Thursday, November 10, 2011

100 Things that I'm Thankful For

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I can't believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us. That means that the year is winding down (and I just got used to writing 2011!) and that our baby boy is getting closer and closer to arriving. Life seems to move so much faster since having kids. I thought I'd take a few moments and share with you all the things (or at least 100 of them) that I'm thankful for today. I'm not going to lie... writing this list was a little more difficult than I anticipated. It took me a few hours, but it was a deep refreshing look into my soul! If you're up for a challenge than write your own 100 (I'm sure a few of mine will help you get started) and leave the link in the comments section.

I am thankful for:
  1. My beautiful daughter AJ (who is two years old TODAY!)
  2. The baby boy that is growing inside of me. We can't wait to be a family of 4 and meet you in January!
  3. My husband Ken. He is everything I could have hoped for in a husband, and much more. He's hard-working, a loving and gentle father, a hilarious friend, a Christian, and the love of my life. I am so lucky that he picked me.
  4. The ability to stay home with our daughter. I have always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, and thanks for my husband I am able to.
  5. Not only do I have a roof over my head, but to live in a beautiful house that truly feels like home.
  6. My two cats, Nessie & Genevieve, who will always be my "first babies."
  7. Our church, and the amazing community of people there who have become our Virginia family.
  8. That I am able to send our 2 year old daughter to preschool at our church two times a week, where she gets to play her heart out with kids her age.
  9. That we have an amazing HOA that takes care of all our yard maintenance so that as new parents we haven't had to worry about a thing in almost three years.
  10. The ability to web-chat with our families who live over 700 miles away.
  11. The Master's program at VCU that has allowed my husband to earn his entire MBA through evening classes (with only 5 weeks to go!)
  12. The amazing women in my life who have given me an entire winter wardrobe of maternity clothes as well as all their gently used boy clothes! You've saved us hundreds of dollars.
  13. The opportunity to read and review books and stories that take me away to far away places.
  14. The awesome network of moms I've met during our time in Virginia.
  15. The strength and patience that God has given us to remain a one car family for almost three years now (5 if you include our years in NYC).
  16. Our brand new 2011 Ford Flex. It is such a great car that we know we will have for many years!
  17. My blog! It has been such a wonderful outlet for me in the last year and a half. I am thankful for each and every person who reads and all the great comments you leave me day after day.
  18. The trips we were able to take this year as a family, including Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Disney World, Virginia Beach, Ohio and Michigan.
  19. Little family traditions, like a balloon and a lotto ticket on your birthday.
  20. Parking spaces that are specifically designated for expectant mothers.
  21. A seemingly endless supply of clean drinking water right from my own faucet. I know it is a luxury and it really humbles me.
  22. The ability to deliver my children at a hospital that is ranked within the top 1% of all hospitals in the United States.
  23. Modern medicine and my wonderful endocrinologist who helps me regulate my Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, a disease that I will have to take medicine for for the rest of my life.
  24. Comedy television that takes me away from the stresses of "real life" : The Office, Up All Night & Modern Family.
  25. My large extended family. I was lucky enough to grow up with a mom, dad, brother, two sets of grandparents, 13 aunts and uncles, and 13 first cousins. Now that I am grown and married, I am also blessed to have great in-laws, as well as an even more extensive list of cousins and aunt and uncles.
  26. Quiet moments while my daughter is napping and I can just reflect on all that God has given me.
  27. Two amazing "pen pals" that I've had for over a decade! It's so awesome to catch up with old fashioned letters. These two girls know me better than most of my "in-person everyday" friends.
  28. The Internet and its abundance of ways to communicate with friends and family through email, facebook, twitter, etc.
  29. Our good friends the Shermans, who we were fortunate enough to meet in Virginia after a series of coincidences. They are also from Michigan, our husbands both went to Michigan State (and VCU - where they met) and we had our baby girls on the same day. Only God can arrange a friendship like that!!!
  30. Heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. I realize that I am very high maintenance when it comes to temperature control and this is such a luxury that I often take for granted.
  31. Leftover Halloween candy just waiting to be eaten when I need a pick-me-up.
  32. Wine (when I'm not pregnant) and movie nights with my husband throughout the year. I enjoy these more than any fancy restaurant or outing.
  33. All of the business knowledge I acquired during my years of working for Kidville in NY. I still can't believe how lucky I am to have had some of the opportunities I have had, and had it not been for Kidville I would not be the confident, persistant, go-getting person that I am today.
  34. The ability to wash and dry our clothes in the comfort of our own home. (Not that I didn't love dragging our laundry down six flights of stairs and walking 4 blocks with it to a laundromat full of crazies in NY.)
  35. The comfort that a simple hug can bring my daughter, and the feeling of being needed by her.
  36. The ability to order everyday necessities like diapers, toilet paper and dishwasher detergent online and have it delivered right to my front door.
  37. All things chocolate.
  38. That I live in a free country and very rarely do I have any real worries.
  39. That I have health insurance to help me cover the costs of doctors visits and medicines.
  40. That I can pray comfortably and openly, and that I can believe what I believe and you can believe what you believe.
  41. Gatherings with friends over a home-made meal.
  42. Dora the Explorer. I know she's only a cartoon, but she has saved my sanity many times in the last year.
  43. Girl's Night Out get togethers with my circle of mommy friends.
  44. The abundance of recipe blogs and websites out there on the web these days. I very rarely pick up a cookbook these days.
  45. Family portraits that create lasting memories.
  46. That I live in a quiet suburb but it's still only a 5 minute drive to the nearest Target.
  47. That my husband doesn't have to travel too often for his job. It's hard with him away, and I really feel for the families with a mom or dad who constantly travels, or one that only has one parent.
