Thanksgiving is upon us, friends! In the twilight of 2014, I'd like to ask you...what are you thankful for? There are so many things, for me...here are just a few:
God: I consider myself blessed beyond measure. I'm may not the richest, prettiest, funniest...and on and on. None of that matters in to a kind and loving Father. Troubles have come and gone, and will likely come again, but I'm so grateful for a rock solid faith. It's what picks me up and gets me through.
Family: Really. I'm just so very blessed in this area of my life. Wife Whisperer. 'Nuff said. Number One...a new grad of Texas A&M (whoop!). Number Two...two years of culinary school under his belt and working on the next two. I'm so stinkin' proud of them! My parents have been so supportive of me and my extended family, on both sides, is amazing. Love.
Friends: This is a photo from April, of myself with my best friend, and neighbor, from...kindergarten. Kindergarten, people! I've known Kate Richardson for a very long time and hadn't seen her in probably 25 years. It was delightful seeing her again, in Oregon, and reminded me of the value of friends, both old and new. I've got some great ones!
Students: This one really one that belongs in the "friends" category but I wanted to list it separately because it's so very important to me. I have the best students, in the world...really, I do! I love you guys so much. You never fail to inspire me, teach me and support me...no matter what! Thank you, thank you, thank you...a million times over.
Living my passion: This is a biggie for me. I've always been a creative, "maker" type. I always wanted to be an artist. But, it seemed those two things weren't destined to come together earlier in my life. There is a time for everything, however, and when the time came for me to realize my dream, I grabbed it and ran. Dreams do come true.
My small biz: I never really thought I would become a small business owner but, here I am. And I'm so blessed by it! I'm very thankful for the way my micro business has evolved. And, surprising to me...it's fun to be a micro business owner! Who knew?
Travel: Believe it or not, I don't like to travel. I'm a home girl, at heart. I like eating dinner with Wife Whisperer and then sinking into the beanbag chair, for a movie. I'm ok with that, just about every night! But, teaching has allowed me to visit to some places that I probably wouldn't have seen, left to my own devices. I've mostly got over my fear of flying, although turbulence still terrifies me, and I'm very thankful to have had these opportunities. Hey...you students have made that possible for me! Again, thank you.
As I look at this list, I'm realizing it's made up of intangibles...faith, love, trust, passion, joy. And isn't that the way a "thankful for" list should look?
When we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, I'll be thinking of the family and friends that weren't able to join us, at the table. I'll be thinking of how very blessed I've been throughout my life. I'll be thinking of the joyous moments and focusing on leaving the dark moments behind. I'll be thinking of you, my friends...I'm so thankful for you!
Have a happy Thanksgiving!