Being Thankful

unnamedI hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Well, for those of you in the US celebrating this week. I think I’ve gained about 30 lbs the past few days and we still have one more family get together tonight. It’s been really exciting because this is the first time a lot of my family has gotten to see my baby girl! And of course I’m always down for a holiday that revolves around food!

I have so much to be thankful for this year. 2012 was a really difficult year, there was some wonderful moments but also some very hard times for myself and my family. It’s made me appreciate all the things that I do have.

The one thing I’m most thankful for this year is my daughter. I was not one of those people that wanted children. It’s not that I didn’t like kids, I liked them just fine. I was just a very selfish person, and liked to have things my way and do things when I wanted to do them. I didn’t want kids…. until I did. It’s not easy being a mom, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. This little girl has taught me more about myself and about love than I ever thought possible. And I hope she is as caring, compassionate, intelligent, and strong as the women she was named after.

I am so thankful for my husband. All those single parents out there, you are my heroes! I don’t know what I would have done without my husband! We’ve been married for seven years now and I can honestly say that I love the guy more every year. He is my best friend in every way possible.

My friends and family. It’s easy to take your friends and family for granted. Well it was for me anyway. Having my family dynamic change to so much in the past few years it’s made me not only appreciate my family more, but value the family that I’ve started to build. I still don’t email and message my friends as much as I should, but I think about them so often it feels like I do. I’ve made some of my most treasured friendships from blogging. They’ve changed my life!

My health & my family’s health. I’m so thankful that I’m healthy and my family is healthy. I just hope it stays that way.

My home. Although I think my house is too small and I get mad at my neighbors that think they need to party with the stereo thumping until 3 in the morning…. I am so thankful that I have a roof over my head. I know that having a home is a luxury that not everyone can afford.

My job. Not only does my job pay my bills, which I really am thankful for! But I am thankful that I work for and with a wonderful group of people. I can honestly say that I love my job. Sure I don’t like when the alarm goes off and I’ve only had two hours of sleep, lol! But I love what I do and the people that I do it with.

I’m thankful for this blog, it’s readers and the authors and publishers that have supported me all these years. I don’t get to spend as much time than I’d like to on my blog and I don’t get to interact with my readers as much as I’d like, but I’m so thankful for you all. I love that you share my enthusiasm for books and reading and that reminds me that I’m not such a freak! You make it worth writing up that post, when I would much rather be sleeping for an hour! HA! I can’t thank you enough! Seriously, thank you.

These are just a few highlights on my list, I hope that you have much to be thankful for this year too. It’s easy to focus on what you don’t have, what you think you need and what you think you deserve. I’ve been guilty of that too often in my life. But don’t forget about all the good things that you have in life and treasure those!

Happy Thanksgiving!