Monday, November 21, 2011

Counting My Blessings

There is a religious hymn we used to sing in church frequently, in fact, we sung it on the very first service after I became a Mom. The lyric that  stands out to me every Thanksgiving says, "count your many blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God has done."

So in an attempt to honor Thanksgiving, I shall name my blessings, one by one.

1. I am blessed with my health. After having a health scare you realize just how precious your wellness is. When I was diagnosed with cancer in August 2010, the doctor told me that untreated I would only live another 12 to 18 months. I am nearing that expiration date. I am alive and healthy! Thank you for my health!

2. I am blessed with a specular husband. He is a great provider. He is caring and attentive. He is compassionate. He is strong and study.

3. I have a fantastic son. He is smart. He is caring. He is sarcastic (why do I find this a blessing, I have no idea!) Generally speaking, even though he is a teenager, he is a good kid. He is nearing adulthood and I am so proud of the person he is turning into.

4. I have a wonderful daughter. One goofy thing she says makes me smile. Seeing her grow up brings me a lot of joy. (yes, just like her big brother did!)

5. I am employed. My work supplies me and my children with health insurance. Sick leave. And vacation days. I also generally like what I do for a living. My work allows me to have an influence over the lives of others. It may be hard, but it is rewarding as anything.

6. I have a home to live in. It may not be fancy or even clean for that matter! But it is a home. And it is in a safe neighborhood that allows the kiddo's to play in the yard without excessive worry.

7. I have a wonderful supporting extended family. From my mother to my mother-in-law. From my brothers to my father-in-law. And down to all the family members by choice I have created. I have honestly surrounded my inner circle with quality people.

8. I have a great circle of friends! One of them has been by my side since kindergarten. One since sixth grade. Others I met in college. Or on the job. I have come to realize after saying good bye to a couple of friends, that I honestly value friendships a lot.

9. I am thankful for my best friend Tracy. We got kinda sideways last year. I am thankful in a HUGE way that we got ourselves right side up.

10. My family, immediate and extended, are healthy. I will say it again, health is so important to me now. And I am thankful we are all well.

I have many many more blessings in my life. Thank you all for sharing my life.  I hope you count your blessings this year and name them one by one.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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