I thank God for protecting me from what I thought I wanted and blessing me with what I didn’t know I needed. I read this quote a few weeks ago and when I read it, I thought to myself… God, yes…And God, Thank you. God has a funny way of doing things. And sometimes, a not so funny way. But we have to be thankful for those ways too. I am learning that more and more each day. Each moment—what it means to trust and to thank. Today, I am thankful. And I want every day to be a celebration of thanks. Through the laughter, through the struggles, in the tears and even in the fears—I want to be thankful.On the sunny days, on the rainy days, on the feel good days, and on the sick days—I want to be thankful. I want to make sure to go through life and take snap shots of all the things I am thankful for... I once read that expectations can be a bad thing. Sometimes we expect things to turn out a certain way, or we expect people to react a certain way, or we expect life to play out in a certain way. So in those ways, yes expectations can be harmful…I believe that. But I think the writer missed something. Something big. Because the truth is, God’s expectations [not mine] and God’s plan [definitely not mine] for my life is very much a good thing—the life that God has designed for me, for us is good. And for that, I am thankful. Usually what we expect and want is different than what God has for us and different than what He knows we need—and so that takes me back to that quote. I am thankful that I am able to look back and see how God protected me—and showing me that I needed something else.something better. Sometimes it takes a bright, blue, cloudless sky, or reading a good book while the breeze hits my face, or a butterfly dancing around me, or even a delicate flower floating in the still water for me to stop and be thankful. To stop and realize that life is full of special moments.To stop and thank God for the people He has put in my path to walk this crazy life with me.To stop. To thank. To Gro.