this year, all through the month of november, our family worked on a thanksgiving chain. each night after dinner, each of us would write one thing we are thankful for on a small slip of paper, which we would then glue and add to the chain in our dining room. by the end of the month it was pretty long, and even included links made by different guests we had over for dinner during the month. it was a great exercise in gratitude, not only for the children, but also for shannon and i. and now it is fun to take a look back and see the different things we've been thankful for over the month, like this one, which is Jackson's. why not be thankful for batman? he stops such awful villains as mr. freeze, the riddler, and the wildly grotesque killer croc. i'm thankful, too! i particularly enjoy this one, which is caedmon's. it says "magical pencils," and is how he says "mechanical pencils," which i suppose is something he is thankful for. h
a collection of words about God and life and art and baseball and football and hope and my family and my ministry and music and the immense joy in each moment of all of it. it's a record of being human. welcome.