“A grateful heart recognizes just how many blessings we are given, even when the hard parts are big and painful and overwhelming.” -Chelsea Ritchie, In the Wait Bible Study
As a part of trying to better live in the moments I have been given, I committed to 31 days of gratitude for this past month. The enemy would love for me to focus on the challenges, the hardships, the things that are not happening the way I want them to happen. He wants us to get so focused on the one thing that we don’t have yet in our lives so that we miss out on all that God has given us to be grateful for! And I have said I refuse to give the enemy what he wants any longer. So…I spent the last 31 days focusing on all that I have to be thankful for. And gosh! What an amazingly blessed month it has been!
So for starters, one of the things I have dreamt about when we have kids and they grow up is that I want our house to be a home that our children want to come home to. I want it to be full of love and joy and fun! And I want them to want to bring their friends to our home as well. I want to fill our home with people that we can love and serve. I grew up in a family that loves to play games and just have fun together. I want to continue that tradition in my own household.
For awhile, I thought this was something I would have to wait for. But then I felt God show me that we don’t have to wait for that. It’s something we can do now by welcoming people into our home for dinner and fellowship. So, at the beginning of this month, my husband bought me this beautiful table that my cousin’s husband built. It’s huge and perfect for what I envisioned! And we implemented a Tuesday night family game night, in which we will have dinner together and play games and sometimes invite others over to join us!
(Table by The Vaughn Company)
This month was also the month for our 9 year wedding anniversary! I can’t believe how fast it has gone by and how blessed I am by this man God gave me. Oh how God knew exactly what I needed! We started our anniversary celebration actually at the end of September with a Leon Bridges Concert. My husband is a huge fan, as am I after this concert!
On our actual anniversary, we celebrated with our favorite meal at a sushi restaurant called Kotta Sushi and followed up with some sweet treats at Bonnie Ruth’s.
This was my husband’s year to plan our anniversary trip, we take turns each year coming up with where we are going to go. He went big this year and took me to Vegas! We both love Vegas! The atmosphere is electric. We love the shows and of course the food! We spent Saturday exploring, gambling a little bit, and laying by the pool. (yes, the pool, in October!), but the biggest surprise on Saturday was that he was taking me to see Cirque de Soleil’s “O”. This is the one I’ve been really wanting to see for a long time now. Wow! It was incredible! On Sunday, we spent the early part of the day watching some football on the 20 or more screens at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino and then the latter part of the day was spent at the spa of our hotel. He had gotten us an 80 minute couples massage! Such a fun trip!
My Nena, my mom’s mom, came into town from Colorado about mid-October, so me, my mom, my sister-in-law, and my nephews got to spend a day with her at the Dallas Arboretum. It was beautifully decorated with pumpkins and all things fall!
That next weekend, we were thoughtfully invited by some friends to go to the Kill the Lights concert at AT&T Stadium. After dinner at Humperdinks, we got to see Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, and Luke Bryan perform! What an awesome concert and a fun night!
The State Fair was also going on this month, and we go every year, but have procrastinated this year and ended up going on the very last day. Thankfully, we got there early and it wasn’t too crowded until a little later in the day. We ate a ton of good food, I mean that’s what you go to the Fair for, right? We had Fletcher’s corn dogs, Fried Bacon Wrapped Quail, Caribbean Pineapple Korn-A-Copia, Fried Chicken and Dumplings, Fried Jello, and Dr. Pepper chocolate chip ice cream. Did I mention we ate a lot of food?
The last week of October we finished up the Armor of God bible study I had been involved in with my mom. What an amazing group of women I was blessed to share this time with each week! If you’ve been following my highlight posts from each week of the study, I am definitely going to finish going through those! Sorry for the delay! As you can see it’s been a busy month. 🙂
This past weekend we had planned a trip to go visit my cousin and her husband in their new home they just built. We only get to see them a couple times a year and last time we were together we just decided we need more time together than 2X a year. What an incredible weekend we had!
We got to see their beautiful new home, my husband went hunting with her husband, we went with them to a favorite dinner spot, we went to see my Aunt and Uncle’s Home Market shop they recently opened, we played games, and most importantly we just enjoyed each other’s company. I’m so so thankful for my family and for the relationships that we have with each other that enable us to do things like this.
We got to finish up the month with one of the most exciting games ever…the Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles! We are huge Cowboys fans, which you have probably already seen if you’ve seen much of this blog. We have been to many games over the past several years. My grandparents took us to games every year for many years, so I have loved football for a long time. In all those years of attending games, I don’t know that I have ever seen a more hyped-up energetic crowd! You could just sense the excitement in the stadium over how much fun this season has been so far for us hardcore fans! It was a pretty difficult game to watch to be honest, but the end result made it all worth it!
What a month October has been! I think it’s been my favorite one of the whole year so far! Isn’t it funny that my favorite month of the year is the one I decided to have an attitude of thanks during? Is it a coincidence that there were so many things to be thankful for during the month I chose to make it a focus or is it a direct result of the goal I set out to accomplish this month. A wise preacher once said the things you focus the most on become magnified in your life. If you spend your time focused on what you wish would happen or even on the negative things that are happening you can become so consumed with them you don’t even allow the positive things to take place. Make up your mind today to spend your time thanking Him for what He has given you and then create your moments in those things you are thankful for! May your Novembers be blessed with an attitude of gratitude!