I'm thankful for…
- My parents. They are fantastic. But if you read my blog entry, "A Home to Return to", there will be listed many reasons as to why my parents are so great!
- My dog, Miss Ruby Ann. I've had her since I was about 15-years-old, and she really is a bright spot in my life.
- College…I'm thankful for college! The other day, someone asked me, "How are your classes going?" I told him, "Fantastic!" Because he knows me so well, he looked at me surprised asking, "Are you being sarcastic right now?" I had to insist that I wasn't. This is the first semester I've actually fully enjoyed. I love all my classes - and it feels REALLY good to say that. It feels good to say that I want to go to class everyday.
- My two ASL Teachers, Nancy and Cindy. I'm thankful to have the chance to get to know Cindy this semester. It is my first semester in Cindy's class, but I am already looking forward to next semester with her as well! I've had Nancy for three semesters now, next semester totaling in four semesters. Both teachers have a fantastic sense of humor, are passionate about what they teach, and they geniunely care about their students. Really, I can go on and on as to why I am thankful for both of my teachers as they have both had a huge impact in my life!!…But one of the biggest reasons I find myself to be thankful for them? I am thankful to have two teachers who not only care about how their students are doing on their school work, but how they/we are doing in life overall. I am thankful to have teachers who not only invest into my life inside the classroom, but also outside the classroom on a personal level. It's such a rarity to have teachers like that at the college where I attend, and I am thankful to know them and have the ability to learn from them.
- Rayna, my 3-year-old cousin. Really, I can't imagine my life without her. I love her personality, her funny jokes or made up words, and I love the contagious sound of her laughter. It has been a joy to watch her grow into such an intelligent and entertaining child.
- The ability to learn. I'm glad I can continue learning - whether I am learning textbook information, learning about other people, or about myself. I'm thankful that learning doesn't stop after high school or college. I'm thankful that learning is a lifelong journey.
- My Nashville mom, Lynette. She is a blessing. Words can't even begin to describe how thankful I am to know her and to have her in my life. We've had so many conversations filled with laughter, prayer, and encouragement. It is hard to believe we've only known each other for about four years.
- Humor and laughter.
- Having friends around the world. Sometimes having friends who live around the world can be a little hard as there are friends I often miss - a lot! But, I am thankful to have such a diverse friend list and the ability to know each friend. Even when I miss a friend who lives in Japan, London, or somewhere across America...when their name comes to my mind, a smile always spreads across my face.
- Encouragement. I'm thankful for the encouragement that friends and family have brought to my life, and I'm thankful for oppuritinity to encourage others. Whether it be in person, through a phone conversation, a letter, Skype, or even through Facebook…Whether it be through a compliment, prayer, through a joke, a smile, or just saying "hello"…I am thankful for encouragement.
- The ability to travel. The world is a big place, and I'm so glad that I've gotten to experience and see places and things outside of my California "normal" and comfort zone!
- Books. When I can't physically travel to another place, I know I can always open a book.
- Photography. You never know when a moment will become a cherished memory.
- Skype and FaceTime. They make the miles between my friend and I seem a lot shorter, and sometimes nonexistent.
- My friend Katrina. I've known her since I was either 13 or 14 years old, and she is easily one of my all-time favorite people! She's always honest with me, telling me what she actually thinks verses what she thinks I want to hear. (Basically, she'll flat out tell me I'm crazy or irrational when I think I'm being perfectly sane.) Whether I run into a problem or I'm working on a creative project, her perspective is always helpful and refreshing. Her sarcasm is hilarious and she has a sweet, welcoming family. Whenever I'm Tennessee, I always look forward to visiting with her as she and her husband often invite me to stay at their house. She is one of my greatest friends!
- My birthmark. While I am not thankful for awkward moments and annoying stares, I am thankful for the things I have learned through having it. I am thankful for the awkward moments that turn into humorous moments and annoying stares that turn into educational moments for the one staring. I'm thankful to have the ability to go to different classrooms where I work to teach the children about it and to let them ask any questions they may have.
- My job. I work as a noontime assistant at the school I attended as a child. I LOVE my job. Although I've had jobs in the past, I've never enjoyed them like I enjoy this one. The people I work with are fantastic, the kids are hilarious, and I never get tired of clocking in everyday. (And let me just add…This is the first time where I have loved my job, and have loved going to school at the same time. It's a great feeling!)
- My parent's new home. We've been in it a little over a year, and it has been a HUGE blessing. We've been able to have a lot of visitors, dessert and game nights. These are things we couldn't do in our old home…I absolutely love being able to bake something sweet and having friends over for a visit!
- Hugs from BreAnna and DJ whenever I see them.
- Trying new things. You never know what you might miss out on if you aren't willing to try something new. In the end, it may be the best thing you've tried - or it may be the worst…But at least you've tried, and aren't left wondering what could of happened had you not tried that something new.
- The ability to grow and change. I'm glad that I can grow and change as a person. My personality, ways of thinking, and flaws are not set in stone…Thank goodness! I'm also glad that I can grow from the best of experiences, and even from the most unpleasant ones.
- Board Games. I LOVE LOVE LOVE board games - and card games too!! I've had some of my best memories circled around a good game with family and/or friends throughout the years of growing up, and throughout the recent years as well. Anytime you want to play a game, I'm in!
- Flexibility. I'm thankful to be flexible - at least, mentally. Being mentally flexible makes life so much easier when plans change and things don't go 100% according to plan.
- Creativity. Life would be boring without it.
- Pinterest. When my own creativity fails, Pinterest is available 24/7.
- The chance I had to visit Nashville this summer. The trip was something I really needed. I was able to reconnect with old friends and had the chance to deepen friendships.
- Chocolate. Need I say more?
- Music. Although I can't keep beat to save my life, I'm so happy I can enjoy the creations of those who can!
- My time at Free Will Baptist Bible College (FWBBC), now known as Welch College. Sure…I attended the college back in 2009-2010…But my one year there has had a great impact in my life and was full of memories that I still love to reflect on.
- My time in London. I learned so much while I was in London in 2012, and made friends that I know will last a life time.
My list could go on and on about people and things I am thankful for…But this is the shortened edition. What are you thankful for this year??
The Travelin' Chick,
PS: After I wrote this, I remembered I wrote an entry similar in 2011. It was fun to compare the entries to see similarities or differences. (Thankful in 2011)