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So, everyone’s been doing this “30 days of Thankfulness” on facebook, and at first I didn’t do it just because everyone else was (I don’t like to do things just because EVERYONE ELSE is… I’m a rebel like that) but then I also just didn’t think I’d be able to think of that many things to be thankful for…. So now, I’m going to attempt to think of 30 things, and just write them all down in one big long list for all of you to read in one fell swoop. K, Enjoy!

1.)    I am thankful for my daughter, Emmanuella Grace. (Betch’a didn’t know I was gonna say that right away! Lol). My Emma. She is the reason for my existence, really. So of course I have to be thankful for her. She’s truly the light and joy of my life, too. Before her, I feel like there was always darkness. Or at least gray drab dullness. Now everything is in color, and light… Because of her being with me.

2.)     I am thankful to God for giving me my life, the way it is…Exactly the way it is. People might find it odd to be thankful for all that I’ve been through, even the bad parts, but I can’t help but step back and see the whole picture, and realize, that without the bad, there wouldn’t be any of the good either.

3.)    I am thankful for where I live. Phoenix, Arizona is by far, to me anyway, the most wonderful and perfect place to call home. I have lived here all my life, so maybe that’s why I say that… but to me, it really is perfect. I love it here.

4.)    I am thankful for my job. And not just because its “a job”. True, there are some not-so-fun days. Or even weeks! Lol I’d be lying if I said I loved it all the time. But it truly is my passion to work with children. Especially young children. And I get to do that every single day. And, being a floater, I get to work with all the age groups! That’s the really fun part! It keeps things interesting, to say the least.

5.)    I am thankful for my family. We might not always get along, and we might even strongly dislike each other at times. But I am thankful for each and every one of them, from the bottom of my heart. Especially my parents. They have been such a huge help to me, and are the very best grandparents to Emma. I love them both very much. And my brother, Ben… He is an awesome Uncle. And that makes sense, because he’s always been an awesome brother. (Well, ok, he’s had his moments, too, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss right now.)

6.)    I am thankful for wine. That I’ve just recently come to know and love within the past year.

7.)    I am thankful for good friends. New ones, and old. Good people you can count on. They are few and far between, but they sure do make the world go ‘round. And just a happier place in general.

8.)    I am thankful for America! I was driving down the street thinking that today, because while we may have our problems, ours are pretty small comparatively speaking. I am thankful for the freedoms & decent way of life we still enjoy here. Praying it lasts!

9.)    I am thankful for my boyfriend. I know I mentioned friends already, but honestly, he deserves his own number. He is the very best and I admire him for a lot of reasons. He is a great dad and just an overall marvelous man. Happy I met him and that I get to call him mine.

10.)  I am thankful for books! I don’t know what I’d do without the written word. I don’t really care for the Kindle or Nook or whatever those electronic reading devices are called. But if I had to take that over not reading at all, I’d do it!

11.)  I am thankful for all those selfless human beings who help me care for and/or educate my daughter. She is amazing because of all of you! (This includes doctors and nurses and therapists and respite care providers and teachers, etc. All of them since she was born! And there have been a LOT!)

12.)  I am thankful for my friends who have known me a long time, and stood by me through good times and bad, who have been there for me and helped carry me through rough times… who have just been there. A shoulder to cry on, someone to lean on, someone to bitch and moan to. lol From the time I was young til now. I can count you on one hand probably. But you know who you are. Thank you. You have my heart. Forever and always.

I am slowing down now, so I might have to end here…. I think that’s another reason I didn’t want to do the 30 things list. Because it doesn’t really matter how MANY things you have to be thankful for, its more about just being thankful… Not having to have 30 things that you can rattle off. I’m sure if I sat here and thought some more I might come up with a few more things. But I’d rather go do something productive. Lol So if I think of any more, I’ll add them in the comments section. How’s that? 😉

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Remember your blessings, today and every day.

~SNS

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About Shannon

My life is summed up in two words: Saving Grace. God saw fit to bless me with a little girl who, for all intents and purposes, turned out to be my saving grace. She is the best part of my life, and the best part of me. I am a single working mother (I know, that phrase is redundant :) so I don't have a lot of time for extracurricular activities, but I like to write, and so I thought I'd start another blog (I've had many in the past) so that I could have an outlet for myself, during my down time ...whenever that can be snatched. It's few and far between these days.... but we'll see where this takes me.
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