Days of Thanks 21-30

21: I am thankful for struggles in my life.  I know it sounds like a weird thing to be thankful for but those challenges that upset or frustrate you only make you better as a person.  I try to learn from all of my past failures and struggles.  This 2012 year has definitely provided it’s struggles, but I’ve learned to really enjoy life and to not take anything for granted.

22: Police officers.  So simple. The ability to have a number to call when in trouble or distress.  Sitting at home knowing you are safe because there are police officers out guarding the city.  Who wouldn’t be thankful for that?  I think we sometimes take that for granted.  The safety of the country we live in.

23: Love.  The ability to be loved, to love others and to know what love is.  I don’t know a better example of what love means than Jesus dying on the cross for us.  Contemplating this just blows my mind.  How much love was given to me.  How much Jesus loves me.  How much love is in this world.  I want to just spread that love and I can’t wait to give it to our little one due any day now.  I want Andy to know how much I love him and how much I thank God daily that he is in my life.

24: Rain.  Nothing says fresh start than a good downpour.  I find rain refreshing and the day after the rain invigorates me.

25: I am so thankful that I made it full term with this pregnancy.  Every year I walk in the March of Dimes walk with some friends.  We’ve only ever done it as a social thing but this year I’ve really thought about how many children are born prematurely and the related consequences with that.  As much as I’m ready to have this baby, I am thankful that I made it this far and I need to constantly remind myself of this blessing.

26: Doctors and medicine.  As this pregnancy narrows down, I’m starting to get fearful of the whole labor process.  Mainly because I don’t know what to expect. I’ve also never been sick. Never been in the hospital, let alone stay the night.  Never had an IV.  I fear that something is going to go wrong in the delivery room.  I can’t lie and say that I’ve never thought of something going wrong that is a result of something I’ve done.  But I have to keep reminding myself that these doctors and medicine have been around for years and they have more experience than I do and that I’m in good hands.  I’m just so glad Andy will be there with me.

27: Thankful that I have all my senses.  Can you imagine if you were blind or deaf.  Or couldn’t have the ability to smell, especially those pumpkin spice lattes this time of year.  Or the sense of taste to taste that delicious apple pie.  Or even the sense of touch.  Don’t ever take those little things for granted.

28: Pedicures.  Whoever invented goign to the spa to get a pedicure is genious. I was able to make it out this past weekend with my friend Amy and we pampered ourselves.  It was so relaxing, especially since my feet were so swollen, it was nice to give them such a good soak and foot rub.

29: the bible.  This should probably be higher up than number 29 but still very important to me.  Especially during this time of waiting, I’m experiencing times with high anxiety and extreme nervousness.  I love that I can just open up the bible to a Psalm or random verse and my anxiety is immediately calmed.  I love that God left us this book to help us become closer to him.

30: Last but not least, I am thankful for Christmas. Nothing get’s be in a better mood than prepping for the holidays, especially realizing the meaning behind those holidays.  This Christmas has me extra excited because we will have a little one running around, well not really running, more like laying.  It just makes the holiday season so much more to look forward to.  Also, nothing get’s me into the holiday spirit like some old fashion Christmas music where you can really just listen to the lyrics and remember the reason for this season.

So there it is, my 30 days of thanks.  Next up, Christmas posts…and hopefully a little boy/girl to love.

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