Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and now more than ever, I want to focus on all of the people and things in my life I may take for granted. I narrowed down my list to the big ones, and some that you may relate to. Without further ado, here are some of the things I am thankful for in 2016, in no particular order.
I am thankful for Jesus saving me and the grace I am given every day. My hope for a lifetime in Heaven is such a gift. Colton and I have a great church and home group that challenges us to grow in our walk.
“Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.” Y’all, I met this man and started “dating” him when we were 14. We have grown up together and have been by each other’s side ever since (minus the 6 week break before senior prom, but that too is an important part of our story). Not only is he an insanely talented photographer, but he is witty, talented, and my biggest support. I love you.
This isn’t everyone in my family, but it covers my immediate family. One of the best things about marriage is multiplying your family and I picked out the best in-laws. I always wanted a sister growing up, and now I have three.
My friends are gorgeous, inside and out. I have several groups of friends and didn’t capture all of them in my collage. Thank you, ladies, for loving me, laughing with me, helping me, and being there for me.
Chuck & Lucy
No joke, I have the best dogs on Earth. They are beautiful, well-behaved (most of the time), funny, and low maintenance.
Chuck, you are loving and wise, and you will always be my first baby.
Colton and I joke that huskies have the most personality out of any dog, and Lucy, you prove that every day goofy girl.
We live in the best city in DFW and I am proud of all of the work we put in to our home.
I cannot believe I working my dream job at my dream school. Honestly, I work with some of the best and most dedicated teachers, and we have the most supportive parents at our school.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but there have been several times in my life when I wasn’t sure. My senior year in high school and first year of college, I had major kidney issues and required several surgeries. At one point, they were going to remove one of my kidneys, but decided at the last minute to try to save it since I was so young. A couple of years ago, I was hit by a truck while riding a bike. Then, a few weeks later, my appendix ruptured and my body filled with poison. Today, I am active and healthy and I am grateful.
If you know me at all, you know I love to eat good food. That is one of the main reasons I started this blog was to share my favorite restaurants and recipes with you. I am thankful for the talented and innovative chefs that create and share with the world.
Since I have lived in Texas my whole life, I appreciate the break from 100 degree summers. I love everything about cold weather- the scents, clothes, mood, and holidays.
Traveling is my favorite things to do, and this year I was able to check one of my dream destinations off my bucket list. I am thankful for a husband who prioritizes traveling with me, the finances to do it, and the beautiful places I have explored. There is something refreshing about getting out of my comfort zone and exploring a new place, even if I don’t speak the language.
Do you ever stop to really appreciate the beauty around you? I teach “appreciating differences” to my kids at school, but I think adults sometimes forget about it too. Our differences really make us beautiful. The world would be a boring, confusing place if everyone looked, acted and sounded the same. Each and every thing I was picked on about in grade school, is what I love about myself today.
I don’t just appreciate beauty in people, but the beauty of the world as well. There are places that have taken my breath away. There is beauty in art, too. Whether it be a painting, mural, statue, theatre, or a beautiful food presentation, it is there.
Less than a year ago, I finally did something I have wanted to do for a long time- start a blog. I have stuck with it, and I am so grateful for the many doors, friendships, and relationships that have been opened because of it.
Yes, you. I am thankful for anyone and everyone who has read, commented, shared, liked, followed me on social media or anything to support Love You More Too. You are the reason I have kept up with this for 10 months, and the reason I will continue to do so. If it weren’t for you, I would be blogging to no one, so thank you.
What are you thankful for this year? Leave me a comment below!