Happy Thanksgiving! We hope each and every single one of you have a very blessed day full of family time, turkey and other goodies too.
Here at Anchor Drop, we wanted to share a bit about what we are thankful for…
I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends that help make my life full and joyous. My husband makes me smile and laugh everyday. He never lets me forget how much he loves me. My kids light up my days.They make it loud and fun to live in our house. I am thankful for all the fun memories we are making as a family. And I look forward to all of the good times we have ahead of us.
Life is very busy for my little family. Not only do we juggle our days with a toddler, but we are doing it in a house that is not our own. Plus I am 6 months pregnant with our second babe and my husband just started his online masters degree. Life is just crazy. We are still trying to plow away at our school debt, but so far it has been going very slowly.
Despite all this, I have so much to be thankful for! My husband, while busy with a full-time job, some side work, and now his masters, is so supportive and helps balance life with Lyla. Equally, he also is concerned in making sure that I’m happy too. And while our debt pay off is going slower than we planned, he doesn’t want me to go back to work because he knows how much I enjoy being home with our daughter. And then my sweet little daughter teaches me so much each day that I should not take for granted. Watching her grow is so fun and her little hugs and kisses are so sweet. I wouldn’t trade my current life for anything no matter how weary I am at night.
My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude with my life at the moment. I may not be where I thought I would be at 28 and I definitely am not where I thought I would be even three months ago. But I am truly exactly where I need to be. Exactly where God wants me. I’m thankful for a job I love where I get to use all three of my degrees and for my Anchor Drop crew who has taken my dream and added their own visions to it. I’m thankful for the best church community I have ever had. Seriously, I walk into that building and I feel like I’m home because of my church family. It has been a long time since I have had a church group I can call family. After years of waiting I have a dog and she is awesome. I am overwhelmed by my incredible friends both near and far. My family and I are the closest we have ever been and I have the cutest niece and nephew.
While I may not have a husband or kids yet or even a home I own yet, I have joy, I have peace, and I have a life that is allowing me to make a difference and be loved and supported every day. I am so beyond thankful for every aspect of my life now, even the tough ones.
I am just in awe of the amazing support from family, friends, and loved ones to the point of jaw drop. This year has brought some interesting transitions and my support group has walked alongside me. My support group is not simply local, but very wide-spread. I try to frequently remind them that I too am there to reciprocate. My family has expanded through the addition of a niece, my brother is now engaged to a wonderful woman named Sara, and I have my career endeavors to pursue. My friends circle too is expanding each day. I am thankful for each and every individual that God has placed in my path. Such a beautiful reminder that He is working His goodness each moment of my day despite my lack of holiness. Life is so good!
Sometimes, I am overwhelmed with thankfulness, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving this week, I thought I’d share my current “I’m thankful for” item. For the past two years, my cousins and I have joined our grandparents on Monday night (as we’re able) for dinner, drinks, conversation and TV watching. I have lived in numerous places outside of Illinois in my adult life and have not necessarily had the opportunity to engage with my grandparents outside of major holidays when I’ve been back in town. It has been so sweet and beneficial to have designated time carved out to spend with them weekly. We have inside jokes now.
At an all family gathering recently, someone said something that triggered both grandma and I to share a smile and a giggle. I hand off chocolate or Nutella contraband to my Grandpa each time in order to solidify my “favorite granddaughter” status and he confirms that I am the favorite with a wink and a kiss (never mind he says that to all the girls). I like sharing moments like that with them.
I recognize that not everyone has had the opportunity to relate to their grandparents as adults and may not still have their grandparents with them. I consider myself lucky and am so thankful that I have these experiences with them that I can cherish and enjoy. They are two of the funniest and most giving people I have ever known and I am thankful to be their first and favorite granddaughter!
I am thankful for moments and the time to take them. Sitting quietly by the window on a cold sunny day to watch the birds play. Breathing in the last gasps of fall as the final leaves drop and nature prepares for winter’s sleep. Walking briskly through the rustling crunching woods. Watching and warming by a crackling fire in the backyard. Reminiscing about first kisses and the wonder of time passed. Enjoying the company of friends and family intermingled. Reveling in a day spent in bed. Marveling at the beauty and comfort of everyday conversation. I am thankful for the senses, the heart and the soul to appreciate life in all its moments: mundane, malefic and magnificent.
Anchor Drop is so thankful to be such a team. It means the world to have each other and our readers to walk through life’s many events together. “Devote yourself to your community around you and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” Mitch Albom.
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