Happy Thanksgiving! What I am thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family! I feel especially blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life. I am thankful for all of you, but I want to talk today about some things I am specifically thankful for today.

The thing I am most thankful for on this chilly Thanksgiving morning is my family. Oliver overcame such frightening odds roughly one year ago today. He fought harder than I would have imagined a baby of less than one month could have. I will be forever grateful that he was able to stay with us on this Earth, in this life. Oliver is a sweet child who loves attention. Landon has always precocious child, and he is such an awesome boy. My little soy boys, Oliver seem to prefer soy over milk and the two of them can demolish a whole box at breakfast time. My boys are my life, and they are wonderful. I am so thankful to have both of them.

I am also very thankful for my husband. Bobby has always been determined to achieve a great, stable life for us, and we’ve worked together to do just that. He sees what he wants and he goes for it, but he is also very mindful of others. In the end, Bobby just wants to help and care for everyone. It makes him happy to help others out with their problems. He has his own views on how thinks should work, and those ideas are perfectly reasoned and painstakingly researched, which means convincing him his idea might be in error is a challenge. I admire his stubborn ferocity, but his willingness to always meet me in the middle, even when he’s sure I am wrong, it one of my favorite things about him. Bobby is my best friend, and has been for a very long time. But he is also so much more than that, he is my partner in life and the love of my life. I still think he is the most sexy person I have ever met, and the unselfish one too. Bobby is amazing, and I’m so thankful that he is my husband.

I’m thankful for my extended family as well. In the age of the internet I’m able to connect with some members of my extended family more than I ever could in the past, and these renewed connections, particularly those on facebook, are something I am thankful for. I’m thankful that my mom has found happiness in her new marriage in in her life. I love having my Uncle Jack so involved in our life, and I love the way he interacts with my boys and is there for them. It is great to have my little brother in our lives and to be able to see him on a regular basis. My in-laws are wonderful. They love spending time with the boys, and I can see the love in their eyes. Knowing that my boys are growing up with an extended family of loving grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles is something I am very thankful for. Being able to get together with them, to have their love and support, to be able to count on them for birthdays and Christmas means the world to me.

I’m thankful for The Hench. I’ve never met a more amazing group of people. We willingly, gleefully gather once a week to talk, geek out, vent, share, and care for one another. Even many of those who can’t actually show up in person due to life getting in the way, or distance, still help out and are active with the group online. I know that if I were in a serious jam, I could ask the hench for help, and I would get it. I am so thankful for being able to be an active part of this amazing group.

I’m thankful for my friends and for technology. If you are an “internet only” friend, someone I haven’t met in real life, than I am thankful for you reading my journal and sharing your life with me via your own journal. I’m thankful for the advice and the support in comments when you leave them. It makes me happy to be involved in your life by reading and commenting as well. I do have some local, real life friends outside of the hench, and I am thankful for them as well, variety is the spice of life. Being able to escape work for lunch with a good friend is often the best part of my day, and I love meeting new people!

I have so much to be thankful for this year. I’ve got a healthy, loving, adorable, perfect family. I’ve got a nice house, good healthcare, two working cars, dual incomes from decent jobs. Not to mention that I’ve got some goals around photography that I’m looking forward to reaching for, as well as amazed that I am a paid writer for various blogs! I consider myself successful. I never imagined I’d he such a network of friends in my lifetime. I’ve got friends around the world, and a large group of local friends. I’ve got this loving extended family both here in AZ and spread across the US.

I am thankful for my life. I am thankful most of all for the people in my life. I’m thankful I have the resources to support a nice lifestyle.

I am thankful you took the time to read all of this. I am thankful for you, dear reader. THANK YOU!!!!!

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