Tonight, I am thankful for Costco pizza.  Okay, well technically it’s not really called Costco pizza, but it is some delicious sort of Margarita pizza that we bought at Costco, so you can probably see where I’m coming from.  Anyhow, I’m thankful for it because when my amazing Youth Pastor husband came home after Youth Group at 9:30pm and was hungry, and I was busy trying to get loads of laundry folded up, we just threw in the Costco pizza and the rest is history.

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Tonight, I’m also thankful for quite a few other things.  And here they are, in no particular order.

I’m thankful for the 40 plus teenagers that came to Youth Group tonight.  Whereas many people write off teens as troubled or trouble makers, we think they are actually quite delightful.  So every Thursday we invite them to our church.  We play dodgeball with them, and tell them that God loves them.  We give them opportunities to serve and to lead and many of them go off to do great things and we could not be prouder or happier.

I’m thankful for our dentist, despite my lifelong dentist anxiety.  I had an appointment a few weeks ago, and there was much talk of cavities and crowns and I ended up feeling quite discouraged about the whole thing.  Because I really don’t sit around and eat candy all day, but I have however realized that my teeth just aren’t as strong as I’d like.  All that being said, I’ve been working really hard to replace that discouragement with gratitude.  Gratitude for our incredible dentist, Dr. Sal Lotardo.  His office Bella Smiles is absolutely the best around.  It’s beautiful and calming and all of his staff is wonderful too.  And today, when I brought our kids in for their cleaning and checkups, they both came out with perfect reports.  No cavities at all.  It’s possible that my weak teeth genes have produced strong ones in our children.  And that is something to be quite thankful for too.

I’m thankful for the bag of frozen Twix candy bars in our freezer.  They have been my motivation to run three 5Ks this week.  Whatever it takes, right?

I’m thankful for all of our friends that are Mets fans.  Because they are finally getting their shot at the World Series, and my Facebook feed could not be happier.  It’s a fun time to live in New York, that is for sure.

I’m thankful for the Fall colors.  Because they are absolutely stunning these days.  That being said, I’m also very thankful for the two clients that I’ll meet up with this weekend for portrait sessions.  I love that they are taking advantage of one of the most beautiful times of year.

And finally, I’m thankful to take time to be thankful.  It’s such a perspective shifter and a great way to end the night.  Thanks for stopping by!

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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