Every November, I participate in 30 days of thankful. I know some think it is cliche and while I am always thankful for what I have been given, I like taking the time to be specific. Really specific.
This year, instead of flooding instagram and facebook with a post every day, I am going to keep a running list going here.
Day 1: My husband, he’s my rock and best friend. Things aren’t always easy, but they sure are worth it.
Day 2: My daughter, a miracle baby we were blessed with 15 years ago today. She’s loving, smart, funny, kind and keeps me going on days I really don’t want to.
Day 3: Two legs, that proved to me they could do the “impossible” and run a half marathon last year. No matter if I look the part or not.
Day 4: A great medical team and comprehensive insurance coverage, even if sometimes it can be an uphill battle.
Day 5: The financial ability to go back to school, paid for by my husband’s service to his country.
Day 6: Modern appliances, especially washing machines and dryers.
Day 7: The ability to be a two car family. We did the one car thing for many, many years and I cannot figure out now, how we made it work.
Day 8: The right to vote!
Day 9: Wifi and laptops, so I can get work done virtually anywhere.
Day 10: A roof over my head, running water, electricity and HEAT!
Day 11: The freedoms we enjoy in this country and the veterans who made and keep them possible.
Day 12: A husband that doesn’t bat an eye at taking over munchkin duties when he is home.
Day 13: A teen that still enjoys spending time with her parents.
Day 14: Naps. And the ability to fit them into my schedule. Some days (okay, most), I still need them.
Day 15: Fabulous hair stylists and my sassy hair making a return!
Day 16: An amazing group of cross country coaches to train and mentor Jacey.
Day 17: Successful medical procedures!
Day 18: Robovacs. Because we ALL hate sweeping.
Day 19: Climate controlled gyms on freezing days. I am such a weather wimp.
Day 20: My faith and the freedom to practice it, publicly.
Day 21: 8.5 hours of sleep, with only one mid-slumber wake up.
Day 22: Sunglasses.
Day 23: Chats with my Mom.
Day 24: Old movies on Hulu.
Day 25: Unique gifts that celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.
Day 26: 24 hour food establishments.
Day 27: My girl’s strength and easy-going nature.
Day 28: Hospital food that doesn’t suck.
Day 29: My bed.
Day 30: Me. I’m not perfect, but I am who I am and I am proud of that.