Today's The Circle linkup is all about sharing what we're thankful for. Rather than a simple list, we're sharing acrostic poems, using the word "thankful." Be sure to visit In Its Time to see what everyone is thankful for. 

Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and although sometimes it's considered the forgotten holiday, I love it. I'll admit that it's partly because of the food, but also because it feels like a pause button before the holiday season begins. A day that's all about eating with people you love and counting your blessings sounds like a pretty good holiday to me.

Here are a few things that I'm especially thankful for right now. 

{T} - Time. It goes by so quickly, so I'm thankful for any quality time I get to spend with the people I love. 

{H} - Health. Sometimes I take my family's good health for granted. However, it doesn't take much to be reminded that I shouldn't, and that I should appreciate what I have while I have it. 

{A} - Answered prayers. Things don't always work out the way I hope they will, yet God has a way of reminding us that He's here, and that He listens. He may not answer in the way or time frame that I want, but lately I've been reminded that He does indeed answer.

{N} - Newness. It feels like there's a lot of new in my life right now, from a new house to a new stage in Jona's life (hello, terrible twos!). I don't always do the best with change, but I'm trying to focus on the good and give myself time to adjust to the rest. 

{K} - Kitchen. This seems like a funny thing to be thankful for, but I truly am thankful for my kitchen! I spend a lot of time there, and it's the room in my house that most says "home" to me. Sometimes the state of the rest of our house is enough to stress me out, but when I go to the kitchen I'm not thinking about organizing or decorating, I'm just thinking about the meal I'm cooking or the dessert I'm baking. It's a calming place, to me. 

{F }- Family. I am so incredibly grateful for my family, and for my friends who feel like family as well. I have so many generous, thoughtful, and caring people in my life, and this time of year I'm especially thankful for them. 

{U} - Unplanned moments. I'm such a planner. I don't do well with spontaneity, and Aaron often teases that "if it's not on the list, it doesn't get done." However, it's during those times where I decide to take a break from my schedule (like when I played hooky from work and we all went to the Royals' World Series parade) that I feel like I'm truly living. 

{L} - Library. Nerd alert! But yes, I am so thankful for the library. Books are such a source of joy for me, and the library allows me continual access to this joy for FREE. I love sharing this love with Jona, who gets as excited as I do when I come home with a big stack of books just for him. Libraries are the best. 

I'm also so thankful for every person who reads this blog. So many of you have become friends to me, and I'm so glad that you're here. Thank you! 

What are you thankful for right now? 

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