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{November 13, 2012}   30 Things I am Thankful for

Every year, a lot of people on Facebook put as their status a daily thing they are thankful for during the month of November. Last year, I did this on my blog daily and was planning on doing it on Facebook this year but kept forgetting. Now that I am so behind, I decided to play catch up and get ahead at the same time by just putting a whole list of 30 in one post! So here are 30 things that I am extremely thankful for. In no particular order…

1. I am thankful for my nieces/nephews/great nephews. They light up my life in so many ways and give me many reasons to be happy. I miss them so much when I don’t see them but I’d rather miss them than not have them to begin with!

2. I am thankful for parents that just celebrated 50 years together. This is such a great inspiration for me to put hard work into my marriage and keep it going AND inspiring for others as well.

3. I am thankful for my Freedom and the ones who fought so hard so I could have it. All military men who served or are currently serving have my utmost respect and admiration for what they do and deserve so much more than they receive!

4. I’m thankful for my Husband. He can make me so mad sometimes and drive me up the wall but my life would be so very lonely without him in it.

5. I’m thankful for my close friends that have stuck with me through the good and bad, the ups and downs and truly love me for who I am!

6. I’m thankful for the cooler weather, even when it’s temporary, cause Lord knows I need a break for the heat! 🙂

7. I’m thankful for WordPress and what is has done for me! Doing this blog has been such a great experience for me and has helped me a lot in so many ways. I have also met so many great people that I hope to have in my life for many years to come!

8. I’m thankful for Music and the powers it holds. Music can lift you up when you’re feeling down, help you relax, make you think and so much more! Music expresses at times what words fail to. My life would not be the same if it wasn’t for Music!

9. I’m thankful for being a Child at heart. People that are too serious all the time bother me! There are times for being serious and then there are times where you should just relax and have fun! Life is TOO short to live with a stick up your….well, you know! 😉

10. I’m thankful for Mio and drink mixes that are 0 in calories and carbs so I can drink water and not have to actually taste plain water! LOL

11. I’m thankful for all my family, even the crazy ones I don’t like to claim. 🙂

12. I’m thankful for the right to still be a Christian and the rights of everyone else to practice THEIR religion. For those who do practice a religion, it’s a very private and special thing and not everyone has a right to do so where they live, so I am thankful I live in a country where I still CAN.

13. I’m thankful that God died on the cross for my sins. Now I can feel secure in knowing no matter what happens, He is in control.

14. I am thankful for friends that believe differently than me. I have friends that mean the world to me but they do NOT practice the same religion as me and that’s fine. They have a right to practice as they wish and thankfully, the friends I have chosen respect me for mine as I respect them for theirs. I LOVE being able to still respectfully chat with others and learn without childish fights and hate. It’s because of you, dear friends, that I have that opportunity!

15. I’m thankful for my little apartment. It’s not a big house or anything but it protects me from bad weather and allows me a place to lay my head at night.

16. I’m thankful for having food to eat and water to drink. Even if I was unable to afford it myself, I have people in my family who would make sure me and my husband never had to go without food and that’s not something everyone can say.

17. I’m thankful for the talents I’ve been blessed with. I think everyone always wishes they had more talents or different ones at times but I love the ones I DO have and am very grateful for them.

18. I’m thankful for Social Media. I have met great people, including my husband through it. I have reconnected with people and been able to stay close to others as well. Even with all the annoying aspects that come along, it’s still such a great gift.

19. I’m thankful for my old car with its broken passenger seat and its torn up insides and that trunk that has to be tied down but still pops up and slams down at every bump I hit. At least it gets me to where I need to go! 🙂

20. I’m thankful for my little consultant job and the survey companies that allow me to make some extra money for the holidays!

21. I’m thankful for Thanksgiving day! It’s nice to have a day where we all sit and reminisce over the past year and what we have to be thankful for! And of course, time with family is always special!

22. I’m thankful that God has blessed my niece Lydia with a new bundle of joy to give birth to in May and I pray everyday for my little great niece or nephew to be born healthy and happy! 🙂

23. I’m thankful for my success in losing weight. It’s looking like I might make my goal a whole month early! 🙂

24. I’m thankful for my health. It’s definitely a lot better than it was last year at this time. I might still not be able to run and I might get tired after a lot of walking but overall, I’m in good health now and that’s an awesome thing!

25. I’m thankful for books! They are the ultimate escape from reality!

26. I’m thankful for my better outlook on life these past few months. People on my blog may not have been aware but last year, I stayed home practically ALL the time and didn’t have an interest in doing anything….even the things I used to love. Since I have switched doctors and started changing my life for the better by eating healthier and losing weight, my depression has gone down tremendously and I’m just so much happier. I’m enjoying life way more than I have in a long time and I am just SO incredibly thankful for that. Being depressed all the time is just SO tiring!

