Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Thanksgiving Edition

This week's Thankful Thursday is special because it falls on Thanksgiving! I have so much in my life to be thankful for this year, and consider myself very, very blessed.

I am thankful for...

1. My husband. We have grown up together and built a beautiful life together and there is nobody else I'd rather go through this journey with.

2. My children. They are my life. My pride, my joy, my loves. I am amazed by them every, single day. They give my life purpose, and every day I fall more and more in love with them.

3. My parents. I am thankful that we live close to them and that they are a part of our everyday life. I'm thankful that they raised me the way they did and that they have set such a wonderful example of what a strong marriage is. I have such fond memories of my childhood and I hope that someday my kids feel the same way about me as I do about my parents. 

4. My sisters. They were my first best friends, and continue to be my best friends today. I don't know what I'd do without them. They know everything about me, and love me anyway. We have such fun times together, and always, always have each other's backs. 

5.. My niece. My sister's daughter is 10 weeks older than Stephanie. They are more like sisters than cousins (and fight like it!) but I love knowing that they will grow up together. I hope that they are as close to each other when they grow up as I am to my sisters.

6. My in-laws. Without them, I wouldn't have the life I do today. I am thankful that they raised my husband and for the love they have for us and our children.

7. My extended family. My brothers in laws, my aunts, uncles and cousins, and my nieces and nephews. We have such a strong support system, and I am thankful for each and every one of them. 

8. Best friends that are more like sisters. There's something amazing about having close friendships with other women. I'm blessed to have two best friends that I have known for years. We grew up together, we've laughed together and cried together. We are part of each other's families and I consider them my sisters. 

9. Friendships. I am so thankful for all of our friends. Knowing that there are people who would drop anything and be there for us (and vice versa) is an amazing feeling. 

10. Blogging. I have met so many wonderful people through this venue. I have friends, many of whom I've been lucky enough to meet in person. And if it wasn't for blogging I wouldn't have met my wonderful group of Rhody Bloggers. I can't even tell you how much that group of women means to me. 

11. Our home. Raising a family on a college campus isn't anyone's idea of an ideal living situation. But when I stop to think about it, it really is full of blessings. It's a roof over our heads, a community of people who love our children, a warm safe refuge from the elements, and it means that my husband has a job. A job that enables me to stay home and raise my children, which is something I've always known I was meant to do.

I could go on and on because my life is so full and i'm thankful for all of it. But instead I'll end here, and wish you, my readers, a very Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for all of you and appreciate you taking the time to read this blog. 

*Thank you to Joanna at Baby Gator's Den for hosting Thankful Thursday each week!

*I'd love to know what you are most thankful for this year. Link up if you've blogged about it, or just share in the comments!

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