Friday, November 2, 2012


I've seen a lot of my friends doing the 30 days of Thankfulness for November and I wanted to do it too, but considering that I forget everything right now, I know better than to think I can remember to post every day. So instead, I've decided to do all 30 at one time.  So here's my list:

1.  Thankful for a loving, merciful God who on my deepest and darkest days holds me close while I rail against Him, promising me that He loves me anyway.

2.  For my husband, who puts up with my mood swings, obsessive need to organize and re-organize while hardly getting anything truly organized, who loves me for me and who works hard day in and out to provide for his family.

3.  For 24 weeks and 6 days with Logan growing inside of me and 17 days with him in the NICU.  Also thankful to know that he is being taken care of in Heaven.

4.  For my wild, sweet, sometimes grumpy 2 year old, he has brought so much light to my life and I am thankful for each and every day I get with him.

5.  For Emily, growing steadily and currently practicing pirouettes :)

6.  For my parents who have been a huge support to me throughout my life, they are always here when we need them whether it's to watch Eli while we work or to cut dressers in half, paint rooms, sew quilts or go to a football game they couldn't care less about just to help me with Eli.

7.  For my sister and brother-in-law for countless times helping us by watching the dogs, getting us chicken and a million other things.

8.  For my in-laws who so readily made me a part of their family.

9.  For a beautiful niece and 2 awesome nephews.

10.  For 3 best friends... I know I am very lucky to have all 3 of them in my life, even if they all live too far away, any and all of you are welcome to move to Troy, AL anytime by the way ;)

11.  For all of the people I consider friends, even the ones I've never met in person

12.  For an awesome church family and a great priest who isn't afraid to address the big issues.

13.  Thankful that Doug and I both have jobs.

14.  Thankful to have a home of our own that I can paint my parents can paint crazy colors just to see if I like it.

15.  For our van that has given us the ability to travel with all of our pets or lots of people and has had no major problems.

16.  For a small neighborhood where there's not much traffic and lots of kids close in age.

17.  For the money we do have, don't get me wrong, it's not much but even though it sometimes feels otherwise, we are far from poor.

18.  Thankful to live in a free country.

19.  For soldiers who are willing to fight for our freedom and the sacrifices their families make.

20.  For our Keurig, I'm not much of a coffee drinker but I love getting a quick cup of hot chocolate with minimal cleaning necessary.

21.  For our pets, we don't get to spend nearly as much time loving on them as we used to but they're always there and happy to see us.

22.  For our dog-sitter, she has made our lives so much easier by being available to watch them while we go out of town.  It's so nice to know that they are not only being cared for with the basics but played with while we are gone.

23.  For days off during the week.  I have 4 of them this month and 8 next month.  I know I'm very lucky!

24.  For Eli's daycare.  The ladies who take care of him love him like he is theirs and their work with him and the other kids pays off hugely, since my 2 year old knows most of the letters of the alphabet, tons of songs and is well-behaved most of the time.

25.  For the people who mow the grass and clean up at Green Hills Cemetery.  We would do the work if we had to but it's so nice to know that when we go visit Logan's spot the grass will not be up to our knees and the flowers will not be spread all over the place.

26.  For my OB, she has been with us through everything, starting with Logan, was a huge support through my pregnancy with Eli and continues to cheer me on and reassure me even now.

27.  For the NICU nurses, who give so much of themselves to every baby and every family that they care for.

28.  For the March of Dimes, November is Prematurity Awareness Month so I would definitely be remiss if I didn't mention them and all of the work they do for babies and families everywhere.

29.  For our godson Brody, even though we don't get to see him often, we are so honored to be his godparents and love watching him grow on Facebook.

30.  For all of my aunts, uncles and cousins as well as my aunts-, uncles- and cousins-in-law.

Honestly, this list doesn't even begin to count all the ways I am blessed and things I am thankful for, but it is a nice reminder!

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