Hello loveys!! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends! I thought I'd share with you five things that I'm thankful for today!
- FAMILY: First and foremost and always. I am so grateful that I have such a loving and supportive family. We are a super close-knit bunch and in order to be comfortable in this family, you have to be comfortable with everyone being involved in everything. I am grateful that they even want to be involved in everything too.
- IN-LAWS: When Sean and I first started dating, he had me meet his parents and sister after a few months.. I remember carving pumpkins at his parent's house and as we left, I looked over and said "We will never have an in-law problem." I feel so lucky that my mother in law is the kindest and gentlest person on the planet. I will never worry about her taking over, being "overly" involved, or competing for Sean's affections. I think she might even love me more than she does Sean :) (which is totally ok, because my mom sure does love Sean more than she does her girls!). And my sister in law? One of my best friends. I feel so much love from them every day and I am incredibly thankful for that peace. PLUS, my family gets along so well with my in-laws! Yesterday, we spent Thanksgiving together and last year had Christmas dinner together. When you come from a divorced family, it is really special when you can cut out one of those stops you have to make during the holidays.
- FRIENDS & CO-WORKERS: This year was a difficult one for me.. with the challenges in getting pregnant and the miscarriage, I not only had my family to support me, but my friends to lean on as well. I know I can always count on them to make me smile with a Harry Potter reference, sushi indulgence, or a sweet text of encouragement.
- COMFORT: Living in Dallas and working for a luxury retailer, I admit that I have a very warped sense of wealth. I would say that Sean and I are definitely not wealthy, nor do we come from wealthy families. But I do think we have a very good life that we've worked really hard for and careers that can support the life we have established. I remember the days when we would go to the grocery store and freak out when we spent $50, or working 14 hours at the restaurant to make sure I had enough for my car payment. But today I was doing a little Black Friday shopping online and made three purchases, boom boom boom, and knew it was ok. I know it seems trivial, but when you come from soy sauce & rice or macaroni & cheese with hot dogs, not checking your bank account every day is incredibly freeing.
- FAITH: Now maybe this is really my first and foremost, but I intended it to be last on purpose. I was at church a few weeks ago and heard a sermon on persecuted Christians. There are people all over this world who are constantly being persecuted for believing in Jesus Christ. Not only am I thankful that I live in a place where I can worship freely, but that I believe in a God who is wholly benevolent and good. One who loves to no end and only wants the best for us, his children.
Yes, this has been a difficult year. But the Lord has given me such a wonderful life, family, friends, a career, comfort, and hopefully soon a baby. I am beyond blessed for every single thing I have in my life. I feel so much love around me all of the time, and I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who loves me so much.