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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Thankful 20


A lot of people have been putting their "30 days of Thanks" on Facebook.  I like it.  I'm just not on FB every day to do it (okay, maybe I am, but I didn't jump on the bandwagon).  So I've decided in honor of November 20th and one of my favorite holidays, I would do a 20 Things I'm Thankful For post.  Here ya go.

  1. I'm thankful for my amazing husband.  As a girl I dreamed of marrying a man only half as good as he was.  In my eyes, that would be the perfect man.  He has and always will amaze me with the amount of love that he has to offer, his drive, his optimisticness (totally a word), his compassion, his belief in me and just the man he is.  I love him.
  2. I'm thankful for my parents.  I wasn't always easy for them (ahem... sorry about the years between ages 13 and 20).  But... they never lost hope in the woman that I would become.  They never turned their backs on me.  They never stopped pushing me, stopped encouraging me, or stopped loving me.  And they let me make mistakes, many of which would shape my life for the better.  But most of all, they have given me so many things that I will never be able to repay them for.
  3. I'm thankful for my sister.  Not many people are super close with their sisters.  Not many people can call their sister a friend.  We've had our ups and downs.  I'm incredibly proud of her and the woman she is, and I can't imagine my life without her.
  4. I'm thankful for my brother-in-law, John.  He makes my sister happy.  That's all I want for her.  Plus he's a goofball and every family needs that! :)
  5. I'm thankful for my Charlie girl.  Yes, she's a dog.  But, she's an amazing dog.  Always happy, always full of life.  Doesn't ask anything of us except for unconditional love and maybe a daily walk and some treats.  She brightens every day.
  6. I'm thankful for the time I had with Buddy.  He changed my life in so many ways.  And he helped make our family complete.  My heart is filled with memories that include him and that's a cool thing.
  7. I'm very thankful for my extended family.  I have an incredible group of aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins and a very special grandma.
  8. I'm thankful for friends that have become family to me.  There are a handful of friends that I truly count as family.  I've learned that you can't always choose your blood family and that just because they are blood related, doesn't mean that they will support you, be proud of you or even love you.  But there are those special people who started out as friends and have made a place in my heart that many family members don't even hold!
  9. I'm thankful for my friends - in real life and my creepy Internet friends. :)  You have all been such a support system to me through thick and thin.  You make me a better me.  You inspire me, you make me laugh, you love me and you support me.  That's a really amazing feeling.
  10. I'm thankful for the house that I live in which keeps me warm and keeps my family safe.  It's my dream home.
  11. I'm thankful for a business that my husband and I grew from the ground up.  It's taught me a lot, challenged me even more, but given me the flexibility to do what I love... from home... in my pj's.
  12. I'm thankful for my husband's job.  It's something that he loves to do and I know that he feels fulfilled when he lays his head down at the end of the day.  Plus, it introduced us to the South.  And I love the south now. :)
  13. I'm thankful for my health.  In a world where I feel like your life is too short, I've been very blessed with good health.
  14. I'm thankful for Tom's diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes.  Does this seem weird to you?  I've written about how it has changed his life for the better and I think that it made our marriage so much stronger.  I've said it before and I'll say it again... Diabetes doesn't stop him, diabetes fuels him.
  15. I'm thankful for the opportunity to have been part of REV3.  Although my path is changing is 2013 a little, they are an amazing organization, with top notch races and I have met some of my best friends from being part of the team.  
  16. I'm thankful for the ability to swim, bike, run, hike, walk, and play each and every day.  I might not always feel like it's fun, but the fact that I CAN do these things, is a blessing.
  17. I'm thankful that I live in a world where I have freedoms - as an individual, as a woman, etc.  And I thank the people who fight for MY freedom every day.
  18. I'm thankful for life's little indulgences - be it a warm bath, a diet coke, Reece cups, Cheetos, sunshine, flip flops, sandy beaches, or whatever it might be for that day.  It's the little things that make me happy.
  19. I'm thankful for the future - it's an exciting time in our lives and I'm thankful that I have so much to look forward to.
  20. I'm thankful that I'm living my life to the fullest.  I'm thankful that I love my life.  I'm thankful that I'm happy.
What are you thankful for this year???

11 comments:

Karen said...

So much to be thankful for! I love that you love the south :) Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

I've really enjoyed the Thanks posts that I've seen so much of this month.

Looks like you've got plenty to be thankful for!

Alisa said...

Awww so true on all accounts.

Have a wonderful turkey dinner, you, Tom and Charlie!

Kim said...

We really do have so much to be thankful for. Happy thanksgiving to the kingerys. Xoxo

Kacie Darden said...

I am thankful that you moved to Atlanta :-)

Aunt Nan said...

I'm thankful for yhe 41 years of unconditional love from your Dad, the 36 years of unexplainable joy from your sister, and the 32 years of that exact same joy from you. I'm thankful for my Mom at age 89. I'm thankful that you and Kristen through your marriages have given me 2 'sons' that I adore. I'm thankful that at age 63 I can honestly say I'm a very lucky woman who wouldn't change a thing about my life. I love you xoxo

Matthew Smith said...

What a great list, Colleen! There are a lot of people that would be so jealous of you. Aren't we so blessed? I'm so glad Jenn and I got to meet you and be a part of you and Tom's lives!

PS, I can't wait till Thursday! :)

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

You are one lucky girl to have so much to be thankful for. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Molly said...

What a wonderful list of things to be thankful for! I'm thankful for so much too, my husband, children, friends, family. I totally know what you mean about your sister being your best friend. I am extremely close to two of my sisters, we talk every day, sometimes multiple times a day! Happy Thanksgiving Colleen!

Carolina John said...

Great list! and I'm thankful to be your friend. And i've got a couple of trips to atlanta coming up, on Dec 2nd and Dec 29th. might just holla at ya.

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