10 Things I’m Thankful For
With everything that’s been happening with Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, I’ve been thinking how lucky and thankful I am for the life I live. Everyday I’m able to do a job I enjoy (teach 6th grade), watch my son grow and prosper, eat dinner with a husband who I’ve loved since 9th grade (yes, 9th grade!), and all while feeling safe. Some days it’s hard to feel thankful for everything when I’m stressed, tired, frustrated, or overwhelmed, but honestly, I have a lot to thankful for. In fact, there are plenty more items than this list provides, but here are the top 10 things I’m the thankful for.
- My family’s health
- My health
- My family’s safety
- My husband, Ian. I truly couldn’t ask for a better partner in life. His ability to listen, love, and care for Owen and I is what makes me love him more and more each day. I definitely hit the jackpot when it comes to having the best husband and baby daddy.
- My son’s love of exploring. Watching the world through his eyes makes me thankful for the small things in life. Reading a new book? Seeing a car drive by? The dog giving him wet willies? These are all things he loves. Such simple love.
- A job that challenges me but is also enjoyable (on most days). Teaching is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. Most days I have to be a psychologist, mom, dad, friend, guidance counselor, disciplinarian, and most importantly a teacher. Being able to do all of these things, not lose my sanity, and complete them well is something I strive for everyday. It’s a challenge that while I fail many times, I love to take part of.
- A best friend, Erika, who I’ve known since being 2 1/2 years old. Even if we don’t see each other for months at a time, when we are together it’s as though we were never apart. She’s compassionate, generous, dedicated, and truly the best bffl I could ask for (according to 6th grade lingo that’s best friend for life).
- A side job that I love. This blog along with all of my cooking and baking is a side job that often doesn’t feel like work. While it does take time, dedication, sweat, and many, many calories consumed, it is my true hobby. I can’t imagine a life without my love of food.
- My parents. I live 5 minutes away from my parents. They are my rock. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve chosen to stay in on a Friday night to hangout with them. And that Owen gets to grow up knowing and falling in love with them more and more each day, is exactly why I moved back to Salt Lake.
- The ability to travel and explore the world with the 2 men (soon to be 3) I love most. Traveling and eating are two passions Ian and I share. Being able to show Owen the world we love and appreciate is such a luxury. The fact that we live 4+ hours from Southern Utah, one the most beautiful places in the world, is something I’m truly thankful for.
What are you thankful for?
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