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Stephen and I have been flying by the seat of our pants the last couple of weeks, and sleep has been scarce. We’re both deathly tired, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Anyway, Stephen had to get up earlier than I this morning (and I still got up before the sun rose…), so he was gone when I woke up. It is no fun at all trying to drag yourself out of bed and get ready for work when you’re by yourself and it’s still dark outside.

So what did he do? This is what I saw on the bathroom mirror when I dragged myself out of bed:

note about coffee on the bathroom mirror

And in case I forgot by the time I got to the kitchen (a highly likely scenario at dark-thirty a.m.):

pink note on the coffee maker

Except imagine that it’s dark outside in these pictures (because I certainly wasn’t toting around my camera that early to get real-time photos for you). And also imagine that the coffee pot is in its place and not completely empty and sitting in the sink.

At 5-something in the morning he set the coffee maker and left me a few notes. I’m telling you. That man knows just what I need and when I need it. 🙂

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I’m a little late, but after dinner with family, I was packing on Thanksgiving and moving the day after. So it’s practically Christmas…. but there are plenty of things for which I’m thankful! 🙂

1. God’s grace

Oh my goodness, I would be a big ball of mess without my Savior. He loves me enough to die for me, defeated death when he rose again, and paid the price that I owed for my sin. And now I am free of that penalty because of His mercy! I owe him everything, and yet He still pours out His blessings on me every single day.

2. My husband

Hannah and Stephen dancing at their wedding

Hannah and Stephen jumping wedding photo

I’m still amazed at how God completely redirected my life during my freshman year of college and allowed me to meet the man who would become my husband four years later. He is such a great example to me of what it means to fear the Lord and serve Him. Stephen has wisdom that I sure don’t, and I can always count on him to call me out or encourage me at the appropriate time. He’s not perfect, but neither am I, and God is using our imperfections to teach us more about what it means to obey Him. And friends, the man is hilarious.

3. My family

Wedding family portrait

These people are lovely. The set that raised me had to put up with a lot over the years, and despite the sibling squabbles, I had SO much fun growing up in that family! The set that became my in-laws has welcomed me with open arms and loved me as their own. What a blessing.

4. My job

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I work with amazing people doing something I love and that allows me to learn and research to constantly stay on top of it. Those of you who know me know that I thrive on challenges. The changing nature of my field is constantly keeping me on my toes!

5. My new kitchen

kitchen in my new apartment

Ok, honestly folks, the kitchen in our new apartment is FABULOUS (we recently moved to a new city). And did I mention I now have a real pantry?! I love to cook, and I barely had any counter space in our old apartment. Plus, the stovetop was rather fickle, and the counters were stained. It was definitely functional, and for that I’m thankful, but God really blessed me with a husband who thought it was important to upgrade my kitchen with this move. It sounds silly, but it really makes me so happy. 🙂

6. Christmas

Stephen decorating the Christmas tree

I really love Christmastime. Like, a lot. Like, my apartment was decorated for Christmas the day after we moved. I absolutely love all the lights, the smells, the food, the music, the secrets and surprises, and everything else that comes with it. I refuse to listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, but once that day comes, it’s all I listen to. Here are some of my favorite CDs:

And of course, getting to celebrate part of God’s master plan for #1 (at the top): the birth of Jesus Christ!

What are you thankful for?

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