Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gratitude Challenge


My sister challenged me to share 3 things I'm grateful for, for the next 5 days, on Facebook.  Because I knew I would plan out what I was going to say each day ahead of time (because that's what I do), I thought I'd share my thoughts here.  Even though the more I think about it, the more I can come up with, these are the first 15 things that came to my mind.

I'm grateful for...

1.) My family. My parents + my sister. I'm grateful for the relationships we have and the time we get to spend together.  I'm also thankful that it didn't take my sister and I until we were "grown up" to realize how cool our parents are.  Seriously, they're awesome.

2.) My husband, who is one of the most hardworking people I know. He always knows how to make me smile and is there to wipe my tears.  He is truly my best friend.  I know that I can tell him anything and he will be there for me, no matter what.  "Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly who you are.  Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out of your ass.  That's the kind of person worth sticking with." (Juno)  Hits the nail on the head, for sure.

3.) Growing up with my sister.  She is my built-in best friend for life, and has always showed me the ropes.  She knew I was nervous about going to my first day of middle school, so we stayed up all night talking - she drew a map of the school so that I would know exactly where all of my classes were, gave me the low-down on all of my new teachers and suggestions on how to make new friends. Not because I asked her to do it (or any of the many similar things she has done for me), but because that's the kind of person and big sister she is.  To say that I admired her growing up (and still do today) is an understatement.  

4.) Marrying into a family of some of the kindest people I've ever met.  There's definitely not a dull moment when we're all together. They made me realize how fun it can be to have a big family.

5.) Bradley, Colby & Aubrey - my kitties (aka my fur babies).  Call me a crazy cat lady, which is fine because I kind of am one, but these guys are some of my best friends.  I look forward to seeing them every day after work, knowing they will always greet me at the door.  They're also some of the world's best cuddlers and can put a smile on my face, just by being their little furry-selves.

6.) Finding the person who I wanted to spend my life with so early in life. Though I certainly didn't know that he was "the one" at age 14.  I'm thankful that over the past 10+ years we've grown together, not apart. And that after over a decade together, he still thinks the sun shines out of my ass.

7.) Our house.  Homeownership is one of the most rewarding things I've experienced.  I love being able to call this place ours.

8.) Growing up in a small town. Hubb has my heart.

9.) Having a reliable car.  I didn't realize how great of a feeling that would be until I bought my very-first-all-by-myself car a couple years ago.

10.) Having a mom who cooked supper every night for our family growing up (and a family who sat down at the kitchen table to eat together every night).  I hope to master, or at least get better at, this whole cooking thing some time before we have kids who are old enough to tell me if my cooking sucks.

11.) Working for a company that truly cares about their employees. 

12.) Summertime! Sunshine, green grass, warm weather, sleeping with the windows open & fresh air coming in.  Doesn't ever get old in my book.

13.)  Music.  A good song has the ability to completely change my mood, power me through a workout, or get me dancing like a crazy person in our living room.

14.) The fact that we live close enough to the coast that I can easily take a day trip to the beach. The smell of the ocean is one of my favorites.

15.) The internet. I love how the internet can be used to share news & ideas, and how it allows people to keep in touch, no matter how far apart they are.

I'm also grateful for the fact that this was actually not a "challenge" at all, knowing that I have so, so many things in my life to be grateful for.


  1. You're making me cry, you knucklehead! I love you so much, and greatly admire your perspective. You're an amazing human, daughter, sister, wife, friend... The list goes on and on. I'm sort of sad that I didn't write a speech about how fab you are for your wedding (although I would have vommed giving it). Xoxo


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