Thankful Thursday

Although I try to be thankful every day for all kinds of things, I have fallen out of the habit of posting my thankfulness on the blog.  I have been curating all kinds of posts that I think are informative and useful. I just need to remind myself and YOU that I am still a real, live person here with feelings and a life that continues to move, change, and (hopefully) grow daily.  I have many things to be thankful for.

The standard for my Thankful Thursday posts is saying 5 things that I'm currently thankful for.  So, here goes!

This week I am thankful for:

  1. Kids, who although they drive me batty, really are a blessing.  They are by no means perfect.  I mean none of us are, right?  I don't have the "perfect" life and my kids aren't "perfect."  But, they are still pretty darn awesome.  Both of them made straight As on their report cards last week.  Although they spend WAAAAAAYYYYY too much time on their devices, which drives me crazy, they seem to be able to hold it all together.  Plus, they are coming along in their ability to help out around the house.  Believe me, if they aren't helping out, it's my fault, because I've never been consistent in asking for help or creating a chore chart that works. That's all on me.
  2. I am extremely thankful that we didn't sustain any real damage from the crazy storm that came through last week. We have some cleanup that we will still be working on from the fallen trees, but thankfully none of them hit the house or barn.
  3. I am thankful that I've had success treating some of my menopause symptoms in the past month or so.  I'll be talking about that soon on my other blog.  Hopefully. 
  4. Speaking of menopause . . . . . I'm thankful that my "depression" that accompanied the reality that "Yes, I am fully in menopause now," didn't last very long.  There were some days I just wanted to hide in bed for a month.  Just hide.  And cry.  I cried a lot those weeks.  I begrudgingly went about my daily "chores" and basically just existed for a couple weeks, or maybe even a month or more.  I didn't want to do anything.  I didn't want to see my friends. I didn't want to smile.  I didn't want to eat or take care of myself.  Like I said, I just wanted to hide.  And finally, when I didn't want to cry or hide anymore, and my mood lifted. . . . . I was back.  And the most emotional part is over.  I'm still trying to figure everything out physically, and the emotions might sneak in out of the middle of nowhere at any given moment, but right now I'm good.  So, I'm thankful for that.
  5. I'm thankful that my hubby continually tries to push us to our limits. . . .and I don't mean in a bad way.  He makes us try to confront our fears and live through them.  He's a BASE jumper, so he knows a little about facing fears and pushing himself to the limit. I'm still not that great at confronting my fears, but I keep trying. If it wasn't for him and my friends, I wouldn't have gone to Europe last year.  Or climbed the wall at Warrior Dash.  This year, my kids are going to be in the Winter Sports club.  That still frightens me!  Yikes.  But, I have to push through the fear and let my kids make their own way.  And they may fall down and get hurt, but they also may not.  And they may have a great time and learn a skill/hobby that they can enjoy the rest of their life.  
There are many, many other things that I'm thankful for, but writing those 5 is enough for now.

I hope that you have a blessed day and that you can confront your fears today and live fully, even when your life is not perfect! 

What are you thankful for today?

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