Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Without Much Thought Needed, My List of All I Am Truly Thankful For



It's good to close our eyes and ears to all that roars around us so that we can feel gratitude for that which is well and good in our lives. We hear and read about things happening in the world that give us pause, and nudge us to not take our blessings as a given. Throughout my day I'll have flashes of wanting to be still, and be thankful for all that my family and I have. Today, it felt good to stop the chatter in my brain and write what I am grateful for, here, in public display of deep appreciation.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

1.    I am grateful for my children, the greatest and most important things in my life.

2.    I am grateful for my husband; who is a good, honest man who loves his family.

3.   I am grateful for my health, my husband's, and my children's good health.

4.   I am grateful that we never have to worry about having a meal to eat.

5.   I am grateful that my husband and I both have jobs.

6.   I am grateful that we have two working cars in this family.

7.  I am grateful that if my children need boots or a coat, I am able to get them.

8.  I am grateful for the safe, clean neighborhood we live in.

9.  I am grateful for the excellent medical and dental care that we have.

10. I am grateful that I have a body that is able to do anything I need it to do.

11. I am grateful that I have children who love to hug and kiss me.

12. I am grateful for the mundaneness of my life, with nothing extraordinary happening.

13. I am grateful that this new family of mine has been spared any tragedy.

14. I am grateful for my niece, who has been my best friend since the beginning of time.

15.  I am grateful that have a close friend in my life who always acts as if seeing me is the best thing in her day.

16. I am grateful for my sisters and my brother; these are the people that make me laugh as hard as my children do.

17. I am grateful that I began this blog and for all the amazing people I've met through blogging.

18. I am grateful for the unimaginable opportunities that blogging has put in my life.

19. I am grateful for the people in my online life that keep me smiling and feeling that I am part of a community.

20. I am grateful that I am able to write in a way that makes people feel more understood and less alone in this world.
 
21. I am grateful that I survived PPD, and that my life online has helped me reach others who are in the midst of their battle.

22. I am grateful that I have a fighter spirit that will not let me be swallowed up by the daily knocking on my own door by depression.

23. I am grateful that because of this blog, my life has been saved on a daily basis by those I've come to love and come to count on, as part of my life on this earth.

24. I am grateful for the readers that come here and remain faithful to me. To these people, I love you, and thank you.

25. I am grateful that I still have a little boy who whispers to me at night as he falls asleep, "Hold my hand, mommy, I want you to come with me to my dreams."

Happy Thanksgiving to my dear, dear friends in the blogosphere. Thank you for your visits, your comments, your tweets, your DMs, your emails, your encouragement, your support, your beautiful posts.

I love you more than you can understand. xo

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49 comments:

  1. I'm thankful for YOU! Love your list. Hope you and your men have a great holiday. Love you, lady.

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  2. Heehee... and I'm thankful I was #1 :)

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  3. Love your list. I am thankful for you too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. Because I have no children I'm always surprised by moms who put their children first, and their husband next.

    To those of us who are single, such a thing seems impossible! (mainly because we all read that book that says put your husband first so your children will understand the true value of love)

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  5. 25 made my whole body warm. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

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  6. awwww #25 is perfect....big smiles....love your list empress....

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  7. Normally I'm against gratitude, but this post was quite lovely. Don't tell anyone.

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Like that photo, will you be wearing heels and a dress to cook your turkey?
    m.

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  9. Being thankful for the Mundane is my favorite!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  10. This list is perfect and lovely. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  11. I am so grateful you blog!! I love you and your writing. :)

    Gobble Gobble

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  12. I did this last kind of post last year, and plan on doing it again tomorrow! We're so lucky to have so much to be grateful for!

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  13. This is a great list. I hope you have a wonderful holiday thinking of all your blessings.

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  14. What a great post!! So much of what you listed, reflects my feelings as well.

    Happy Thanksgiving Alex, to you and your family!!

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  15. I am so happy to know all of you, if you knew how you've added a spring in my step.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

    You are a wonderful bunch.

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  16. First, I have that image as a magnet on my fridge! Makes me smile!
    Second, I am thankful for you and your words that I get to read!

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  17. Number 25? KILLED ME DEAD.

    Grateful to you for so many, many things.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  18. Happy Turkey Day, beautiful you.

    xo

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  19. Best to you and all the kingdom this T-Day. Cheers.

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  20. A wonderful list to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  21. I'm thankful for you and your lovely reminders of how to be human.

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  22. Alright. I am officially crying. I've been feeling very snarky about Thanksgiving being the little ingrate I can be sometimes. Thanks for reminding me to count my blessings. Kisses to your and yours xoxo

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  23. I can't believe Thanksgiving used to be my least favorite holiday. It's nice to stand back and take stock of what is important. Happy Thanksgiving to your family. I know things aren't perfect as your nephew's illness must be weighing heavy on your mind, but I hope your Thanksgiving will be full of love, laughter, and each other.

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  24. I love you Auntie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. OH MY GOSH.

    THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.

    BEAUTIFUL AND HEARTFELT AND SUPERBLY WELL WRITTEN. AND YOU MADE ME CRY.

    i would do anything to be at your house this thanksgiving. i love you, don't know what i would do without you.

    candace

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  26. #25 made my eyes well up with tears, and I made this weird little sound, sort of "Oooohmmmmaaah..."

    Love you, Empress. Grateful for you. Grateful that there are people like you in this crazy world.

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  27. Oh dear Lord, that last one made me cry. I have so many of my own things (many identical to those you listed) to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  28. This whole list made me happy; but number 23 in particular is my favorite.

    We need you in this life, my friend.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and those whom you love.
    Always.

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  29. I am grateful for bloggers who write inspiring, beautiful essays. I am thankful I have a computer to read them.

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  30. Love you right back! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

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  31. Terrific list. It's so nice to take pause and think about everything we have. Hope you have a fabulous turkey day!

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  32. I am truly blessed to know you Empress. You helped to dig me out of a giant black hole...and for that, I will be forever grateful.
    You mean the world to me (I hope that doesn't sound stalker-ish...if it does, I blame being Canadian)
    Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving friend.
    Xoxo

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  33. Happy Thanksgiving Day, officially!

    I love you guys.

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  34. I join Kimberly in the Canadian stalker/fan club...happy Thanksgiving, gorgeous!

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  35. Happy Thanksging my beautiful American friend

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  36. Wishing you an amazing and wondrous holiday.
    Dawn

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  37. I lovelovelove this post! What a fantastic list!

    And I'm so very thankful to know you and count you among my friends. truly.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, my dear.

    XOXO

    Anna

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  38. --Love your Thankful List!

    Especially....

    25. I am grateful that I still have a little boy who whispers to me at night as he falls asleep, "Hold my hand, mommy, I want you to come with me to my dreams."

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  39. I really enjoyed this!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  40. It's a great list - and that last one melted my heart.

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  41. Aww, Baby E. You kill me. I'm thankful for you. And all the other stuff too.

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  42. Hope you had an AMAZING Thanksgiving.

    I am grateful for your conditioned support and kindness.

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  43. "Hold my hand, mommy, I want you to come with me to my dreams." <Man, is that ever beautiful. *sigh*

    Happy to hear you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Alexandra. I am very thankful to have you in my life as a friend. XOXO

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