What I am Thankful for

November 21, 2016

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.

My faith

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.


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“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.

Our house

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We live in the best city in DFW and I am proud of all of the work we put in to our home.

My career


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.

My health

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.

Great food

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.

Cold weather

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.


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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.

This blog

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.

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What are you thankful for this year?  Leave me a comment below!

  • Belle November 21, 2016 at 8:16 am

    It is always great to be thankful of every little things in our lives! Such a great post!

    One Awesome Momma

    • Jessica November 21, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks, girl! Yours too!! 🙂

  • Rebecca Hicks November 21, 2016 at 9:17 am

    I loved this post!! One of my favorite things about this time of year is the fact that we stop what we’re doing and think about the things we’re thankful for. I think it really keeps us humble, knowing that everything we have and everything we’re thankful for is all because of God. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Jessica!

    • Jessica November 21, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      You are so sweet. I am honored to call you my friend. Hugs, girl. Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope you enjoy your time off and time with family.

  • Ashley | Spit Up and Sit Ups November 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Love this. There’s so much to be thankful for!

    • Jessica November 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks, Ashley! 🙂

  • Kristine-Bites of Flavor November 21, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Great list! Your dogs are super cute! There’s so much to be thankful for!

    • Jessica November 21, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you! I like them a lot. haha. There absolutely is!

  • Danielle Heckenkamp November 21, 2016 at 10:17 am

    This is beautiful! I love to read what people are thankful for!

    • Jessica November 21, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks, Danielle! Me too!

  • Jenni November 21, 2016 at 10:46 am

    It’s so important to take the time to think about what you’re thankful for! I loved reading what you’re thankful for, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Jessica November 21, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks, Jenni! I completely agree. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  • Divya @ Eat Teach Blog November 21, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I’m thankful for my family and friends! And thankful for allllllllllllllllllllll of the food I’m going to eat this week <3

    • Jessica November 21, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Yes!! I will second that, girl! 🙂

  • Kristin Cook November 21, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I love this so much. I love that you really shared what you are thankful for by pictures and description, not just by a dinky list. haha. I appreciate that. It’s amazing to me that you have already had so many health scares, but I am so glad that you are ok!

    • Jessica November 21, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  • Chrissy November 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    What a wonderful and inspiring post! Loved reading about and seeing the things you are thankful for! Isn’t this time of year just wonderful! Thank you for sharing! xxx

    • Jessica November 21, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you! This time of the year is the best. 🙂

  • Mai Lyn November 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    This post is amazing. I want to write one now too!! It’s so important to just be still and be grateful. You have such a beautiful life and I love catching glimpses of it on your blog and social. Happy to call you friend!

    • Jessica November 21, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      You should! Thanks for your kind words. I am in a great place now and really enjoying it. So happy you are in my life and a supportive, inspiring friend. 🙂

  • Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons November 21, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    So much to be thankful and it is such a great idea to remember them all!

    • Jessica November 22, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Yes! It definitely is!

  • DT November 22, 2016 at 1:26 am

    My fav kinda post <3 All great things to be thankful for!

    I am thankful for nap time and cozy weather

    — DT | Here I Scribble

    • Jessica November 22, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks! I am thankful for both of those too. 🙂

  • Emily November 22, 2016 at 9:35 am

    So many great things to be thankful for! Your dogs are adorable.

    • Jessica November 22, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you! I am pretty proud of them. 🙂

  • Michelle November 22, 2016 at 9:44 am

    You have a wonderful life with many things to be thankful for 🙂 What am I thankful for? That I have three amazing kids who unfortunately understand the trials that I have gone through to put a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs and food in our stomachs. I would and do everything I can for them. We may not have much but, I work hard to get what we have and it has made us closer.

    • Jessica November 22, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you, Michelle. It sounds like you have a lot to be thankful for too. Nothing beats working hard and being proud of what you have.

  • Shayla B Clay November 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I absolutely love this idea!! Thanks for the blog inspiration!

    • Jessica November 22, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Of course!!

  • Kristie November 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Great things to be thankful for! I have a white huskie named Milo. He’s my love too!

    • Jessica November 22, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      I love white huskies! Milo is an adorable name. They are the best. 🙂

  • Chelsie Brown November 22, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    What a wonderful post! There is always so much to be thankful for, this week and every week of the year! (Especially puppies 🙂 ) PS I really love the picture of your boots and the leaves. SO cute!

    • Jessica November 22, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you, Chelsie! I agree, it’s important to remember every day. 🙂

  • Jennifer Marx (JenuineMom) November 23, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Ah, this is a wonderful thing! We all have so much to be thankful for, and it is so important that we remember this on a regular basis. Sitting down to write it all out — and include such beautiful photos — is a wonderful idea!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Dia All The Things I Do November 29, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    It’s so important to find beauty in the day to day. You’ve built a beautiful life. I’d love to have a husky one day. I hope 2017 was an amazing year for your family 🙂