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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! 🙂



{November 21, 2011}   Mirthful Monday-Thanksgiving Edition

Since this is Thanksgiving Week, this Mirthful Monday is dedicated to Thanksgiving funnies! Feel free to come back and re-read this post on Thanksgiving Day if you need something to keep you awake after the big meal!

The football-playing turkey

The pro football team had just finished their daily practice session when a large turkey came strutting onto the field. While the players gazed in amazement, the turkey walked up to the head coach and demanded a tryout.

Everyone stared in silence as the turkey caught pass after pass and ran right through the defensive line. When the turkey returned to the sidelines, the coach shouted, “You’re terrific!!! Sign up for the season, and I’ll see to it that you get a huge bonus.”

“Forget the bonus,” the turkey said, “All I want to know is, does the season go past Thanksgiving Day?”

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked the stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” The stock boy answered, “No ma’am, they’re dead.”

From thebackpew.com

At Thanksgiving with her folks, single Sally prayed the following, “Oh Dear Lord, I’m thankful for all the blessing in my life. And, I’m not asking for this for myself. But please send my mother a son-in-law.”

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Billy: I can’t wait to go to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving. My cousin’s going to be there, and he has three feet!
Willie: Wow! How’d that happen?
Billy: I don’t know. My aunt wrote my parents and said, “You won’t recognize little Howie. He’s grown another foot.”

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Did You Know?

  • Turkeys can have heart attacks. Groups of turkeys, sometimes known as a rafter of turkeys would drop dead when the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier nearby.
  • Apparently turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining.
  • Excessive turkey breeding has caused turkey breasts to grow so enormous that the turkeys sometimes fall over.
  • The Pilgrim Fathers would not eat lobster because they thought it was a giant insect

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!.

The Ears of Wheat by The Brothers Grimm

Ages upon ages ago, says the German grandmother, when angels used to wander on earth, the ground was more fruitful than it is now. Then the stalks of wheat bore not fifty or sixty fold, but four times five hundred fold. Then the wheat- ears grew from the bottom to the top of the stalk.

But the men of the earth forgot that this blessing came from God, and they became idle and selfish.

One day a woman went through a wheat-field, and her little child, who accompanied her, fell into a puddle and soiled her frock. The mother tore off a handful of the wheat-ears and cleaned the child’s dress with them.

Just then an angel passed by and saw her. Wrathfully he spoke, ‘Wasteful woman, no longer shall the wheat- stalks produce ears. You mortals are not worthy of the gifts of Heaven!’
Some peasants who were gathering wheat in the fields heard this, and falling on their knees, prayed and entreated the angel to leave the wheat alone, not only on their account, but for the sake of the little birds who otherwise must perish of hunger.

The angel pitied their distress, and granted a part of the prayer. And from that day to this the ears of wheat have grown as they do now.

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Giving Thanks Day 21: Today, I am thankful for poetry and how so much can be expressed with it. To go along with this, I am sharing a poem about giving thanks I found.

I am thankful:

For the wife
Who says it’s hot dogs tonight
Because she is home with me
And not out with someone else.

For the husband
Who is on the sofa
Being a couch potato
Because he is home with me
And not out at the bars.

For the teenager
Who is complaining about doing dishes
Because it means she is at home,
Not on the streets.

For the taxes I pay
Because it means
I am employed.

For the mess to clean after a party
Because it means I have
Been surrounded by friends

For the clothes that fit a little too snug
Because it means
I have enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work
Because it means
I am out in the sunshine.

For a lawn that needs mowing,
Windows that need cleaning,
And gutters that need fixing
Because it means I have a home.

For all the complaining
I hear about the government
Because it means
We have freedom of speech.

For the parking spot
I find at the far end of the parking lot
Because it means
I am capable of walking,
And I have been blessed with transportation.

For my huge heating bill
Because it means
I am warm.

For the lady behind me in church
Who sings off key
Because it means I can hear.

For the pile of laundry and ironing
Because it means
I have clothes to wear.

For weariness and aching muscles
At the end of the day
Because it means I have been
Capable of working.

For the alarm that goes off
In the early morning hours
Because it means
I am alive.

And finally, for too much e-mail
Because it means
I have friend who is thinking of me.



{November 19, 2011}   How do YOU do Thanksgiving?

