A Few Reasons

The second half of this year has been tough for me, but I still have many reasons to be thankful. And as I was eating dinner yesterday, I found myself thinking on those things. I also found myself thinking about a quote I heard earlier in the week.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Life hasn’t been perfect, and I was forced to leave a lot of things behind. But I have a loving family that supports me and accepts me just as I am. And that matters more than the Kitchen Aid mixer my mom gave me or the scrapbooks that took years to make…and even the Christmas ornaments that I had from childhood…

Earlier this year, my sister told me that she loved me and that she was proud of me – no matter what I chose to do with my life. She promised me that it would get better, and now I know she was right! 🙂 I can’t express how thankful I am for the relationship I have with her. We weren’t always close, but I know I can tell her anything now. She’s a wonderful sister and mother to the best girl on the planet.

I’m also thankful for my body’s endurance. I won’t win any races today, but I will swim a mile in the pool after a couple of miles on the elliptical. It makes me feel strong, and that makes me feel good.

And the guy I talked about in my last post texted me today. I didn’t seek him out, but I woke up to messages from him. And we had a good little chat. It was a pleasant surprise. 😉

I’m also thankful for Mom and Dad. If you read my blog often then you know how important my parents are to me. Mom is always there to talk, and Dad is too. My relationship with each of them is unique, but I know I’m lucky to be close to both of them.

I got an awesome crock pot last night for $10! I’m thankful for that because it’s usually $34, and I’m craving chili and buffalo chicken dip. Yum!!!! I’m also thankful for the awesome recipe book I found at Barnes & Noble over the weekend. I’ve written so many recipes in it over the last few days that my hand might start cramping soon. 😉

I’m thankful for true friends – those few that are like family….the ones who stick around even when life isn’t easy.

And my twitter friends and blog friends mean so much too. The toughest months I faced were much easier because I never felt alone. There’s always someone here to remind me that it’s going to be okay.

And OMG, I’m thankful for Weight Watchers. My life changed when I walked into my first meeting, and it’s different now. I’m different now…and skinnier too. 😉

I’m most thankful that God is so real to me these days. He seems to be proving Himself to me over and over. When I wasn’t really looking for Him, He found me anyway…I know He cares, and I know He’s working in my life. He loves me, and that gives me so much peace.

I’m also thankful for the direction and strength that I feel brewing in my heart and mind.

There’s so much to be thankful for in my life today. And it feels good to recognize some of those things and say them out loud. What reasons do you have to be thankful? Are you counting your blessings?

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    Becki
    November 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I love your post and enjoy reading you day after day. I think you have a great spirit and deserve all that awaits you. I feel a conection with you for some reason. Thank you for being here.

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    {Absolutely, Positively} Josie
    November 27, 2010 at 12:58 am

    beautiful!

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    Brittany
    November 27, 2010 at 4:15 am

    So much to be thankful for 🙂 I'm incrediblyyyy thankful for my twitter, fitblog, and health / fitness blog friends! ya'll are theeee best!

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    I Said So...
    November 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Wonderful…
    I think as we get older, we have to learn to appreciate the unique relationships we have with family members, how they change / we change. Just appreciate those relationships for what they are and not what we thought they would be when we were younger. Sounds like you have an awesome family.

    And, I told you not to give up on the guy! They move slower than we girls do. Now, I'm not saying he's Prince Charming, yet. Just don't give up on him so quickly. 🙂 Have fun.

    God will take of you. He knows HIS plan for you. Took me a LOOOONG time to get that!

    J

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    Val
    November 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Very beautiful post. Well spoken!!

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    Deb
    November 29, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I don't always leave you a comment…but I do enjoy reading what's on your heart!!! So glad that you are resting comfortably in the arms of our Savior…HE truly is an awesome God. My problem is I sometimes try to tell HIM what to do…instead of letting HIM lead, guide, and direct!!! CHRIST-mas blessings to you this happy season!!!

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