Friday, November 16, 2012

Giving Thanks

I am thankful every day; however, with the Thanksgiving Holiday coming up next week, I wanted to take a moment to remember some of the things I am most thankful for. I'm sitting here in a cold living room, but thankful that I'm expecting an oil delivery tonight and will warm this place right up. I'm thankful that we are able to surprise our kids with satellite TV this afternoon - they have patiently (and some times not so patiently) gone along with our plan of staying away from cable for a while. We recognize that cable is surely not a necessity; however, it is a nice extra, especially for the winter, when lots more time will be spent inside.
I'm thankful for my home. I'm proud that we have this beautiful home and have already shared so many memories here. I'm thankful for all of the new animals we have added this year. They make me laugh every day. It doesn't matter how shitty my day is, I can go and spend some time snuggling a cat/kitten or watching the animals in the pasture and it warms my heart.
I'm thankful for our plan of adding honey bees and chickens next Spring. Fresh warm honey and home grown eggs sound amazing.
I'm thankful that we will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner, here at our home. I love that our dining room will be big enough (hopefully) to seat all 24-25 people here. To look around the room and see the faces of the people that I love most is amazing.
I'm thankful that my cousin and her family will be coming here tomorrow, from Jacksonville, Florida. It's been a few years since I've seen her and have yet to meet her youngest daughter. Having my cousin, her husband and three daughters here will boost our count to 10 (plus family coming and going) for a week!!! It will be hectic, busy, awesome and fun.
I'm thankful for Mark...we've gone through the most difficult seven months of our entire relationship. Most days continue to be a struggle for us, but we are pushing through. He loves me and I love him - I hope that is enough to keep us going through the rough days. I am thankful for our happy times, how he makes me laugh, and how he calls me at lunch to let me know that he's thinking of me.
I'm so thankful for all of my kids - they are all so amazing, hilarious, successful, beautiful/handsome and overall awesome. I absolutely adore them.


  1. What! No Comments, and after such a well thought out and inspired blog. Just letting you know that i havent disappeared, just snowed under with work and family. My son has had several aggresive episodes and so as of today, my 15 year old is on anti-depressants which is depressing. Apparently its quite the norm for autistic teenagers and i've put it off longer than i should have. Oh well, lets hope things quieten down a bit and I can get time to visit my friends in blogland more regularly. Cheers Shelby.

  2. I am thankful for these things, as well, and even more thankful for you - without you, none of this would be real or possible. It's been an exciting and trying year, and we have Christmas to stay busy with before the New Year arrives :) I Love you! Thank for making our dreams come true.