Hopefully you caught part one of my Thankfulness List. If you didn’t you can check it our by clicking HERE.
Here is the second half of my list, starting with number 16 through 30 (and as mentioned before, this is in no particular order).
16.) Friends – I’ve had a lot come and go in my life, but I’m thankful for all the ones that have meant so much to me. I don’t really have many anymore. I guess that’s a part of growing up. But for those that I do have, I am thankful.
17.) District Youth Director Meetings – Speaking of not having many friends, the UM Youth Directors in our area are beginning to meat monthly and I am really excited for the connections we’ve already made and will continue to make. It’s so nice to be around other adults who totally get where we’re coming from
18.) Fusion – On a similar note, I’m proud to be a part of a new youth movement here in Southeast Texas that we’re calling Fusion. A group of Youth ministers have come together, crossing denominational boundaries, to bring our students together for passionate worship with the ultimate goal of breaking down barriers and helping students into a deeper walk with God.
19.) My Guitar (acoustic) – Love my Larrivee! It’s been a big part of my ministry for 8 years and I still love that it’s not a Taylor or a Martin (this is a picture from a while back… you can tell cause of the hair)
20.) My Guitar (electric) – The second addition to my musical family. I’ve had my Peavey amp for many ears because I got a killer deal on it and never had a good guitar to play through it. It’s a big part of my ministry through music today and a big part of my contribution to Fusion.
21.) Music – You’ve probably seen some of our music posts on this blog. I love to listen to it. I love to play. Music is awesome
22.) Thanksgiving – (put it at 22 cause that’s Thanksgiving day this year) What is there to really say… family, food, fun, football! Second or third best holiday in my opinion.
23.) Christmas Season – This would be the day after Thanksgiving also known as Black Friday. I hope you’ve experienced the joys of Black Friday, but I digress. I love Christmas and I love the Christmas season! The music, the lights, the atmosphere, the weather… it’s all so perfect! (And another vintage picture)
And now things take a bit of a material/superficial turn:
24.) My Bed – It’s warm, it’s comfy, it’s soft, I love it!
25.) iPhone/iPad/iMac – OK, so I don’t want to sound like an Apple fan boy or anything; I promise I’m not. But I do love our computer and the iPad is just so convenient and fun. I always thought the iPhone could be overrated, but I’ve really enjoyed my 4. It may be 2 generations old, but it works great, it’s easy to use, and I love the apps.
26.) MyFitnessPal/RunKeeper – Speaking of apps; I’ve been really trying to work on getting in better shape and losing some weight. RunKeeper helps me track my running and I like being able to actually gauge my progress. MyFitnessPal is a calorie counter and I started using it Labor day weekend. As I’ve followed the daily plans and cut back on my calorie intake, I’ve lost 16 pounds in just 2 months.
27.) New dSLR camera/HD video camera – Staci is big into photography and I love doing video work. These new cameras have been awesome for our family and documenting Josiah’s early life and our family experiences.
28.) DVD/Bluray Collection – I know, it’s nerdy. But Staci and I never watch live TV (The few TV shows we actually keep up with we watch on Hulu), so we pride ourselves in our collection of movies and TV shows. Superficial? yes. Awesome? Heck Yes!
29.) Modern Conveniences – I know this is kind of general and vague, but I was running out of space, and I’m just so glad for electricity and plumbing, and cell phones, cars, planes, etc. It’s just nice.
30.) Upcoming Family Vacation – Family time is something I’ve always cherished and now that we live so far part it’s very hard to come by. So it will be really special spending so much time with all the family. I’m glad everyone wil get to spend so much with Josiah too!
So these are a few things I am especially thankful for this season.