What a year for the Merrell family. Lubbock Texas has been our home now for almost a year and a half and we love it. From cotton felids, to cowboy boots, to the Caprock, we have truly enjoyed the time here.
I feel like most of the things I mention are going to be totally cheesy, but isn’t that the best? Just being grateful for the small things in life?
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34
“When joy and prayer are married, their first born child is gratitude.” – Charles Spurgeon
“Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.” –A.W. Tozer
10 Things I’m Most Grateful for This Year
1. Family. I’m incredibly grateful that Fern has spent the whole year growing and developing right on track. I enjoy every minute of being her mom (except when her threenager side is shining through). Nate and I have walked through some really tough things this year, but God has sustained our marriage and it’s sweeter than ever now.
2. Friends. It took several months, but now Nate and I can say we have very close friends in Lubbock. When we first moved, I really struggled with loneliness. There wasn’t one person I could call up to go have coffee with. That was huge to me. But God was faithful, and now we have some really neat friendships that we hope will last a lifetime.
3. Nate’s job. Nate has been blessed to own his own lawn business and then have two really great full-time jobs. He currently works from home doing accounting work for a small business in the oil and gas industry. He really respects his boss and enjoys the other men he works with (all of whom are Christians). The flexibility is the best part!
4. The Blog. Blogging has been super fun these past few months. When I was younger, I would fill up two full journals a year. Then I went through a period of being slightly busy (getting married, having a kid, and moving across the country) and stopped. Blogging is now my little creative outlet. I still can’t believe people actually read it. Haha.
5. Travel. We’ve taken some really awesome trips this year (see #3) as a family, and made some wonderful memories. Our favorites were Colorado and Iceland.
6. Our Twins. We were super excited to be adding one more to our little family. Now that we’ve had a minute to calm down and breathe, we’re doubly excited to be adding two! Next year, I’m praying that I’ll be holding a tiny babe as I write out another post on gratitude.
7. New apartment. When we moved to Lubbock, we thought we’d be there for six months. So we got a place that we could stomach for six months. Those six months turned into twelve, but we were able to move into something much nicer. It’s not huge, but we have three bedrooms, hardwood floors and a HUGE washer and dryer (which is all a mom cares about anyway, right?).
8. Piano students. When we lived in Florida, I taught piano lessons as a side business and had a full studio. When we moved to Lubbock, I was afraid I wouldn’t ever be able to teach again since I wouldn’t know anyone. Again, God is just so kind. I’ve been teaching seven children now and more are coming next year. Giving lessons is such a joy. I love working with children and sharing my love for music.
9. BSF. Short for: Bible Study Fellowship. You know how when a Christian friend asks you your favorite book you really feel like you should say, “The Bible”? Well I’m not being corny when I say BSF is my favorite weekly activity. I’ve never studied the Word like this and our teacher is extremely gifted in bringing truth to life. And Fern has the best little class with teachers who care for her and her tiny soul.
10. Contentment. When we moved out to Texas I was leaving everything. My family, friends, church, piano students, and all things familiar. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel or if I’d ever been “settled”. Yet again, the Lord was good. Not only do I feel “settled” I feel happy. I may be waaaaaaay out in West Texas with the dust bunnies and bison, but I’m very content.
Thanks for reading. What are you most grateful for? God has been so kind to all of us. Let’s show that kindness to others and never forget to thank Him for it.