It’s been an emotionally trying couple of days to say the least. But if there is one thing I know, it’s that I am incredibly lucky and blessed and I truly do have so much to be thankful for. So, in an effort to get caught up on my 30 days of Thankful, here it goes.
Day 14: I am thankful for my mom. Not just because she is my mom and is amazing, but because my mom truly embodies Thanksgiving, all it is and all it stands for. My mom understands that as much as Thanksgiving is about the day and the traditions, it’s about the intent. It is about gathering together, with the people you love and saying out loud all you have to be thankful for. We did this Monday night as this is the first year I won’t celebrate on the actual day with my mom. While I am sad, I am thankful for the early celebration we had and I don’t say it enough but I am so thankful for my mom too.
Days 15 & 16: I am so thankful for all the people in my life. For my friends who make me laugh so hard I almost choke and/or cry. For my family, that drops everything they are doing to rescue me from a minor emergency. I am thankful for friends who understand if I can’t be somewhere, but ultimately want me there because it feels wrong if I’m not.
Day 17: I am thankful for me. I am thankful that as hard as it is, I know that everything happens for a reason. I am thankful that I was raised to look for the blessing and the lesson in everything, even when I am upset. I am thankful that I know there is always tomorrow and that everything will work out.
This not your run of the mill “I am thankful for” post. In fact, there part of this that is hard to write and slightly more personal then I usually get.
What I really, truly was thankful for this weekend: Knowing who I am and what I want, both in life, and in love in.
I am thankful for all of the lessons I have learned, whether they were easy or hard. I am thankful for how much I have grown over the last couple of years. I am thankful that I know what my deal breakers are and when it’s ok to walk away.
I am thankful that I know what I deserve and that I am not willing to settle for less then that.
I am thankful for the lessons i continue to learn, the experiences I continue to have.
My life isn’t exactly where I thought it would be, and I am thankful that in so many ways, it is better. I am thankful, because i know, this is just the tip of the iceberg and if i am this happy now, it will only continue to get better.
I am thankful that I can have a let down, but know that it isn’t life shattering. I am thankful that I know there is always tomorrow, always another guy, another date.
Today, well and everyday really, I am thankful for the men and women of our country who are braver then I. Our service member’s, who make make the biggest and sometimes ultimate sacrifice for us all.
I am thankful for my both my grandfathers, Veterans of WWII and the Korean War. I am thankful for my friends whose husbands, boyfriends, fiances, and brothers continue to serve.
Today and everyday I am thankful for my freedom, because I know the how high the cost.
A table reserved for fallen soldiers at a friends wedding. Summer 2010
So, um, I am a slacker. And blogging everyday, ya, way harder then I expected! So, clearly, it has been a few days since I have documented all I am thankful for, but it hasn’t made me any less thankful.
I am thankful for the small things. Red Holiday Cups being back at Starbucks. Time spent catching up with family and friends. Down time, spent catching up with myself and my seemingly never ending “To-Do List”.
I am thankful for my job, not just to be employed, but to love and feel challenged by my job everyday. For my friends who keep me laughing, (sometimes to the point of tears).
Tor literally cries when she is laughing. It becomes contagious
I am thankful for how life seems to slow down *just* a little in the fall and how that gets me back into the kitchen trying out new recipes, bringing back some tried and true favorites and just having the time to do something i love so much but rarely make the time to do. Cook. To make delicious meals, for me and the people I love.
Fresh vegetable risotto. One of my favorite things to make.
It’s the small things in life that make it so wonderful. And that is what I have been thankful for these last few days.