Thursday, November 8, 2012

I am Grateful...

 I am grateful.....

That my children are healthy and happy and thriving

That we live in a home that we love coming home to

That I get to go to work with people that I would chose to hang out with even if I didn't have to

For old friends and inside jokes and pourable burgers

That there are actual people I've never met who read the stuff I write on purpose 

To be married to a guy who still makes me laugh my weird laugh that only comes out for certain kinds of funny

For growing into my own awkwardness to the point that I consider it one of my best qualities

 For children who inherited my love of nachos and unadulterated excitement over "Make Your Own Nachos" night

For finding the strength to stand up for my own sanity and for Mondays and Fridays at home

For having friends that feel like family members and family members that feel like friends

For wine
For the creativity inspired by the necessity to learn to live with less
For Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest not being invented until after I graduated from college cause that whole graduation part may not have happened

For a mother who taught me to love books and writers and words
For a past with enough sketchy memories to be interesting but not enough to have caused permanent damage

For Coney Dogs
For even older friends and for going to Dairy Queen instead of going out for track
For finally accepting that I should never, under any circumstances, have bangs

For a sister who gets me and loves me unconditionally and tells me, without hesitation, when I look fat

For the opportunity for enough time away from my kids to help me remember what was so much fun about my life before them and why I wouldn't trade my life with them for anything in the world

For yoga pants

To be continued....




  1. Hoping you have a great weekend!

  2. Awkwardness is a beautiful thing. :)

  3. Awe...I would choose to hang out with you too even if I didn't have to at work (assumimg I was one of the people you were referring to)!!! ;)

  4. What an awesome post! It's so great to sit down and let everyone know what we are thankful for.

  5. Love the post, Jen. I would like to add one item of gratitude that always appears on my list: elastic. Whomever invented elastic (especially for waistbands) should get some type of a lifetime achievement award.

    I love reading things about your mother. She's a very, very dear friend of mine and contributes immensely to the quality of my life. We go back over 40 years!

  6. I totally feel ya on the social media stuff. Thank god it all started after graduating college!


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