Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I Am Thankful

This year has been full of blessings. When I think about all that has happened since last Thanksgiving it astonishes me! Before my husband and I head out of town I thought I would take a second to give thanks.









My wedding day, my husband, my marriage--far and away, the best part of this last year and the thing I'm most thankful for.






This blog. And all of my lovely new blog friends and readers. It's been so rewarding and this is only the beginning!






My husband's graduation from flight school. I'm so proud of him.






My in-laws--I love that my family grew when I got married. My mother-in-law will drive hours to attend her daughter-in-law's recital, or to be with her son on his birthday (and these are just two examples).





My Masters Degree, which I received in May, and my fantastic teacher who encouraged, challenged, pushed, and nurtured me and transformed my playing.





My parents, who are beginning a new adventure as empty-nesters and are having loads of fun with it (think: houseboat!). They are the best parents in the world (in my humble opinion) and I'm so grateful to have them as examples to look up to as I begin a family of my own.





My little brother starting his freshman year at Columbia, and loving every minute so far.







My older brother beginning a new job in Dallas, and loving every minute so far.








Our cookbook getting published!









In the past few months, I've finally figured out how to perfectly roast a chicken. Definitely something to be happy about. Sometime, I'll share my tips.




Zumba! (Yes, it does require brightly-colored sneakers, thank you very much!) It's a workout I look forward to and it truly makes me happy. I'm thankful to have a gym that offers an abundance of classes with a great instructor at military prices.






Reconnecting with a few old friends unexpectedly. It's been such a blessing.





Our first home. While not exactly in the part of the country we'd planned to start out in, this is more than we've ever had, and I'm thankful.







Getting to know the South. We've explored Atlanta (a bunch), New Orleans, and will soon be in Houston. The list of states my husband and I have been in together is growing steadily (yes, we actually do keep a list!).






All of the gorgeous pieces my parents have given us as a result of their downsizing and move to D.C. It's all still in storage now, but boy do we have big plans for everything!
Having a washer and dryer in my home. I do not miss hiking to the laundromat through the streets of New York.






A successful last recital as a student!








And finally, I'm thankful for my faith, and for God's grace, which is the glue that holds me together.


What are you thankful for? 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



19 comments:

  1. We are thankful to have you in our family!...

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  2. Such a big, beautiful year of change for you! Your brightly colored sneakers are fun. :) Every time I pass zumba at our gym it makes me smile! I also have so much to be thankful for but this year I feel especially thankful for our new friends who have helped us put a roof on our home, have helped us helping some other friends in need, and have welcomed us into their church. It's heart warming and inspirational to see God's love pouring out of people.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Those sound like huge blessings! So wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving to you too :)

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  3. Kate - I'm so thankful for our friendship! We are so different yet so alike in a lot of ways...love you missy!

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    1. Me too, Ange. You are one of my most devoted friends and I love that we can stay in touch even though we're far apart. :)

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  4. What a great post of things you are thankful for :)

    http://www.teenyhippie.com/

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    1. Thanks Karen! So glad you stopped by :)

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  5. What an amazing post. I just finished putting a similar one together for tomorrow. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Xo,
    Zhanna
    www.lifeandbows.com

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  6. I am so thankful for my family, (those sweet grandbabies), faith, love, friends and my blogging friends. Have a happy Thansgiving!

    Myna
    www.myoldcokecountyhome.blogspot.com soon to be
    www.myoldcokecountyhome.com lol!

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    1. Wonderful list! Your new site looks great :)

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  7. What an uplifting post! Thank you for sharing. I'm thankful to have reconnected with you.

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    1. Ditto :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and Andrew!

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  8. I love this list! It's great that you guys are keeping a list - I want to get a map of the world and pin all of the places we visit over the years. & I wish we had a washer and dryer in our apartment! I always leave laundry until it absolutely must be done because I hate carting it up and down four flights of stairs.

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    1. Stephanie, I got a scratch-off map for my husband last year for Christmas! The only thing is that the US is one big area so we are keeping a separate list for that. I love the pins idea too.

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  9. Sounds like a great year. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  10. you have had a great year, with tons of exciting things going on! and amen to zumba. it is the only kind of workout I enjoy.

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