Tuesday, November 21, 2017

So Much to be Grateful for

Thanksgiving is almost here. I can hardly wait to taste all that yummy food. Then it's on to Christmas and all the fun and festivities of the holiday season.
So today, I thought I'd pause for a moment and think about all that I am thankful for. Actually, I was driving home from the grocery store with all of my Thanksgiving fixins when the song Count Your Blessings popped into my head. 
"Count your many blessings, name them one by one."

Hmm...name them one by one?
So I did.
There in the car, I named off each and every thing I was thankful for .

First and foremost, I am thankful for my family.
My ever-growing family.
And there's a reason why I appreciate them so, aside from your typical reasons.
You see, I'm an only child. Growing up, I watched all of my friends with their siblings and longed to have a big family.
Now, I have just that. And whenever we're all together I'm still floored that God could entrust one lonely little girl with so many incredible people.
And don't even get me started on the grandkids, because there just aren't enough tissues to go around.

While we're on the topic of family, I'm also thankful for my dogs.
Because they are my babies, too. 

I'm thankful for God's provision. Food, a safe place to lay my head at night and countless other things we often take for granted.

I'm thankful for the simple things in life. Those things that remind us God still reigns and longs to delight His children with His majesty.
Things like gorgeous sunsets.
Picture perfect settings.
I'm thankful for the lovely ladies here at the Yankee-Belle Café and friends who love me just the way I am.
Who encourage me. 
And aren't afraid to call me out when I need it. 
And, of course, I'm thankful for books and for the calling that God has laid upon me to write for Him.
It's a humbling responsibility, indeed.
And today just happens to be the official release date The Deputy's Holiday Family. 

Okay, now it's your turn to count your blessing.
What are you thankful for?
Don't forget to name them one by one. 


Mindy Obenhaus lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children and two dogs. She's passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com  


  1. So much wonderful to be thankful for, my friend! I love the pics, love the growing family, love seeing cute babies now and again... we are blessed... And in those hard times we all face... those grab the tissues and find the faith days, nights, weeks, months... to know the magnitude of our blessings going in helps us to get through.

    Bless you and your beautiful family and friends this Thanksgiving weekend! And HUGE CONGRATS on the newest book release. I am so happy for you!

    1. Ruthy, now I’m embarrassed. One of the things I did say out loud in the car, I didn’t list here. And it really is number one above everything. I’m thankful for Jesus, because without Him, I would have nothing. Honestly, I can’t imagine going through this life without Him. I know those hard times you mentioned. Without God, I’m not sure I would have made it through. He sustains me.

  2. Congratulations on your book release!!! I found it at Walmart earlier this week. :)

    I can't even begin to list the things I'm thankful for. God and all He encompasses tops the list...once you start opening that package, it's hard to stop.

    My word for the year is "gratitude." It's been an up and down year, but choosing to look at every event through that word has been humbling, and very good.

    And I love those grand babies of yours! They just keep coming!

    1. They do keep coming, Jan, and it humbling how just little ole me has resulted in so many. God has definitely given this girl the desires of her heart.
      Your word GRATEFUL is a great reminder to praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow. I've been around long enough to recognize that sometimes blessings don't come in pretty packaging. Instead, they're disguised at hardships or heartache. But the joy of being able to look back later and see God's hand at work in our lives through those troubles gives us the assurance that He is always at work on our behalf.

  3. Mindy, what wonderful photos! A beautiful family! And a gorgeous setting for your ranch and new home.

    I'm so very thankful for my family and really looking forward to everyone being home. As my son once said at the holidays, "Mom, you're happiest when all your chicks are home." He's so right! :)

    I'm also very thankful that life has been settling down a bit in the last month. God knew I needed that!

    1. Missy, I'm the same way. I like having my chicks at home. And right now, I'm looking forward to February when things will, hopefully, be settled down. The move will be complete, our new granddaughter will have made her arrival and Grammy can settle in for lots and lots of writing.

  4. BOOKS!!!!! I'm thankful for books...do you want me to name all the ones I have read this year one by one? That would be 281 which means I'm 19 away from my 300 books read GoodReads goal so it's definitely doable. And The Deputy's Holiday Family is one of them!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Mindy! And the rest of the chefs at the cafe.

    1. Why, yes, Kav. I think you should name them all. :P So where do you keep all of them? I can't wait for you to read Matt's story, though. Or, more important, I can't wait hear your thoughts on it.