BE Thankful

I love Thanksgiving. It’s one day that you just get to BE with your family. There’s no chaos of opening presents, searching for Easter eggs, or running out to buy someone special flowers and candy (if you are into that kind of thing). You just get to BE. You get to spend the day with people who sometimes annoy the shit out of you, but they love you and you love them nonetheless. So today, put aside your petty disagreements, your political views, and your worries and just BE. Get back to the basics…if only for today….and enjoy your family and friends. Warning…this might be long…

I woke up this morning at 5:30am and anyone that knows me knows that I am NOT a morning person. There’s no hiding that. I laid there for a few minutes considering going back to sleep since none of the three dogs that were in my bed even though they weren’t supposed to be were even awake yet. I decided to get up and get my day started instead…thankful that I have another day in this world.

I did a few things around the house and while cleaning the bathroom, I chuckled and thought, ‘Happy Thanksgiving to me!’ Then I finished cleaning, thankful that I have a house to clean. It was then that I remembered that I need to write my what was supposed to be annual Thanksgiving blog…, here goes:

I am thankful for my family…near and far. My family is healthy and there isn’t much more that I could ask for. My parents have seen me through some really dark times and they love me even when I suck at life. My brother and sister in law have given me two beautiful nieces that are growing up to be strong, independent kids. I have to brag on Malorie for a minute…we are Snapchat friends and I don’t know what the ‘name game’ is on there, but she posted two snaps yesterday saying that she doesn’t agree with it because all it does is hurt people’s feelings and ruins friendships. I hope she never loses that compassion. Brian and Sarah are teaching them right! As my St Louis family gathers today, know that I am there in spirit and love you all! Maybe I’ll see you for Christmas.

Time for the grand finale:

I am thankful for cold, silent mornings on the back deck, beautiful sunrises, and colorful sunsets. I am thankful for cops, firefighters, EMS crews, and dispatchers. You will always be in my heart. Thank you for being my heroes everyday. I am thankful for those that choose to serve our beautiful country in the military…especially those Marines! I am thankful for quiet moments at the lake, for being able to feed the buffalo and elk, and for aimless country cruising. I am thankful I have a roof over my head, food in my fridge, and two dogs that love me unconditionally. For rainy nights, true love, slow dancing in the living room, and dance party USAs in the kitchen. I am thankful for Mavericks games, fire pit nights, and the Royals winning the 2015 World Series. I am thankful for Carrie Underwood singing just about anything, but especially ‘How Great Thou Art’. I am thankful for my friends who amaze me by never giving up on me. I am thankful for my person, my pseudo hubby, and E.  I am thankful for people that work retail, for Waldo Pizza, and sushi. For long road trips, killer music playlists, and good conversations. I am thankful that TVs are now made light enough that I can take one outside whenever I want. I am thankful I was raised to respect people…regardless of what walk of life they come from. I am thankful for newly forged friendships over the past year, for having the courage to let go of people that weren’t good for me, and for life lessons. I am thankful for Christmas lights, eggnog lattes, and fireball. I am thankful for cop humor, open mics, forgetting how old I am, and Garth and Trisha. For falling in love with Colorado, ramen noodles, and fried gizzards with white gravy. I am thankful for Jazzy B’s breakfast, My Dog Skip, and Amanda’s love for boy bands, and Janelle’s steel trap of a mind. For my friends that support me, call me out when I am being a shitty friend, and let me just be me…and still loving me! I am thankful for snowy days, sunny afternoons, and the stars in the sky. I am thankful for my hair girl that has become so much more than that to me, for bartending,  and for good movies. Above all, I am thankful for being given so many ‘second chances’ in life so that I can live with no regrets.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Take a moment in all the craziness today, sit back, and take it all in. This life we live really is a beautiful thing.