I don’t know about you all, but I am ready for some Thanksgiving classics. Bring on the stuffing, yams, and turkey!
I joke with everyone that Thanksgiving dinner is like my personal Olympics. I train all year to enjoy as much of the food and booze as humanly possible without actually dying. Gluttony isn’t necessarily cute, but like once a year a girl’s gotta let loose right?!
More important than the food though, is the spiritual side of this holiday. Thanksgiving shouldn’t just be about food and togetherness. It’s also a wonderful time to stop and count all your blessings and meet them with gratitude. every year around Thanksgiving I sit and make a list of all the wonderful blessings I’ve been given. Looking over the list really makes any of the struggles I’ve been through feel so minuscule and unimportant. My list usually helps me to feel overjoyed and has my heart over flowing with gratitude. Truly, I believe gratitude is the key to happiness. Acknowledging all the positives and giving thanks helps you to handle the negatives better.
This year my “Thankful For…” list looks a little like this…
My husband, Mike, drives me crazy. He really does. But he is easily the most amazing human being I’ve ever met. For every flaw he possesses there are a million and five things about him that I love. He is the most supportive person in my life, even when he doesn’t fully understand my creative ramblings. Mike is always encouraging me to just go for it. He knows I tend to hesitate or second guess myself out of things, so he’s constantly pushing me to jump in head first. I’m so appreciative of that. Mike is also just super hardworking and constantly sacrificing things to give us a better life. I can’t believe that I get to hang out with him everyday and be BFFs forever.
My family is kind of the bomb y’all. First off, we’re blended. My parents divorced when I was 7 and for many years it was hard. But I as I got older and they remarried, I was introduced to new people who became additional family. I got a cool younger step-brother out of the deal, an awesome step-father who makes my mom so happy, and I met my best friend who also became my step-cousin. How cool is that! My parents always remained friends and I’m grateful for that every single day of my life. It means the world to me to be able have both my mom and dad at my Thanksgiving table and not have to worry about anyone feeling uncomfortable.
My family has also grown by four little feet in last few years. I have two nephews now and they are the loves of my life. They fill our family with so much laughter and love. I’m not sure what we ever even talked about before they came along! When I married Mike, I got even more family. I got fun and loving in-laws and a brother and sister-inlaw. Soon there will be two more little feet as we have another nephew joining the family in a few weeks. Exciting times and just so much to be thankful for!
I refuse to call Brody and Mia dogs, they’re not dogs, they’re babies. Just because they’re furrier than other people’s actual human babies doesn’t mean they can’t be babies too! I credit a lot of our happiness to these too. They have massive personalities for such tiny dogs and they keep us laughing constantly. You can’t be in a bad mood with them around, they don’t allow it. I can’t imagine our family without them and all their kisses.
This is one of those things that I take for granted pretty often. We happen to have an awful heating and cooling system which seems to always conveniently go on the fritz when we really need it. On those days I find myself saying, “why did we even buy this piece of $%!# house!” Or when I look around and see all the projects we still need do after two years of living there, I roll my eyes at our stupid little fixer upper.
However, when I step back and really think about it, our house is way more than just a structure. It’s home, which is more of a feeling. Our little townhouse is filled with all the memories of our firsts as a married couple. It’s where we long to be after a hard day at work. And it’s a place we’ve worked on to make it our own. We were 24 and 25 years old when we closed on it, and I feel like that alone is a huge accomplishment that we should be proud of. Sure there’s always more to do, but it’s still home and that’s what counts.
I shared, now it’s time for you to share! What are you Thankful for this Thanksgiving?