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It is November. A time we start to reflect on being thankful. But, why do we wait until this time of year to express how thankful we are? We should be thankful every day. You are blessed. I am blessed.
November 1st is the unofficial beginning of the holiday season. On the surface, you would think that I was a die-hard holiday season person. I love anything with pumpkin spice. Christmas carols play in the car. I watch all the sappy movies on Hallmark. A Christmas tree and decorations go up. I even carry on the crazy tradition of my father, and wait until the Christmas Eve to do the majority of my shopping.
But the truth is, for many, including me, the holiday season can be difficult. It is a reminder of family members who are no longer here. Growing up my immediate family consisted of my mother, father, and grandmother. After my father and grandmother passed, the joy of the holidays left.
So, this year, I made a conscious decision to get into the holiday spirit. To do this I reflected on some of the things I am grateful for. After reflecting, I realize that there is so much to be thankful for, that there is no reason for me to have the blues during the holidays or anytime of the year.
This list is by no means comprehensive, and is not in any particular order (except the first one).
1. The love of Jesus. Having a relationship with the Lord is the number one for which I am thankful. The other day my daughter asked me why Jesus loves me. I told her I don’t know, because I am not worthy, but I am so glad that he does.
2. My handsome, strong, smart, sexy, hard-working, and loving husband, Anthony. He is my best friend and my rock. I am grateful everyday to wake up next to him.
3. My daughter Faith. At 2 ½ months old, she was diagnosed with a rare condition called Hirschsprung’s Disease. Everyday she inspires me. She has been through more in her short life than some adults go through in a lifetime. Through it all, she is full of life, joy, love, and laughter.
4. My quite time after my husband and daughter go to sleep.
5. My mother. What could I say about my mommy? Even though I am middle-aged, I still call her mommy. She has always been there for me–through everything. The good times and the not-so-good times.
6. FaceTime. So I can see my mommy everyday who lives 14 hours away.
7. Coffee. It is my daily picker-upper!
8. My Yeti cup. It keeps my coffee hot.
9. My grandmother. Grandma passed away shortly after I graduated from college over 20 years ago. She was my best friend. I am so thankful that I had her in my life as long as I did. There is nothing like a grandparent.
10. My Health.
11. My job. Do I love what I do? Well… let’s just say I am glad that I have a job and thankful that it helps provide for my family.
12. Pot-luck at work. My co-workers can cook!
13. Chocolate. What more can I say? I LOVE it!
14. This blog. Starting this blog has been an amazing journey. It has already allowed me to reach so many people and I am truly thankful.
15. Wal-Mart. We live in a small, rural community. Wal-Mart is the only national chain store within a one-hour radius. I am very glad it is here.
16. Date Night. Since having our daughter date nights are farther and fewer between. But when we do get one…woohoo!
17. My Home and Car. My home is neither the largest nor the fanciest. And, my car is not the newest. But my home is where we spend time together as a family, making memories. And my car gets us where we need to go.
18. My Father. I was a daddy’s girl. I lost my father when I was 18 years old. Yet, not a day goes by that I don’t think about him. He was a strong, intelligent, loving man. My mother and father were great role models for a healthy, loving marriage.
20. Family cook-outs.
21. My sorority sisters. I joined my sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. my junior year of college. I am so grateful for the bond that I made with my sisters over the years.
22. Sleeping in on Saturday mornings. Although, this rarely happens with a toddler.
23. Country-livin’. Coming from a large metropolitan area, living in a town without a red light is a major change. But I love the slow, quiet life; it is something I have grown to love and cherish.
24. My Church Family. We live hours away from our biological family. I am so grateful to have found a Pastor and church that is warm and loving.
25. The Disney Channel. I love every thing Disney and fall asleep with the Disney channel every night.
I would love to know, what are some of the things you are thankful for?