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I have a lot to be thankful for

Posted Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at 10:35 AM

It's November. Where has 2011 gone? Before the month passes me by, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on some of the things that I am thankful for.

I'm thankful for so many things. I'm sure I could sit at my computer for hours making my list. I'd like to share a few of the things I am thankful for.

* I'm thankful that Jesus died on the cross for my sins -- and yours, too. I truly cannot imagine my life without Him walking by my side. Throughout my life, I've had so many great Christian role models in my life. I'm truly thankful for each of them.

* A wonderful, loving husband who loves me for me. He makes me feel special, loved, and important every day. With four kids, it's often easy to get wrapped up in taking care of the kids, but he always makes sure to let me know how much he loves me. He's not only a great husband, but he's also an awesome dad. He's a hands-on dad who loves playing with the kids and takes great care of them. My kids and I are so fortunate to have him in our lives.

* My children (ages 8, 7, and 2 1/2 year old twins) are such a blessing to me. I cannot imagine my life without them. They are so kind and loving, and I love them with all my heart and even when they are making messes and misbehaving.

* I'm thankful for the opportunity my children have to build relationships with their great-great grandma. I've been so fortunate to have been able to build a great relationship with my great-grandma Beulah Fougerousse and now my kids get that chance. She's 96 and is an amazing woman. She's been a huge part of my life, and I am so thankful my kids have had the opportunity to get to know her.

* I'm thankful for my family -- I've got the best parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

* I'm thankful for evening meals shared around our family dinner table. We have great talks around the table. It's always been a nice time for our family to share a meal and have together time. No phones allowed. No toys or books allowed. No music or TV is allowed on. It's us and dinner. It's great.

* I'm thankful for pizza picnics. The only meal we don't eat at the table is takeout pizza. We throw a blanket on the living room floor and have a picnic. This is a tradition my in-laws started when my husband and his sister were kids, and it is something we have continued with our own children. It's a fun change once in a while, and the kids think it's neat to have a picnic when it's snowing outside.

* I'm thankful for family game night. Whether we're playing Uno, Clue, Life, Old Maid, or another game with the older two kids, it's always an enjoyable time playing a board game or card game with them. It's great to see kids being entertained without electronics.

* I'm thankful for my Tastefully Simple business. The business has brought so much into my life -- personal growth, friendship, security, recognition, self-esteem, happiness, support, and much more.

What are YOU thankful for this year?

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Great stuff, Halea.

I'm thankful for my family, this country, my friends, God, my dog, and a working vehicle. Glad you shared your thoughts.

-- Posted by drewlandry on Tue, Nov 1, 2011, at 10:53 AM

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