Thankful

I will admit that this year has given me a lot of things I have not been thankful for. It has been a trying year for us as a family, at times, and I am happy to see it coming to an end.

But in the spirit of Thanksgiving and the fact that I need a reminder of just how fortunate I am, I will focus on what I am thankful for on this eve of Thanksgiving Day.

I am thankful for my boys. I honestly don't know who I would be if I couldn't be their Mom and I don't know what I would do if I didn't have them to challenge me each day. I am thankful for their smiles, goodnight hugs and stories. I am thankful for their health, and even when Joey's health isn't always the greatest, I know it could be a whole lot worse for us. They are my greatest blessing.



I am thankful for my family, which includes not only my parents and mother-in-law, but sisters, sister-in-laws and my brother-in-law. I am blessed with nephews and a niece that I have adored being an aunt to. This also includes aunts, uncles and cousins. My family is big and loud, sometimes annoying, and I love every minute of it. I love spending time with them whether it is just hanging around my Mom's with my sisters, up north camping with my Dad or vacationing with Jason's family. The laughs and love are endless.





I am thankful we have found a place to help my father-in-law. He needs more help than we can offer and I am so relieved and thankful that we found the program we did to help us find a safe place for him to live. No one wants to see their parent ill, and mentally ill is no better. I am so thankful for the help of the people at his facility.

I am thankful for my health. It hasn't been the greatest year for me between the dog bite and the hernia and I just learned I will need a second hernia surgery next week. But despite all that, I am thankful I am active, I am strong and I am healthy. I have done a lot for my health this past year including lowering my incredibly high cholesterol into normal range with diet and exercise alone. I am so thankful I have my health.

I am thankful for my incredible group of friends. I have people I can call anytime and I know they would be there for me. They are trustworthy, honest, and so much fun to be with. Every girl should be as lucky as I am to have such amazing friends.

I am thankful for my sweet Sugar britches. She is a royal pain in my ass and she is still a bit of a pee sprinkler, but this beautiful pup will smother you with love and kisses. She is naughty, but she couldn't be sweeter.


I am thankful for my job. I love what I do and I am thankful I am challenged at work and also allowed the flexibility to be able to be home with my kids. If there is one thing people can't take advantage of these days it is having a job. I am blessed to have a good job with generous, kind bosses.

Above all else, I am thankful for my husband. I know it sounds all cliche, but truly I would not make it a single day in this world without him walking next to me. He makes me happier than I even knew I could be. Our family is blessed because of him. He puts up with me way more than anyone would and for his constant love and support I will forever be thankful.



Whatever it is you are thankful for this year, I wish you and your families the best.

Happy Thanksgiving!




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