27. I’m thankful for being closer to 30! And yes, this is something I thought I would NEVER be thankful for, but I am! I am 29 and this is something great because there are millions of people that have never seen the age of 29…or 21, 18, 13,even 5. 😦 As much as aging can seem to be a downer, just remember that YOU have lived longer than some and you are BLESSED if you get to be what is considered OLD. 🙂

28. I’m thankful for the bad in life…..yea, this is a HARD one to be thankful for and I would be lying if I said that after something bad happens, I say, “I’m thankful that happened!” BUT I truly believe everything happens for a reason even if we may never understand that reason. MY life would not be what it was today and I would NOT be who I am if it wasn’t for everything I have gone through up until this point and that includes the bad. Sometimes you just have to have BAD in life to really appreciate the GOOD!

29. I’m thankful for all the little things in life. The person who goes out of their way to hold the door open for you, seeing a baby smile, finding that four leaf clover, hearing a niece say “I love you” when you are crying…….It’s the little things in life and the little details you take time to pay attention to that really make the world a better place.

30. Last, but not least, I’m thankful for all 5 of my senses. My older brother was  born hearing but shortly after went deaf and I think that really taught me growing up how precious being able to hear really is. There are lots of things we take for granted in life and our 5 senses is one of them, I believe. Even if you have all 5 right now, you could lose one of them tomorrow. We never know what tomorrow may bring so we should always cherish what we have. This also goes for everything, cherish the people and things in your life, because you just never know.

This is the end of my list but by no means the end of what I am thankful for. The fact that I could come up with many more IS in itself something to be thankful of! I hope you enjoyed my list and that you also take the time to think of 30 things to be thankful of, whether you share them or not. We should all count our blessings daily! 🙂

{September 17, 2012}   Another week gone and holding…..

Not exactly sure on my weight today honestly due to totally forgetting the day, eating my breakfast and THEN weighing, but I am pretty sure it’s probably the same as last week. 😦

Yea, it’s kind of a bummer but I spent most of my weekend helping out a friend with a garage sale to raise some much needed money to help save her house and I KNOW I got more exercise than I have had in the past few weeks. Due to this constant dizziness, I have cut back on my Zumba and Just Dance workouts. My doctor told me not to do a lot right now, anyways, so it’s safe to say my body is exhausted from the exercise it DID get this weekend. And when I say exercise, I mean what MY own body considers that, but I’m sure a lot of people might not have a problem doing, ya know? I did move boxes and run around a good bit for ME though so it’s possible I gained some muscle, who knows?

I’m proud of myself for sticking with my diet, though. I was offered Kolaches, Hot dogs, Chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, pound cake, AND soda this weekend and I turned it all down. Granted that none of these, except for maybe the kolaches and chocolate chip cookies were that HARD to turn down, but hey, I did and it would have been easy to just say, “A little bit won’t hurt.” And in fact, a little bit might NOT have, but I remember in the past when I told myself this and I gave in. Once I gave in once, it was easier to give in again and again. So I think it’s just better to say no.

So it’s a rainy day today, it’s making me feel tired, my back is killing me when I bend down, I have a sunburned neck and possible hives or sun rash on my arm like I did around this time last year. But I’m just telling you this…not saying it to complain. This past Thursday, Friday and Saturday were amazing. Wasn’t all easy but so worth it. I met some great people, laughed a lot, held back tears a lot and saw more giving and caring people than I have probably seen in my whole life. It truly renews my hope for humankind and the future and I feel so blessed to have got to be there to see it all. My friend will be able to keep her home and I got a blessing myself in seeing people come together and give of themselves to help someone else.

Because of this, I am calm and absolutely happy with the week even IF I saw no loss in weight. I got enough gifts this week without needing the weight loss. 🙂

This is something I got from a forward and loved and decided to pass on!


There was 

a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She
hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, ‘If I could only see 

the world, I will marry you.’

One day, 
someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages
came off, she was able to see everything, including her

He asked 
her, ‘Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?’ The
girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The
sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn’t expected
that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life
led her to refuse to marry him.

boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her
saying: ‘Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before
they were yours, they were mine.’

This is 
how the human brain often works when our status changes.
Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who
was always by their side in the most painful situations.

Life Is a 


before you say an unkind word – Think of someone who can’t

you complain about the taste of your food – Think of someone
who has nothing to eat..

you complain about your husband or wife – Think of someone
who’s crying out to GOD for a companion.

before you complain about life – Think of someone who went
too early to heaven..

whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who
walks the same distance with their feet.

