Thankful November in a Nutshell

I started out this month intending on publishing a blog post each day on something I am thankful for.  As you can see by looking at my recent posts, I only made it to day 9.

Here it is in a nutshell.

I am thankful for my parents who raised me to know the difference between right and wrong.  They gave me a brother, who gave me two beautiful nieces, and a sister who is the most loyal friend I could ask for.  They instilled in us the importance of family. showed us how to work hard, and taught us how to love and have compassion for others.

I am thankful for my husband’s family.  Without them, he wouldn’t be the man that he is today.

I am thankful for modern forms of telecommunication like cell phones, texting, emails, Facebook, and skype to help me stay in touch with my family and friends all over the world.

I am thankful for all the friends that I made throughout the years, both near and far.  You all know exactly who you are.

I am thankful for the opportunity to be a stay at home mom and raise two beautiful children who are so eager to learn, and never fail to bring a smile to my face.

I am thankful for a warm cozy bed, food in my fridge, and clothes on my back.

I am thankful for coffee, wine, and chocolate.  These are my drugs of choice.

I am thankful for fuzzy socks.

I am thankful for friendly neighbors who watch out for me and my children when my hubby is gone.

I am thankful the stucco guys finally started painting today and we are closer to having our backyard done.

I am thankful for the opportunity to blog and share my life with you.

And oh yes, one more thing.  I am thankful for my blindness.  Without it, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.  Every experience, every challenge, every of struggle to try to fit in and look normal, every missed step or curb, every triumph, every mile I’ve traveled, every person I’ve met, every child I’ve taught, every person I’ve influenced, every accomplishment I’ve made or will make in the future are all because of my blindness.  I used to imagine what my life would be like if I had 20/20 vision, but then I wouldn’t be where I am today.  If somebody told me there was an opportunity for me to get all of my vision back, I honestly don’t know what I would do.  So until there is a 100%, 0 side effects, consequence free way, I’m going to have to pass for now.

30 Days of Thankfulness; Day 1

As I scrolled down my Facebook newsfeed today, I came across lots of my friends starting on their thirty days of thankfulness of November.  So, I decided to jump on the band wagon and do it too.  For the entire month of November I will make sure that I write down something that I am thankful for.

Day 1; November 1, 2012

I am thankful for my husband.  He is my best friend.  He is the most patient person I have ever met.  He never makes me feel unimportant or unwanted.  He makes me strong, and helps me be a better person.  He always makes me feel beautiful, loved, and appreciated.  He is just a little OCD.  He answers to Daddy, enjoys yoga, reading, cooking, landscaping, organizing his garage, wrestling with our kids and our dog, and most of all sharing his love and positive energy with everyone he encounters.  He will do anything for his family.  And I could have so easily lost him in an auto accident 12 days ago, when a truck ran a red light and slammed into his car on his way home from work.  I couldn’t be more thankful to have him still here with me to watch our children grow.