in no particular order. my relationship with Jesus. my best friend and fiance, ryan. loving, supportive parents. my sisters who make me laugh every day. pey-pey, the best dog in the world. coffee and vanilla caramel creamer. colorful tights. salted caramel hot chocolate. Christmas music. pumpkin pie. bike riding adventures. glitter. smashbooks. cameras to capture every day moments. the color green. cat naps. hunger games and twilight. girlfriends. being home for the holidays this year. God's continued provision this year. burt's bee lip gloss. shoes. journaling. community. messy hair buns. laughter. and of course, last but not least, friends like you!
often times, it's easiest to focus on the negative things in this life. it's easy to be distracted by worries or fears of the unknown, but i'm continually learning to focus on the good. i have to in order to make it through the bad. and i'm gonna be raw for a second here, but this past year has personally been a very trying one - and i'm continually learning to take life a day at a time and to be grateful for God's daily provisions, even when i don't understand the whys of life's hardships. as ironic as it might sound, with this particular thanksgiving, i find myself even more grateful to God for his blessings!
enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
give thanks to him; bless his name!
for the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
[happy thanksgiving, friend.]
p.s. if you are Lori (#485) of ChicGeek Designs, you have one more reason to be thankful today! you just won the Blowfish Shoes giveaway - so be sure to shoot me an email at muchloveilly at gmail com to claim your prize! let me know what shoe, style and size you want with your mailing address so that we can get those off to you ASAP! congrats, Lori and thank YOU, Blowfish Shoes for another sweet giveaway!
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