Tis the season to be thankful

Lets talk about thankfulness. At this very moment I am almost overwhelmed with everything I am thankful for. My list however is pretty simple.

***I woke up today! God has given me another day. Another day to make a difference. Another day to be kind to someone. Another day to give encouragement to someone who may desperately need it.

***my Husband! He has been gone for a week so far on a hunting trip and I miss him terribly. You can only truly enjoy not cooking, no schedule, no routine for so long. You can only eat chips and dip for breakfast and chex cereal for supper at 10 pm so long before you just miss your routine. My pillow feels NOTHING like his shoulder. I believe God crafted his shoulder with my head in mind! Date nights. Our own personal cheesiness that only we get. How hard he works for our family. His hugs.

***my Kids! This is a no brainer for anyone who really knows me. My kids pretty much consume me. I am so proud of both of them! My daughter Sam and her hubby are in such a special fun place in their life-newly married, homeowners, numerous remodeling projects, and Sam always seems to have some crafty project up her sleeve. That is, when she isn’t pinning FIVE BILLION PINS per day about her “forever home”. She’s inspiring! Austin is in a very transitional period in his life right now. In the process of finding a new profession, a possible move and a new beginning. The smarts that this kid has is incredible! He can do anything he sets his mind to! Tough exterior but complete softy! I trust that God has the perfect job, home and life picked especially for them and hope Austin follows Gods lead in every choice he makes.


***Memories! I’m reminded today of how many good memories I have of my kids childhood. How at such a young age Austin and his friend Jacob would just grab the circular saw, a hammer, some nails, some scrap wood and go head to the tree to build a tree house. I watched from the kitchen—- casually think to myself “oh how cute the kids are using power tools to build a tree house” bahahah!!!! How I would look out another day and see Austin and his friend Trevor take off with the gun and the dog to go squirrel hunting. Just another casual day in the country. How we would watch Rachel Ray together and head to town to get the ingredients to make the same meal at home. Endless hours of guitar hero. Board games. Tiger Woods golf. How Sam would set up EVERY chair in our house in perfectly aligned rows, next to her play kitchen and set up all her dolls and stuffed animals on the chairs and play movie theater. How every single new Barbie she got she had to strip down naked – just because that is how they were supposed to be. To hear her sweet voice singing “A whole new world” from Aladdin…over and over and over and over and over…(get it?) to see her dressed in that beautiful gold ball gown just like Belle from Beauty and the Beast (another obsession) that she hardly ever took a break from wearing. When she did decide to change from that dress it was into two or three other dresses ( all at the same time) because she just couldn’t decide which one she wanted to wear. And they HAD to twirl!!! Hearing Sam say “Oh shit!” when she was about 3 years old because she dropped her doll. Yes she said that and also knew the context to use it! Hahahah! Inside jokes. Pickle snacks. Deep and meaningful shared conversations. My kids both growing into fine adults who also became my friends.

***family ! My Mom for giving me the gift of cooking. My Grandma for making me her favorite! 😜😜😜 . My niece Destiny who never fails to crack me up. Our personal jokes, strange made up games, her ability to trip on air, her sweet spirit and innocence that I hope never leaves her.

***coffee….chocolate….caramel filled chocolate chips…chips and my Moms Garlic dip….my favorite feather pillow….Netflix….. (These need no explanation😉 and they all go together!)

What are YOU thankful for?



2 thoughts on “Tis the season to be thankful

  1. I loved reading this! It’s funny how the memories of our kids become sweeter with time. And I really love the way you describe your joy in your family, the simple things- that’s what it’s all about.
    Right now, I’m thankful for a warm house, a nice car, enough money to go to the movies with my kids. My husband who works hard to provide for us financially- sometimes I get bummed about how hard it is to make ends meet, but I think I need to stop talking about it. The truth is that we’re very blessed compared to most people, and I think I must make him feel bad when I act like it’s not enough.
    I’m also thankful for a fair amount of good food in the kitchen that is already prepared 🙂


    1. Thanks Miriam! Its funny that now its joy but at the time I was probably pulling my hair out in stress! Haha please dont worry too much about finance. As moms we wanna give everything to everyone. But you are giving them so much more. You are giving them YOU! I guarantee that means so much to them! I often feel like you and i may be twins separated at birth. So much of what you write about Ive gone through or am going through or feel the same way. Now go enjoy your warm house and give your kiddos a hug!


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