As Dani said, it is quite easy to lose sight of what to be thankful for. Between events like flea infestations and the stomach flu, life can wear you (and me) down. I live a charmed life and try to never take this for granted, but Thanksgiving works as a systems check for my grateful-o-matic. And here is my attempt at filling up to the brim with gratitude.
I hope you have a special, cozy and grateful day, surrounded by the ones you love. Happy Thanksgiving!
First and foremost, I am thankful for my caring, funny, intelligent and damn handsome husband. When I think about how we met, I get anxious imagining how easily we could have missed one another. Our story was clandestine and I am so grateful for how it turned out. Over the past four years, I’ve seen him morph from a young kid without much direction to a dependable, responsible and hard-working man. He inspires me everyday with his creativity and imagination. He supports me through everything and I couldn’t have found a better partner to go through life with. I am so proud of him.
I am thankful for my scraggly, fluffy, silly Puppyface. Just like Babyface, she walked into my life through pure serendipity and I am mighty glad she found us. She makes me laugh everyday. Regardless of how bad of a day I’ve had. It doesn’t matterr if my hair is frizzy or if my face is broken out or if my tights have a run in them, she gets ecstatic when she sees me. Puppy kisses make the terrible parts of the world melt away. She sleeps on my toes to keep them warm. She wags her tail when I walk in the room. She protects me from strangers. She is smart enough to answer to the multitude of nicknames we’ve given her (Puppyface, P.F., Poof, Puppy, Cutie Face). She’s my favorite Puppyface.
I am very excited to have almost my entire family living in the same area of the country again for the first time in my adult life. My family (my parents, my two sisters, brother, their spouses, and more nieces and nephews than I can count) are always there for Craig and I and it is so comforting to have a large support system like that waiting to help pick you up if you fall. I am especially thankful to have the ability to build a relationship with my younger older sister, Sam, now that she has moved back to the Midwest after years on the West Coast. Everyday we find out how more and more alike we are and it is really special to be building that relationship. Now that all four of us live in the same state, our family feels whole and solid.
Beyond my biological family, I am also so incredibly thankful for the Canadian family that is made up of my in-laws. From the start, I was welcomed into their group with open arms. There were a lot of people in Craig’s life that didn’t feel I was an appropriate choice to be his bride (another story for another time), but his family never even batted an eyelash about an American girl coming in and sweeping their son away. I am so thankfully to have married into a family that is so warm and welcoming.
My health and my body
I am thankful to have a strong body and strong mind. I am thankful that I have the ability to run, walk, jump, dance and train for a half marathon. And play We Cheer 2 (which I did last night). I am thankful for my big feet that help balance my tall frame. I am thankful that my body responds when I take care of it and lets me do the things I want to do. I am thankful for night after night of restful sleep. I am thankful for muscles and joints and cartilage. I’m thankful for a rockstar immune system. I am thankful for control. I am eternally grateful to my body for putting up with me while I took it for granted for years and years. I am thankful that a battle with obesity was just that and not a battle with diabetes or PCOS or heart disease or high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
I am thankful to have two jobs that make me feel successful and proud. Through this tough economy, I am grateful to have been able to support my family doing things I truly enjoy (on most days). I am thankful that my office life is casual, giggly and creative. They pay me well and the benefits of steady employment are never lost on me. I am thankful for health, vision and dental insurance. I am thankful to have enough resources to do the things we want to do in life. I am thankful for this blog. And all the opportunities that have come from it. I am thankful for my readers that have encouraged me and kept me going. I was skeptical at my ability to write a blog that anyone would want to read, but your faith in me has made me confident.
There are a million more things I am thankful for, but these are biggies. I certainly hope you take a moment today to be grateful.
Now go eat some bird and pumpkin pie. Gobble. Gobble.