Friday, November 11, 2011


This video is one of the reasons why people now a days should never take anything for granted and always be thankful not just around Thanksgiving but all year long. If there is one thing that I have learned it's to always make sure the people around you know they are loved. I appreciate my family so very much and I hope they knows that I am SO thankful for them.

My mother has taught me so many things just by being who she is. She is one of the hardest working women that I know as she burns her candle at both ends. She is so selfless and is always willing to go that extra mile even when it's only a few feet that those people deserve. She has taught me how to love even when it's really hard not to hate. She has been such a great friend and teacher to me and my sister and I'm tankful every day for her.

My dad has also been a beacon of light in my life. I have been a daddy's girl ever since I can remember. He taught me how to be like one of the guys when it came to hunting and fishing. He taught me that even though you still may be mad it's ok to say I'm sorry. He also taught me when it was better to keep your tongue between your teeth instead of saying what you felt. I will always be a daddy's girl now matter how old I get.

My sister is now one of my best friends and I'm so very thankful for that. When we were younger we did NOT get along. I think it was because we were such complete opposites. She is very much so a Type A personality while I am very much so a Type B personality. She has to have everything orderly and in it's place. I on the other hand live in a constant world of "lost" objects and "small messes."  She truly is one of my best friends not though and I'm glad we could finally see past how different we are from each other and really appreciate each other for the person they really are. I love her to death and I'm so glad she is and forever will be in my life.

My sister in law Steph. She is another one of my best friends. She is such a wonderful and loving person that anyone could learn something from her. She doesn't judge and she is always willing to help in anyway that she can. She is a great mother and an awesome aunt to Stratton. She has taught me how to be a better person when it comes to forgiving and forgetting. Especially when we were having the family issues with our other sister-in-law and brother-in-law. She was the last to judge and the first to forgive. 

My Grandma Marge is the woman in my life that I have truly learned the most from. She has loved and lost and still maintained her faith and love for Jesus. She lost both my Aunt Linda and my Uncle Mark within a few years of each other but from that loss she has stayed strong and kept her faith. I have learned to never take anything for granted because of her. She is such a giving person and I have learned to be gracious because of her being such a wonderful roll model. If there is anyone in my life that I would like to be most like, it would be my Grandma Marge. I am so lucky to have her as a grandma.

My wonderful husband Derek. He has taught me more in the last 4 years than I could have ever learned in a lifetime without him. He has taught me how to be patient in even the most stressful situations. He has taught me how to forgive even when I'm still mad. He has taught me that it's ok to be mad but it's not ok to not say "I Love You" before we go to bed. He has also taught me how to look past the "little" things in life that make me mad and appreciate the good things. He taught me that it's ok to jump in head first because sometimes the water is deeper than you thought and if you have a little faith you'll always be able to come to the top for air.

My little man Stratton. I would have never appreciated the love I have for my mom if I had never had him. He has taught me how to truly love unconditionally. In my eyes he is the definition of heaven on Earth. He is my whole world and I am so thankful for him because he truly made my life complete. I'm so thankful for him too because I wouldn't have the relationship that I have with my family now without him. He has brought my entire family together and I'm so thankful for that.

What are you thankful for and why are you thankful for it?

Friday Confessions

I confess I have been in a bit of a writing/attitude slump. I just have not had anything to talk about and I don't want to just get on here and bitch for the sake of bitching.

I confess I am thankful though. I'm thankful for everyday that I get to wake up next to my best friend, be greeted at 5:30 in the morning by the cutest most snuggly little man ever and getting my face laid on by my loving and adorable hairless wonder.

I confess that all though I have been in a bit of a slumpy attitude, I'm trying and succeeding in being grateful.

I confess I love this time of year (but really who doesn't). I love that I get to celebrate my and Stratton's birthday, then weeks later Halloween, then weeks after that Thanksgiving, then a few weeks after that Christmas then a week after that New Years! It's like the best most awesome time of the year!

I confess I like the holidays the most because I get to see my family. As much as Derek complains about my "family time" that I have with my family...I wouldn't give it up for the world. I love my sister and Marcus, Mom and Dad, Grandparents, Steph and Garret, Dale and Lisa, and I cherish every time that I get to spend another day with them.

I confess that I bit a gigantic chunk out of my bottom lip and it has been causing me to be cranky for the last week. It just will NOT go away.

I confess I am SO happy for my friends Lauren and Alex. Not only are they expecting a little bundle of joy but they moved into their new house this week! Derek and I are SO blessed to have such great friends like them and we are so happy that they have a new and beautiful home.

I confess I am more than excited to go to Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 next week with my sister-in-laws and Lauren. I have been having dreams about Edward Cullen and Jacob Black.

I confess I'm almost finished with my Christmas shopping and it feels SO good to almost have it done!