A lot of my friends on Facebook have been posting daily statuses about things they are thankful for during the month of November. It’s a great idea and I enjoy reading what some of them have to say. I’ve considered doing this as well, but honestly, I thought of a better idea and decided to just compile everything into one blog entry. I’ve been searching for a new blog entry idea, so why not?
I love Thanksgiving. It seems to be a forgotten holiday, overshadowed by Christmas and New Years. A lot of businesses around town have already started playing Christmas music. I love Christmas carols like the next gal, but already playing them at the beginning of November is going to drive me insane. Anyway, back on the topic of Thanksgiving – it could quite possibly be my favorite holiday. I love getting together with family and eating some of the most calorie rich foods ever. I love standing in the kitchen with my mother, putting together various casseroles, reading over different recipes we’d like to try, and baking up wonderful desserts. Every Thanksgiving I find a new recipe I want to try. Sometimes it turns out great, sometimes not so much.
So, things I’m thankful for:
-The wonderful memories of past Thanksgivings shared with all of my family members.
-My parents – Tim and Patti, who put up with all of my moody quirks, my rollercoaster-like emotions, my insecurities, etc. They have been my solid foundation in a world where the walls haven’t been real stable.
-My sister - Lizzy, for hanging out with me and being one of the best friends I could ever ask for. I’m glad our relationship has only gotten stronger through the years. I can also tie my brother in law – David into this, because he’s been a great friend as well. When we all hang out, I have a blast.
-My brother - Andy, for being the true definition of what brothers should be. I know he’s here for me in all the ways I need him. I don’t get to see him much, but when I do, it is a true blessing.
-My 3 nieces - Abi, Anna, and Andi Mae and my nephew – Justus. They are four of the most amazing kiddo’s and keep me smiling. I also don’t get to see them much, so every moment with them is a pure blessing.
-My wonderful grandparents – Troy and Betty Tate, and Floyd and Margaret Triggs, who are all now in heaven. Without these four wonderful adults in my life, I wouldn’t have many of the things I do today. I am extremely blessed to have four role models to try and follow. I don’t know what I’d do without them, and I know that even though they aren’t “here”, that they are always with me.
-I am thankful for family in general. When it comes down to it, they are the ones likely to stick by you when everyone else goes away. You don’t get to choose your family, and somehow I still got stuck with some pretty amazing people. I love each and every one of you. There’s too many to list, but you all know who you are.
-I am thankful for my friends. Many have come in and out of my life, but a few have stuck around for long term. Even the short-term friends I am thankful for. I’ve met some pretty interesting and amazing people along the way, and have learned something new from each of them. God bless you guys!
-I am thankful for the roof over my head and the food in my refrigerator. I am thankful for the fact that I am able to attend Texas Tech University and study in a degree that I enjoy and hope to make a future out of. I am thankful that I can wake up in the morning and choose to worship my amazing God without having to hide it. I am thankful that I can be me.
-I can’t forget my German Shepherd, Wyatt. He’s the best dang dog I could ever ask for. He’s always there when I just need a friend to lean on. His big brown eyes stare at me with unconditional love, regardless of the situation.
-I am thankful for all of the bad days, just so I can really appreciate the good ones that come along. I am thankful for all of the people who have wronged me, just to cling to those who treat me with respect and honesty. It’s a good way to turn the negativity around using reverse psychology.
-I am just thankful. I need to remember to thank God every day for what I do have, rather than focus on what I don’t. Things really aren’t that bad.
I hope whoever reads this has a safe and wonderful holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and may 2012 bring you the best of luck and happiness!