Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause once a week and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to take one day – usually Tuesday but this week is special because of Thanksgiving – my highlight reel.
This week, the following things get counted as blessings:
- A few precious days on the beach. I don’t even want to think about how long it has been since Sweet Husband and I have been camping. We talk about going, and I’ve talked about going without him because I used to camp on my own all the time. It just hasn’t happened. With a week off from work, we decided to make our way to Grayton Beach State Park for a couple of nights. What a beautiful place and what a beautiful time away. It was such a good thing for us…even struggling for the two of us fit comfortably on the air mattress, even with the frigid (low 30s) temperatures. With views like this – how could it not be good?
- Sweet Husband. One of the things that he promised me when he proposed was that while we might never be rich, he would always make me laugh. I laughed so hard this weekend! He’s such a good man, and I’m so lucky to have him putting up with all of my issues and mood swings and difficulties. I don’t know what I would do without him. Also – don’t tell anyone but he’s a big ol’ softie. Almost as soon as we left the doggies, he said, “I miss the puppies!” and as we were coming home, “I can’t wait to get home to our puppies!” Gotta love a man who loves his babies.
- Friends. While we were away, a friend came over to house & dog sit for us. It was a huge favor for us because neither one of our puppies do well in the kennel. Generally when we have to board our kids, our Bourbie has to be drugged…he has such severe separation anxiety that he cries the entire time. So having the ability to keep our babies at home, is an incredible blessing. Worth the beard hair in my bathroom sink 😉
- Friends. I’ve been working on some changes with my blog (big relaunch coming in January 2016!), and as I’ve worked through the ideas and what I want to do, those friends have been my sounding boards. I appreciate having those critical yet loving friends to bounce ideas off of as I made decisions about where and how I want to proceed.
- Family. Before SH and I made our way to the beach, the parents were down to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday break. We love spending time with them, and it’s lovely to have them so close. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving dinner so we can see the family from Baton Rouge.
- The beauty of nature. I didn’t spend time with my camera over the weekend, and I regret that. One of the things that I told SH that I wanted to do was capture the sunrise and the sunset, but we were so busy having a good time that grabbing my camera was the last thing on my mind. On our way out of town, I shot this amazing sunrise from the truck as we drove over the bridge.
- Passion. I’m taking a few courses to help inspire and motivate me with regard to the blog and while I’m just now starting to dig into them, the ideas that are already being generated. I’m not entirely sure when and how those things are going to be done, but I’m excited about the directions I’m mapping out.
- A safe, comfortable home. We may not have much, but we have enough…and that is much more than many people in our world. When I think about refugees and what they have to endure, as well as the xenophobia and ugliness that is happening in America right now, I am grateful for my relative safety and security. I have struggles and problems, and while I don’t wish to minimize them, my problems are small in the grand scheme of things. That is a huge blessing in and of itself.
- Light at the End of the Tunnel. When we head back to work on Monday, there will be three weeks of the term to work through. 2 weeks really because that last week will be exams and holiday prep. I’ excited to close the first semester out and begin prepping for the next year.
As I’m preparing for our family Thanksgiving, I hope that you and your family are preparing for a wonderful day with each other. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because we get a chance to stop and celebrate each other and all the good things in our lives. The food is a big part of the draw 😉 but really, it’s all about the time with friends and family. I hope your day is blessed!