I love this holiday! A time to be thankful and a time to appreciate all that you have. All the while enjoying good company and good food. I am currently doing just that in the middle of nowhere Kansas... I hope you are doing that too (maybe minus the middle of nowhere part).
This year I am thankful for many things. Including--
My husband. Even though he is wayyy too far away from me this holiday, he still reminds me everyday that I have a ton of things to be thankful for. I am thankful that I picked him up from the airport in December of 2008, I am thankful we got married in March of 2010 and I am thankful for the year we got to live together in Maryland. I am thankful we have decided to take on this crazy journey of life together, by each other's side for the rest of time. I am thankful to be blessed with a man that is not afraid to put his country before himself and I am thankful for each day that I get to be with him..
My family. I haven't been the easiest on my family in the past year, but they have stood by me none the less. I am thankful that they were able to look past certain things and open their arms to both Rob and I. I am thankful my parents raised my sister and I the way that they did with so much love in one household. I am thankful to be a Ritter by blood and to know that I always have their support no matter where life takes me. I am also thankful for my in-laws. When I married Rob I got a whole other family to call my own. They've accepted me and welcomed me as one of their own and I couldn't be more appreciative.
My dog. Where would I be without him? Piston is keeping me sane (well sometimes when I am talking to him I find myself thinking I am insane.. better than talking to myself I guess.) and laughing with his crazy antics. He is also keeping me on my toes, but I am so thankful to have his furry warm body while Rob is away from us. I am thankful to have someone excited to see me when I come home from a long day of work. And I am most definitely thankful that he knows when I just need some loving.
My friends. Over the years many people have drifted in and out of my life. There are a select few that know me better than I know myself. They've been there for me when I've needed them the most and haven't passed one ounce of judgement. I am so thankful to have these people in my life. They don't mind a text message full of crazy rambles or a last minute invitation to go to dinner. They just accept me as me.
My job and good fortune. I am thankful to be able to go to work during the week and bring a paycheck home every couple of weeks. It provides me with many luxuries that not many others can afford during this economy. I am thankful to be 21.. married.. going to school still.. but enjoying life how I want to.
And you know how the rest of them go... the roof over my head, food, my health, etc.
I hope you all have a fabulous day full of scrumptious meals and tons of laughter with your nearest and dearest.