Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Like many of you my plate is absolutely full this weekend with family, friends, food and in my case hockey! My blog writing/reading time will be severely limited (by my own choice) for the next few days but I couldn't go out without at least a small gratitude list!
I read Jill's blog the other day and I took it to heart. Being thankful for things that appear to be setbacks....Being thankful for things actually may appear to royally "suck" at the time but are often blessings in diguise. So, here's my list of things I constantly b*tch about but in reality, I am overwhelmingly thankful for!!
* I'm thankful that my husband travels for work. I'm thankful that half the people in town wonder if I'm a single mother at times. I'm thankful that I often have to be in 3 places at one time. I am incredibly thankful BECAUSE..... after 13 years of marriage, I still get butterflies when Joe comes home from a trip. Makes it ALL worth it! Most of all, I'm thankful that if my whole world falls apart, my marriage never will!
* I'm thankful that I had a fractured hip which totally destroyed my spirits for over 4 months. I'm thankful that no matter how much I wanted to, I COULDN'T run. I'm thankful that I had to miss the Twin Cities Marathon and got to experience watching my husband qualify for Boston in his first marathon! I'm thankful that I have a newfound appreciation for my body and my ability!
* I'm thankful that it is currently -8 below with a windchill of -29. I'm thankful that instead of running I am making making a paper turkey with my son.
* I'm thankful that my children aren't perfect. I'm thankful they don't have to live up to that. I'm thankful for the many mistakes they are constantly making and for the life lessons they are learning. I am SO thankful to be a mother!
* I am thankful that we are always fighting to make ends meet with the activities we've taken on. I'm thankful that we have to make sacrifices to have the things we want. I'm thankful that my kids won't grow up believing things are served on silver platters....
* I'm thankful that God's plan was to take my sister home before her 20th birthday. I will never entirely understand but I'm thankful for the incredible bond I now have with my other sisters. I'm thankful for the memories....
* I'm thankful that I don't have any running friends here (tough one). I'm thankful that I reached out to the blog community and they gave back! I'm thankful for the countless friendships I've made this past year!
* I'm thankful for unanswered prayers. (Specifically, that God didn't give me the tapeworm I asked for when I was on crutches) I'm thankful that I don't have all the answers and I don't make all the decisions...
Happy Thanksgiving! Your glass is half full. Take a moment, treasure the simple things, be significant. Thankyou Meg!