30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 27

Today I’m thankful that the outcome of a college football game doesn’t make or break my day.


30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 26

I’m thankful that today is the first official day of CHRISTMAS SEASON!!!

It was also Black Friday this morning and I celebrated by sleeping in until 8:30, hitting JC Penney around 11 for a pair of jeans, and leaving empty-handed by about 11:15 because they didn’t have my size. That’s how M&M rolls his Black Friday suckas!

Oh yeah, and I’m also thankful we got the tree up today which also means I’m free from dragging anything into or out of my garage for at least a month.

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 25

Today I’m thankful to not be ill on Thanksgiving.

This was the first time in 3 years that I HAVEN’T had the flu, strep throat, or some other turkey day ruining, doctor visit inducing, illness on Thanksgiving. And it’s not that I don’t enjoy my annual November visits to my favorite family doctor, I do… he’s a great guy AND an OU football fan, BUT… let’s be honest, if I’m going to hang out with the guy once a year, I’d rather just go get coffee. That way my throat wouldn’t need to be swabbed and he wouldn’t have to wash his hands at the end.

I had almost forgotten what it was like to actually enjoy my favorite holiday, but this year my faith has been restored and now all is right with the world.

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 24

Today I’m thankful for unseasonably mild weather and the fact that we actually got a fall this year in Oklahoma.

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and the mercury in the thermometer reads 75 degrees. Unbelievable.

Of course, the high temperature tomorrow is only 39 degrees, which is actually pretty typical for Oklahoma this time of year.

Having grown up in Oklahoma all my life, I haven’t always gotten to experience all four seasons each year. Some years fall or spring just gets skipped entirely as it occasionally goes straight from hot to cold without any in between. This year hasn’t been like that at all though. This year we’ve had a good ole fashioned full-length fall season complete with amazing brightly colored red, yellow, and orange leaves on the trees, warm afternoons, and cool crisp nights.

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 23

Today I’m thankful for birthdays.

Today was Izzy’s two-month birthday and the lovely and talented wife took this picture of her cheesing it up with her favorite zebra, which incidentally is her only zebra.

But this post really isn’t about the two-month anniversary of her birth.

I really am thankful for birthdays. Not only are they better than the alternative, but they also provide an annual opportunity to celebrate with friends and reflect on where we’ve been, who we’ve become, and where we’d like to go in the coming year. With each year (hopefully) we grow a little wiser, a little more experienced at navigating the challenges of life, a little more blessed, and a little closer to becoming the people God made us to be.

The next birthday I have will be my 30th and I’m still trying to decide what I want to do to usher in this new chapter of my life. If you have any suggestions, I’m open. My only requirements are that it be something significant, memorable, challenging, and fun. Sure, I’ll have a party too, but I’d really like to come up with some kind of rite of passage type experience. Who knows? I’m got over 10 months to figure it out.

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 22

Today I’m thankful for my grandparents.

We got to spend time tonight with my dad’s parents and it was really neat watching my grandmother hold Izzy. She was so good with her, which wasn’t surprise. She has, after all, had a lot of practice with the gaggle of grand-kids and great grand-kids that have come before Izzy (I don’t know the exact number as I lost count after 30) not to mention the four kids of her own that she raised.

I’m so blessed to inherit such a great legacy of faith and family from my grandparents on both sides of the family. I love having the opportunity to get to know them better as an adult and I look forward to Izzy having that opportunity with her grandparents some day.

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Days 18-21

Day 18

Thankful that Izzy slept for the ENTIRE 3 and a 1/2 hour journey from Oklahoma City to Grand Lake. She did not stir a single time. IT. WAS. GLORIOUS. The lovely and talented wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the uninterrupted conversation time. Then… to put the icing on the cake, the kid proceeds to sleep from 10:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. That’s 7 WHOLE HOURS!!! Day 18 was a great day indeed.

Day 19

Thankful for peace, quiet, tranquil water, beautiful woods, solitude, hot tubs, books, sunsets, a traditional Mitchell family lake trip Walmart run, and Sonic Happy Hour.

Day 20

Thankful for the opportunity to fish with my brojangle-in-law.

Thankful I got to hold my baby girl on my lap while watching the OU football game.

Day 21

Thankful for time away with my girls, falling leaves, sleeping in, laughter, enough time to read a non-school related book, and this beautiful view from the lake house.