Small things for which to be thankful

I have learned many lessons about being thankful throughout my lifetime and I know I’ve got a lot left to go.  I’ve learned to be thankful when I didn’t feel like it.  I’ve learned to be thankful when times are beyond rough.  I’ve learned to be thankful when life is great.  I’ve learned to be thankful when my heart was full to the point of bursting.  And I’ve got lots of wonderful, big things for which to give thanks: God, my husband, my children, my parents, a warm home, food in my belly…the list could go on and on and on.  I am thankful for all of those things.  I have written about some of these things before.  I have kept others more personal and to myself.

This Thanksgiving has its own stuff with it, but I offer you a list of the small things I’m thankful for this year.

– Being able to start this blog post. Seriously.  I thought my son was waking up an hour ago.  He’s been getting up earlier than usual.  And now I’ve had a chance to have my quiet time and devotions, eat breakfast, goof off on Facebook and now write this blog post.  The only sound I hear is the furnace running.  It is quite nice.  (And finishing it a day and a half later is also something for which to give thanks!)

– Double Stuf Oreos. Does this really need an explanation?

– Husbands who bring in the laundry from the garage so I can go on to bed.

– A working furnace.

– Target’s Cartwheel app.  Seriously.  Some good coupons on there.  I love saving money.  It makes me happy, happy, happy!

– A glass of good, cold milk — unlike the glass I had this morning from the new jug that tasted really, really wonky.  (And, yes, I poured it out instead of drinking it.)

– Birthday cake.  OK.  I’m not getting any birthday cake today, but I am thankful for it.  And yesterday was my brother-in-law’s birthday, so now I’m thinking about cake.  (And said brother-in-law, who is in my list of family members I am certainly thankful for.)

– Music.  Not sure I need an explanation for that one either.  I love music on the radio and music in my head.

One of my two awesome Wonder Woman water bottles

– My new Wonder Woman water bottles.  They were on clearance (remember how I love to save money?), the two I had were broken, I use them all the time and I was so in love that I bought two.

– Not setting off baby toys that make noise.  I’m always thankful when that works out.  I have a fear of picking up or accidentally stepping on a toy that goes off making noise and wakes everyone up when they’re supposed to be sleeping.

– My cell phone. Of course I can talk on it, check Facebook and e-mail, but I can also make ridiculous amounts of to-do lists and reminders to give me the impression of being organized and on top of things.

– A dishwasher.

– My car and driving.  I love driving.  Last evening I got to do some driving alone.  It was the longest journey I’ve taken by myself in a couple of years, even though it was only about 40 miles away.  Driving is awesome.  (And if you’re local and in the market for a good pre-owned vehicle check out Garrett Auto Sales.  They’ll hook you up!)

– The library.  Oh how I love the library!  I’ve got two different bags of library books right now — one for myself and one for my daughter.  I feel richer at the library than even the dollar store.  Sure, we can get that book.  And that one, too!  OK, throw in that one as well.  Books!

– Comfy couches.  I’m sitting on the one in my dining room right now. I am realizing how old it is, yet, it’s comfy and I quite enjoy it.

– Cuddles.  I get lots of them these days.  Toddler cuddles, preschool cuddles, canine cuddles and even some husband cuddles.  I like my space, but I love me some cuddles.

– Baby boys who wake up laughing instead of crying.  Always a good sign.

– A sweet little girl and her handsome daddy who both lit up as they told me today about their daddy/daughter date last evening.  I’m not the Grinch, but my heart grew in size.

– Getting Christmas shopping well underway before Thanksgiving. I know folks who balk at Thanksgiving getting overlooked for Christmas.  I’m not trying to ignore Thanksgiving, but I am trying to save my sanity because my December calendar is quite full.

– Cute socks.  Today I’m wearing black socks with a pink and red argyle pattern dotted with hearts.  They are technically Valentine’s Day socks.  I wear them all the time, because hearts are always appropriate to me.

– Good friends who make me laugh, force movie popcorn on me and have heart-to-heart conversations with me over French food at Irish restaurants.

– You.  I’m thankful for those of you who take the time to read my blog.

And now if you’ll excuse me, my son is napping, my daughter is in preschool and I’ve got a few more things to get finished.  I’m thankful for the kid-free time in which to get things done.  I’m also thankful for kid-free time to mark important items like “rest” off my to-do list.  😉  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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