Being Thankful

You’re going to see a theme in stories this week, but I wanted to toss in my two cents.

I have much to be thankful for, much to be frustrated over, but this is a time to reflect on the good in our lives.

First of all, I am very thankful for my partner, my companion, the person who has turned my world upside down and supports me every single second of every day, my fiancee, Kim Rowley.

If you haven’t read our story, you can do so here.

I am also very thankful for my best friend, Becca Jenne . She has given me over a decade of true friendship, support, and she always puts others before herself. She has had a very rough few months, read her story here, but she redefined the term friendship for me and I am so very thankful for her.

Even though it has massive breaks and a stupid pay schedule, I am very thankful for my job. I spent many years unemployed and I don’t ever want to do that again, unless I know I have a good financial system in place. Work, even a little, is a great thing to have right now.

With the help, major help, of my fiancee, I have a reliable and safe vehicle. This may not sound like much to the average reader, but I haven’t had a vehicle that I could trust or one that I’ve had to do some sort of major repair to, in a very long time. Is this car perfect? No. There are some minor things that I will address in the summer, but I can trust this car to get me to places, to get me around for work, to start when I need it, and to stop when I need it. 
It was very important when we had to travel for a family funeral a few weeks ago. Without this car, we could have never gone. For all this, I am very thankful.

Our home is small, full of problems. It’s a rental and it’s expensive. However, it’s not an apartment, I don’t have a shared wall with a noisy or nosey neighbor. I have a roof over my head, heat in the winter ( most of the time), and a/c in the summer (again most of the time). Many people can’t say this, so for all this I am thankful.

My mother is still living and in decent health, my dog is 11 years old but still active as a puppy, the family I don’t get along with doesn’t bother me, and I don’t have any major problems right now.

I have much to be thankful for.

Many times I get stuck in the moment of all the negative, not as much anymore, but for a long time I forgot how much I actually had to be thankful for.

It seems easier to complain and forget all that we have. The simple things that we take for granted.

I am a lucky and blessed man. I have people who love me, friends who I care about, and everything I need. Not everything I want, there is no 68' Mustang sitting in the driveway of my cabin, but I have everything I need. ( minus an actual wife instead of just a fiancee)

So, take a moment, remember all that you have, then stuff your face with the great food of the season.


That is all.

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