This past week has really thrown me for a loop. I am really struggling with getting my scheduled hours in at work, which makes my paycheck take a huge hit…especially with all my bills and upcoming trip to Vegas. Credit card dispute on top of that (I won’t go into detail on that but not pretty!). And then I find out a friend’s husband was killed in a car accident that left his 6 young sons fatherless, including a 2 1/2 month old baby. So, with all this devastation in the lives of many around us, I thought it would be appropriate to thank God for the things in my life that he has blessed me with.
I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends, and that they have stuck with me through thick in thin throughout my life. There are many people who aren’t real close with their families, or who don’t even have siblings to share their lives (and everything else!) with. Even though I’ve wreaked some havoc on the lives of my sisters and parents, I am grateful for all of you for being there for me. For supporting me and allowing me to lean on you when I’ve needed to borrow your strength. Thank you for letting me vent when it’s the last thing you wanted to deal with. Thank you for letting me share my opinion, even when it didn’t necessarily jive with yours. Thank you for all of your help throughout the years. And…thank you for letting me wear your clothes, use your shampoo, drive your car, stay at your house, use your makeup, and for whatever else I’ve borrowed throughout the years ;)
I am thankful for my awesome boyfriend. We’ve been through a lot, and while we’ve had our trying times and our fair share of ‘disagreements’, at the end of the day I can still say that I love you and want to spend my life with you. Thank you for your support in times when I’ve been down: physically, emotionally, and financially. You have no idea how much it means to me that you’re still by my side after everything.
I am incredibly thankful for my gorgeous, smart, charismatic daughter. I am most thankful for her. She has taught me so much in her short life: how to truly love, how to be independent, how to care for others without a thought for yourself, and just how much life changes when you have a child. She is the most amazing part of my life, and I cannot imagine my life without her. I would never want to: she is the #1 reason for everything I do and say. I am also thankful for her health. In my line of work it is not uncommon for children to become angels much sooner that anyone anticipates. I am thankful she is my earthly angel, and that I get to hug and squeeze and kiss on her all day long.
I am thankful for my job. Even though we are not busy enough to stay fully staffed, I am thankful for the hours I work. I love my line of work—it is beyond rewarding! I love seeing a baby born barely halfway through the pregnancy get to go home with their families in a few months time. I enjoy being able to place a tiny miracle into their mother’s arms for the first time, to help with the first bath, to teach them how to change a diaper or feed their child the first time, to be the physical/emotional strength the parent needs to cope with the road blocks in their child’s health. I love that I can go into work taking care of patients, and in the end, say that I’ve gained wonderful new friends that I will never forget. Each tiny baby, each new family, each big brother or sister reminds me of something I will never forget: that each and every new life is a miracle and we should treasure every moment of that life to it’s fullest.
I am thankful for the material things in my life. They are not needed to stay alive in this world, but they sure make our lives more comfortable.
I am thankful for my adorable puppy Gizzy. You were my first child, and you’ll always be my baby boy! Thanks for being such a great guard dog, an unpredictable goofball, and a good snuggler and tear-licker when I’m sad!
Last, but not least (and I know I’m leaving many things out that I’m grateful for), I’m thankful for my life. I’ve pushed to the edge of the cliff and back countless times, and I’m SO grateful that I am still standing on solid ground. Thanks to the help and support of my family and friends, as well as people I don’t even know. I plan to live my life to it’s fullest, to enjoy it, to try new things and gain new friends. That is what we’re here for: to leave our mark on the world.
Just a few of my favorite things: