Have you given any thought to what you’re thankful for?
Here are some things I’m very grateful for this year
My husband was accepted for a new position at work. He’s taken this tester position and has run with it, using social media and his great customer service skills to help carve out what a great job looks like. I’m very proud of him and I’m so happy that he enjoys his job.
I celebrated one year of working as a freelance virtual assistant, and I’m so thankful for my clients. Each one is very different, with various expectations and needs and it’s been a great opportunity for me to work with each one.
Our oldest son has begun his last year of high school and we couldn’t be more proud of him and all his accomplishments. We know that he’ll head to university with important lessons already learned.
Caleb has grown at least 6 inches, it seems (probably not but I swear, when did he suddenly become able to reach things he couldn’t reach before??). He’s growing into a wonderful young man while keeping us young at heart with his goofy sense of humour and often mind-blowing views of people and situations around him.
I’m so thankful for all of our friends and the time we’ve been able to spend together. Sometimes, when I think we’re hermits, I realize that there are some months when we’re rarely home, and think of the time our laughter has probably kept a neighbour or two up. Thank you for helping us to enjoy life, as it’s meant to be enjoyed. You all know who you are!
I cannot leave out my family, of course. As many of my readers know, my parents (and autistic brother) live about 14 hours away. They’re live in Manitouwadge, a little town above Lake Superior. Words can’t express how grateful I am that they travel so far to spend a week with us, camping in Algonquin Park. We are counting down for 2018!
A huge shout-out to my sister-in-law, Chantelle. She took one of her vacation days and drove to Algonquin Park for a single day, just so my parents could meet their grandson for the first time. The look of surprise and happiness as they chased him around the campsite was priceless, and it warms my heart to remember it.
To Jennifer and Joshua… we are both so grateful to you both for opening up your home to us. I’m so thankful for the chance to know you both better. I really value our friendship! As far as couples go, I’m sure you’re our doppelgangers! We love you!
Sometimes it’s hard to stay in touch, especially with friends or family who are so far away. I’m grateful for the Internet and social media making our world smaller. Devin and I have family or friends in British Columbia, Alberta and overseas. Without social media, it would be difficult to talk with them and learn more about our other relatives.
Most of all, I’m thankful for my husband. Where would I be without you? You’re my best friend, partner and comic relief. My Netflix buddy and road trip pal. My partner in crime when playing pranks on the kids. Thank you for everything you do for our family and our home. People might think it’s cheesy that I post memes and quotes on your Facebook page, but so often, they say what I feel. I think of you when I see something funny, especially when it relates to an inside joke. The heartfelt ones… let’s just be thankful you can’t see the blubbering mess I am when I first read them myself. I can’t believe we’ve made it to almost 20 years. Our celebration is going to be awesome!
I encourage all of my readers to think about all they’re grateful for. Bonus points for writing it down or sharing it with people in your lives. Don’t assume they know… they need to hear it.