Thursday, December 20, 2018

Thankful Thursday

I have been blogging for over half my life. I began blogging before blogging was even popular. I have always enjoyed working through my thoughts by writing. I write in two blogs; this one which is public and a more private, more anonymous blog elsewhere. Looking back at my entries in my private blog recently, I discovered that I tend to use my blog to complain. There are few entries filled with gratitude and thankfulness which saddens me. I have much in my life to be grateful for and I need to show it better. Therefore, I'm turning Thursdays into "Thankful Thursdays". On Thursdays, I will write ten things I am thankful for and why I am thankful for them. Feel free to participate! If you do, be sure to comment on this entry with a link to yours so I can check it out!

Today I am thankful for...
  1. My baby boy. I always wanted to be a mother. When I was in high school, I decided I would be married and done having my children by the time I turned 25. This is laughable as I didn't figure out who I was or meet the love of my life until I was over 30. I am thankful I was able to have a normal pregnancy and childbirth experience at 33 years old. I'm thankful my son is healthy, smart, funny, and growing wonderfully.
  2. My husband. My husband is my soulmate. I honestly don't know if I believed soulmates existed before I met him. He is my perfect complement and makes me strive to be a better person. He is hardworking and supports our family so I can stay home with our son. He is loving and endeavors to make me as happy as possible. He is funny and can make me laugh on some of the roughest days.
  3. My family. This time of year where I realize how amazing my family is... this includes both immediate and extended family. Many members of our family go above and beyond to help us out when we need it. We are forever grateful for any help we receive no matter how small.
  4. My pets. I love my pets. My cat tends to annoy the heck out of me, but he's adorable so I guess that counts for something. He's only two and has so much energy to burn! I've had my dog since he was about two months old and he's now nine years and three months old. He's turning more and more gray which makes me sad. When we got the cat, he and the dog didn't really get along, but look at them now!!!

  5. My home. When my husband and I married, we lived in a little house in a run-down town. We were about half an hour from his parents, but about an hour and fifteen minutes from my parents. The town had nothing in terms of stores or restaurants. Before we were married, we decided we wanted to live in a certain town. This town has many great stores and restaurants, an amazing school district, and is right in the middle of both sets of parents. We sold our first house eight days after listing it and quickly searched for a home in our dream town. We stumbled upon one and made an offer. We've now lived here almost two years and we've put a lot of work into it. I love our home, though. I'm excited to raise our child(ren) here.
  6. Christmas. Christmas is my favorite holiday and always has been. My maternal grandmother absolutely loved Christmas and her love rubbed off onto many of her children and grandchildren. I love Christmas because of all the quality time spent with family. I love giving gifts and seeing the reactions of people as they open what I have purchased for them. I love the decorations and the snow. I love the carols. It's hard for me to believe Christmas is in five days, but I'm excited for our first Christmas with our son.
  7. Winter. While Fall is my favorite season and is followed by Spring, I am happy it is Winter. Here in east central Illinois, we really don't get a Fall or a Spring, but we do get a Summer and a Winter. I despise being hot. It makes me super cranky. Therefore, I enjoy Winter much more. The beginning of December had lots of snow and really cold temperatures, but for the last week or so, temperatures have been more mild (in the forties) with no snow. While I'd love a white Christmas, the chances of that happening are slim to none right now, but hey... at least I'm not hot!
  8. My UBAM business. I became an independent consultant for Usborne Books & More back in February. My first few parties went amazingly and created an excitement in me to spread literacy to as many children as possible. However, my pool of hostesses and contacts quickly became a puddle and I struggled to find people to host parties and buy books. I took a little bit of a hiatus from my UBAM business, but have found a new excitement it!
  9. My vendor friends. The new excitement for my UBAM business comes from the help of two friends. I have been looking into vendor booths locally and also am in my first online multi-vendor party on Facebook which starts tonight. I am super excited about these opportunities and hope it helps me gain some new host prospects. I love throwing parties!
  10. Books. I have read a ton this year. I have read thousands of books in my life! I love books and reading. I am thankful my parents instilled a love of reading into me and that Kindle Unlimited exists.

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