I love to hear about the different traditions people have for spending the different holidays and just thought I would share how I spend mine. My Thanksgiving Day has changed a little since I got married, but not too much because my husband’s side of the family lives so close to where I had always spent Thanksgiving. This year, we will head over to my Nanny’s where we will meet up with my parents, my brother and sister-in-law, my sister and brother-in-law, two of my nieces, my nephew and my Uncle to have breakfast and then visit while the finishing touches are put on the meal. Sometime between 11:00 a.m. and Noon, we will probably eat. The Thanksgiving dinner will be Turkey, maybe Ham, too, Homemade dressing, either pea salad or potato salad, cranberry sauce, fruit salad, macaroni or broccoli cheese casserole, deviled eggs, rolls,green beans, chicken livers with gravy, sweet potato casserole, and various deserts such as pies and if we’re lucky, my Nanny’s English Delight or my Uncle’s Cherry Cheesecake. I consider our meal a pretty traditional Thanksgiving meal but I know a lot of people have different variations on it. Sometime after lunch, me and my husband will head over to his mom and step dad’s to meet up with his grandma(who has her birthday on Thanksgiving this year) and his sister, brother and two little nieces. Their meal takes place around 1 or after usually so we basically go from one meal to the next, therefore, it’s always hard for me to decide how much room to leave in my stomach! I still am not quite sure how I will do it this year, but I think I am going to try to eat a little bit at my Nanny’s and then I can eat a little bit at my in laws. They usually have turkey and ham, too, but their sides are a little different. It’s interesting how things taste differently because they cook them in different ways but they both taste really good. After eating AGAIN with them, we’ll visit and spend time with them for a while, which is usually when my husband decides it’s time to go. I tend to feel bad about not staying long enough cause I want to spend time with both families but I know my husband will want to watch the ball game at my Nanny’s with all the guys. So, we will say our goodbyes and head BACK to my Nanny’s, where things have calmed down, the food has been put away, dishes have been almost all washed and the table is empty. The men and my Nanny will be in the living room watching the football game. My Nanny loves football. I, on the other hand, don’t. My mom and sister will either be working on something in the kitchen or sitting at the now empty kitchen table chatting OR rather avoiding the ball game! I will usually sit down with them and chat for a bit. If the store ads are on the table, I will browse the ads with them and see what the Black Friday specials are. They tend to go to it every year, last year was the first year in a long time that I didn’t go. The rest of the day will be visiting with my family, possibly playing board games and definitely trying to stay awake because all the food makes you very sleepy. For supper, we always have left overs and we basically serve ourselves. The food is put on the cabinets from the fridge, you take a paper plate, get what you want and microwave. At this time, I can eat more of whatever I didn’t partake of earlier so I would have room for my second lunch. Some people will choose to make turkey or ham sandwiches. We will usually eat in turns where some are eating while others are still watching television and so on. Then more visiting, but not too much because everybody is usually exhausted by this point and the ones wanting to do Black Friday try to get some sleep early. This year, some sales start at midnight, so who knows when people will actually sleep? Sometime after dinner, we’ll say our goodbyes yet again and head off to our apartment so we can get some sleep ourselves and be ready for the next day. Even if I don’t do Black Friday shopping, the women tend to meet up for lunch somewhere to eat out and then we all end up back at my Nanny’s in the afternoon where it’s leftovers again and trying to rest from the holidays.

I’m already tired just thinking about it. I saw on the news the other day that the price of turkey and other Thanksgiving staples has risen. This made me wonder if it wouldn’t be better to just eat something else for the day? I know it would probably be weird for those used to eating turkey every year, but it seems like it would be cheaper and then you could have the turkey dinner after they lower the prices back. I’m not a huge turkey eater myself so it wouldn’t bother me too much. In fact, when I was younger, I had a nightmare that I was forced to eat turkey and woke up crying and screaming, “No turkey!”

I have heard that different cultures eat other things on Thanksgiving anyways. Enchiladas, anyone? I love Mexican food! Or what about some yummy pasta? YAY! Anyways, I would love to hear how YOU spend your Thanksgiving and if you stick to the traditional Turkey meal or you do a different spin on things. If you eat something super duper yummy, then be warned….I may have to take a flight to YOUR house for the holidays! 🙂

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Giving Thanks Day 19: Today, I give thanks for the privilege I have in having not only ONE place to go during the holidays for a nice, warm meal, but TWO places to go. Not everyone is so lucky and there are those who will be home alone on this day or have to eat turkey from a homeless shelter. If YOU have a place to go for the holidays, take the time to truly be thankful for that and appreciate it!



{November 1, 2011}   A Month of Giving Thanks

It’s so important to be thankful for what you have and NOT just on Thanksgiving day, but everyday. In honor of this holiday, which comes in a few weeks, I will be highlighting daily something that I am personally thankful for. Starting today through the last day of November, the end of every post will include my daily thanks!
I encourage others to do the same.

Giving THANKS Day #1:
I give thanks for my Family. I have a husband that I love. I not only have a Mom and Dad but two sets of in-laws that I actually like. I have one grandma on my side still alive and 3 siblings., many nieces and a nephew I am close with as well as 2 great nephews. When I look at all the people in this world that have no family left or just a couple members of their family left, I know that I truly am lucky to have so much family in my life. There are times where we may have fights and disagreements between some of us, but at the end of the day, we are family and we have each other’s backs.



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