November is here, and with that comes constant posts everywhere about what people are thankful for.  I think this is great.  It is always nice to remind ourselves of the many blessings that we have.  I HOPE that I am thankful at times other than the month of November.  I sure try to be, as I know I have far more to be thankful for than what I could ever deserve.  So many are the obvious…my Savior Jesus Christ, my husband and sweet Mason, Ty Franklin, my family, a warm home with far more in it than I will ever need, good health, wonderful people in all areas of my life…the list could go on and on.  But, I have been reminded several times this month (and it is only the 5th) to be thankful not only for all the wonderful things in life, but to be thankful whatever the circumstance may be.

This can be tricky.  Our feelings are so often based on the circumstances around us.  If things are going well, we are happy and quick to give thanks.  But when life does not go the way we plan, we are often left with feelings of frustration or sadness.  We often overlook that there could be, no there is, still so much to be thankful for.  Trust me, I am definitely guilty of this.

As I have reflected on this over the last few days, I have realized that there are several things that I AM thankful for, even though they have not turned out exactly like I may have thought that they would.  I wanted to share a few of those (in so specific order):

I am thankful for my job!  I will be honest, I am not where I thought I would be 14 years later.  But, I am so blessed to be where I am. I have a job that offers me so much freedom and that is something I need far more than I could have imagined.  I am not tied to my desk.  Though I am a working mom, I have the flexibility to be with Mason anytime he needs me.  I can also be involved in other things that touch my heart (and hopefully help others) that I could not be a part of without this flexibility.  So though I may not be rich in terms of the money I make, I am rich in flexibility and freedom, and those perks far outweigh any others to me.

I am also thankful that I have TWO wonderful boys.  God trusted me with two of his angels, and though He called one home much earlier than I would have liked, I am still thankful He choose me to be his mother.  The heartache has never been more than the blessings Ty brought to my life.  So in spite of losing him, I will always be thankful that he was entrusted to me for his time here on earth!  And boy, I am thankful that I have the promise that I WILL be with him again someday!

And being thankful for things in spite of the circumstance sure makes me thankful that God loves me “in spite of” me.  I fail every day but He loves just the same.  He is there to forgive me and extend His grace no matter what my circumstance is.  I can’t think of anything to be more thankful for than that!     

So may I challenge you as you are reflecting on things you are thankful for this month, remember to be thankful for a few things that maybe aren’t what you thought or hoped they would be, but are blessings just the same.


  1. Angie, that was so well spoken! Thank you for bringing to light that we all have far more than we could ever need and reminding me to thank HIM for the not so great moments in my life too. I love you my dear BFF and you are such a blessing to me and everyone that is lucky enough to know you and precious Ty’s story!

  2. Couldn’t have said it better! Amazing!!

  3. Russie

    You are my hero and one of the strongest women I am privileged to call my friend. I am so proud of you and all you have done for the children of Madison County.

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