Last night as I sat down to start a blog post, a million thoughts raced through my mind. I must’ve easily started 9-10 separate blog posts…but ultimately decided this was the one to publish. With the fire place in my family room humming, and hot chocolate smoking and in hand, I grabbed my favorite seat in the house. I crawled slowly onto my leather sofa in my family room, and pulled the lever for it to recline. Once reclined and comfortably under my favorite purple afghan, I closed my eyes and let myself take in all the sounds and smells of my house.
As I sat by the fire in my family room listening to the sounds that filled my house, my heart started to feel full and tears spilled out of my eyes. With fresh tears on my cheeks, I heard Daniel Tiger’s voice coming from the TV in my daughter’s playroom, a high pitched giggle from my youngest daughter as she periodically laughed at Daniel Tiger, and the annoyed pleas of my oldest daughter to “change the channel”. As I chuckled at what I heard, I noticed the smell of my husband’s cologne…by far one of the best scents on earth. All of these things reminded me of just how blessed I am. My health has not been what I want it to be lately…but I am thankful.
When was the last time you stopped and truly took in the great things of your life? As the sun sets on a day celebrated in the US as Thanksgiving, I couldn’t help but post the things I am thankful for. Rather than give you a complete laundry list, I have limited myself to a few things:
- My family. Growing up I was never a little girl that liked to play house. From the minute I could talk, I knew the exact career I wanted to have, where I wanted to live, and that I did not want to marry or have children. I always envisioned myself in NYC in a high rise apartment with a man on the side for whenever I wanted company…but never envisioned myself getting married and having children. Well, 10 1/2 years of marriage and 2 kiddos later, I am glad that my life did not end up how I envisioned it. I am so grateful for my immediate family…and my family as whole. I am also grateful for my friends and support system.
- Relationship with God. I have talked a bit about my faith…but am never one to hit others over the head with it. I firmly believe that a person’s religious walk…or non walk, is a personal thing. Yep, I am not one of those people that feel the need to push religion down the throats of others. But, my religious faith is DEEPLY important to me…and quite frankly one of the only things that has kept me going lately. I am so thankful for the relationship that I have with the God I know.
- My blog friends, readers, and supporters. I started my journey into blogging in August. While I feel like a old blogging soul…I have only been doing this for 3 short months. But, in that time, I have come to meet TONS of amazing and supportive people and I am so grateful. You read my very private thoughts and experiences, but remain so responsive and positive. You validate that my transparency is not in vain.
Hopefully you enjoyed your day of thanks!!! See you soon for post #50!!!!!!!