Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ten Things I Am Thankful For!

This year I have been so blessed!
I am so thankful for the blessings and opportunities I have had!
  1. I am thankful for my husband. 
    • This school year has been so busy and I am constantly feeling guilty about abandoning Matt to be a bachelor at home while I work late at the school. He has rarely had a home cooked meal and has even resorted to doing his own laundry. Despite my neglect, he never fails to reassure me that he doesn't mind. He is so supportive!
  2. I am thankful for my family.
    • Last weekend we were able to go up to Edmonton to spend time with my family and celebrate our own thanksgiving and enjoy conference. This week Matt has looked back at the pictures from the weekend a fews times and said "It was such a fun weekend!" I am so grateful that we all get along so well and can have so much fun together. I know that this is not always the case and feel so fortunate to have family members who are also my friends. 
  3. I am thankful for my in-laws.
    • This weekend we had thanksgiving at the Goughs. It was a fun weekend and I can always count on the Goughs to be a party and a half. The house was jammed packed, as always, but even with so many people around it is always a blast. I have listened to other people deal with in-laws who they do not get along with. I am so grateful that I don't have crazy in-laws and that my kids will have such fun and loving cousins, aunts, and uncles to grow up with. 
  4. I am thankful for friends.
    • Many of our friends have started having kids and moving on to different stages of their lives. I am so grateful that we have such close friends and that even though we don't see each other as often we still have a blast and catch up when we do. 
  5. I am thankful for the gospel.
    • Last weekend was conference and I have to admit that we weren't the most disciplined conference watchers out there, but this week I was able to listen to a couple sessions while I was working in my classroom. I am so grateful for the messages that were shared and for how perfectly each of them apply to my life. I love listening to conference twice a year and having the opportunity to refocus myself and my life on the gospel. It is such a great reminder of the basic principals that we need to be living. 
  6. I am thankful for education.
    • In my teaching position I have had the opportunity to work with students for whom education is not a given right. Many of them will not go to school past grade nine and I even had a twelve year old boy switch to home school in grade six so that he could work at the same time. I am so happy that I was able to receive an education and for the gift that it has been to me. I treasure the experiences I had at school and the knowledge that I gained. I feel so fortunate to be able to bring that joy to my students (hopefully!). 
  7. I am thankful for my career.
    • I am so lucky to have the teaching job that I do. This week I was inducted into the ATA (Alberta Teachers Association) with the other new teachers in my district. Many of the new teachers were part of my graduating class but it reminded me of many friends and classmates of mine that were not able to get a teaching position. Not only do I have a teaching job period, but I get to work with staff members, administration, and students who I love and who are so supportive. I love my job! (Matt probably thinks I love it a little too much.)
  8. I am thankful for my students. 
    • Everyday I get to hang out with 28 students who love learning (most of the time) and make each day awesome! I love teaching them new things and opening their eyes to the world. We have so much fun together and I feel so blessed to have the class that I do. 
  9. I am thankful for my health.
    • On mondays I play volleyball and on thursdays Matt and I play basketball intramurals. It has been such a blessing in to me to have each of these nights as a break in my busy week. Being able to get exercise and having a healthy body is a blessing in my life. I know that not everyone is as fortunate 
  10. I am thankful for food!
    • We just had a delicious thanksgiving dinner! I love food and too often I forget to eat lunch at work and am too busy or tired to make a very good dinner when I get home (although Matt has started making some awesome meals). This is kinda pathetic, but when we do get a really good meal I feel so blessed.

Last but definitely not least I AM THANKFUL FOR MELISSA! (As I was writing this post and making my list I took a break. Matt and Melissa grabbed the computer and added Melissa to my list so I couldn't publish the post without including her!) She is so funny and always brings the party. She is also the one who encouraged Matt to go out with me in the first place so I owe her big time! 

It is so nice to be able to visit family and reflect on all of the blessings in our lives. I have been so lucky to have an awesome family, a supportive husband, and an amazing mom who would sacrifice everything for me and my siblings. I have a pretty great life!

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