Today is Thanksgiving–and clearly it’s been some time since I’ve written on this little blog of mine. For once, it’s not because I’ve been busy working or avoiding life–it’s because I’ve been enjoying LIVING. Enjoying the day to day. And although tough sometimes, man it’s beautiful.

So many things have happened this year, and so many things have changed…and in turn, I’ve changed in many ways. When all has been said and done, I’m thankful that I can look at myself right now, Thanksgiving 2017, as a completely different person than I was on Thanksgiving 2016. Some of the things that have changed are menial, superficial even–while others are huge and have effectively altered the course of my life. All of the changes, the growing pains, even the heartache have resulted in who I am right now and I’m thankful for all of it.

-I’m thankful first and foremost for the littlest loves of my life. Bailey and Zalen are my greatest joy and the single best accomplishment of my life. Watching them grow and change into these awesome people continually humbles me and fills me with so much love.

-I have so much gratitude for my friends who have rallied around me this year more than ever, surrounding me with love and support during what I can only imagine are some of the hardest times I will ever experience. People that I hadn’t seen or talked to in a long time came from near and far to support me during the time after my mom passed and I will never be able to properly thank them. A special thanks to Katie–who after 18 years by my side is still my rock, my family, let’s just face it–we just know too much 😉

-I’m thankful for my career. Being a Nurse is my passion, my life’s calling. Having the opportunity to work in a field where I have the privilege to enter into the sickness and suffering of others and try to use my knowlege and skills to make an impact to alleviate symptoms or pain, or just to cheer people up is something that I will never take for granted. I’m so thankful for an employer, manager, and colleagues that encourage me to further my knowledge base and am proud to be an RN.

-I’m thankful that I have the most AMAZING man in my life, Kris, that is without a doubt the love of my life. I haven’t laughed this much, smiled so much, or felt this much joy in a relationship–ever. He absolutely rocks my world, mind/body/spirit. I can’t say enough about how over the moon happy he makes me and how absolutely excited I am to see what the future holds.

This year has definitely been a challenging one on many fronts, but God is so good and He has provided for me in just the perfect ways, as He always does. Of course I wish that I could call my mama today, but instead I am happy that she’s spending her first Thanksgiving in Heaven today with Grandma and Grandpa.

Happy Thanksgiving to anyone reading this, and my God Bless you and yours!


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