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I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For

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Thanksgiving Lunch with the housemates!


*Ahem* Pardon the dust, but I’m back in action for a very special Thanksgiving Day post! Yea though there are still a couple more days of November left, I did want to catch up on my much neglected Thankful Posts! When you think about it, it’s fitting that I’m posting this plethora of thanks on Thanksgiving. So, without, further adieu, I present to you my #ThankfulPosts 12 – 21!

Thankful Post #12

I am thankful for my siblings. I have one brother, one sister, 2 step-brothers, and 3 step-sisters. Each of them are a part of my life in very unique ways. They remind me of the value of family. They extend grace and love to me. They put up with my quirkiness. They give me courtesy laughs when I bomb on my jokes. They share treasured moments with me and  allow me to be part of their kids’ lives. I would not be me without them. 🙂


Thankful Post #13

I am thankful for FACE-OFF . . . the TV Show, not the movie. 😉 There are only 2 shows I really have (make) time for each week. The first is FACE OFF, the second is The Biggest Loser. Don’t get me wrong, I still love The Biggest Loser but for some reason, I don’t look forward to it as much as I do FACE OFF. I feel that while BL inspires the athlete in me, FACE OFF inspires the creative in me. I love that it’s not a petty competition based on popularity, but rather on craft and creativity.


Thankful Post #14

I am thankful for modern medicine. This season brought bronchitis and pneumonia my way and sadly, has taken a hefty toll on me. Thankfully my doctor and modern medicine have been working hard to get me back on the road to health and wholeness!


Thankful Post #15

I am thankful for Master’s Commission of Austin! I got to be part of the MCAustin program for 2 years before joining on Support Staff and eventually joining the Staff. It provided me with an up-close (both ugly and pretty sides) look at ministry and has enabled me to build some of my strongest and most treasured friendships. It allotted me a space to think, dream, inspire, and partner with others to bring hope and healing to so many people. I’m grateful that God placed me in the program when He did and that the Holy Spirit led me to stay put in Austin when the leadership shifted. I now have 2 MC families that shape who I am and am able to lean on for prayer, advice, and shared adventures!


Thankful Post #16

I am thankful for music! Music has always played a major part in my life and through the years, I’ve been able to express myself more fully through it. From Colorguard to Songwriting Class to learning how to play the bass & guitar, I feel that I’ve been armed and trained in using this exquisite weaponry of freedom through music. I am thankful for every music artist—from Buddy Holly to Joan Jett to Jack’s Mannequin—for keeping me going through the years and finding the words that speak to me on many levels in life. I am also forever thankful for the Psalms of David that have been a rock and shield in every season of life!


Thankful Post #17

I am thankful for the ability to work 2 jobs! Each job is unique and carries its own demands, but they also each keep me focused and fed through experiences I’d never imagined I would have before I moved to Seattle. Both jobs allow me to express myself in word and deed, as I try my best to shine the lights of hope, freedom, and full life into all those lives that cross paths with mine.

Thankful Post #18

I am thankful for FRO-YO!! Seriously, is there any treat more exquisite??? . . . okay, okay, you’re right . . . pumpkin pie DOES top that list, but hey, this is all about that creamy goodness that I get to mix and add yummo toppings to every so often. Dear Menchies—thank you for Waffle Bowl Wednesday! Dear Yeti Yogurt—thank you for always having the BEST No-Sugar-Added flavors!!!! Dear Front Porch in RR,TX— thank you for giving me a great option to have when I go home for visits!! So, uh, anyone wanna make a Fro-Yo run with me??? 😉


Thankful Post #19

I am thankful for the ability to live in Seattle! I’ve always been really vain about living in the actual city and having SEATTLE in my address line. There were definitely shaky times when I wasn’t sure if I’d have to move back home or not, but every day I’m here is another day in Wonderland, where I’m able to live out a huge dream of mine! 😀 I LOVE the people, the artistic contributions all around the city, the different personalities in each neighborhood, and the cultural shift that I’m slowly learning to adapt to while not fully abandoning my Southern personality/culture.


Thankful Post #20

I am thankful for the wives of the pastors at my church! They are each incredible women of God who give and give and give and then give some more! They are incredible wives, moms, and mentors. I only hope that God would allow me to become even half as awesome as they are as I grow in ministry. They breathe life into me as they believe in and support me as I live out one of my biggest dreams of ministry to young people. They are witty, clever, and creative—ready to serve in the trenches on a regular basis. They bring a great balance to each of our pastors and give me hopes of maintaining a strong marriage in ministry!


Thankful Post #21

I am thankful for all of my blog readers! You are the reason I do this. You are a large part of the reason that I feel that my memories matter. Thank YOU for taking time out to read through my words and give them life. Thank YOU for leaving comments, sending texts, e-mailing me your thoughts, and all the wonderful support I get from those readers that I see in-person from time to time. You could be doing a million other things (like watching Pride & Prejudice or City Slickers—both of which are more than worthy of quality time, amirite??) and yet you choose to take time out to read the words I type out to describe my thoughts, emotions, and cultural observations. YOU ARE TOO KIND and I’m forever grateful for you! ♥ 😀  And as a token of gratitude, here’s Adam Levine holding a puppy:

You’re welcome 😉


Truly, the amount of things to be thankful for cannot be summed up into one day, so I’m grateful for these fun #ThankfulPost things that go around online for the month of November. I know they can easily be seen as petty or “token” or pointless, but reflecting on these things has really helped me maintain a positive mental attitude and take note of all the little things that mean so much.




Seattle's beauty shines through this chilly Thanksgiving Day!

Seattle’s beauty shines through this chilly Thanksgiving Day!


Author: Amanda Martinez

I am a mexican chick, born in Germany, raised in Austin, TX, lived in Seattle, WA, and now back home in Texas! I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a graphic designer, a youth pastor, a comedienne, a songwriter, a screenwriter, and a lover of music, art, people, and the world around me! Join me on the journey as I share with you my thoughts, dreams, passions, and experiences!

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