I'm thankful for a lot of things this year. I try to be thankful for these things every day and not just on the designated holiday but it's nice to have a day with a built-in reminder and extra space to be thankful for all the amazing things in my life.
I'm thankful for my thoughtful, loving husband who loves me even though I act crazy sometimes.
I'm thankful for my beautiful, cheerful baby girl who reminds me to find joy in the smallest things every day.
I'm thankful for my big, loud, happy family that is always there no matter the ups or downs or distance.
I'm thankful that I have an caring, supportive, accepting extended family.
I'm thankful my cat is still living (with my parents) in his old age and hasn't lost his voice.
I'm thankful my dog still loves us even though we had a baby.
I'm thankful for my friends (near and far) who inspire me daily and still love me even if it takes me a really (really) long time to return emails and/or phone calls.
I'm thankful I get to go on dates with my husband.
I'm thankful my daughter got to meet her great, great grandmother.
I'm thankful everyone I love is in relatively good health.
I'm thankful I get to stay at home with my daughter.
I'm thankful my husband never forgets my birthday or our anniversary.
I'm thankful I got to see my daughter take her first step forward (and her first step backward...she's been walking backward in circles lately and is very proud of herself).
I'm thankful we have a place to call home.
I'm thankful I have an oven for baking bread so the house smells cozy and warm.
I'm thankful we have a yard with a tree for a swing.
I'm thankful I know lots of people who love lemons.
I'm thankful we have a dog that loves to run.
I'm thankful I can run. and jump. and play.
I'm thankful it's sunny outside and I got to wear flip-flops today (in November!)
I'm thankful I believe in a higher power and for the lessons I learn every day.
I'm thankful for every chance I get to make myself a better person, a better partner, a better mother, a better sister, a better daughter, a better friend.
That's my list for now. I'll keep adding to it until next year.
What are you thankful for today (and every day)?