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Thursday, November 26, 2015

So Much To Be Thankful For

Let me just start this post off by saying, that I am truly grateful to every single person in my life right now. Some people have blessed it with their love, strength and support, and some people are currently blessing it by presenting me with difficulties and trials to learn from. Both are very different types of people and situations, but both have been teaching me a lot. Not only about how to persevere, but also about myself. These challenges are teaching me to reach deep down inside myself and find the strength to go on…even when I don’t think I can. So thank you from the bottom of my heart…to each and every one of you.

Now that I’ve said that, I’d like to say thank you to some very special people right now. People I am lucky to have in my life.

First of all, to my Husband. Without you, everything would be so hard. EVERYTHING. You are my rock. Always present, always supportive, always full of wisdom when I need it the most. Always there to wrap your big strong arms around me when I’m falling apart. You’re not just a handy man, or our provider. You are so much more, and I hope you realize that. My life would suck without you in it. Thank you for all that you do, and for all that you are. I love you.

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To my beautiful girls: You two are my world. My everything. The reason I get up every morning, and try to get to bed on time every night. You both have blessed my life with so much beauty, love, laughter, peace, lessons, trials, tribulations, tears, knowledge, strength, hope and faith. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without the two of you in my life. I can’t imagine it not including you. Thank you for being exactly what I need. I only hope that someday, you will understand how much you mean to me. In the meantime, all I can do is shower you both with love and affection and hope that it’s enough…that I’m enough. I love you both so much. So very, very much.

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To my Mom, thank you for being “there” for me…even when you’re so far away. Sometimes, you are the only person that “gets” me. You are so strong and inspiring in that strength. When I think I can’t go on, I think of everything you are going through right now, and it gives me a superboost to carry on. Between you and Michael, I have a couple of amazing people in my life to learn about love, empathy, dependability, and endurance from. I miss you so much, wish you were here and love you to the Moon and back. Thank you for being the World’s Greatest Mom. “Stay strong and carry on.”

Speaking of Michael, my dear Brother, not a day goes by that I don’t wish I could be right there by your side. You TRULY are the strongest person I know in this world. You have been through so much in your 28 years of life. You have been through more than the average Joe could ever imagine to carry the burden of…and yet you keep pressing on. I honestly don’t know how you do it, but you are the biggest inspiration to me. You have blessed my life with love and laughter, great memories…and a few irritating ones (haha), strength, tenderness and wisdom. The strongest and wisest of Men in this world can’t hold a candle to you. Thank you for being my Brother. I couldn’t ask for a better one…even when times were rough between us. Those times taught me a lot and I am grateful for the lessons in them. Please know that I am always with you and I love you more than I will ever be able to express with words.

To my Auntie, thank you for everything. You have been so supportive of me and there for me through all the crap going on in my life these past months. Your wisdom and guidance is ever appreciated…more than you will ever know. It’s nice to have you to lean on…even when times AREN’T tough. I love you so much and I am so thankful to have you in our lives.

To my best friend, Lauren, I’m so glad I have you. Our friendship has blossomed over these past 12ish years, and I am so thankful for that. I feel like I’ve kissed a LOT of “friend toads” to finally find you, haha! Friends come and go, I realize that, but I KNOW that you are here to stay. You and all your spunky, quirky, feistiness. I appreciate you, your love and tolerance of my shenanigans, and our friendship more than you will ever truly know. Good friends are really hard to come by, but they are worth waiting for. Thank you for always being there for me, and lifting me up when I am down. Thank you for making me laugh, calling me out on my bullshit, not taking crap from me, and most of all, thank you for being YOU. I love you girl.

To my mentor and “best internet friend forever”, Chrissy: I am seriously looking forward to the day when we are no longer “just internet friends”. I feel like I have known you my entire life. From the second we met, we clicked, and haven’t looked back. Thank you for not only mentoring me in my Young Living Essential Oils business, but for mentoring me in my life. It’s not always easy to deal with me, this I know…but you always manage to do so with grace and plenty of humor, and I appreciate that SO VERY MUCH. Thank you for your patience with me and for teaching me all you know. I can only hope to aspire to your level of awesome someday. Most importantly, however, thank you for being such a wonderful friend to me. Someday, we’re gonna have our off-grid commune (with Lauren, too) and we will kick all the ass and take all the names, haha! I can’t wait.

To my beautiful Midwife, you are just the best. I’m not sure what else to say about that. I’m so thankful that my former beautiful Midwife was able to place me under your care. You both have been such huge blessings in my life and in the lives of my children. I look forward to bringing this little one Earthside soon, and I can sleep well at night knowing you will have my back every step of the way. And hey, I bet you’re thankful I didn’t have the baby today, haha!!! (I know my Husband is!)

I’m thankful for my growing business and all the amazing ladies I have had join my team…you all are so special to me, I hope you realize that. I love watching all of you grow in your knowledge of essential oils. You’ve all come such a long way already, and I look forward to many more years of guiding and helping you along your paths to better health and growing lifelong friendships with each and every one of you. Thank you for choosing me to help you along the way.

I am thankful to have a roof over our heads, warmth in our home, and healthy food on the table. I’m so truly blessed that we all are in good health, as well. That is everything right there. I’m thankful that I can stay home and raise my children myself and educate them myself and birth them myself…I REALLY AM a homebody, if you haven’t figured that out already. ;-)

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Thank you to all my family, near and far, for so many wonderful memories. On this day, I think of all the Thanksgivings of the past. All of our good times, my burnt turkeys, Grandma slaving away in the kitchen, while Grandpa tinkered away in the garage, little ones running underfoot and spending the holidays together. I hope you are all doing well this holiday season. I miss you all terribly, and love you even more.

Lastly, I’m EXTREMELY thankful that I’ve made it this far in my pregnancy. As of a couple days ago, I am officially the most pregnant I have ever been in any of my 3 pregnancies. I escaped the chance for a second preemie baby, 4 days ago on Monday, when I hit 37 weeks gestation. There are really no words to describe that relief. Now, I get to sit back and relax and prepare to birth this baby, at home, into my own loving arms. That is definitely something to be thankful for!!!

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If I failed to mention you in this post, I am incredibly sorry. It wasn’t because you aren’t important enough to note, I just don’t want this post to drag on for days and days. I am truly thankful to each and every one of you though and I hope you are enjoying this holiday, surrounded by the ones you love (even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving).

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Thank you for reading all of this and…

Happy Thanksgiving.

From my home to yours.

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