Wednesday, March 11, 2009

35 Thanks

Today, the numerical designation of my years of existence flips over to a new number. I won't specify which one, but you can probably figure it out from context clues. I thought I would list a few things that I'm thankful for.

Two Disclaimers:

First, I always hesitate to post lists such as this because it was written in about 5 minutes, which means someone(s) and something(s) extremely significant are bound to have been left off.

Second, you will notice that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and all mentions of salvation, sanctification, and redemption are missing from this list. That's because that relationship and those blessings in my life are inherently tied to every thing on this list (well, with the possible exception of the Star Wars Trilogy...) and it's to Him I give thanks.

With that said, here's an imperfect and partial list of some of the things I'm thankful for today:

  1. Ryan Zempel (who isn’t thankful for Ryan Zempel?!)
  2. Mom, Dad, Laura, Casey, and Baby Ruthie- my immediate family, who are awesome and have loved me and encourage me through Mechanical Engineering 3133, shocking job transitions, puberty, and other moments of life insanity. (Luckily for Casey and Baby Ruthie, they missed out on most of those!)
  3. Granddaddy, GranBerry, Maw Maw, Paw Paw and all who came before to leave me with a rich family and spiritual heritage.
  4. GranBerry’s pecan pie, cherry pie, chocolate pie, carrot cake, lasagna, …
  5. The Thompson and Zempel sides of the family who have opened their arms and brought me in as one of their own.
  6. The Hungry Mothers
  7. The Playhouse in the Park- and all the long hours Mom worked on box office, costuming, etc.
  8. Mims Park t-ball/softball—and Dad coaching my teams and enduring the dance recitals
  9. The Star Wars Trilogy
  10. Cottage Hill Baptist School/Church
  11. Dauphin Way Baptist Church
  12. The preaching of Fred Wolfe
  13. National Community Church
  14. The Zone Leaders at National Community Church
  15. All the staff, team leaders, ministry leaders, and small group leaders at National Community Church.
  16. John Wesley
  17. Murphy High School
  18. Louisiana State University (except for Mechanical Engineering 3133), particularly LSU football, the biological engineering labs, and Destiny Campus Ministry
  19. Disneyworld- especially the 1987 trip to EPCOT Center
  20. SEC Football
  21. The Matthews, the Plashes, the Fishers, and all those who have invested in me throughout my life
  22. Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Waite, Mrs. Dubose, Coach Murphy, Mrs. Tucker, Mrs. Barber, and all the others that helped me to love science, history, reading, and God.
  23. Five years in the U.S. Senate working for the best Senator in Congress
  24. MLB Baseball, particularly the NY Yankees and Atlanta Braves…and the freedom to be such a bipolar fan.
  25. Stephen Sondheim
  26. The Batterson Family- for being so awesome to do life and ministry with, and for giving me so many opportunities
  27. The National Park System
  28. Letters, pictures, and phone calls from Baby Ruthie
  29. Coca-Cola, BBQ, fried catfish, fried dill pickles, Chickfila, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and all other foods Southern
  30. The 2005 pilgrimage to Jerusalem
  31. Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School
  32. Christmas and Thanksgiving
  33. Dad and Mom taking us to the beach—even though Dad hated the sand and Mom was convinced one of us would be swept away by the undertow
  34. The invention of the printing press
  35. Lifeway Threads and the opportunity to publish my first curriculum, Wineskins for Discipleship
...and with that said...I need to start writing...


At 9:02 AM, Blogger Shannon said...

Stephen Sondheim! that's funny!

At 9:19 AM, Blogger regena sawyer said...

I read with laughter and tears, tears of joy for a daughter who has made us very proud. And on April 28, I will experience the same emotions for another daughter. What a blessing to pass on a rich legacy to the next generation and the next and the next and the next!

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Christina Regule said...

Happy Birthday Heather! Have a great day!

At 10:56 AM, Blogger Ted said...

Happy Birthday, Heather! Missed you in San Antonio. We met very briefly at Willow in October last year. I enjoyed hearing you speak and hoped to talk with you in San Antone. Maybe next time. So much of what you described about group life at NCC sounds like what we've been doing at New Life for the past 10 years or so. Would love to collaborate with you. I'm excited about what you guys are doing through NCC in DC!

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At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Tracey Smith said...

Gotta love a southern gal! SEC football and Krispy Kreme doughnuts! Keep up the great work and congrats on your new publication!


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