And when 
you are tired and complain about your job – Think of the
unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your

And when 
depressing thoughts seem to get you down – Put a smile on
your face and think: you’re alive and still

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? Vampireville(Vampire Kisses, #3) by Ellen Schreiber-I didn’t have time to read much this week…these books are pretty short and easy reads though, so I was able to actually start and finish it!

What did you recently finish reading? Dance with a Vampire(Vampire Kisses #4) by Ellen Schreiber

What do you think you’ll read next? I plan to start 11/22/63 by Stephen King next, but not sure how much time I will have for reading over the holidays

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? Vampireville(Vampire Kisses, #3) by Ellen Schreiber-This is a young adult series that my niece left with me last year that I am reading before she comes down so I can return them to her…there are 7 in the series, I believe, but she only had the first 4 at the time to leave with me)

What did you recently finish reading? Vampire Kisses and Kissing Coffins(Vampire Kisses, #1 and #2) by Ellen Schreiber

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen-This was a really interesting read…it was a memoir by a lady who grew up in the religion and then moved on from it, but after her husband left her for a man and she was in a bad accident, she came back to her family during her recovery and talked about her past…

What do you think you’ll read next? I still have #4, Dance with a Vampire by Ellen Schreiber to read and then I plan to finally start 11/22/63 by Stephen King! 🙂


I have completed my updated reading challenge now! I started out with 50 books to read in a year and completed THAT in September so I changed it to 75 and I am now currently at 76 books read! SO I have completed both the original AND updated challenges now and even passed them! From now on, until the end of the year, everything I read is just bonus for my challenge! 🙂

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” by Rhoda Janzen (What can I say? I just like reading about people from different religions)

What did you recently finish reading? “My Horizontal Life” by Chelsea Handler (The only book I read this past week…it was a slow week for reading with Thanksgiving and everything!)

What do you think you’ll read next? I plan to read “11/22/63” by Stephen King next, but I have a few books I borrowed from one of my nieces I have to return at Christmas time and if my reading stays as slow as it has been this past week, I may have to wait for this over 800 page book!


Giving Thanks Day 30: This is the final day of my Giving Thanks section on my posts, but I fully intend to keep giving thanks for things in my life daily by taking time out of every day to reflect on things I am thankful for. Since this is the last day, I am giving thanks today, for everything in my life, both good AND bad, because it has all made me into who I am today. Without the negatives, I wouldn’t appreciate the positives as much as I do so I am thankful for them both and I am also thankful for everyone who is in my life and helped mold me into the person I am. If you’re a faithful reader of my blog, I want to also say a special Thanks to you because writing in my blog daily has been such a good thing for me and without people who faithfully read and comment, I might not have stuck with it as long as I have and come to realize what writing really means to me. This month has all been about thankfulness and tomorrow starts a month all about Giving. Giving without expecting anything in return. Giving of your time and love, not just of material things. May we all never forget what an importance giving to others is! 🙂


As always, you may answer these questions in your own post or in the comments section!

This 5 Question Friday was brought to you by:

On to the questions!

1. Is there a special dish you prepare that you are famous for? Not yet…I have made Macaroni & Cheese a couple of times in past years, but I didn’t cook anything this year…I’m good at cooking, but I don’t like to, so I avoid it when I can

2. Are you (did you) go Black Friday shopping ? Sort of…..I went with my mom, sister and one of my nieces after 8 this morning to look around. There wasn’t really anything I was wanting and I didn’t have any money anyways so I didn’t buy anything….all the stores were pretty calm as well cause everyone else around here seemed to have gone last night and none of us were in the mood to go then…..I wish they would switch Black Friday back the way it was and stop trying to take over Thanksgiving…..

3. What are your strangest holiday traditions? I don’t think any of my traditions are strange, but that’s because they are the ones I have grown up with….to someone else, they might be strange but I honestly don’t know any that are strange to me

4. Pecan or pumpkin pie? Neither, I’m not a big pie eater….and I rarely eat sweets except for maybe a few days out of the month

