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It is almost Thanksgiving day and I have yet to even post on social media my “thankful list”. I usually always post something I am thankful for each day of the month of November. I have been slacking this year on Facebook and all other media sites. I usually put picture collages together and have a wonderful little saying to go along with it…but not this year. I am too busy stopping myself from hurting people due to the stress they put on me and I have yet to show my thanks until now. I have a friend and fellow heart mom that post daily for her thanks and she has been using a picture to give some ideas for each day. Since it will probably be a busy and stressful week, I am going to do all 30 now and try to reflect on all the things I have and am thankful for instead of all the holiday stress.
#1. What smell are you grateful for today?
I can list about a thousand different smells that I love and I am thankful for but the ones I am most thankful for is the smell of the Fall. The leaves falling and swirling around in the cool air and releasing a fragrance of the earth that brings the senses to life. I love the smell of a cool Autumn day. This scent makes me think of the Fall leaves and the smell I am referring to
#2. What technology are you grateful for?
I love some of the new technology like computers and smart t.v.’s but I am most thankful for the cell phone. I love that I can get in touch with anyone at a moments notice. I can know for sure if my husband and family members have made it safely to their destination and also be able to video chat from wherever and whenever. It makes life a little less stressful when you can call for help, get verification, and see someone while chatting at the drop of a hat. I love my cell phone. I have the Galaxy S7 Edge and I love how you have an SD card option because I take TONS of photos all the time.
#3. What color are you grateful for?
If you have read other blog post and know anything about me as a mom and what I have been through with my daughter having a heart defect; you will understand why I choose this color….PINK! It is the color my daughter was when she was born and after her diagnosis of Tetralogy Of Fallot. She was considered to be a “pink tet” until her open heart surgery. Most babies with Tetralogy Of Fallot have what the call “tet spells” or “blue spells” or they can be born blue (cyanotic) or pink. Pink indicated oxygenated blood is good throughout the body and blue mean poor oxygenated blood and could indicate low O2 saturation. My daughter was pink and that is why I am most thankful for the color pink 🙂
#4. What food are you most grateful for?
I am most thankful for chocolate! Most importantly I am thankful for a candy called TURTLES!!! It is the best thing to eat when you are happy, sad, mad, excited, miserable and depressed. It has to be the ultimate choice of chocolate candies when “flow” is in town….if you know what I mean.
#5. What sound are you grateful for today?
Easy peasy!!! My daughter’s voice. Nothing compares to the sound of your child saying “I love you” and “you’re the best mommy in the world”. Nothing holds a candle to hearing the sounds of her words and to know I made this little human and have the honor and privilege to be her mother. She loves to sing and make up her own songs and it is the most beautiful sound in the world!
#6. What in nature are you grateful for?
I will have to say the wind. Nothing compares to the feel of it, the sound of it and the smell of it. It is invisible but it is so strong and beautiful in all its ways.
#7. What memory are you grateful for?
The birth of my baby girl. Seeing her for the first time and knowing this is my little person. The beautiful and gentleness of that sweet little baby in my arms and everything about her is just breathtakingly sweet. I will never forget the moment you entered this world and I finally got to meet you and know you once and for all.
#8. What book are you most grateful for?
The book of life…The Bible. The words of truth and wisdom from a loving God and Saviour to guide us through life and help us lead us back to an eternity with our Father.
#9. What place are you most grateful for?
This one is tough! I am most certainly thankful for the arms of my husband and my parent’s house to have a place to run to when the world is burying me but I have to say I am most thankful for Heaven. A place that is for the sanctified and for rest after this life on earth is done. A place full of peace and a forever home to go to when the world says its done with you and there will be no more pain.
#10. What taste are you grateful for?
Easy!!! Margarita’s (I am currently having a text conversation with my lifelong friend Brandy about margaritas and how badly we need some.) That is a taste of sweet relief and it relieves tons of anxiety and stress. I’m in desperate need for this taste to be in my mouth soon!!!!!
#11. What holiday are you grateful for?
Christmas!!!!! The birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ!! A time of hope and cheer with so much good times and memorable moments to share. All the beautiful decorations and lights to bring a special holiday of gift giving and family to life.
#12. What texture are you grateful for?
Bumpy! Like the scars that remind me of the trials in life that gave me insight and meaning. Like the scars of a surgery that was scary and yet wonderfully created to save my baby and all the other CHD children out there across the globe.
