Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Since it is the day after Thanksgiving, I’m sure many of you are still working off your food coma and probably ready to dig into the leftovers. I know that is what I will be doing today! But, then again, many of you might be prepping for your Black Friday shopping spree. I am personally more of a Cyber Monday person. I do not like going out on Thanksgiving or the day after. Those days are for family and Christmas decorating in our house. Even though Thanksgiving is over, it is not too late to share what I am thankful for this year. While this year has been rather interesting and has had its rough spots, I have a lot to be thankful for.
Food and Water
The absolute basics in life get taken for granted a lot. I am guilty of doing this as well. I am thankful that I do not have to worry about when or if I will get a next meal. The water comes when I turn on the faucet and it is clean, and for that, I am thankful.
A Roof Over My Head
I am thankful that I live in a very nice house with my family. We also live in a good area and we feel safe here. For that, I am very thankful.
Living in America
Our country is very divided at the moment. But, I am so thankful to be an American and to live in the greatest country in the world. This country has offered my family and me so much that we might not have gotten anywhere else in the world. In America, we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are also the only country that is given a First Amendment right to freedom of speech. For that, I will always be thankful.
I am so thankful for the brave men and women who volunteer to serve our country to protect our rights and our way of life. They do so every day and miss a lot of family holidays to ensure we are protected, and I will always be grateful for that.
I always have appreciation for our law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics who always run towards danger when everyone else is running away. These amazing people are often away from their families during holidays as well to ensure the safety for the rest of the community. I will always be thankful for them. Emergency room doctors and nurses are just as much appreciated too! Life still happens even on holidays and I am very grateful that they are there to care for us should anything happen.
I will never not be thankful for my family. They are always there for me no matter what.
I have the best husband in the world. I am biased I know, but it is true. My husband is my best friend and is always so supportive of me regardless of what I am pursuing. He has been very encouraging in my journey of starting this blog and “brags” about it to his co-workers whenever he gets the chance. My hubby is also the only one I know who can make me smile even in my worst days. He is understanding when I am having a rough day pain/fatigue wise and I want to beat myself up for falling short on something that day. He never complains. I couldn’t think of another person better suited to be my partner for life than my hubby.
My parents have been so supportive to both my hubby and me. There aren’t a lot of parents out there that would be so willing to do what they have done for me. I talk about how people judge my hubby and I for still living with my parents. But, my parents get judged by their friends as well. Not a lot of people understand our choice, but that is fine.
My Extended Family
I may not get to see my extended family very often, but I am so thankful to have them in my life. Social media has definitely made it easier to keep in touch with my family. I have a bunch of cousins on both sides of my family and I love each and every one of them so much for so many different reasons. It may be months or years between visits, but we are able to pick up where we left off like it has only been a couple of days. I’m so thankful that I am able to reach out to any of them and know that they will drop everything to talk to me if I ever need it.
My hubby has an amazing family as well and I am so thankful that we were able to visit with them earlier this year. I am thankful that we were able to witness his little brother get married and celebrate with the whole family. I am also thankful for my new sister-in-law.
I am very thankful that I have been relatively healthy this year. So far (knock on wood) I have not had any illness this year. I went in to see my doctor for a regular physical and everything came back normal. But, I did notice something strange in one of my breasts this year. Thankfully, I have an amazing doctor and she sent me to have an ultrasound done. Everything came back clear, I just have “lumpy bumpy” breasts (a family curse). I also had a stint with physical therapy to help with some back and hip pain. Again, I have a wonder doctor who acts quickly when a patient discusses pain/discomfort or other symptoms. Six weeks of physical therapy and the pain has mostly subsided. That is all I can ask for all things considered with my chronic pain.
My Family’s Health
If you have read past posts, you know that my mom has had quite a difficult time this year with some ear pain. Other than that whole ordeal, my family (parents and husband) are healthy as well. Everyone is maintaining everything rather well and things look good. Some adjustments need to be made (for all of us) but there is nothing to complain about with their health.
My dogs are a part of the family, but I felt like they needed to be their own item on my list. I have two dogs; Roky, a Maltese, and Bexar, a mixed breed. Roky is 11 and Bexar is 10. They both can be grumpy old men sometimes, but they are the best dogs a girl can ask for. They are both full of personality and I am always so happy to see their wiggly butts every morning and every time I come into the door.
Spending time with my boys helps me forget about whatever is going on in the world. Bexar has Cushing’s and an enlarged heart. We are not sure how much longer we will have him, but I am thankful for every day I have with him. Roky seems to be perfectly healthy for his age, but we know that he won’t be with us forever either. But, I am so thankful for him too (even when he talks back at me).
I do not get to spend a lot of time with my friends. The ones here locally are just as busy or even busier than we are. Many of my friends live in different parts of the country. So, getting the chance to see each other can be tough sometimes. But, we do our best to stay connected through social media. We have several friends we “get together with” on weekends to play some video games. It is a great way to catch up with each other and relax and unwind a bit. I know that I have a lot of people to turn to if I ever had any problems and they would be there for me. Some would even hop on a plane if necessary.
I do a lot around the house and run a lot of errands throughout the week while my hubby is at work. I do that so there isn’t a lot to do over the weekends. The weekends are our chance to spend time together. It allows us to relax or experience new things together. I am so grateful for this time that I can have with my hubby. We are also able to spend time with my parents and dogs. Not everyone has regularly scheduled days off, so I do not take it for granted at all!
I am still trying to get the hang of this whole blog thing. But, I wanted to make sure that you all know how thankful I am of you, whoever you are for taking the time to read my blog. Even if this is your first time to my blog, thank you!
So Much More!
I am thankful for a lot of other, more trivial things as well. I am thankful that glitter exists. Yes, glitter. It makes things look so nice (when done right). I am thankful for theme parks and the ability to go to them. I am thankful for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Disney + as well. There are so many options to be able to watch my favorite shows and movies that I do not even know what to do about it.
I am thankful for social media for connecting me to other people around the world that have similar views and beliefs to my own (and those I disagree with). I have been able to make connections with social media that I would not have been able to do otherwise. Oh! And chocolate! It’s just a great little treat to have to curb my sweet tooth. Again, there is so much more that I could go on and on for days.
Without God, none of this would exist. Everything happens because God wants it to happen. I am so thankful that He had blessed me with this amazing life.
I am also so very thankful for Jesus, who died for all of our sins. His sacrifice was done out of love and I am so thankful that He loves us all so much. I wish I was capable of expressing my faith and gratitude in Jesus better. I am working on it but, I just know that I love Him and am grateful for Him.
There is so much to be thankful for this year. I am glad that we have an opportunity to sit with those important in our lives and reflect on what we are all thankful for. Having the opportunity to make a list of what we are thankful for can really put everything in perspective. I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving! If you are going out to shop, please be safe and remember to be kind to one another!
Questions of the Week
What are you thankful for this year?
Are you a Black Friday shopper?