Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Linking up with Joan at Reflections of His Grace

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? Bob Hope

There's something magical about Christmas......an energy...an excitement. People smile more...they're kinder, more patient and giving. I never used to like holidays.....I never wanted to celebrate them. They felt too empty... lonely.....hollow. But this week I'm loving it and am grateful for.....

-We've been making heaps of potato pancakes...latkes in Hebrew. We've invited tons of friends to come over tomorrow night to celebrate the fourth night of Chanukah with us. The miracle - I don't cook....my sister walked me through the steps over the phone and the kids can't keep their paws off them. 
-Everything about Christmas and Chanukah....the lights, the decorations, people's patience and kindness.
-My daughter's poem short-listed in a writing contest. She's now in the running to win... She's really proud of herself and I'm over the moon proud of her. 
-Helping out at the outreach centres connected me to some of the most amazing people and reminded me there really are more good people in the world than bad.
-Mostly though for His love that holds me up when there's nothing else. His love cuts through all my fears....and doubts....and gives me peace which to me....is absolute best gift ever. 

14 comments:

Denise said...

I love you my friend, and your thankful heart.

Terri Tiffany said...

Sounds like you are well on your way to an awesome Christmas!! I've enjoyed knowing you this year and reading about your blessings:)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Nikki,
I tried making latkes one year but they didn't turn out as good as I had hoped.
It sounds like you have much to celebrate, my friend, and I'm celebrating with you...Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas! Be blessed this lovely holiday season!

Love and hugs,
Sandi

Chatty Crone said...

And for this Thursday I'm thankful for so many things and you are one of them. sandie

RCUBEs said...

Thank you for being "you" and have a wonderful Christmas "my sister up North! :)" God bless.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy Chanukah!

Glenda said...

Blessings to you and your family during this Christmas season!

NITA said...

Wishing you a Happy Joyful Christmas and a New Year full of unexpected blessings.

Tracy said...

What a great idea...we all have so much to be thankful for if we only take the time to look. Good for your daughter...

Of One Heart said...

Nikki!!!!! Nothing could make my heart happier this morning than to see you celebrating! You know what? I need to keep up!

xxxooo

Nana Jul said...

Your daughter is walking in your footsteps, and you are walking hard after Jesus! I bet you are tickled pink!! Christmas/Chanukah is such a lovely time...a time to bring it all to Him...who keeps us and watches over us, and blesses us and fills us with more of Him..so we over flow to others. I am so READY for The Christmas filling!!
PS(I don't cook either) :)
Celebrate with gusto!

Love,
Julie

Joan said...

I've always wanted to try latkes - perhaps someday I'll try to make them.

Congratulations to your daughter and I wish you a very blessed Christmas.

Joan

Ginny said...

I'm so glad you're having a great Christmas season. There is nothing like giving of ourselves to make us truly happy deep down. Please let us know about your daughter. What kind of contest and what is the prize? I would love to read the poem if she doesn't mind you posting it. I know you are so proud of her!!

Clif said...

I love this post. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.