It’s that time of year again, when we’re reminded to count our blessings. I have more than I can enumerate, but I wanted to spend a minute recognizing the people and things for which I am most grateful.

I am so grateful for my family. I don’t say it enough, and I don’t’ act like it enough. I truly am grateful for every person in my family. Sean and I have been together for 5 fabulous years, and I wouldn’t trade him for the world. My mom is my best friend, the person I call when I want to rejoice, complain, gossip, and just hear a comforting voice. I’m thankful for my baby broseph who is growing up to be responsible and smart! Who knew? 🙂 While I’m glad we’re not traveling this Thanksgiving, I will miss my family terribly.

Thanksgiving Holding Hands

I am so grateful for my health. Women and men spend a lot of time these days comparing themselves to celebrities and athletes and rappers and actresses. We want their abs, their hair, their legs, their whatever. But the truth is, our bodies are so strong and capable the way they’re made. I am so grateful I have the health and ability to run, to lift weights, to eat junk food and enjoy it, to appreciate healthy foods. I am thankful that I am in good health and able to enjoy and appreciate many things that people who have diseases–visible or invisible–aren’t able to enjoy.

Thumbs Up Race Finish

I am grateful for my wealth. Let’s not kid ourselves. I’m nowhere near the definition of wealthy, but I’m definitely nowhere near poor. I am grateful that I can afford to rescue animals, buy nice clothes (grandma sweaters), donate money to those in need, spend a small chunk of my time volunteering, make my car payment each month, go out to eat on occasion, live in a nice apartment, choose what I do and do not eat, do things for fun (like races and kayaking, hiking and traveling), etc. I know I am fortunate to have the ability to do all these things. So when I feel like I don’t have enough or I can’t get all the things I want, I need to remember to be grateful for all the things I do have.

Optimist Club

I am grateful to have a job. I know many people are still struggling to find work in the bad economy. I know many people are still being laid off even though their employers would rather not let them go. I know people are being furloughed and just plain fired because (small) businesses can’t afford to keep them on the employee roster. I am so grateful to have a reliable source of income, but also to work with a great bunch of people.

These are just a few of my MANY things I’m grateful for.

What are you giving thanks for tomorrow?


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