  48. Music. Do you ever wonder what the world would be like without any music?
  49. Local service men & women who do their best to take care of our community.
  50. A grocery store within minutes that always has plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products for the citizens of our communtiy who shop there.
  51. A world that is truly trying to be more eco-conscious, especially with baby and toddler products.
  52. That Disney World is still as magical as an adult, and that my husband has promised that we can visit there at least every six years for the rest of our lives. ;)
  53. That thanks to modern vaccinations, my daughter will never have to experience what it's like to have the chicken pox like I did when I was a kid, and what nearly took the life of my little brother.
  54. Getting packages in the mail.
  55. That the seasons change, to remind us that God still has a huge role in His ever-changing world.
  56. For every "Come on mama, snuggle" that comes out of AJ's mouth.
  57. For amazing locales around town that are constantly hosting family friendly (and cheap) events, especially the Children's Museum of Richmond and Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
  58. My college education and degree. If I could, I would continue taking college courses for the rest of my life. I'm so thankful for the opportunity!
  59. Having my college loans be PAID OFF!!! Woohoo!! (Now we've got Ken's MBA loans to pay-off!)
  60. Portable DVD players for 12 hour car drives to Michigan to see the grandparents and aunts and uncles.
  61. Indoor Plumbing.
  62. The ability to give (somewhat) generously to deserving organizations even though we are far from wealthy.
  63. Receiving good news!
  64. That my husband and I still share an interest in Super Mario Brother videos games, after over two decades of playing them.
  65. That my daughter still takes a solid nap so that I have a little time to myself to clean, blog, or sleep.
  66. Having a healthy pregnancy and being able to keep up with my toddler throughout the day.
  67. My anxiety over having a perfectly clean house has dissipated since having children, and now I can comfortably live in a "kind of" clean house.
  68. A warm meal for dinner every evening.
  69. Having access to first aid and medical supplies within minutes (if not seconds) of any situation.
  70. My book club group! I haven't been able to attend too many times this year, but I don't know what I would do without those girls!
  71. The ability to get out of bed each day and function without any assistance from others. I can walk, talk, and fend for myself and it is such a blessing.
  72. Grandparents that spoil my daughter rotten so that her daddy and I don't have to!
  73. That pretty much all celebrations are celebrated with cake. ;) I don't know if I can tell that the last time I went more than three weeks without cake!
  74. That my husband is super savvy in the financial sense so that I don't have to worry about our money at all (even though I know he'd like me to be more involved with the planning and less involved with the spending).
  75. Organic products like California Baby Calendula Cream to help with my daughter's sensitive skin!
  76. That the most fun traditions only come around once a year, to keep them more special. Birthdays, visiting the pumpkin patch, seeing Santa, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade...
  77. Our Keurig Coffee Maker. I swear that I am the worst at making coffee, and if I can use the Keurig to make premium coffee, than anyone can! (In fact, our two year old makes her daddy coffee - with supervision - all the time.)
  78. That my daughter still loves to be read to at least 30 minutes every day.
  79. Bookstores. I love bookstores - they are the perfect place to kill time. I know that someday I will have a Kindle to carry around with me, but I'm still a huge fan of the actual book. The smell, the turning of each page, the wondering where this book has traveled before me.
  80. That I'm able to call me mom long-distance nearly everyday for just pennies, whereas 10-15 years ago it would have cost us both an arm and a leg.
  81. My Crock-Pot, and the many delicious meals that it has fed our family!
  82. Rainy days spent indoors building towers and watching movies.
  83. Living within two hours of both the ocean and the mountains, in which there are endless "one-tank" trips our family can take.
  84. That our two year old daughter still loves her crib and that I can keep that little part of her a "baby" for just a little bit longer.
  85. That there are so many puzzles and teaching toys on the market today. I'm so astounded at our daughter every day, who at two years old (today!) knows all of her letters and can count to 10.
  86. Reliable, responsible babysitters that give me a break every so often!!
  87. That I have the right to vote, and that what I say counts.
  88. That my husband and I have some exciting opportunities to look ahead to.
  89. Hot showers at the end of a long day.
  90. Having had the opportunity to live in a few different places, especially New York City, where my husband and I really learned "how to" be adults. We didn't have our parents to run to with every little problem, and somehow (cardboard furniture included in the beginning) we made it all work out by ourselves.
  91. All the wonderful people out there who have dedicated their lives to teaching. They are under-appreciated and under-paid, but they certainly have some of the biggest hearts. I'm so thankful for these people that give their time and energy so that our children can better themselves.
  92. Our GPS system. Sometimes I wonder how on earth I got around to places when I was driving all over in college with printed out instructions from MapQuest and actual maps. I feel like I couldn't live without our Garmen these days.
  93. That my husband and I have had the will-power to say "no" to adopting all the amazing dogs we have met and fallen in love with over the last few years. We really really want a dog, but with our busy schedules and lack of disposable income it would be really hard right now. I'm glad we've made a solid decision to wait until it's the right time for us.
  94. That my faith seems unwaivering even in bad times, and that like a rock it keeps me steady.
  95. That I've come to realize that I don't have to agree with someone and that we can still be friends! This was a huge problem I had up until college.
  96. Ultrasounds, and the amazing technology that let's me see my baby before he even arrives!
  97. Laughter, especially that of my daughter.
  98. Waking up in the morning realizing that my toddler did not disturb me at all in the night.
  99. That I am the only me there is, and that I am special and unique!
  100. Today. I'm thankful for yesterday, today and tomorrow - each an opportunity to showcase who I am and what I'm all about.

1 comment:

  1. What a great list Holly! And seeing #27 makes me realize I need to write you a letter!

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