I am thankful for…

I love Thanksgiving. A day with family to enjoy a delicious meal topped off with a couple slices of french silk pie…what could be better?

I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and here’s what tops my list.

(Caution: Sap ahead)

For our first dating anniversary, I filled a heart shape box with 50 reasons why I love him (cheesy, I know). Almost eight years later, I could fill a refrigerator box. I am thankful for this ever-growing list of reasons.

According to my What to Expect When You’re Expecting book, Bridget was the size of a lime last year at this time. Now, she’s here and laughing, “talking,” rolling around like a log, and sitting up. Every bout of morning sickness, back ache, and labor pain was absolutely worth it. I am thankful for the endless amount of joy she brings to our life.

I could write a book on the reasons I am thankful for my Mom, but I’ll just pick one. I adapted this saying for her and it describes how I feel perfectly: “The only thing better than having you as my Mom is my daughter having you as her Grams.” Her love for Bridget is amazing and I am thankful for witnessing it.

Nanny & Papa
I am thankful for the time we get to spend with my Grandparents and their unconditional love and support.

My Extended Family
Aunts, uncles, and lots of cousins (first, second, and third) are a special part of my life and I am thankful for getting to spend the holidays with them and their families.

My in-laws
From Brian’s parents to brothers, sisters, nieces  and nephews, there are 24 members of this family. The love and laughter (and good food) that we share is a true blessing and I am thankful to call them my family.

The Girls
I am thankful for my best friends who I am just as close with now as when we met many years ago.

Work (you read that right)
Although I wouldn’t turn down winning the lottery and never having to work again, I am thankful to enjoy what I do; and also thankful that it helps provide a roof over our head and a safe car to travel in.

Protective Services
I am thankful for the men and women, near and far, who fight for our freedom and protect my family everyday, including my best friends’ husbands, Brett, a police officer, and Ryan, a firefighter.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


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