"There is no greater love than this, there is no greater love that could ever be given. For a man to be willing to die so another might live, there is no greater love than this." ~ Steven Curtis Chapman
On this Thanksgiving week, I have no choice but to look at my life and be nothing more than grateful! As I sit here and write I can see out of the corner of my eye my sleeping prince, one of the newest additions to my family...my nephew, Billy. Then back home in Dallas is my other little prince, Baby Will who at 33 weeks decided it was time to enter our world even though he was still so small. I'm not surprised that Will is the fighter that he is, his dad (my brother) is a pretty stubborn/tough guy himself. ; )
October and November of this year have probably been two of the busiest and most surprising months of my life. God is so good, even in the times when I forget all that I'm believing for He doesn't. And the cool thing of it all is that in the midst of all the change and new additions not much has changed. My heart has just grown bigger, which is by far the greatest growing pain I will ever endure. When my niece was born last year I never knew I could love another human that much, but I was wrong...I loved her more, and now there are two more little bundles of joy to love just the same.
I think the greatest thing for me has been the fact that both of these little boys came into this world in the month of November, my birth month as well. They are by far the greatest gifts I could ever ask for. There is no greater love that I could be given in this season of my life than to have the honor of being called "Aunt Cristyn" or as my niece, Avery likes to say..."sta sta."
There is so much joy in the ability to love and to be loved in return. If you do nothing else this week, be sure to hug someone a little longer than normal, to share laughter with your family even if it's over something stupid, and be sure to express a grateful heart no matter how hard it may seem. We've been given the gift of love and joy by one who knew nothing else, so why not share it with all those you come in contact with.
Happy Thanksgiving and lots of Love,
Original Post: November 20, 2007