HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!I'm sitting here, enjoying coffee and quiet, and thinking about so many things I am thankful for. I think it would be fun to list them alphabetically. So... here goes!
Things I am thankful for, A-Z.
A- ABC's. Specifically when Lilly sings them.
B- Books. Fiction, non-fiction, any genre. Anything that I can pick up and fall into for a few minutes.
C- Choice. I'm thankful that we live in a place and time where my children can make choices about their futures. Lilly can be a truck driver and Zackary can be a ballerina, if that's what they want.
D- Disposable Diapers. Enough said.
E- Everything chocolate.
F- Family and Friends. This sounds common, but as I've gotten a bit older I've truly come to realize how lucky I am for my family, far and near, and true friends, old and new.
G- God. Not everyone believes the same, and that's ok. But I am thankful that I do believe.
H- Handmedowns. I am thankful when the kids get hand-me-downs from other kids. Mostly, I'm thankful that we have friends to give, and receive, hand-me-downs.
I- Ice cream. Nightly ice cream. Any flavor but my favorite, by far, is Oreo Cookie. Oh and add strawberries (or, better, strawberry ice cream). It is a perfect end to the day!
J-Jeremy. Ok, we drive each other absolutely crazy a lot of the time, but when it comes down to it, he's a pretty cool cat. I love you Yager.
K- Kendra. My baby sister who always has been and will be the boss of me. She also could easily go under "B" for Best friend.
L- Lilly. I am so thankful for my sweet little girl, who is a princess one minute and superman the next.
M- Music. I don't listen to much other than in the car or classroom, but come time for a Yager Family Dance Party and I am thankful for the music that brings the smiles and laughter.
N- New medical technology and research. I'm thankful that my kids don't need it, and thankful that the medical world makes great strides every day in what they can treat and cure.
O- Opportunities. Every decision is an opportunity, though many times that's not clear until later.
P- Police. In this same category falls military and anyone who spends their lives protecting others. (Don't worry PARENTS, I've got you covered on my thankful list.... )
Q- Quality Childcare. We have great childcare, which makes me so thankful. Lilly and Zac are happy and well taken care of every day while Jeremy and I work, plus they learn so much. It's teaching them to love school and to love learning, and I love that.
R- Running. I'm pretty new to this running thing, but I'm finding my way and thankful that I found a fun and healthy way to have some "me time." I'm also usually pretty thankful each and every time that I survive a run.
S- Starbucks. I'm sorry, but I love it, especially during the holidays.
T- Teachers. Not just the classroom kind, but the kind of teachers who lead by example, in real life situations, daily, and not for pay. The kind of teachers my parents have always been. Thanks MOM and DAD!
U-Underware? Unpaid bills? I'm thankful that this is my blog, and so I can skip "U" because I'm spending too much time staring at it. Plus, I'm really ready for "V."
V- Vino. Yep, Wine in Italian because I already want to use "W" for something else. I love love love good Vino, especially with good company and good food.
W- Weight Watchers. Does this sound silly? WW taught me how to take control and feel good about myself.
X- That I'm given eXactly what I need. Not always everything I want, or think I need, but what is truly needed.
Y- Yagers. I'm thankful for those wonderful in-laws of mine who don't hate me for needing to move back to AZ.
Z- Zackary. Of course. I am so thankful that this little man came into my life. Thank you, Zac, for being my baby boy!
This is just a small slice of the wonderful things in my life. I have left out quite a bit I'm sure, probably because it didn't fit with the next letter of the alphabet. Coffee and sunrises and laughter and love.... the list could go on and on.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and delicious holiday!