Weekly Image of Life: I Am Thankful For…

1Thessalonians5:18 (NLT)                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

I appreciate the Lord and where I am in my life today.  I’ve grown so much through my relationship with Him, and I know there is much more pruning and maturing to do.  Because of this, I could easily turn this weeks “image of life” into several posts within a post, but instead I will focus on my greatest reason for gratitude this year:  the healthy delivery of my baby girl.  Perhaps one day I will share my entire pregnancy and labor story with you all, but I want God to receive the glory for the numerous testimonies I was able to give from her conception to birth.  Although I experienced extreme illness during my pregnancy (which included several uncommon symptoms), prayed through the wave of emotions associated with a  threatened miscarriage, and had the adventure of an emergency c-section without my husband in the room, I never wavered in God’s promise to me regarding the birth of this precious child.

Even though my mommy intuition told me we’d have a girl, 😉 we chose to be surprised by the gender of our first-born.  Either way, we knew he or she would bless us tremendously and change our lives for the good.  Now I can’t imagine what life was like before we welcomed Miss Alexandra Simone into the world, and I thank  the opportunity to be a mommy.  It is one I will never take for granted…

The day we met.
8 months later!

I am also extremely thankful for all of you, and I hope you know how much you mean to me!! You’ve blessed my life and enriched me with friendships, new and old, and I pray we continue to give thanks daily….not just on Thanksgiving!! 🙂

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey. If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!