#13. What abilities are you grateful for?
I am MOST grateful for the ability I had to become a mother. It is an honor and privilege to be able to carry a human being…life inside your body! The ability to conceive and carry a child is one that some women do not have and can only hope for. It is a superpower and a gift that should never be overlooked and ignored.
#14. What sight are you grateful for today?
My daughter and husband…the sight of them is one of reassurance and love that I need to make it through each day. I see love and grace and so much beauty when I see my little family.
#15. What season are you grateful for?
FALL!!!! Autumn!!! The best time of year and most favorite season of all!!! There is no comparison to the feel of a beautiful Autumn sunrise and sunset. To feel the breeze blowing and hear the rustling the leaves all around you is magical.
#16. What about your body are you grateful for?
That although fragile and weak it can still sustain a lifetime of pain and still keep going. It can go through so much and endure the most mentally and physical struggles and still survive.
#17. What knowledge are you grateful for?
I am grateful for the knowledge of forgiveness and love. To have one is to have the other. Both are easy and yet hard all the same and vital in our daily lives. The struggles to love someone unworthy is sickening but justifiable as well as forgiving them to free yourself of the burden of yours and others mistakes.
#18. What piece of art are you most grateful for?
My daughter’s thankful drawing 🙂 Too cute and shows her gratitude for her sister Gypsy (aka Gi Gi) our 10-year-old toy poodle.
#19. What touch are you grateful for today?
Hugs! My daughter’s hugs and little hands in mine are my favorite. To have those little arms locked around my neck, my waist, and her little hand in mine is what makes life worth living and keeps me fighting for every breath I can get.
#20. Who in your life are you grateful for?
My husband, my daughter, my parents, sisters, and brothers, my pets, and friends. Above all today and every day I am MOST thankful for my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I am unworthy of so many blessing and yet he died so I could live. Thank YOU, Jesus!
#21. What song are you most grateful for?
Hard one here…..ugh! So many I love and am thankful for. Today and always I guess I would have to say Bon Jovi’s Living On A Prayer. It has been one of my all-time favorites since I was a young kid and it still is one of the best songs by the band and one that is loved.
#22. What story are you grateful for?
The story of Jesus and His life and death. It is the foundation of everything to me. It brings hope to those who have faith.
#23. What tradition are you grateful for?
Going to church on Christmas Eve and then going home to watch Home Alone and A Christmas Story for 24 hours and drinking hot cocoa and eating beignets with the loved ones. We snuggle in for the night and wait for Santa to pass.
#24. What challenge are you grateful for?
Motherhood and survival. They teach you everything you will ever need in this life. You learn how to love unconditionally and completely all the while trying to maintain your sanity and survive the hard times and protect your kid.
#25. What moment this week are you most grateful for?
Getting to sleep late with my baby girl and waking to her telling me how much she loves me and I’m the best mom in the world. School’s out this week and I have plenty of time to spend with my daughter and have fun with her.
#26. What form of expression are you most grateful for?
Writing or speaking…both are kind of the same but different. They both say something and tell a story in its own way.
#27. What small thing that you use daily are you grateful for?
My wedding band 🙂 It is used daily to show a sign and token of my love and marriage to my husband. It is a symbol of our love eternal and our bond to one another through the Father.
#28. What small thing that happened today are you grateful for?
I got to wake up and be alive. Nothing more than breathing and existing with those I love most.
#29. What friend/family member are you grateful for today?
My daughter for giving me the strength and courage to wake up and face the day when the world just makes you want to run and hide.
#30. What talent or skill do you have that you are grateful for?
Determination! No matter what I am determined to be better for my husband and daughter and to give my all and get away from the areas that bind me and my family and get to a better place of peace and happiness.
I am grateful and so thankful for so many things in my life that I take for granted sometimes. I am so very thankful for the people in my life who have my back and make sure I and my little family have some sort of peace away from the storm. I have great parents and siblings. I have a loving husband who is also my best friend and the best father in the world. I have so many friends and only see a few but they have all been so great to me growing up and still now. My daughter is my most treasured and valuable gift God could have ever given me. I do what I do because of who you are and what you have made of me.
I hope everyone has a great and fruitful Thanksgiving Day and a safe Black Friday shopping trip if you are going to be out and about. I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with laughter, family, and of course turkey. Don’t forget to bring the little Elf On The Shelf back for the kids this week 🙂 God Bless!