As you will see, I have a lot to be thankful for:
-My husband. Wow. He's my best friend. He is an incredible man who loves me with no boundaries. (As he vowed to me on our wedding day. Which is another thing I'm thankful for; a husband that keeps his promises.) I am so thankful for the marriage we have and because of our beginning we have always had pretty stellar communication skills. I love that we can talk about anything and everything. We always make elaborate play lists for road trips yet we never listen to them because we often go several hours just talking with no music necessary. So on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for my rock, my hero, my best friend, my protector, my confidant, my soul mate, my everything, my Matt. I love you more than words can describe.
-My family. We're fairly large (There's Mom and Dad, my 3 sisters, 3 brother-in-laws, 3 Nephews, 2 Nieces, 2 Dogphews, our Grammy, Ma and Pa, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins) so family gatherings are always a little packed, a little warm (one of my brother-in-laws wears shorts to every holiday family gathering) and a lot of fun. There is an amazing amount of love and support amongst us and I must admit that it's pretty comforting to know that no matter what there are at least 19 people in my corner. So on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for my family who has never done anything but love, accept and support me. You all are precious to me.
-My friends. They are pretty awesome. I've never been the girl who has scores of friends but instead a few very close friends. This pattern has rang true through adulthood and while I have several acquaintances there are only a few friends that I have a close bond with. These friends are the type that no matter how long it has been since we have talked we are able to pick right back up where we left off. So on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for my friends, I truly cherish them and I'm not quite sure where I'd be without their friendship.
-My home. It has a roof, heat and food in the fridge and keeps me safe from harsh weather. I realize how fortunate we are to have these things as there are so many in this world who go without all three. So on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for my little, gray house.
-My job. When unemployment is higher than it has been in decades, I am grateful to be employed. My employer is fair, flexible and easy going and my job is not nearly as stressful as some of my previous occupations. So on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for my job.
-Joan, my car. She may have over 263,000 miles and need a new coat of paint on the hood but she gets me from A to B with little to no issues. She's trusty and reliable even if she squeals and moans from time to time. So on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for a vehicle to take me to work and to the grocery and wherever else I may want to venture.
-My Health. On this date I am a mere twenty days away from the 12 year anniversary of my open heart surgery and I am so ridiculously thankful to be alive with a strong, healthy heart. Because without my health I wouldn't be able to enjoy all the other things that cause me to be so thankful for my life. So on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for life, breath and health.
-The Armed Forces both past and present. I am so grateful for their sacrifice for our country. Without them our country would be a different place and I will never be able to say thank you enough to the men and women who protect us. So on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for our Veterans.
-Freedom. I have the freedom to say and write whatever I feel like saying or writing. When I think about the millions of people in this world who are persecuted and prevented from saying or writing how they feel it makes me sick to my stomach. So on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for the freedom to choose my words.
I'm pretty sure I could continue adding to this list for the next 10 days. But I'm going to have to stop here because I must try and get a few hours of sleep before another day of cooking
One more thing: considering I started writing this post around 2:45am I do have to say that at this moment in time I am pretty grateful that my mom and grandmother always did the Thanksgiving cooking because I had NO IDEA how much went into preparing the feast. This is my second Thanksgiving cooking dinner for the two of us, the first year went over pretty well and I am hoping that this year will be no different.