What I’m Thankful For

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First off, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all are having beautiful thanksgivings with your loved ones, whether those are your friends or family (or both!)

Today’s post is a bit more on the personal side but isn’t that what the holiday’s do, bring out the softer side in all of us? 

So today I want to talk about the people I am thankful for. 

I am thankful for every single person who comes to this blog and reads what I have to say. I know you do not have to do that so thank you for caring enough. I appreciate every single one of you.

I am thankful for my family. Even though we sometimes might get under one another’s skin I could not imagine life without them. You all are truly my lifelines. We have our share of sadness but I think the laughs win, right? We like to each think of ourselves as fairly funny so as a whole we sure have a lot of laughs. This Christmas we will all be together again and I cannot wait! We are ever growing with nieces and nephews and significant others joining the group, everyone adding in their own personalities and it is amazing! I always say to Bill I want maybe 2 kids, that is until I am with all of my sisters, all four girls together, that I waiver. Having a large family is one of my favorite things. At times, yes it can be overwhelming, but at the end of the day I wouldn’t change it for the world. My parents are the people who push me the most but that’s just because they want me to be the best person I can be. I definitely see a lot of them in myself, whether I like it or not! I can say with 100% certainty that they would do anything for me and my sisters and for that I will be eternally grateful. Oh, and they’re also pretty fun!  

I am thankful for my friends. Most of my best friends are from when I was 11/12, with a few exceptions that have squeezed their way in and I love that they did. I love the fact that my best friends and I have known each other for so many years. I have grown with them to be the person I am today and I do not think I could have done it without them. I might have three real sisters but these girls are the closest thing to the real deal without having the same parents. Being friends with people for so long means you have no secrets. They knew me when I was lanky as anything and as shy and awkward as one can be, but they still loved me. They also knew me when I was in college and going through a difficult phase, but they pulled me out of it and continued to love me. They also know me now as I grow into the person I want to be, and they are still right there next to me growing to the person they want to be. People have come and gone but I know I will have these girls for the rest of my life and could not be happier. 

I am thankful for my future family. I could not be marrying into a nicer and more accepting family. From the first day I met everyone I have been welcomed in with open arms and made to feel like one of the group. You hear horror stories about in laws but that couldn’t be farther from what I will gain next year when Bill and I get married. I will be gaining another set of incredible parents and two more sisters! Plus another adorable niece and nephew! Next year can’t come soon enough!

Last but certainly not least I am thankful for Bill. I’ve heard people say before they can’t remember life before meeting the love of their life and I always was like yeah okay but now I have joined the other side. Maybe I can remember life before Bill but I don’t want to. Why look back to times you weren’t as happy? I can honestly say that Bill makes me happier than I have ever been in my life, and as my dad likes to say “calmer”. Everything isn’t all roses with us but what makes it so amazing is we always work through things. Plus just thinking about him can bring a smile to my face, so after 2 1/2 years to still have those butterfly feelings, I think we’re on a good path. But seriously I honestly consider myself so lucky to have Bill in my life. He is the most caring, thoughtful, patient, and amazing person I have ever met and I thank my lucky stars every night that I get to marry him next year! 

 So now I am going to go thank all of my loved ones for being exactly who they are and I hope you all do the same with your loved ones too! Happy Thanksgiving!