I don't know about you girls, but I am feeling more thankful in January 2011 than I've EVER felt on any Thanksgiving Thursday in November!! I am, for possibly the first time, praying 'thank you's' until I fall asleep. I always knew God has, without fail, blessed me and protected me and my family, but boy - this month He is surely making it clear to the world just how much He loves us.
Obviously my first thank you's started January 14 when I met my daughter, Sadie, for the first time. She is a beautiful blessing.. a miracle.. every child is a miracle! Not one of us would be here if it weren't for the Lord.
Yesterday, I had EVEN MORE reason to give thanks. My dad is a pilot - not commercial, he flies as a hobby. Yesterday afternoon he took my mom flying. Dad had spent an hour doing all the routine engine checks before they took off, and everything checked out totally fine. Just after take-off, he noticed that things didn't look quite right, so he decided to turn it back around and get a different plane (the local airport rents them to pilots). When he turned it around to land, the engine failed. The runway was too short to allow time for the plane to slow down, so dad pulled the nose back up to emergency land in the top of a wooded area at the end of the runway. If he had not done this, they would have run straight into the tree trunks, which would have undoubtedly killed them. There was no place else to land, as there is a highway on one side of the airport, and a bridge on the other. They crashed into the tree tops, made it to the ground, and WALKED AWAY WITH ONLY MINOR INJURIES. PRAISE GOD!!!
I could have lost my parents yesterday - but my God was guiding that plane!! I cry just thinking about it. If this is not proof that God DOES exist, works miracles, loves us, and protects us, then, ladies, I don't know what is.
In January 2011, I have been so, so blessed. I just can't say enough 'thanks'.