Because Valentines Day is Saturday I thought I should do a Thankful Thursday Valentines Day edition today and share the love that I am thankful for. Love comes in many forms and from many people in your life. I am sure if you look around and really think about it, you will be amazed at just how many people you are truly thankful to give and receive love from. These are just a few of my loves:
|He hates that I flash our wedding photos|
I am thankful for my husband who is super supportive and loves me with his whole heart. He is the smile on my face. I love coming home at night to his goofy grin. It's nice to have someone there to help shoulder the load and who has your back. He drives me crazy, don't get me wrong but he is worth the nuts. He puts up with me and encourages me and he lets me have too many irons in the fire and he doesn't mind my own personal brand of crazy too much. Every once in a while he even surprises me. I can't express in words how much he means to me. He gave up his hunting weekend this weekend to let me go to a trade and junk show. Now that is love!
|My mom walked me down the aisle|
I am thankful for my mother who worked her bottom off being a single parent to give her kids everything they needed and most things they wanted. She is brave and honest and she taught her kids to always be truthful and true to themselves. She gave us wings and she gave us strenth. She gave us freedom to make mistakes and the ability to make choices. She never pushed too hard but never boxed us in either. She was honest with us when she needed to be and told me flat out "you are never going to be a singer so channel your efforts somewhere else, honey" which I am grateful for after watching some really sad audition episodes of American Idol.
|Blessed with an abundance of kids in my life!|
I am thankful for the kids in my life who make me grow and love they give me. They teach me to approach life with a sense of humor and to never take things too seriously. They make me laugh and they bless me in so many ways. They make me worry for their future, each in a little different and unique way and they give me hope. They have their own special sweetness, hurt, anger, pain, pesonality, good qualities, bad traits (some that need to be squashed) and they are the lights of my life.
|Brother and Sister (in-law)|
I am thankful for my brother and sister-in-law who raise six kids and I still don't know how they do it. They manage to fit more in during one 24 hour period than most people do all week. My sister-in-law, Sandie is the best. She is an amazing woman of God and I could not ask for a better roll model for my nieces and nephew or a wife for my brother. She is a nurse, an angel, and she puts up with him which makes her a saint. :)
|Trish was my maid of honor|
|Shanna was my honorary Best Woman|
I am thankful for girl friends who are there when I need girl time because as much as I love my husband he just doesn't care about hair, handbags, or shoes. Sometimes you just need your girls and I love spending time with mine. I have been especially lucky this week to spend time with Shanna, Robin, Debbie, Jan, Trish, Sharon and I still have Cinnamon and Michelle coming up Saturday.
I can't forget my fur babies Ries and Sadie! They are the biggest hams and the goofiest dogs but my life wouldn't be half as fun without them and if push came to shove, Joe would tell you he loves them too...if you really held a gun to his head and made him.
There is a special group on Twitter who makes my life
crazy insane fun and I love them in a only can it happen on Twitter sort of way. They know who they are.
There are a whole host of people at work who I adore who make me laugh on a daily basis. I take them for granted and sometimes, I don't even think about them. Sometimes, I forget about some of them for days and weeks on end. The mail clerks who get the mail to our office everday. The office assistant who makes sure to log all our work and send all the annoying emails. The human resource personel who we never see unless we need them but boy when we need them they better be there. Don't forget about the janitor who always seems to be cleaning the bathroom right at the moment I have to go really, really bad! Life would go on without them all but there will be a little bitty whole in my heart where they once stood, even the janitor with the amazing timing. I am thankful for all of these people too.
Finally, I am amazingly thankful for you all! Every single one of you who takes 3 minutes out of your day to read the ramblings of my mind! You are wonderful! Happy Valentines day!