Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I'm Thankful For...

Happy Thanksgiving!

It seems the month of November we are flooded with feelings of thankfulness. We all have so many reasons to be thankful in life. I am so blessed with the life I have been given and also made for myself so I thought I'd follow suit and join the many others around the web declaring what they're thankful for.
  • My laptop. Tim really outdid himself last Christmas and bought me a new laptop. An awesome, top of the line one. I seriously love it! It has made blogging and uploading pictures faster and more fun. Plus, it's my way to bring you these blog posts! Which takes me to my next item I'm thankful for.

  • My blog! I don't always post as much as I'd like, but it's fun to have this outlet. It's something that's mine; a place I can share my thoughts. It's really brought me more than I ever could have imagined.

  • My camera. I love my Canon T3i DSLR. Tim and I got it while on vacation in the southern Caribbean two years ago. It's my other baby. Because I have this great camera (and a blog, too) I have found myself taking FAR more pictures than I would have otherwise. Sometimes my family seems tired of all the pictures but someday they'll thank me for freezing all of our memories in time. Yes, at the time it may seem excessive or just a mundane day or activity, but all my photography allows us to remember all these specific snippets of the past.

  • My blog friends. Through my blog and attending BLEND and Healthy Living Summit this year, I have met so many great women. Some right here in Des Moines. I've met and become blends (blogger+friend) with so many fun people with great talent because of this hobby called blogging.

  • My girlfriends. I love my girlfriends. Love the time I spend with them and of course all the fun memories we share! Now to just always see each other more. :)

  • My car. Being a parent and working outside of my home I am extremely thankful I have a reliable car. It's not my dream car but it gets us where we need to go. :)

  • My job. I love my job. I love my office. And I love the organization I work for. I'm so thankful I am able to say that.

  • My health. "Your health is the biggest gift you can give yourself and your family." -The Biggest Loser. This is so true. I am thankful for my health and also my mindset of needing and wanting to be healthy. The first step is really wanting it. Health isn't handed to us. It does take a little work to be that way. 

  • My positivity. For the most part, I am pretty positive in life. Such there's times I slip up when stress peaks or sad times happen. But I think being positive in your everyday life is key to good mental health and happiness.

  • Memories with my grandparents. Three of my grandparents left us far too early. I'm thankful for the memories I do have with them though. Especially as we are in the thick of holiday season I think back to all the memories I have of our holiday gatherings at their houses. And I can't leave out my Grandma that lives in Kansas. I do not see her near as much as I'd like but I have some great memories from childhood while visiting her.

  • My brother, Josh. Josh and I didn't always get along. We fought like crazy when we were little and that little terror didn't hold back on me! He would get mad and go for blood. I remember one fight he threw the TV remote at my as hard as he could. Luckily it only hit my forearm and not my head! Anyway, as we got older and started driving to school together was the turn of our relationship. As we've gotten even older and into our own adult lives we haven't drifted apart, we just don't talk quite as much as I'd like (even though we text and talk on the phone at least once per week). I still secretly hope he moves back to Des Moines someday. I loved having him in the same city as me.

  • My parents. I'm thankful to be close to my parents. I'm thankful we have a great relationship to be able to pick up the phone and chat or text at all hours of the day. I'm thankful we have a relationship we can share our opinions no matter how far they differ (they may disagree with me on being thankful for this point. ;)  I know sometimes I can drive my opinions and philosophies to a point of nagging. Hey, I just care and am passionate about these things and their health). I'm thankful both of my parents are still on this Earth and if I have anything to say about it, they will both be here for many, many years to come.

  • The relationship between Kaydin and my parents. She is the love of their lives and they are hers. I am soooo grateful I'd always had them in my life to support me through the trying times when I was pregnant with her and then when I was a seriously poor single young mom. I've come a really long way since then and I have them to partially thank for me getting there. They have always done anything they could to help her and I and because of that their bond is so, so strong. They never give up a chance to spend even a few hours with her. As Kaydin gets older she will grow to learn how lucky she is to have the relationship she does with my parents. 

  • Kaydin. Oh, Kaydin Baby. I could go on for hours about this smart, beautiful amazing little girl. She is the light of my life and couldn't be more blessed to say she is mine, that I made her! :)

  • My boyfriend, Tim. The other light of my life! My mom said it best on her thankful post about Tim on her Facebook page.
Today on the 6th day of my thankfulness journey....I need to brag about the wonderful man in Mollie and Kaydin's life.....Tim is a blessed addition to our family....couldn't ask for a better daddy for my Kaydin baby....(although we do debate about who spoils her more)...Timmy came along at the perfect time ...hes been a tower of strength during those times when Mollie needed it most.....and a comfort to us knowing he is there for Mollie and Kaydin with us so far away...hes the love of Mollie's life.

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there! I hope you have an awesome weekend with your family!