Friday, November 28, 2014

giving thanks

I'm off for Thanksgiving break. It's been mostly quiet around here, just me and the snoring dog. I didn't even turn on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade this year. I don't know, just wasn't feelin' it. Phil had to work, although he did get off a little early yesterday and got to come home and pick me up. It's always nice to be able to ride with your husband to a holiday gathering. He was chosen as the designated turkey carver at work and had round one there for brunch. Then at 2:00 we had a feast with the Marquez family.

And at four we had yet another meal with all the trimmings with Phil's aunt and uncle, his cousins, and some friends of their family. It was a pretty good day, but I missed my own family. A lot. I haven't spent Thanksgiving with them in about 8 years.

I may or may not have had a piece of pumpkin pie for breakfast. It's a vegetable, you know.

A few things I'm thankful for this year:

  • I'm thankful for my Savior who loves me and calls me His own.
  • I'm thankful for my husband. I'm thankful that he's done all the hard work to pass his licensing exam and now has those three little letters behind his name. I'm thankful that he still makes me laugh and that he's my go-to person when I need to be held and hugged.
  • I'm thankful for my family. Thankful that we can stay semi-connected despite being so far away.
  • I'm thankful for my church and how we're changing and growing with our new pastor.
  • I'm thankful for adopted family who welcome us with open arms at the holidays.
  • I'm thankful for our home, my car, and that I can work, even though it's not exactly the job I want to be doing right now.
  • I'm thankful for my dog. It's nice to not feel so alone when I'm here by myself.
  • And lastly I'm thankful that I found out about three weeks ago that OSPI is going to accept a master's degree instead of a second bachelor's degree. I'm hoping to start my master's in January if all goes as planned. Funny how not much has gone as planned to this point, but that's how life goes sometimes. 
When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow."
~Shauna Niequist

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