Today’s Word is: Thankful.
When you wake up fifteen minutes before the 4:45am alarm goes off because the sound of the coffee pot (with the incredible timer) announces that the hot, refreshing, energy inducing liquid has been brewed to (near) perfection, you can’t help but get out of bed and start your day early.
That’s what I do anyway, but I have a host of sleep disorders and am thankful (it’s the word of today…did you seriously not see that coming?) beyond belief when I get a solid seven-ish hours of uninterrupted sleep. It happens, those gorgeous nights of sleepy bliss. Especially since I got that weighted blanket that I love so much. It’s the first thing I pack when I’m packing to go on a trip. It is that important.
So, I’m feeling thankful and thought I’d start my writing time by sharing the top ten things I’m thankful for this morning. I’m not going to list my weighted blanket, since I already mentioned it above, so if you’re one of those math wizards, you can consider this a list of the top eleven things I’m thankful for. I won’t argue with you. Not about math anyway.
1. I’m thankful for my husband. I have the most incredible husband. No, I’m not married to the guy that you’re married to and that you think is the most incredible husband. I’m not a fan of sharing, folks. I’m married to my incredible husband. He’s truly everything (and more) that I ever could have dreamed up for myself in a man. He makes me laugh, he encourages me, he challenges me, he’s incredibly smart, he cooks, he does laundry. See? I told you he’s amazing. I hit the jackpot when he came into my life almost sixteen years ago. #lovehim
2. I have a slew of great kids. They’re awesome. I’m proud of them for the things they’ve done in life, for challenging themselves (I swear they’re fearless), for learning from their mistakes, and for a million other things that would take me days to list. There’s a lot of them, so yes, it would take me days to list all of their great qualities. I'm also blessed with a sweet little granddaughter; she's a cutie. #proudmama #proudnana
3. I’m thankful for my house. I realize that might sound a tad bit materialistic, but let me explain. When we moved here, we knew that finding suitable housing was two things: hard to come by and expensive. I remember distinctly asking family and friends to pray we’d find “adequate housing”. I also distinctly remember someone (one of my aunts, I believe) responding with: I’m going to pray that God directs you to an amazing house. Or something along those lines. It’s been almost four years, so I’m paraphrasing a bit. Well, to make a long story short (this is supposed to be a list, not a novel, after all) He did just that. We found a house that not only fit into our budget (so much so that we ended up buying it!) but one that fits our family. It’s very “us.” We’ve put a lot of work into the house and it’s been fun all along the way. #homeownership
4. I’m thankful for my health and the health of my family. Sometimes I gripe about not having a car and biking to/from everywhere. But these last few days, I’ve been really thankful that God has blessed hubby and me with good health to be able to do just that. #bikerfitness
5. I’m thankful for education. I’m a total nerd and love all things books, learning, and school. For someone who was never expected to go to college and who took a rather different path in life before actually getting there, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to get a bachelor’s and master’s degree. And when the opportunity came up to go back to school for an MFA, my husband and kids were nothing but supportive. Even though it meant canceling one of our vacations this year. #MFA #keeplearning
6. Which leads me to number six here. I’m thankful for my job. I really like my job. It challenges me. I’m blessed with a great boss and great co-workers. I have benefits, I am treated fairly, and I have a chance to be creative there. It’s all around really great. #career
7. I’m thankful for my unbiological sister. She is so great. You really have no idea. I’m an introvert and let’s face it true friends are hard to come by. Well in 2006, I took a job that someone else really should have been given and I was blessed beyond belief. Because I met a woman who not only became my best friend, but my sister by choice. I’m always thankful for her. #sisters #BFF
8. I’m thankful for our Alaskan family. Moving here was a big, life changing event and one of the scariest things we’ve ever done. It’s also been one of the best. We’ve met a lot of great people since moving here and several of them have become like family. #Alaskanfamily
9. Several years ago, we hit a serious financial slump. We were broke. I could blame it on the economy, but really, it was primarily due to poor financial decisions on our part and a string of events I don’t want to get in to (after all, this is a post about thankfulness). We’d hit serious financial rock bottom. But I’m thankful for that experience because we learned A LOT and because of those lessons learned, we’re in a much better place financially. God has truly taken care of us. #hardknocks #showmethemoney
10. Finally, (well, these aren’t the only things I’m thankful for, but this is it for this list…it had to end sometime) I’m thankful that my family and I get to travel. We love exploring new places and visiting familiar stomping grounds. Our jobs, our finances, and our close knit family allow us to do those things. We have a good time together. I’m blessed that my children have been able to see several states, learn about different cultures, and have even been out of the country a few times. You can read more about our adventures here. #travelers #partgypsy
Every now and then (and even more often than that) it’s good to sit back and count your blessings. It reminds you of how far you’ve come and the challenges life has thrown at you, the lessons learned from those challenges. Give it a whirl. What are you thankful for today? #givethanks
By the way....the irony in this? As I was (attempting to) doctor up this blog post with pretty pictures and links, etc. I got increasingly frustrated with the fact that I couldn't add more than just the one picture. Ugh. Trying hard to be thankful for weebly this morning. LOL