Day 18: Thankful Thursday

IMG_3997I’m not sure who did this list, but the 18th is on a Friday this year. So…here’s my version of Thankful Friday.

I’m thankful for many things, so I’m going to attempt to list them out here. Bear with me guys and gals!

1. I’m thankful for my amazing job opportunity.

They saw something in me that my previous employer did not, and I’m so very thankful for that. I’m thankful to be able to support my family and work beside my husband to provide a foundation for our future family! I’m thankful to not be in a hole in the wall office where I was miserable 9 hours a day. I love to talk to people, and my current boss saw that at my interview, and knew I would be perfect for sales! Now, I’m the direct link to the company for my territory, which encompasses 23/50 states.

(So…I’ve never sat down and counted them until now, holy crap I have almost half of the US! And mine include Alaska and Hawaii too! There are 3 other people who handle the other 27 states, so I have the largest territory. Definitely not the busiest, but it has its moments.)

2. I’m thankful for my husband of course!

We may not always see eye-to-eye, heck, sometimes we may not be able to stand each other! But at the end of the day, I’m so very thankful it’s him that I see last when I go to sleep and first when I wake up in the mornings! We have been through so much in our short time married, that I honestly think we can handle ANYTHING thrown at us! We’ve made it through the “hardest year”, made it through Tyler being unemployed, both of us being laid off, and come out the other side of those two years being able to stand on our own two feet and say “WE did it!” I don’t know what I would do without that man of mine…and I pray to God every single day that I never have to find out.

3. I’m thankful for my parents.

My parents raised me with this stubborn determination I have to do everything on my own. That can be a hinderance sometimes, but for the most part, it is my driving force behind working to provide for our future, and making my marriage work at all costs. I don’t want to be another statistic, another young couple who just gave up. I don’t want to be another twenty-something divorcee with no future. I want a career, a family…I want what my parents have had for 22 years. I watched them work through the worst of times, and never once walk away from their marriage or responsibilities. Sometimes they fought, but they got over it. I want to be able to look back and say “Yeah, we made it through that…and I’m so thankful we did!”

4. I’m thankful for my Nana.

Actually, I’m beyond thankful…words can’t describe what that lady means to me. (I’m getting emotional just thinking about it!) My nana has been my backbone and my rock since I was born. I’m the oldest grandchild, so I consider myself lucky to have known her longer than the rest of the kids. I spent almost every weekend and countless summers at her house, and as I’ve gotten older, I think back on those times as some of the greatest memories I have. A few years ago, we almost lost her. That day, was the worst day of my life. My mom called me told me she had a stroke and was unresponsive, and I hit the floor. She had already called Tyler to come get me and bring me to the hospital. When I saw Nana for the first time, sedated with tubes everywhere, going into the ambulance to be transported to a larger facility, my mom and Tyler had to hold me up, because my knees had buckled and I wanted to scream. That image haunts me to this day. They put her in the ICU, and I couldn’t bring myself to go see her at visitation. I was scared it would be the last time, and I didn’t want to remember her that way. She ended up recovering, and she’s perfectly fine. But that was just a reminder of how quickly life can change, and how horrible life would be without her here with us.

5. I’m thankful for the rest of my big, loud family and friends!

I have a very large family, with 11 first cousins, five first-cousin’s-babies (three of which are VERY new!), and countless others whom I’m very close with. Every single one of these people have helped, in one way or another, to shape me into the person I am today. Without that family structure, I don’t know what I would do. I know I can pick up the phone and call any single one of them and they would be there for me in the blink of an eye. Same goes for the few close friends I have. Something they don’t tell you when you leave school, you also leave your friends. I have ONE friend who I still see from high school, Hannah, who has been my very best friend since we were in middle school. (She actually has a blog about her nail polish obsession! Lol go check her out here She Nailed It Blog) The rest have moved away or are still in college, and Facebook is the only contact we have! I have made friends at work, and we are all very close as well. But it’s not the same. When you are an adult, you learn to cherish your friendships. It’s not as easy when you don’t see each other every day in class…it takes work to maintain a friendship, and I’m so thankful for those who have stuck around!

Obviously, I have a lot to be thankful for, and typing all of this reminded me of just how blessed I truly am. Some days, when all I can see are the negative things, I will come back to this post, and be reminded all over again. No, I may not have everything I want right now, but I have everything I need, and so much more.

What are you guys thankful for?

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