Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Linking up with Dayle at  Simple Pleasures

"Love  life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it." Maya Angelou

Life...it's an adventure.....full of neat opportunities everywhere..... and amazing people....people who make a difference...who give courage..... and hope.....who offer support.....and care....His angels.....on earth....who show kindness.....and touch my life with pieces of their own....people I'll never forget and opportunities that I'm really grateful for, like....

-exchange students.....my friend is hosting three students from other countries. We went over to meet them and took two of them back to our place and then for a hike in the woods. The next day all the students met to share the highlight of their week and those two students said their highlight was meeting us
-more exchange students.....we met some more of the students. One guy, K, really stood out for me....Back in his home, he volunteers in an orphanage teaching the kids what he's learning at university. He told me orphans never have the opportunity to go to college or university and when they turn 18, they're given jobs in factories.  What a neat guy for caring so much.  
-Shortlisted....I found out my story, Murder in the Falls, shortlisted for the Polar Expressions Contest. Being shortlisted means my story will be published in their anthology in December. And it's still in the running to possibly win...winners will be chosen mid Dec.
-You guys....although I may never meet most of you.....you guys inspire and encourage me so much....I hope I do the same for you...I am totally grateful for all of you!!!
-Purpose...Knowing and being connected to Him has given my life meaning....and purpose. Because of Him....life has become a very cool adventure.....

15 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

I am amazed at all the wonderful LIFE you have going on there girl - I am so happy for you!

RCUBEs said...

What a joy-filled life you have now, glory be to God Who is the Best Giver of gifts...

I pray that you win that contest. Praying for His wisdom and discernment over you. That's nice that you got to inspire some exchange students and you were also inspired by their personal experiences. Have an awesome day sister up north! :)

Cinner said...

I am so happy for you,,,you know your life just keeps getting better and better. The exchange students sound like a lot of fun. have a great weekend. hugs.

Ms.Daisy said...

Sarah,
You are so right...knowing Him makes life a wonderful adventure. So many things to look forward to like meeting the exchange students and learning a little about thier life and times. So happy to hear about your story...keeping fingers crossed for you! :)

~Jean
He who dewlls in the shelter of the
Most High,
Will rest in the shadow of the
Almighty.
Psalm 91:1

Wanda's Wings said...

Blessing come in so many ways. It sounds like things are going your way, God continue to bless you.

Michelle said...

Life is definitely and adventure.

You are such an inspiration.

Congratulations on your story being shortlisted.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Those are all such wonderful things to be grateful, pleased and happy about. :) Hope your day is great. Tammy

It's Just Dottie said...

I love what you are grateful for.
I am a simple women and find pleasure in the smallest of things. I thank God every day for what He has given to me. I thank Him for you,my friend.
Smiles,Dottie

Ginny said...

Things just continue to get better for you, and I am so glad!!! So cool about your story!!

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

I so love the idea of exchange students. Probably because I'm such a scaredy cat ~ I barely have the courage to venture out on my own now - I cannot imagine me going so far away from home at such a young age.

TheBlogWriter8 said...

Do you know how much these weekly gratitude posts do for me as your reader? Do you know how much I learn from you? Here's a hug, Nikki! I love you and am so very happy for you! xoxo

Debbie said...

Yay! About the shortlisted thing! (Just imagine pom pons) That's so wonderful, Sarah.

I enjoyed them all this week. I have hosted two exchange students, and it is such fun to show them America.

Jen said...

Congratulations about being shortlisted! Hooray!!

Southern Gal said...

A beautiful list of thankfulness. Congratulations on the news of your story!

Dayle said...

Nikki, congrats on your story! Sounds like a great one. And thanks for being an inspiration. You really are.