8 things I'm grateful for
Thanksgiving just passed and this time of year I cannot stop thinking about everything I am grateful for. I usually try to incorporate some sort of gratitude practice into my life on a regular basis but I feel extra grateful on Thanksgiving when we have a whole day devoted to being thankful. We are in the midst of some changes right now since we just moved from Wisconsin, where we had lived for the past six years and where we had both our kids, and now we are in Michigan, where I am originally from! We decided to move here to be close to family and the kids’ cousins and while I am SO grateful and happy to be here we really had a hard time deciding where to set down roots - we also have family in Wisconsin who we will luckily still get to see since we aren’t too far! I also used to move around a lot and I always dreamed of setting down roots somewhere warm and tropical! Haha but here I am back in the cold but beautiful state of Michigan! But I honestly couldn’t be happier about it. Right now we are staying in my grandma’s two-bedroom condo while they are in Arizona and we are closing on a home next week! We found it pretty fast (well we had maybe been looking for 5 months before we got back here) and just fell in love. The kids aren’t sleeping great where we are staying right now… like not at all!! Haha. ANYWAY I sure do love to ramble! So here we go, 12 things I am grateful for this year (and pretty much all the time):
Air to breathe. Okay maybe this is odd to put first but if you just think about it, our bodies do so much to keep us alive in every moment and this is something I have always been so grateful for. We all might not be in perfect health BUT I remember in college, my roommate was studying for her nursing exam and she had a list taped to the wall of every one of the 28 (or something) steps it takes for the human lungs to take a breath of air. I looked at the list on the wall just stunned that it takes THAT much effort to take one breath and my roommate and I just spent forever talking about how amazing that is. That our bodies do that for us. Day in and day out.
Our health. I am grateful that while I love to eat candy (okay okay I have an addiction) and other not great foods all the time, we are pretty health conscious (right now its lots of pizza pretty much all the time lol). Both Adam and I really love to be active and work out, do yoga, etc., and cook when we get the chance. I would love to cook more once we get our new house!!! I LOVE cooking healthy new things!
Adam. I don’t know how to say this, other than he’s pretty much the greatest person ever. And if you know him then you probably know this to be true. I love him. I am SO grateful I found him and that we were somehow brought together (thats a story for another time which I really want to share!)
My kids! There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about how grateful I am for these babes of mine. I never really pictured my life to be what it is and I could not have chosen a better one. I love being their mom so much. Do I get frustrated and overwhelmed at times? Yes, so so many times! But I always try to come back to how grateful I am for them and how good they are.
Our (hopefully) soon-to-be house! I am so excited to have a more long-term home to make into our own. It definitely needs some work but I am just a project girl so I’m okay with that. I love putting my own sweat and work into a home.
Being closer to my family. This is a decision we struggled with for so long but I am so happy to be closer to my support system during this time of life with two young kids!
Being able to travel. We don’t travel a ton right now but we plan to travel more one day and both Adam and I used to travel a lot. It is something we both love so much and its a lot of what brought us together. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had to travel in the past because I know they have helped me grow so much and become more aware of the world around us!
Yoga. I have practiced yoga for years now and it keeps getting better and better. I keep shedding away the layers to whats really inside of me and it feels so good. It is always a practice and its always changing but getting to work on myself and come to my mat whenever I want to is such a blessing.