Days of Thanks

I’m behind, as always.  This is a busy, busy week for us but it is also a week where I am more grateful than ever for so many blessings in my life.

#4: I am so thankful for my job.  It’s the perfect job, I mean hours tend to be long and I don’t get paid for working overtime, but it offers great benefits and is something I’ve become good at.  I love the people I work with and in times where I need my schedule to be flexible (like this week when we are closing on our house(s)), they understand and I’m able to come and go and make up the time when I can.

#5: Since Tuesday was the election day and we now know the results, I know some people aren’t happy with them but I am just thankful I live in a country where we have the ability to exercise our right to vote, where we are free to make whatever religion choices we want, and where our country isn’t stricken with poverty (although some areas are close to it).

#6: I am so thankful for my health.  So many people these days are in and out of hospitals with diseases and I am thankful that I have not had any major complications or health concerns in my life (knock on wood).  I’ve had a lot of news this year of close friends and family not only getting sick but getting some form of cancer.  It seems to be everywhere these days, from young children (my cousin Alex who was diagnosed with leukemia) to older adults (Andy’s dad passing away from cancer earlier this year).  I just thank Jesus that he has blessed me with good health and I promise to never take it for granted.

#7: Barkley.  I love that dog.  It’s funny because I was CONVINCED that I never wanted a dog, let a lone a 110lb dog.  But this little fur ball I am so thankful for.  In a lot of ways he has made me a better person (weird I know).  I find myself more laid back in general.  I use to like things to be clean and orderly and with a big dog that sheds a gallon of hair a day and leaves drool marks on your black work pants every morning before you leave the house, you become more relaxed.  The other great thing about him is that every time I open that door into the house when I get home from work, his tail is wagging a million miles per second and cannot wait to see you.  It’s a good feeling.

#8: I am so thankful for sunshine.  I sometimes imagine what it would be like to live in Alaska where the sun only shines 1/2 of the year.  I’ve decided I wouldn’t like it. It reminds me of busy season where I literally don’t see the sun from January to March.  I don’t like that either.  Talk about vitamin D deficient.  I love watching the sunrise, whether it’s on a beach somewhere or on your drive to work, something about a sunrise makes me feel like I was given a fresh new start…it is invigorating!

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