Things I Am Thankful For This Thanksgiving

I am so incredibly blessed and have more than anyone could hope for. It’s often so hard to remember to take time and just be thankful for all that I have when life gets crazy and stressful things happen. While Thanksgiving isn’t my number one favorite holiday (I’m kinda more of a Christmas person if you hadn’t noticed ;), disinfection it is the perfect time to just pause and give thanks. Here is just a short list of just some of the many things I love having in my life:

1. Jesus- Jesus is awesome. He puts up with me even when I ignore him or say mean things to him. He’s pretty much the coolest. Yep.

2. My Parents- They’re crazy and sarcastic and will spontaneously break out into song (well my mom mostly…Ooooooooklahoma anyone?). But that’s what makes them them. They’re supportive and wonderful and I am very blessed to have them.

3. My Siblings- They’re annoying kinda sometimes all the time…but they’re amazing :) I don’t know who I would be if I wasn’t a big sister. I love them and they make my life much happier.

4. The rest of my family- My grandparents are such an important part of my life and I’m so thankful that we live close to them and that I get to be a part of their lives. I am thankful for all my extended family, ampoule the many people (who may or may not actually be related to me) who love me and are so amazing to me. So many people have been positive influences on me and have formed me into who I am today.

5. Clean Water- Going to Haiti made me even more thankful for all the clean water I have access to. When I was there, resuscitator I had to be careful of all the water I came in contact with, from what I used to wash my hands, shower with, drink, or brush my teeth with. Right now I’m just a couple steps away from the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink, and the water dispenser in the fridge. It’s something I take for granted everyday but I shouldn’t. There are so many who don’t have access to clean water, or water at all.

6. Food- Well food is probably why you’re here at this blog! I am so thankful for all the wonderful food I have access to and my parents who let me cook and bake pretty much all I want. I have struggled a lot with my relationship with food and still have a hard time with my self esteem and eating. But I should never hate the thing I am so blessed to have, that so many have to go without. So on Thanksgiving, a day that is often just as much about food as it is family and thanks, I will be sincerely thankful for the food I have access to.

7. My body- I rarely give thanks for my body but I really am thankful that I have a healthy body that works. I have my health and I should never, ever take that for granted. I am also thankful for medicine and prescriptions and vitamins and everything that helps keep me going.

8. My house- I love my house! And my room. I am so grateful my family has such a wonderful place to live.

9. School- Yes, even school makes the list. I like learning and school can be ok ;)

10. My stuff- I’m really grateful for all the things I have. My laptop, camera, phone, books, bed, and clothes are all things I’m blessed to have and so thankful for.

11. My puppy- My dog, Fenway, is cute, fluffy, and most definitely not a dog. He is allergic to beef but eats chocolate all the time. He’s loud and pees on people when he’s excited, but he really is the sweetest dog ever.

This is just a small list of all the wonderful things in my life that I could not be more thankful for. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and are surrounded by people and food you love. :)

Carrot Cake and Thankfulness

It is November! This year has gone by so fast. November will be over in no time and then CHRISTMAS! Oh so excited :D November does have one holiday that’s, sales you know, kinda noteworthy (even if it’s not as amazing as Christmas). I do enjoy Thanksgiving. The food is good (not as good as Christmas!) but still tasty. And this year we get a whole week off for Thanksgiving break (I’ll get like 3 for Christmas!) which is very exciting. I love that Thanksgiving is a time that we are reminded to reflect on all the things we have to be thankful about. For November, I’m going to be highlighting some of the things I am especially thankful for.

First of all, I am really thankful for my family. I am surrounded with amazing people who love me, support me, and are super fun to be around (most of the time ;) This past weekend, we celebrated my dad’s birthday! We all went to my grandparents and had dinner and cake. My mom always makes carrot cake for his birthday and it is soooo good. I am totally a chocolate kind of girl, but this carrot cake with the cream cheese frosting…mmm :) There are some foods I love but that I won’t order in restaurants because I know that they won’t be as good as my mom’s…and carrot cake is one of them.

It was fun taking action shots while my mom was making the cream cheese frosting!

I love this picture! I just snapped it as my mom was walking by with the cake and I think it looks so cool.

Birthday Boy!

Ok so I don’t have a recipe to go along with this. Mostly because I don’t have good pictures of the cake. And also because I so don’t have the energy to write it all up. But someday I will definitely be nice to all of you and share it…because it really is the best!

I should be posting some more soon…after I get some sleep :)

Have a great day :)

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