Things I {am thankful for} Thursday


I hope you don’t mind that I tweaked the title of this post a bit, because it seemed appropriate today to not tell you what I love, but what I am thankful for this Thursday. (BTW, I wish that I had baked this awesome Thank You pie in the picture).

Today, I am thankful for…

… the fact that I was financially in the position to book a ridiculously expensive flight to Europe yesterday in order to spend Christmas with my family. Even though every bone of my body was screaming with disgust at the out-of-control airline prices this holiday season, there was really no way I was not going to spend Christmas back home. It just means so, so much to me to be with my family – especially this time of the year.

… for my husband, who always knows how to make me smile, even on a bad day.

… for a wonderful niece and nephew that I can’t wait to hug again. It’s unimaginable to think that those two little human beings haven’t even been around that long, but it feels like they have always been part of my life. It just simply melts my heart, when Greta – who is only 2 years old now – talks to me on the phone or on Skype and I totally see her little personality come through. Kids are so amazing!

… for the very close and special relationship with my sister, who I can call at any time of the day and who is always there for me. I am really looking forward to spending time with her. I don’t see her nearly often enough and every minute that we spend together is so precious.

… for a very flexible and relaxed work environment, and a boss who always finds a way to accommodate my longer vacations overseas in return for a very dedicated, flexible work ethic on my part.

… for friends near and far who know and understand me, who always find the right words (or no words at all), who lift me up and who calm me down, if needed. It’s amazing how you just ‘click’ with some people. It’s mind-boggling to me that you meet so many people day in an day out that you absolutely can’t relate to and then there are those people that feel like the missing parts to your puzzle. I am thankful for having those “puzzle pieces” in my life, because they make me feel more complete.

… for coffee, tea, baked goods and everything that makes me feel warm and cozy in the winter time. For blankets, fuzzy socks, candles and dimmed light.

… for opportunities to learn and grow. Even though situations might be unpleasant at times, I am always trying to see the positive rather than the negative (although it can be a struggle). Sometimes we just need to say “screw it, this just stinks” and accept that life can’t always be peaches and cream.

… for you. Yes, for every one of you who take time out of your busy days to stop by here in my little corner of the Internet to read my rants and stories. Your friendship and support, your feedback and kind words really mean the world to me. For someone like me, who lives so far away from family and RL friends, this community that spans across the globe, is truly an amazing blessing.

What are you thankful for?
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you lovelies!

  1. I am thankful for my husband and my wonderful son! I am also thankful to have a roof over my head and food in the fridge during this hard time here in California. Lastly, I am thankful for you Sandra, and all my friends around the world! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Such a beautiful post on this special day, San! The day to be most thankful for the people we love and care for! Not just for Americans! So even if this is just a normal Thursday coming to an end on my side of the pond, I say thank you for being able to hold our precious baby in my arms, my husband who is always there for US, my family and friends, having a nice home and good job plus living in a country that makes it possible to stay at home with Simon 9 months me and 9 months my husband, laughter and sunshine!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful it’s finally not ridiculously cold here – it was -28 yesterday and close to 0 today. I almost dug out my shorts … I hope you have a fantastic Christmas at home! We were planning on going to NB for Christmas this year but 13 hours of flying with a 7 month old?!? No thanks. Maybe next year!

  4. I’m thankful for the happiness I am sharing with my husband today. For the happiness I have found at this time in my life, and for the faith I have that will get me through the challenges ahead.
    Happy Thanksgiving, San!

  5. Thank you. :)
    .-= @stevenadamswv blogged this: “Thank you consequence” =-.

  6. Aww, this was such a sweet and beautiful post. Congrats on the trip home – it’s going to be such a wonderful Christmas! :) Happy thanksgiving!
    .-= Emily Jane blogged this: The Hazards of Cyberlife- On the Loss of Social Conscience- and Living in the Age of Trolls =-.

  7. I am thankful for all the support for my little family the last troubled years. That I got even more the chance to grow although growing isn’t really pleasant sometimes, since you can’t get there by walking on the happy path of life. Changes hurt, but are good – most of the time. I am so thankful that a big chapter will be closed soon and a new one can be opened – no one knows yet what’s gonna happen and where it will take place – in Germany or back to the States, but I am anxious and curious to go through this new opened door. I am thankful to got to know you – not in person, but at least over the phone and www. I think you are a smart and beautiful young woman who has so many talents. Thank you :-)

  8. So many things to be thankful for this holiday season, we are so lucky and blessed, aren’t we? I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. Enjoy the weekend, friend.

  9. i am thankful and honored to call you one of my best friends. <3
    .-= kim blogged this: 30 Days of Truth Day 17 =-.

  10. Glad you got your flight booked! I can’t believe Greta is already 2 years old! I remember when you blogged about your sister being pregnant the first time around! Isn’t it incredible how much kids grow in such a short amount of time? I always see this with my cousin’s kids who I don’t see very often. They’re 2 and 5 years old now and I still remember when they were only babies.
    .-= Karen blogged this: Life of a world traveler at heart =-.

  11. I feel the same about my niece. She has only been there 14 months and I cannot imagine life without her.

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