Thanksgiving is almost here, and I have plenty to be thankful for. But before I ramble off my thanksgivings, I want you to know that I don't intend this to be a "My-life-is-perfect-and-I-want-everyone-to-know-how-wonderful-and-problem-free-my-life-is", because it's not.
And I hate those kinds of posts - the kind that reek of ooey-gooey perfectness, making the rest of us feel bad because our lives aren't so seemingly perfect: last week our car broke down, our kids yelled at us, we forgot about our dentist appointment, our spouse broke their leg and is out of work for the next six months, our Christmas bonus disappeared, our mother-in-law moved in, and, on top of it all, there's no milk in the house and all there is to eat is cold cereal. Now that's real life.
So know that just because I'm about to say all these amazing things about my life, it's not perfect. Savvy?
First and foremost I'm thankful for my family. My husband is currently enrolled in an intense nurse anesthesia program and is working very hard to get good grades. He's sacrificing a lot for his family. For me. My children are awesome and each one is special. Hard? Challenging? Heart-ache causing? Most definitely. But so worth it.
I'm thankful for my upbringing and my amazingly patient and long-suffering parents who taught me the value of hard work and the benefits of being a good person. Their lessons have brought me happiness and helped me to make right choices.
I'm thankful for my brother and sisters who have always been supportive. They're here when I need them. Especially grateful for my little sister who uplifts me daily.
I'm thankful for amazing friends who I recently had to leave behind when I moved to Maine. True friends are hard to come by, and I appreciate them even more now that I don't have any. :)
I'm thankful for my religion. It's taught me to love and serve everyone without prejudices. My religion gives meaning and purpose to my life.
I'm thankful for my imagination, which has allowed me to realize that all things are possible.