Thanksgiving Friday: Seven Thankful Things on my 13th Annual Alive Day 

I am thoroughly enjoying being part of a network of thankful bloggers who are adding to their peaceful resistance, blogging their thankfulness is every Friday during the year 2017.

Be inspired by them, and check out their blogs on the collective, by following this link: 

http://www.for-the-birds-blog.com/blog/seven-gratitudes-vol-18

13 years ago, I was driving home from college, on Cinco de Mayo. I had finished classes, and my dad was waiting on me for us to excitedly celebrate by trying a new Mexican place back home that I was ready to share with someone special. 
My bunny, Petey Beans and I hit the road around 11:30 that morning, and about 2 1/2 hours later, I was being life flighted to Vanderbilt University Hospital, and Petey Beans was temporarily adopted by Nashville EMTs. They gave him his own locker at the station and everything!

The details are too long for this post, but in short, through a freak accident and seatbelt malfunction on my way home, I flipped my car, flew out the window and slid for about 50 feet on the oncoming lane’s shoulder – scraping my back and the side of my face, Breaking two ribs, and puncturing my leg.

Now, every year on this day, May 5, I celebrate being alive and reflect on what I am thankful for as a result of being spared on that day.

1. Sweet TavaRuth, my precious niece. 

Recently at a family event, I hit a coyote with my car. After lunch, I was waking out the door to take RubyChupacabraElizabethRobb to my cousin’s shop to get her bumper dealt with, and TavaRuth came running after me. “Wait! I need a hug first.” ❤️

2. The relationship with my sisters which is one of my most life giving things; and my parents who are supportive and fun.

When my sisters and I get together, it is goofball central once we get going. We also have an eternal group text going. We are so fun. My wonderful parents are the greatest blessing. We also have a group text. I like to share recipes with my mom, and sermon ideas with my dad. Most of the things I know about how to treat people, I learned from them. 

3. My church

My church loves and supports me, and has taught me how to be a better minister, a more loving servant, a more compassionate listener. I love them too. Without them, my ordination would not have been as special, I wouldn’t have nearly as many preaching opportunities. I’m so thankful. 

4. Mcafee School of Theology

I’ll get to personally thank the professors I see tonight as I join the community of students and alumni in a service of commissioning for the current graduates. McAfee brought me opportunities for ministry, confidence, and finally helped me find my voice. I’ve gained wonderful lasting relationships – HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY!!! – with classmates, professors and students who have become my interns. 

5. My love

McAfee also brought me Andrew. Two weekends ago, we had “the perfect date.” We started by meeting at Waffle House for breakfast, then we went antiquing in downtown Clarkston. After that, we had a nic lunch on the porch at The Pig and Chick, and spent the rest of the day at Piedmont Park – walking around, reading together on the swings, and talking. We had dinner at Taco Mac – roasted wings – and then ended the evening sharing some Cold Stone on the steps of the open air gazebo in the middle of the Target shopping center at Perimeter. 

6 My lifelong besties

I met my best friend Carrie during the second week of 7th grade, and we have been practically sisters ever since. Her parents and brother are like another family and her precocious daughter calls me “aunt Sara.” Julia’s and Amber’s children call me that as well. It’s wonderful to have relationships that have lasted over 20 years and are still going strong. 

I’ve also made new friends since I’ve been in Atlanta – some have moved away but we still keep in touch- and some are here and I love to spend time with them as often as I can. 

7. Health coverage 

I know that this is an inflammatory issue – with which I have had my share of issues. Though I could complain for days, I am thankful. 
The drug my doctor wants me on to best control my blood sugar is way out of my affordability range and the manufacturer coupon doesn’t apply to marketplace plans. 
But, my doctor and I will come up with a regimen of older drugs that are just as effective, but may just be injectable instead of oral. 

I’m thankful. 

I have the means to budget and plan for healthcare for which I have to spend a little more than I used to, and I have a good doctor.

 I can get the basic metformin formulation for free at Publix, and the extended release version for not much more than that. 
I am eligible for the RespiClick inhaler manufacturer coupon, and I can be seen at a doctor’s office or urgent care with minimal hassle.

 I am thankful. Thankful to be alive, and loved. Thankful to have and be a friend, to have and be family. I’m thankful for so many blessings in my life. 

How are you thankful today? 

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