Give Thanks

November 18, 2015

With Thanksgiving just a week away, I naturally start to think about all of the things in my life that I am thankful for. On a daily basis I try to remember all the things I have been blessed with and not just during this time of the year. Here are some things I’m especially thankful for.

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My health

I have been very blessed with very few health complications over the years. I couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the doctor (besides my pre and post-natal visits), I usually only get sick once or twice a year, and I am generally very healthy. I also carried a baby to term, which is not something everyone is able to do.

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My husband

I am so thankful for Craig’s humor, his support for allowing me toΒ stay at home with Cullen, a voice of reason when I can’t make up my mind, and being my number one running fan. I am very thankful I am not a single parent raising Cullen. I feel blessed he has been so helpful with Cullen, watching him during the weekends when I work, and being more of an overprotective parent than myself.

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Family

Even though none of myΒ family lives here, I am still grateful they call often, FaceTime, and stay involved with Cullen and what’s going on in our lives.

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Cullen

This little kid keeps me laughing every day and is so fun to watch grow and develop. I want to be a better person for him.

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Running

(Of course you knew this was coming.) Running gives me so much joy. I love how I feel after going for a run and how it clears my mind. It keeps me striving to improve my fitness and challenges me to do things I never thought possible.

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Friends

It took me several years to meet people I connected with up here, so it is so nice to finally have friends to hang out with and run with. (Most of my closest friends are also my running friends.)

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Being able to travel

This year not only have I been able to go back home to Minnesota twice, but I also traveled to Cordova, AK and Oregon for two weeks. We usually get out of the state a couple times a year, which definitely helps with the isolation that comes with living here.

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Then there are the little daily things that I am so thankful for but often take for granted:Β the fact I can leave my front door without being scared of being hurt, I have a roof over my head and bed to sleep on at night, and I have ample food and a variety of clothes to wear.

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Question

What are you thankful for this holiday season?