One year ago this week, I bought my first maternity dress. No, I didn't need it. In fact, I looked like a dumb dumb in the dress. I looked like I was trying too hard to be pregnant. That was indeed the case. I was so excited to be pregnant - I thought surely I would be showing by Thanksgiving; I was 15 weeks pregnant after all. WRONG. The ONLY part of my body that was pregnant was my uterus. But, I put on my best show. I pooched out my belly. I rubbed my belly allll day long (in hopes that my belly would turn into a magic genie lamp and grant me my desperate desire to have a baby bump!). Wow, what a difference a year makes. This year, I will proudly suck in my belly. I will gladly never once rub on my belly. Instead, I will hold my perfect, healthy, wonderful son, who has done nothing but bring me joy, and an indescribable love. I am so thankful for him. I didn't think (although I hoped) that anything would bring me as much immediate love as he does. I miss him when he is not right next to me. I love that when I walk into a room, he wants me. I am thankful that he loves his daddy so much. Cullen can do no wrong in Baby Bug's little world. He is the perfect baby. I am thankful for my husband, who beyond giving me my perfect son, gave me the life I have today. He enriches my life in every single aspect. He makes me laugh daily. He makes me feel so loved; truly loved, down to my core. He cares for me. He calls me multiple times daily. He is patient with me - even when I need nothing more than a smack back to reality. Cullen is my better half, and I am more grateful for him with every breath I take.I am thankful for my family, in the whole sense of the word. I have two incredible parents who show me love not only directly, but indirectly through their love for each other. I have never known two people to not only love each other, but LIKE each other as much as they do. They taught me to be who I am, to love myself, to be proud of who I am and where I come from. I am thankful for my brother and sister who I feel closer to each day. I am thankful for the decisions they have made in their lives to better themselves and live their lives by example. My sister is an incredible mother, and I am so appreciative that I have her to go to as a mother-mentor. I am so grateful for my in-laws. I feel closer to them each time I am with them. I feel so special to have in-laws who love me as if I was one of their own. It is such a blessed feeling to know that I can go to them with anything, and I am welcomed with open arms.
I am thankful for my friends. Gosh, where would I be without my friends. On any given day, they are my crutch. They are my stronghold. They are my rainbow on a bad day. I have friends close to me in Killeen that I wouldn't trade for the world - and more, I have the WORLD'S BEST FRIEND. My dearest Kelly, I have countless hours of laughter and memories with her. She has been in my life for 18 years. When I count my blessings, I count her twice.
I am thankful for:
- my job
- my freedom to Believe
- my puppies
- my students
I could go on forever. I have the best life. I have a life full of riches; full of love; full of laughter. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Be sure to share with someone why you are Thankful. I will be certain to tell everyone why I am so thankful....