Nov. 25, 2013
With only a couple more days before Thanksgiving, the 2013 DusterToday staff wishes to share their thoughts about what they are each thankful for. We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday.
Shenai Alonge, Duster Advisor: This time of year lends itself to reflecting on all of the things for which we are thankful. And while some people think it's over done or cliche, I am grateful for the reminder to slow down and remember all I have to be thankful for. I am most thankful for my daughter, Adia. She's a sassy little ball of fire and she keeps me on my toes! In her six years on earth, she has taught me more about love, grace, and faith than I ever learned before. I am also thankful for the privilege of teaching so many remarkable people. I love my students dearly, often referring to them as the children of my heart, and I thank God every day for allowing me to meet, get to know, teach, and learn with each of them. I count them among my greatest blessings.
Brendan Clary, Staff Writer: There are definitely things like my family, friends and Lubbock Christian University that I am extremely thankful for. I'm most thankful though for the opportunities we are given in this life. Being given the chance to work within the Slaton Independent School District has been an extreme blessing in my life over the past year and a half. Whether working at the junior high or at the high school, the faculty, staff and students have been awesome to work with. The best part about it, in my opinion, is that several of the coaches I work with out there are LCU graduates. They are constantly showing what it means to be a man of God in everything they do.
Molly Cox, Staff Writer: When we were asked to share our thoughts for this story, I couldn't necessarily decide what I was the most thankful for. There are so many good things and people in my life who are such blessings that it makes it near impossible to pick just one, but looking through all of the possessions and people I realized that they all stem from one thing, my faith in God. The wonderful people that I have in my life all share the same belief in God as I do, and I am thankful for that, but I am also thankful for the church that we go to. I think that is what I'm the most thankful for in the world, is South Plains Church of Christ. It is more than just a church building, it is where I have cried and loved and where I have fallen in love with God. It is where my parents taught me the values that I am so proud to have and where my best friends have been made. I have made lifetime relationships there and without South Plains I know that I would not be as mature in my faith as I am today. I am extremely blessed to be a member there and I am thankful daily for the great things that have happened there.
Brandon Greer, Staff Writer: I am most thankful for Lubbock Christian University. This school has been so encouraging to me, even in my first semester here. I've made so many good friends, and I've had good teachers who legitimately care about not only my academic life, but my spiritual life as well. Having God represented in the classroom, on campus, even off campus makes me so joyful to be a part of LCU. I am also very thankful that my family is involved with my life here at LCU, because I would not have been able to survive this far without them.
Heather Lawless, Staff Writer: I am thankful for my family and friends. I am truly blessed to have the family and friends that I do. When I am able to be with my family and friends it's like I'm home. No matter where I am, as long as I am with the ones I love, I feel at home. My favorite holiday is Christmas for two reasons. First and foremost is because it's a time to remember Christ and what He did for us. The second reason Christmas is my favorite holiday is because I get to spend so much time with my family and friends. No gift in the world would be worth it if I weren't able to spend Christmas with my family.
Renee Rhodes, Editor: This November, I've been incredibly thankful for my baby cats. I've been taking care of four tiny kittens since Halloween until I could find homes for them. They were a little stressful to have around ... more than stressful, maybe. But they were also a huge blessing. I am thankful that I had the experience of being a mama cat and that they were always there to snuggle with and play with when I got home from school.
Kelsey Ried, Staff Writer: I am thankful for many things in my life. I've noticed more throughout my final semester at Lubbock Christian University that I am most thankful for my parents. They are always there for me no matter what. When any little crisis happened or I desperately needed help with my senior art exhibit, they would make countless weekend trips from Amarillo to help me get the job done. Student teaching is extremely stressful at times, but I know that I can call them and ask for advice 24/7. My parents always have and always will take care of me and I am extremely blessed to have them.
Jessica Steensma, Staff Writer: I am thankful for LCU. When I was in high school, I always looked at college as scary and just plain hard. When I got to LCU, everything that I had imagined about college was completely different. I have never felt more comfortable or at ease than when I am at LCU. There is a sense of community that I have never felt anywhere else, and there is always someone who is willing to go out of their way to make sure you are doing okay. I am thankful for the friends I have made through LCU, and the bond I have formed with them through four short years. Also, LCU has provided many avenues for me to grow spiritually and to let my faith in God blossom in the way that was appropriate for my walk with God. I am so thankful for LCU, and I cannot imagine spending the past four years at any other university.
Shannon Sudduth, Staff Writer: This Thanksgiving, as I reflect on what I am thankful for, there are several things that come into mind. One of those is my friends that I have made here at LCU. My roommate is one of the first people I met here at LCU and she has been my roommate and friend ever since. We have grown up so much together and she has impacted my life completely. I have made other really great friends throughout these past four years, and have made so many amazing memories with them. I know that we will be life long friends and I love them and am so thankful for them everyday!
Ashley Valdez, Staff Writer: I'm most thankful for the grace of God letting me lead the life I do. I know my situation is not the easiest but it's the hard times that make you appreciate and cherish the good times that much more. God gives His toughest battles to His strongest soldiers and, though I have only been around 21 short years, I can tell you right now I have had my share of battle wounds. Through whatever ups and down life may bring I can be sure there is a purpose behind everything; after all you can't have a rainbow without a little rain, right? To me, life itself is the most precious gift. No matter the trials and tribulations I have been through I am here today, alive and well. Like I said, my life is far from perfect, but my family and friends are the best anyone could ask for. I am most thankful for the life God has blessed me with and I couldn't ask for more!