I am thankful that God has given us a new daughter, Tarikwa who is waiting for us to come get her in Ethiopia.
I am thankful that on April 3, 2009 when the smoke alarms went off in our house, every person got out unharmed.
I am thankful for a mother in law who, when 7 people came and invaded her once peaceful home, she didn't ask us when we were going to find other arrangements!
I am thankful for the relationships we made with the workers at the reconstruction company who painstakingly cleaned and restored the items worth saving from the fire.
I am thankful that hard drives are made of porcelan, making them very heat resistant, which saved the pictures that were on our computer.
I am thankful that the kids baby books were saved.
I am thankful for the patience I developed in all the waiting we had to do.
I am thankful that through everything we went through, God held our hands and guided us through every trial. He gave us strength that we couldn't have had on our own.
I am thankful for the family who bent over backward to help us. We could not have survived as well without them. I love you. May God bless you richly!
I am thankful for friends and neighbors who encouraged us, loved us, helped us, gave to us, cared for us, made us meals and helped with the kids.
I am thankful for Abbott NW Hospital, who was quick to diagnose and treat Blaine when he became paralyzed in July.
I am thankful for the family who helped us through this, yet another obstacle.
I am thankful that Blaine's diagnosis wasn't transverse myelitis (probably not a complete recovery) but was acute demyelinating encephylomyelitis (a much better outcome).
I am thankful that Blaine shocked the entire medical staff when he demanded to be released from the hospital 8 days after admission. Miracle of miracles!
I am thankful that not only did he leave the hospital after only 8 days, he did so on his own two feet. Praise God for only He could do such a thing!
I am thankful for my beautiful family, who under the stress bonded together to support each other and didn't pull apart.
I am thankful that Blaine is no longer on Prednisone! Seriously!
I am thankful for October 15th, the day we moved back home.
I am thankful for my kitchen and the enjoyment it gives me to be in it.
I am thankful that my kids can sleep in peace and aren't afraid of fire.
I am thankful that my Bible is still usable despite it's crispy cover and the fact that it got waterlogged.
I am thankful that my recipes were saved from my recipe box, which didn't survive.
I am thankful that my address book was saved so I can write my Christmas cards out without a ton of work trying to regather all my addresses.
I am thankful that when God says that He'll never leave us or forsake us, He means it.
I could go on and on and on but I need to stop somewhere. These are just a few things off the top of my head but here are so many more. God has taught our family so much this year through His faithfulness to us. We have grown deeper in our level of thankfulness to Him.
May we never lose that or forget His goodness.