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There’s always something to be thankful for.

Time to interrupt this little blogging break to talk about thankfulness on the eve of Thanksgiving. Yes, I know I’ve bored anyone who actually reads my blog with the tales of my awful year (well, awful in my little charmed world), but yet again we dealt with another doozy when the worst wind storm in the history of my city struck and left my family without power for an entire week during the coldest stretch of the year. Let me tell you, I have never felt more grateful and thankful for modern conveniences like lights and washing machines and refrigerators and furnaces than when I had to go without for several days. But ya know what? If we didn’t experience struggle and strife now and then, how would we ever truly appreciate all of the good? The truth is that through all the inconveniences in my life this past year, there’s been twice as much joy and happiness. Sure, I could have let circumstance get the best of me all the time (and sometimes it really did), but for the most part I chose to take the struggle and use it as fuel to focus on what I have that I am so, so, so thankful for.

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To really drive this home, I thought I’d take a few minutes to sit down and type up my annual list of 100 Things I’m Thankful For. This is a favorite exercise of mine to re-center myself on what brings me joy and what I am so lucky to be able to experience.

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  1. Hands down #1: My Family
  2. My friends
  3. Electricity
  4. A roof over my head (even when it’s freezing cold with no power)
  5. Getting to stay home with my babies
  6. Freedom
  7. Coffee
  8. Drive-thru windows
  9. Goldfish
  10. Endless opportunities
  11. Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator
  12. My fancy camera
  13. YouTube tutorials
  14. Blogging
  15. The Internet
  16. Love
  17. Chocolate
  18. My faith
  19. Weekly lunches with my girls
  20. Travel to tropical places
  21. Getting to experience all four seasons
  22. Amazon Prime
  23. DVR
  24. My health
  25. Nap time
  26. Modern medicine
  27. Roman’s amazing urologist
  28. Social media
  29. Fiction novels
  30. My big, cozy bed
  31. A warm rice pack or heating pad on a cold day
  32. Tea
  33. My neighbors
  34. Living in America
  35. Christmastime
  36. Getting to be a mommy and living my dream
  37. Seeing the world through my children’s eyes
  38. My past, this present moment, and what is yet to come
  39. Macaroni and cheese
  40. Pizza
  41. All the carbs
  42. Chocolate covered gummy bears
  43. Mid-week playdates
  44. Our membership to the children’s museum
  45. Leila and Landon’s amazing teachers
  46. My car
  47. Walks around the block
  48. Target
  49. Insurance
  50. Music
  51. Pandora
  52. Cleaning dance parties with my crew
  53. Bedtime
  54. Essential oils
  55. Medicine
  56. Andy’s job
  57. Fresh air
  58. Television
  59. My memories
  60. Childhood friends
  61. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  62. Disneyland
  63. Netflix
  64. Anticipation
  65. Hugs
  66. Late nights with my hubby
  67. Hearing my kids laugh every day
  68. Montessori education
  69. Cultural experiences
  70. Photo books
  71. The Cloud
  72. Clouds
  73. Sunsets
  74. Leila’s creativity
  75. Roman’s sense of humor
  76. Landon’s snuggles
  77. My self confidence
  78. Growing up
  79. Makeup
  80. Hot showers
  81. My marriage
  82. Growing up in the same small town as Andy
  83. Visiting our parents on the weekends
  84. Weekly visits from my momma
  85. Playing cards
  86. Inspirational quotes
  87. Diapers
  88. Almost being done with diapers (well, in another year or two)
  89. The thrill of uncertainty
  90. Mixed drinks
  91. Smoothies
  92. Costco
  93. Being able read to my babies
  94. That Leila can read to me
  95. Calligraphy
  96. Kisses
  97. Starbucks
  98. The sun, moon and stars
  99. Knowing how to appreciate the little things
  100. Realizing the power of thankfulness

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The other day right after the crazy windstorm, the kids and I got in a fender bender with another car. I was an emotional mess coming home from the wreck to a cold, dark house. I was angry and sad. As I walked through my kitchen on the way to the garage to get yet another armful of wood for the fire my flashlight hit the small chalkboard sign I had just recently changed the quote on…

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The perfect reminder to me at the perfect moment. A reminder I had unintentionally given myself! My house may be dark and cold, but we have a roof over our head. My car may be smashed up, but it still drives and most importantly, the three most precious people in my life are giggling in the other room. There is always, ALWAYS, something to be thankful for.

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