clean it up all the time, and it's annoying! One thing I've started doing is that each year for Christmas the only thing I ask for is for people to take the money they would have used to buy some random thing for me and instead use it to help someone who really needs it. When it's time to exchange gifts, I ask them to just write me a letter explaining what they did and give it to me. So far, only one person in my family has honored my request, but it's been a year and that's the only present I remember getting last year! My brother and sister-in-law used my present money to put together cold-weather survival backpacks for several different homeless individuals they passed during their daily commute. The letter they wrote to me made me cry and I felt the true meaning of Christmas. I just hope that the rest of my family will do the same thing for me this year, because that feeling was SO much better than getting a regular gift, and I know that in a way I am blessing my family's lives too by giving them an opportunity to serve. Honestly, I wish my entire family would participate and have us all just serve others all year and then come together at Christmas to talk about it.

And you thought your post was long! LOL! K, I'm done! Oh, and I am thankful for the light of Christ that shines in each of us- for some it's just a flicker, but for others (like you, Alyssa!) it's a SPOTLIGHT and it's what reminds us who we are and where we come from and what our true purpose is in our lives. I know that when we follow it the Lord blesses us with joy beyond measure. :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for YOU. yep that's right. Youre the bestestest friend a person could ask for!!! This Thanksgiving I am thankful for lots of people and things, and i am so happy that your in my life. I am VERRRRRRY thankful for you. I love you to the moon and back (and then to Starbucks).

:{D sophie.

Caroline said...

I'm thankful for good books and good food. I am happy (oh-so!) that God loves ME. :)
I am so grateful for time, one of the most precious gifts. All too often I don't use it as productively as I could.
Thank you for a wonderful "writing" post. You did good! :) It is always interesting to read your blog.

Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said...

I love love love these signs!! They are so fitting to an event going on at my blog next week called Random Acts of Kindness Week. New follower! Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party :)

Also, PRETTY PLEASE stop by and check Random Acts of Kindness Week! Would love it if you could participate!!

Have a great week!!

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my family, who love me no matter what. They encourage me to reach for my dreams.

I am thankful for my friends, who make me laugh and appreciate me. They make me strive to be a better person.

I am thankful for having a roof over my head and things to eat. There may be extra stuff that I have and don't need, but I realize how lucky I am to have the basics and never have to worry about them.

I am thankful for the talents I was given. My creativity is a gift I will never take for granted.

I am thankful for the beautiful world we live in. I try to protect it so it will continue to be this way for generations to come.

:) LAK

Jenni said...

I'm thankful for people I get to "meet" through blog-land. :) I love reading their stories and learning from their creative ideas!

Ann said...

That was awesome!!!
I'm thankful for my family; I even blogged about them after 2 years of no blogging. I'm also thankful for the good friends that God has put in my life, most especially your mom. I'm also thankful to know you and the beautiful young woman you are becoming. This was an awesome post, I'm very proud of you!!!