I am all for hearing about what people are thankful for on different social media sites but I feel that we only think about it during the month of November. I know that I don't express enough what all I'm thankful for in my life. I tend to take many things for granted. So instead of posting something every day or even once a week I will just come up with one post to share many of the things I am thankful for in my life. I know I'm probably going to miss many but this will cover a majority of them.
1. My Family. I have one of the best families in the world. My parents, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, everyone has supported me over the years and have taught me so much! We may not be perfect but they are the best around!
2. My Faith. I have to say that the past year my faith has grown so much stronger. I joined a campus ministry and have made great friends and have grown in my faith. Also this whole nursing school thing has really tested my faith. I don't think I've prayed so much in my life. I just need to remember everything happens for a reason and I'm on the right path.
3. My Health. I was thinking about how thankful I was for my heath just the other day when I was watching the speech therapist working with my resident at clinicals. My resident had suffered several strokes and the therapist was working with her to regain her speech and strengthen her mouth so she doesn't choke. Just the simple act of puffing her cheeks was difficult and it broke my heart to see her struggle and get frustrated. I wake up every morning, jump out of bed, not a pain or struggle and I take it all for granted!
4. Blogging. I've been following blogs and blogging on this blog for little over a year now. I have learned so much from other people and I have had a great outlet to share my joys and sorrows.
5. Blog Friends!! There are so many people who have come into my life through blogging! There are many amazing women who I have connected with and have formed wonderful friendships with. I feel sometimes that I can connect better with them (most of whom I've never met) than people I've known my whole life.
6. Books. I have shelves, piles, bags, and a nook full of books!! Many I haven't read, yet most I have. I love reading books, it takes you to places all over the world and allows you to forget everything around you!
7. Duke my Corgi! I have been very lucky throughout the years to have grown up on a farm. We have always had pets and animals of all kinds to play with. Duke is one of the best dogs a person could have. Not only can he chase cows but he is always around to lift up your spirits.
8. History/Genealogy. I am so thankful that my parents and family have such an interest in history and genealogy. I know all about my family many generations back. I've seen pictures and visited graves and have been able to connect my personality traits to past generations. It just gives you a sense of belonging and It's great to find out someone several generations back shares the same interests that you do.
9. Antiques. I am an odd duck. Most people my age today want whatever the new technology is today. Not me, I want that old piece of "junk" covered in rust and dust!! The older the things and the more wore out the object is means that it probably has such a great history and story connected with it. I love to buy antiques but it's even better to get them from family.
10. Nursing school. I may be stressed