Thankful Thursday No. 4

Happy Thanksgiving! I truly hope your day is filled with things to be thankful for. Even if it does include working the holiday or preparing for a surge of people on Black Friday. Be thankful for the job. Stop and think of the good. There is usually a bright side to everything. And if you are working to keep our country safe or heal us on this holiday, you deserve a million Thanksgiving feasts for the work you do.

+ I’m thankful being being a mom. If you know me at all, you know Winter is not my favorite. Though actually, I do love that it gives me an excuse to wrap dozens of blankets around my body, curl up on the couch and watch tv, topped off with a big cup of hot chocolate. But that’s besides my point. Being a mom to Ephram gives me new perspective. When we had our first snow of the season last weekend, normally I would have followed my ritual of staying inside, but being Ephram’s first snowfall, we had to get him outside. To touch it, to play in it, to feel it. And it reminded me of the excitement Winter can bring if you just let it in.

+ I’m thankful for an adventurous husband. I’m a planner, a saver, a homebody. I like to travel, and enjoy traveling, but I need the extra push sometimes to get out the door. We have yet to set in stone any vacations for 2012, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been discussing it. We may have even searched for airline prices to France on Saturday evening after a couple glasses of wine ;-) Who knows where the new year will take us, but I know that Beau will push me to go somewhere amazing.

+ I'm thankful we live near family. Before graduating college I was well-prepared that being a meteorologist could mean moving far away. Especially if it meant living in the same location as my meteorologist husband. But we didn't have to move far, and luckily live very close to nearly all of our family members. We're less than a day's drive from 90% of them!

In fact, we'll be making the drive both today and tomorrow to visit various family members, enjoying fantastic meals, having great conversations, in the comfort of warm homes. With smart phones in our hands.

I'm thankful for having *so much* to be thankful for this year and every year.