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What are you thankful for this year?
Here we are, the week of Thanksgiving. A time to reflect on all that you are thankful for in your life. As a kid, I never appreciated Thanksgiving. It was a boring holiday, the only thing that really interested me was that it was the gateway to the holiday season. Fast forward a few years, as an adult, Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love that it is all about the things you are grateful for, and that it is a time to come together as family and friends and share a meal. I love spending a quiet weekend at home with my family, no Black Friday shopping. It is a weekend of relaxation, decorating, movies and more. I am so grateful for all the simple things I have to be thankful for in my life. Here is what is most important to me.
Family: I know this is obvious, but believe me, I have learned the importance of family more than ever. In 2016, many of you were with me as I unexpectedly lost my beautiful mother to cancer at age 67. It was a shock and so hard. Throughout the experience the one thing that kept me going was my family. My brothers, sister and my dad pulled close together and took care of my mom until she passed. We would have never made it without each other. We also couldn’t have done it without all the additional love and support we received from aunts, uncles and cousins. I have an amazing family, and I am incredibly blessed to call them friends as well as family.
My Husband: I met my husband when I was twenty two. We became friends as we were going to different schools in different states. Everyone says long distance is impossible, well we beat the odds and made it. After two years of late night phone calls, plane trips, we both graduated and started our life together. We have been together for twenty two years now, and I wouldn’t want anyone else by my side in this crazy journey.
My Kids: After ten years, we finally became parents with the arrival of Risa Jo in 2008. Mateus followed in 2010. My kids are growing into amazing people, and I am so lucky. They are smart, beautiful, funny and mine. They can drive me crazy sometimes, but then they can make me laugh in the next moment. I am so lucky to be a mom to these great kids.
Friends: Friends are family that we get to choose. People come and go throughout our lives, and if you are lucky, you might find one or two good people to journey with you. I am so grateful for all the people who have come into my life throughout the years. I am thankful for all of you, who have supported me on my blogging journey and stuck with me.
Books: What would I do without a good book? Books allow me to escape and go anywhere. They make me laugh and cry. They have seen me through good times and bad, and they are always there. I am thankful for everything that books have given me throughout my life.
Cross Stitching: After my mother passed, I decided to pick up a hobby that I had set aside when my kids were born because I didn’t have the time. Stitching was my salvation over the last year. It helped me to be at peace, and it inspired me to tap into my creativity.
Good Health: Health is another thing we take for granted. I am always grateful that we are healthy and happy. You never know how important good health is until you are sick.
So this is my short list of things that I am grateful for. As I get older, I have realized that the simple things in life are the ones that make you the happiest. So during this holiday season, I want all of you to try and not get caught up in the greed and the chaos of the season. Take time to spend time with family and friends, and forget about the gifts and the expense. Life is too short and too precious to waste on materialistic things.
What are you most thankful for this year?
Next week’s TMST:
Best Audiobooks of 2017
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