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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday 11.16.2017

We are officially one week away from Thanksgiving!!
#TeamThanksgiving all the way!

This week has been a particularly tough, mentally & spiritually, one for the Hensley 5, so I'm thankful that I've taken the Thursdays of this month to share reasons and things I'm thankful for.
Seeing these lists has helped my frustrated self start to get out of that funk.

Today, along with these posts, I want to share something that we often don't see as something to be thankful for...TRIALS!

The Hensley 5 have been through their fair share of trials in the past couple of years. Most days have been a constant battle between surviving with tons of grace from God or giving up. I'm not even going to lie to y'all..I'm a mess! I've struggled this week through the frustrations of envy, comparison..of feeling inadequate. I've questioned myself, & I've questioned God's plan. I've quit & then I've quit again. I've decided to runaway more times than I've proud of, and yet, He still reminds me daily that these trials are temporary, and then He reassures me that these struggles are working themselves for my good and for His ultimate glory.
So what do we do when we face trials?! 
We pray, and we allow these trials to change us for the better.

Like I said earlier, this has been a struggle week, for sure. I've been constantly reminded of our failures & short-comings, and I've let it break me. My precious husband, however, has been so changed for the better that he has been a constant source of encouragement & prayer. There is nothing, & I mean not a thing, better than when your husband says, "Let's spend some quiet time praying together over our struggles." I've needed that quiet time with Joseph. I don't know exactly how our situation will work out, but I do know this that God has a plan for the Hensley 5. I cannot wait to see how His plan unfolds, and until then, He still gets all the glory.

Today, a week before Thanksgiving, I'm going ahead & praising God for this life that He's given me. I'm so overwhelmed by His goodness.

And while I'm praying for our situation, how can I pray for you?!

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Life Lately

Hey there, Wednesday!
Well, we've made it to Hump Day of another week, and that brings us even closer to Thanksgiving break. You can do it, mama!

We've been busily trucking along through the week!!

First we decorated Jo Helen's house. She is my precious grandmother, and she's basically my BFF. Her health is failing, and she's not exactly the same Jo Helen that she was. Dementia is slowly claiming her mind, but I just love her so much. Decorating has become a burden on my grandfather, and it's become one of my favorite days of the year with Jo Helen.
 {required grabbing the Gator to get the decorations}
 It's missing the tree skirt, but do you notice that cute little Tennessee Elf on the Shelf?!
Her fireplace, mantle, and built-ins are my favorite parts to decorate. I love sorting and rearranging all of her amazing antiques.

This year's decorating was just a super blessing for me. I know these moments are growing fewer, and I want to treasure every single one of them!

We are also in full-swing basketball mode with the boys, and we love it!
Monday, Carson had practice, and Stephen was asked to be an added player for some 5-on-5 action! To put it mildly, he was ecstatic!

We grocery shopped...with ease!!
Officially #obsessed with Walmart grocery pickup!

Our favorite 2nd grader had his Thanksgiving program, and it didn't disappoint!
He was the cutest Native American, and he delivered his line perfectly!

We couldn't be prouder of our guy!!

We were so excited to find these two cuties' names on the Perfect Attendance for October bulletin board!

And we are spending a lot of time snuggling...

We have a pretty busy week left, but we are used to it by now. We have a BIG doctor's appointment on Thursday for Nataleigh with the pulmonologists in Knoxville, and we covet your prayers. We are praying that specifically that her lungs are clear, and that the respiratory tests show that she using significantly more of her lungs.
To God be the glory....