I may not be the best example of what a Christian should be, but I try and I think that’s what matters to God. I’m a work in progress and I will be until the day that I die, but I know God’s not giving up on me. I try to pray and talk to God daily, but it doesn’t always happen. No matter what happens in my life no one can take away my faith.
Sixteen years together. It’s like I barely remember my life before him in it. (Editor’s note: and why would you?!) As crazy as he might make me sometimes he’s still my partner in crime and I cannot image living this life without him. As much as I try I’m still an awfully controlling, hard-nosed person but he never stops loving me. I definitely got one of the good ones when I met him.
Cassidy and Amelia
There may be times they drive me crazy, individually and collectively, but there isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not thankful they are in my life. There are many days I sit in awe that I am someone’s mom. I’m the one they look to for safety, guidance, and love. It’s all a bit much when you think about it.
I am part of an amazingly loving family. I have parents who love each other, but fight just enough to show us that marriage is work, 2 brothers whose tormenting of me as a child just may explain some of my issues now, and 2 sisters who I still look up to and follow around. It amazes me that such a large family now includes so many in-laws and nieces and nephews and we still get along so well! It’s chaotic when we’re all together, but it’s amazing and memories are priceless.
My in-law family
I married into a family that is as loving as my family. Sixteen years ago I was the girl from some small town west of the suburbs (A GUD- geographically undesirable) who stole the heart of their oldest son/nephew/brother. They welcomed me into their family and introduced me to a whole new set of traditions – I’ll never love Polish food the way they do.
My extended family
I grew up in a big extended family – lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. We may not all be able to get together often, but I know they are there and we support each other. Traveling for my uncle’s funeral last month reminded me how amazing my family is. Almost everyone was able to make it. We laughed, we cried, we hugged and we shared memories.
A short time ago I felt like a failure in the friend making department. I wasn’t, I just needed a different perspective on my friendships. Some of my friends live far away and I don’t get to see or talk to them often, but they are still friends. I can go months without seeing some of them, but we can pick right back up where we left off. With some friends it’s a monthly get together, a training run, or a walk, they are all different, but necessary in my life. I’m most thankful that this year I gained the perspective to recognize these friendships and give myself a break at not being the ideal friend all the time.
I was going to make this 10 things I’m thankful for this year and the first 7 came so easily. However, after those seven I felt like anything else I wrote would be trivial. It’s not say I’m not thankful for so much more, because I am. I could honestly go on and on for days about what I’m thankful for, but it’s those seven I can’t live without.
In my life it’s the relationships, the people, and my faith that I am most thankful for. If I lose everything else I will still have love and support to rebuild.
What are you thankful for? (not altruistic answers necessary)