30 and Thankful

This might be coming a little late, but yesterday was the kind of day where I had to keep repeating to myself, “I’m thankful, I’m thankful…” so, even thought I’ve already started to write Christmas post’s like this one and that one, I thought I’d back up and share a quick list of things I’m thankful for this year. As an added bonus, I’m reaching deep into the well of thankfulness and producing a list of 30, in honor of recently entering this new decade. I’ll try to avoid veering into the realms of trite and cutesy cliches, but I make no promises.

This year I’m thankful for:

1. Pie, french fries, pizza and any kind of Mexican food. Oh, and pickles, salad, cheese, and anything that you can put cheese on top of or in.
2. While I’m thinking about food, I’m also super thankful for a Mr. who makes amazing breakfasts. His omelets and pancakes make life dreamy.
3. Pants that fit well. Ladies who have had babies, amiright???
4. The word odious.  And persnickety. And superfluous. They are just so fun to say. Incidentally, they are also fantastic Scrabble words.
5. Lipstick. It makes me instantly feel grown up and ladylike. As an added bonus, it also distracts from my typical make-up free face and general air of discombobulation that I wear on a daily basis.
6. Houseplants. I love how they make me feel so domesticated.
7. 90’s style. So happy the 90’s are back in. I know I’ve mentioned this in other posts, but seriously, it’s good to have you back old friend.
8. Coffee. Not just any coffee though. Good coffee. Word to the wise, if you can pour a full cup of coffee and still see the bottom of your mug, that’s not coffee. That’s coffee scented water. Come on people.
9. People who like to do things. I’m always thankful for friends who are up for hanging out, getting out, and having adventures together.
10. People who are different. I’m always inspired to talk to people who live a little differently than me, have different interests, or simply live to the beat of their own drum.
11. Books. Where would my life be without books?
12. The fact that I get to wear a watch as an accessory and not a timepiece. I can’t read the crazy thing any way, but it sure looks awesome.
13. Thrift stores. So many treasures! So many low prices!
14. Bands like The Black Keys. No explanation necessary.
15. The show Gilmore Girls. I watch the whole series every year, beginning to end. It’s kinda the best.
16. Summer. Ah, summer. Love you! Miss you!
17. Letter writing. This year I’ve tried to write more notes, cards and letters. Makes me feel like Jane Austen.
18. Laughing till I cry. Only the best of friends can make you tear up with laughter.
19. Having kids I really like. I mean, of course I love them, but I also really enjoy them as the mini-people they are. Sure, they drive me absolutely crazy, but that’s mostly just because they are little human beings who don’t know stuff yet. Most days, I really kinda like em.
20. A husband who makes just hanging out, eating snacks together feel like a date night.
21. Actual date nights.
22. Learning new things. I love to learn and grow, and I’m so thankful for the opportunities to do so on almost a daily basis.
23. The funny phrases Theo says, like “you be most welcome,” and the silly songs he makes up with lyrics like “My mommy eats so much! No food for Oliver, because mommy eats so much!”
24. Change. I know most people hate change, but I love it. I’m so grateful for the newness that change has brought to me this year: this blog, the opportunity to teach yoga, and the shift to full time SAHM.
25. My capsule wardrobe. I am hooked! I never thought I’d be so satisfied with things I already own.
26. My new sister.
27. Things that smell nice. I am now the only female in a family of three boys. My life is so inundated by weird and gross smelling things that I’ve never before been so thankful for the lovely scent of a vanilla candle or the fresh, clean smell of laundry. The struggle is real, people.
28. My husband, who respects my crazy while simultaneously helping me be calm and sane.
29. This blog. Thankful to my brother and sister-in-law for giving it to me; thankful for my readers who support me; thankful for the opportunity to share my passion for writing and for life with others.
30. My story. I have not reached 30 without my share of mistakes, poor choices and failures, but I am grateful that God has taken all the good with the bad and woven it together to get me to where I am today. I’m thankful that he uses every part of who I am and not just the good stuff. I’m thankful for the knowledge that my story is not only unique, but also important. I’m thankful for the realization that it is our story, all of our story, that touches others. It is through our story that we make connections, that we encourage others with our commonality and inspire others through our differences. This blog is one long, weekly chapter in my story. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy living and writing it.


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