If you have spent any amount of time around me, you know I can be quite sarcastic. I often scoff at the "Day of Thanks" posts on FB, simply because it is so cliche. However, I do actually get it.. and yes, it is nice to count your blessings and let those around you know that, yes, you do indeed appreciate their presence in your life.
Instead of boring people with a daily helping of what I am thankful for, I thought I would just jot down a few thoughts, because I have to be honest with you, my cup is running over a little these days.
First and foremost, I am always incredibly grateful that God has allowed me to exist on this earth. What an incredible blessing just to be able to breathe the air, exchange dialog with others, and serve in ways we never knew could bring us such joy.
Second, yes.. it is nice to be closer to my family. This holiday season, I do not have to drive four hours to eat some turkey, then rush back through Atlanta and into busy Birmingham. I simply have to make a 20 - 30 minute drive to my mom's house.
I am super thankful for my new job. So far, it is a fantastic opportunity to serve my community. I love the architecture, the interior design, the history, the staff, the volunteers - it is all really quite lovely.
Of course there is my roomie and BFF, Lynn. She is a fantastic person to have around. We have been such incredible roommates, it really is a blessing. How can two grown, independent women live so harmoniously together? Beats me.
My cats are my little bundles of joy. Though there are days I question my sanity for getting creatures that can jump high and rip furniture to shreds, I am incredibly happy to have these purring machines around.
My friends in general. Those people who make me smile and love and encourage me. I am a VERY lucky girl in that sense.
And finally, yes.. there is a new guy. Officially a new guy. We are seeing each other exclusively, and he is truly terrific. He's 44, a structural designer, lives about an hour and half south of here, and has two beautiful daughters (ages 12 & 13.)
There is a LOT of new in my life right now. New job, new guy, new routine... and I'm working hard to adjust accordingly. Even though I am overwhelmed with all of the new processes, and my immune system has taken a beating (a cold that never seems to end,) I am doing very well. My hope is I can stay still long enough to adjust and find some of that peace I often lack.
I wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving!