Since I’m 35, I considered listing 35 things for for which I’m grateful. However, I’m trying not to ignore Dude too much by blogging, so here are ten:
1. The Dude. He makes me laugh until I cry, he holds me when I cry sad or frustrated or scared tears, he pushes me to be my best and also to take time to relax, he’s sexy in a very nerdy way, and thinking about spending my life alongside him makes me smile.
2. My kids. I wanted to be a mom for soooo long, and now I’m blessed with a full house. They drive me crazy a lot of the time, but I can’t imagine my life with out them.
3. My church. They are warm, generous, open, caring, and take my quirks in stride. I’m so glad we found each other.
4. My family. My sisters are my friends, my parents are supportive, and all my extended family are just as crazy as I am–in a good way! (Well, most of them).
5. My health. Even among my peer group, I know plenty of people who struggle with chronic and/or severe illness. I try not to take my health for granted.
6. My home. It’s old and has its frustrating moments, but it’s charming, warm, and rent-free.
7. My freedom. I’m not one to be super-patriotic, but in this current time of debate about Ferguson, race, police, guns, etc, I’m grateful to live in a place where we can have these discussions without censor. We can criticize the police, government, religious leaders and anyone we choose without fear of arrest or even death. Amazing.
8. Clean water. I drink a full water bottle, filled from the tap in my kitchen, every day. A simple thing, but not accessible by all.
9. A full belly. I can’t tell you how often Dude and I complain about how full we are. What a blessing
10. My God. In times of joy, struggle, worry, uncertainty, and peace, I can feel Her constant presence. I’m grateful I was raised in a faith community and also taught to think critically about that faith. My brain and my spirit go hand in hand!
I hope wherever you are, whether you are celebrating a Thanksgiving holiday today or not, you are happy, aware that you are loved, and full of gratitude.