Saturday, November 30, 2013

thankful.

I meant to write this post on Thanksgiving Day. But then there was cleaning the house and making pie and setting the table and friends and family and before I knew it, it was 11pm, I had a full belly and a sink full of dishes and my feet were tired. 

Then I was going to write it yesterday, but there was early morning shopping and trying to find parking at the mall and then a much needed nap and leftovers and before I knew it, it was 11pm again and I was in bed. 

So here I am, breaking all the rules and writing my Thanksgiving post two days after Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for your patience. 

I think it's the impending move and all the transition coming up and the past year of deployment and family sadness, but I feel more overwhelmed than ever with a grateful heart. 

So, in no particular order, I am so thankful for my friends and my family and for the cell phone technology that makes them seem not so far away. I'm thankful for my good health and theirs. I'm thankful for my Navy friends who have become like family and, even though it's tough to say goodbye to them, I'm glad to have made new friends that will be just a phone call away. I'm thankful for our home here; thankful for a roof over our heads and a full fridge, and even more thankful for our new home in Florida! I'm thankful for quiet mornings to write and chilly nights to curl up and watch TV, and a sweet brown dog to curl up next to me. I'm thankful for leftovers and pumpkin pie for breakfast. Even though we're basically going to be living out of a suitcase until the end of December, I'm thankful for friends and family to stay with in every state we'll travel to. I'm thankful for the Navy, giving us the opportunity to move again and have another adventure, meet new friends who we will come to love like family, and to see just a little more of the world. 

And I'm thankful for my husband, who I get to do it all with. Last year this time, he was around the world and I am so very thankful that today, he is just in the other room. (And I'm thankful for other people's spouses and sons and daughters and brothers and sisters who are around the world right now.) I'm thankful that he's a good friend and a good listener and that he's very even-keeled. He is the best part of a life I am very thankful for. 

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well and you're heart is overwhelmed with gratitude well beyond this holiday. 

(Wish us luck as we spend the next week putting our life into boxes and handing in our keys here in Virginia. After that, we're going to be crashing on a few couches from Florida to Wisconsin until after Christmas, when we can finally move into our brand new house! I'll see you where the wifi is good!)

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