5. When will you put up your Christmas tree? Undecided….Living in an apartment with just my husband, there’s not really anyone else to see the tree and I’m not sure where I would put it where it’s not in the way….so I haven’t decided whether I will put it up or not…..I don’t think it matters much either way…I can still be in the Christmas spirit with or without a tree.
Giving Thanks Day 25: Today, I give thanks for something I have already given thanks for, but for a different reason. This past week my car has been going crazy acting up and the night before Thanksgiving, it wouldn’t even start, and I had to borrow my mom’s car. Today my dad found out what was wrong with it: A 4 cylinder car working on 2 cylinders. He switched out some spark plugs and did some other stuff and voila! Finally seems to be working good again! Oh, and my car is a 1997 so it’s 14 years old…..which apparently, according to the guy who diagnosed the problem, is unusual to see nowadays where people get newer cars every few years. For a 14 yr. old car, it’s been pretty good to me and still running well. The plugs I had on my car were 11 years old and this was the first time they messed up….and my car is a Mercury Tracer…made by Ford, so I guess not ALL Ford vehicles are junk, huh? 🙂
SO….Today, I am thankful my car is fixed, running smoothly again, and I no longer have to worry about being without a vehicle. YAY! 🙂

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “My Horizontal Life” by Chelsea Handler

What did you recently finish reading? “Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson-Long book…pretty in depth about the 1893 Chicago Fair and what went on in the planning of it and during it as well as the disappearances of many…and what happened afterwards…it was interesting and informative

“In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote-Well written true crime story

“Undead and Undermined” by MaryJanice Davidson

What do you think you’ll read next? “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” by Rhoda Janzen and then “11/22/63” by Stephen King 🙂


Giving Thanks Day 23: Today, I am thankful for food and the abundance of it that me and my family will have in the days to come. YUM! 🙂


As always, you may answer these questions in your own post or in the comments section!

This 5 Question Friday was brought to you by:

On to the questions!

1. Do you have a go to song that always puts you in a good mood? No, not really….my favorite song can change daily or even hourly sometimes, but up tempo songs you can dance to usually can cheer me up
2. Are you a real Christmas tree kinda person or do you go with a real fake one? My parents always did artificial, which is good because I am allergic to Pine trees and that’s what is typically used for Christmas trees around here…..I have a fake tree but I’m honestly not that good with decorating for Christmas so the last couple years since I got married, I put the tree up the first year and then the second, I just enjoyed the one at my Nanny’s
3. What are you thankful for? I am thankful for tons of things….There’s a rather long list and if you have been reading my blog this month, you already know I have been spotlighting one thing each day…..Look to the end of THIS post to see what I am especially thankful for today!
4. Which fashion fad from the past do you wish you could wear today? The one thing that pops in my head is actually a fashion fad again…but it looks a bit different nowadays. I loved the leggings they had in the 90’s, the ones that had the material all the way down to almost your ankles and then it had the lace at the bottom…I wore those things a lot when I was younger and I think they are cute, but I don’t feel as if leggings flatter my plus size frame very well anymore and even if they had the lace part at the bottom AND I had the body meant to wear them well, I don’t think I would be able to pull them off for very long because of my age. Something about that look just doesn’t seem right once I hit 30 in a couple of years…
5. Do you wait until the “low fuel” light comes on before you fill up the gas tank? Yes, but not because I mean to….it’s usually because I noticed ahead of time, but I am trying to make it as long as possible before I have to spend a fortune at the gas pumps! Prices are ridiculous!
Giving Thanks Day 18: Today, I am thankful for Answered Prayers. There were personal issues stressing me out last weekend and I asked for prayers and good thoughtful wishes for myself on my Facebook and whoever prayed or sent good will to me, thank you to them because things seem to have worked out with a major financial issue that was bringing me down. I am SO thankful that things were straightened out so that this holiday season can be a little less stressful for me and my family. It’s so nice to pray about something and have others pray for you and then see a positive result emerge from it.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson-not very far in so not sure how much I like it yet

What did you recently finish reading? “Prozac Nation” by Elizabeth Wurtzel-I ended up really liking this book and relating more to this woman than I started out thinking I would. I feel bad for how long she had to wait before she was able to get medicine along with her therapy that would help her.

“The Uncommon Reader” by Alan Bennett-Short read, I literally read the whole book in an hour or a little over an hour. It’s a fiction novelette about the queen accidentally discovering the love of reading and becoming a voracious reader, making everyone else in the castle aggravated by it and kind of stirring things up. It ends with an interesting twist, I must say!

What do you think you’ll read next? I think it will probably be “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote unless they call and say the book I have on hold is in….it was due back two weeks ago by whoever had it first checked out and it’s only a 7 day book, so I don’t know what’s going on. They show it still checked out so just my luck, it will probably be never returned and I will have to wait to read the book. UGH!


Giving Thanks Day 16: Reading “Prozac Nation” gave me an insight into what life was like for someone with Depression, a lot like mine, BEFORE there was good medicine out there for it. Today, I am thankful that although I suffer from it, I am living in an age where there is more knowledge and acceptance for it, as well as better medicine available.

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