Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Every year before we dig into our turkey and stuffing, my family and guests go around the table and say what we are thankful for that year.
It is my least favorite part of Thanksgiving.
Not because I am not thankful, but I don't like to display my emotions, especially in front of a group of people, even if they are family.
However, I have thought a lot about what I am thankful for this year. It started when my father had his heart attack and then I was reminded again when Hurricane Sandy hit.
I find it easier to express myself through my words, so this list may require a tissue if you are a crier. [Mom, this means you]
I am also hoping this means I can just print this post out and hand it to our Thanksgiving attendees so I don't have to make a speech at the dinner table.
::crosses fingers and toes::
This year I am thankful for:
1. My family. [I'm thankful for them every year]
I am thankful that he is still here.
His heart attack was not as serious as it could have been, but that doesn't make it any less scary.
So many people are not able to have a second chance after any sort of medical emergency and I am constantly reminded of that every day I spend with him now.
I am SO thankful he has quit smoking.
I cannot wait until he walks me down the aisle next year because there is no one else in the world I would rather have by my side giving me away.
Living at home with your parents at the ripe old age of 26 can have its fair share of issues, BUT I wouldn't change my situation for anything.
My mom and I do a lot together: Workout, shop, nails, hair, errands, cook, watch TV. When she's not around [because she actually has a social life, unlike me who is a grandma] I miss her.
Thank you for EVERYTHING you do, every single day. Not just for me but for everyone in your life, you are the definition of a giver.
You don't think, you just do.
For always giving me another chance.
My sister and I have always had a rocky relationship, mostly because of me. However as we have grown older we have learned to appreciate one another. Her last visit home was one of my favorites. We were able to spend a lot of time together without any issues, which was big for us.
I will constantly have to work on myself and how I have treated her when we were kids but she always gives me another chance.
I only have you Al.
You're my only sister and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
I mean it.
2. My Husband to be
You taught me what loving someone should feel like.
You brought me out of a very dark place from my previous relationship and made me believe I deserved something better.
Someone like you.
YOU are my heart & soul.
The person I cannot imagine living life without.
In five years we have had our fair share of challenges and always come out stronger, both together and individually. I never doubt that we will continue to be the best match for each other.
I am so lucky to have you.
Thank you for loving me.
3. The Boys
Max and Chance for making me smile every day.
Whether I have been gone for 8 hours or 5 minutes I am always greeted with wagging tails and happy faces.
My new years resolution is to walk you both more.
Thankfully you can't read so if I don't follow through with that you'll never know.
4. My Sweaties.
I haven't even met 85% of the people who comment/read/tweet/follow this blog or any of my other social media sites but that doesn't take away from the fact that you all provide me with constant love and support.
I can write about a bad day and you'll send virtual love and hugs.
I can write about a great day and you'll be there sharing in the happiness with me.
I can write about a new goal and you'll cheer me on.
YOU are the reasons I have gone after so many new goals/challenges and I am so thankful for that.
5. My Body.
I abuse you 5-6x a week and you take it like a champ.
You have had your fair share of soreness and injuries but you bounce right back.
We have run 5ks, done thousands of push ups-jumping jacks-lunges and squats.
You constantly amaze me.
Thank you for allowing me to do the things I want to do.
I hope you all have a fantastic holiday.
Spend time with your family and friends making memories and enjoying lots of good wine.
Laugh, cry, watch football.
Just have fun.