Monday, November 23, 2009

Full of Thanks

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday!  I love that it is a holiday to simply enjoy the company of family and friends, bake and cook food that you normally don't throughout the year, eat yummy food all day long, play games, laugh, and relax.  The most important reason it's my favorite holiday (with food a close second :) is that we have a day set aside on the calendar to remind us of what we have to be thankful for.  I try to think this way all year long, but a stressful and busy life can plague my thoughts sometimes . . .and I just can't avoid the thankful atmosphere this time of year.  It makes me happy!  I decided to really reflect over the last few weeks, and here is a list of things I am thankful for, big and small, in no particular order, and the list goes on . . .
Thanksgiving 2007
  • A God who loves me no matter what, and Jesus for sacrificing his life to save little 'ol me
  • Access to education
  • My Registered Dental Hygienist license
  • Two functioning arms/hands that allow me to do my job
  • Family
  • My Maverick (Matt, for those of you who don’t know his nickname), my husband who makes me feel beautiful, loved, and adored.
  • A car that is finally mine. No car payments!!
  • To live in a country that allows me to be a Christian without prosecution
  • A Mom that survived a long battle with cancer
  • A Father that survived a not so small heart attack
  • My crock pot to cook for me when I’m at work
  • PartyLite candles to help make our house a cozy home
  • A house
  • The bright crunch of snow in the winter
  • The crisp smell of rain in the spring
  • The smell of fresh-cut grass in the summer
  • The colorful leaves in the early fall
  • My Blackberry which allows me to multitask like never before (AKA: my crackberry)
  • Old friends to reminisce with
  • New friends to grow with
  • Our dishwasher
  • Spirit 105.3 to make my heart and face smile
  • Pictures to re-live memories
  • My digital camera to capture moments to re-live in the future
  • Food Network
  • My vocal cords so I can sing
  • Ultrasonic Scalers (you other hygienists can relate)
  • Insurance
  • Nutella
  • Hot showers
  • Stephenie Meyer for creating the Twilight Saga (yes, I'm one of "them" :)
  • Dave Ramsey for motivating us to “live like no one else”
  • Burt and his Bees to hydrate my dry lips in the winter
  • Blogspot to share our lives with each other in a most creative and accessible way
  • God's daily reminders and encouragements to me to be a wife who wnjoys honoring and serving her husband
  • Excel spreadsheets
  • Power steering, key-less car entry, automatic windows and locks, and cupholders.  All of which my previous care did not have.
My previous car
  • Access to medical care
  • Hot apple cider
  • Wonderfully supportive and loving in-laws.  Rachel and Roland will be celebrating their 40th anniversay December 20 (the day Matt and I met)
  • Clean and safe drinking water
  • Bringing the beautiful ocean into the middle of our living room via Matt's fish tank
  • Our baby puppy we'll be picking up November 29th!
  • Living in a neighborhood where I feel safe, and having great neighbors
  • A garage to park my car in . . .a first for me, and it's fabulous!
  • A wonderful husband who keeps the garage clean enough for me to park my car in
  • Happy memories to cherish
  • Moments of sadness and trials to make me stronger and help my growth 
  • The men and women of our armed forces in our past, present, and future; who risk(ed) their lives to protect mine
  • DVR so we can watch our shows when we have the time
  • Matt's warm feet to warm up mine
  • My massage therapist, Sharon, who works out my "Everest Knots" and will help my longevity as a Hygienist
  • My weakness, movie theater popcorn, as bad as I know it is for me
  • The Cheesemonger in Leavenworth . . . Mmmm . . . .cheeeeeeeezzzzeeee!
  • The Office, Parks and Recreation, The Community, and 30 Rock for making Thursdays so incredibly funny (this Fall anyway)
  • Sandy Kemper for creating Smiles Forever, a Dental Hygiene program in Cochabamba, Bolivia which empowers women by giving them a chance to change their family tree
  • Fruit and nut trail mix from Costco.  Dried kiwi and strawberries?!?! YUM!
  • Tofurky kielbasa
  • Shoes
  • To love in a country with such a great travel system of highways, trains, and airplanes.  Even though we all complain about it all, it really is easy to move about the country!
  • My hearing, eyesight, and speech
  • Being blessed to go on an amazing honeymoon that was more breathtaking than I ever dreamed it would be!!
  • "Cleaning mode" on our oven
  • The Love Dare to help Matt and I be the best husband and wife we can for one another
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mom and Dad for my smile . . . Dr. Simons and Dr. Bloomquist for perfecting it
  • Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!!

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