Giving Thanks

Today is my favorite holiday. I try to be thankful all year, but this is the one day we set aside to verbalize it and I love it. I have much to be thankful for so this is going to be a long post and it’s in no particular order…

I am so thankful for undeserved, unwarranted, unconditional salvation that I didn’t have to earn and don’t have to do anything to keep it, it was a gift to me that I accepted a long time ago. I may have forgotten, misplaced, and intentionally overlooked it, but He still gave it to me and I am so grateful. 

My husband is a true gift. We had a rough start in our relationship and I never dreamed he would turn into the man he is and help me slay my demons. He is the epitomy of the word grace personified. He makes me laugh, keeps me surprised, and loves Colby and I more than anything, and he shows it in his own unique way! He truly has become my knight in shining armor.

Colby. What in this world would I do without that kid? He is my intellectual stimulation, my personal comedian, my sanity when I think I’ve lost it, and such a sweet soul who is going to go far in his life and I could not be more proud of him. 

My parents are amazing. They gave me such a wonderful childhood even with them being so young. I never doubted their love for me and they didn’t let me act like a spoiled only child. (That would be my Papas fault lol). They have been through a lot the past few years, but they are still such an example for anyone to look up to. 

Changing jobs this year has been the best thing for me, mentally, to happen since becoming a nurse. It was a hard decision to take a huge pay cut and go out into the clinical setting again, but it is all working out, so far. Contrary to what some of my family may think, I’m not an angel of death. We don’t come in and kill people. If someone is appropriate for hospice, there is a reason why. Death, just like being born, is a process we all have to go through, whether we like it or not. It can be painful, scary, and sometimes seem so unfair. I’m blessed to be able to educate families to help alleviate some of the fear and to help control some of the symptoms of a body that has run its course and is shutting down. It can be sad and hard to deal with, but it’s also very rewarding to be able to help patients and their families. 

My passion, it has grown so much this year. I have studied boudoir photography and posing women so much and it’s paying off. I feel confident in my abilities to help a woman be the most flattered without the use of so much editing. I still just can’t get over the fact that I have a studio and a growing business. My talent in being a business woman surprises me almost as much as my being a photographer does. I’m very thankful for it all. 

My friends are the best. From the ones I can call and leave stupid voice mails to make them laugh, to the ones who have wiped my tears more then once this past year. They pick me up when I’m down, they listen to my unsolicited advice and let me bounce my crazy ideas off of them. I am the most blessed girl in the world for having a handful of true people who know, probably more than they care to, about me and love me anyway. 

I am very thankful for memories, even painful ones of people who are no longer in my life. Some things you just never get over. Family members who have gone on, friends who you no longer talk to for whatever reasons, and also people who have walked out of your life because they don’t believe the way you do about things…they all leave memories and that’s all that’s left. I cling to those, sometimes they make me laugh, sometimes they make me cry, but they always make me smile that I have them. 

Now on to not such heavy things, but still things I am thankful for…good coffee with good creamer, Spotify, Canon cameras, fuzzy blankets, Bluetooth, clothes that are snug means I’ve eat well, boots, laughing, bravery to try new things, fabric softener, books, good food, and opportunities. 

If you’ve read all of this, then know that I am more thankful for you than you’ll ever know. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and love you much!! 

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