Thursday, December 31, 2009


We are blessed. I say this all the time, but before the year is out (which takes place in exactly 3 hours), I feel as though I should list a few (just a few of the things) of the reasons why we are blessed:

We have a God that LOVES us! More than we know. Although I grew up with the "hell-fire and damnation" sermons, I choose to believe that the Lord wants nothing but really great things for us. Everything we have is because of Him. Everything we are is because of Him. Everything good in our lives is because of Him. Everything bad that has happened to us is just a way of testing our Faith. I choose to believe. I choose to believe that the blessings we have and have experienced are just the tip of the iceberg of the wonderful things he has planned. I can't wait to see all the things he has planned, and as much as it scares me to know that there will be trials, I know those trials are just part of the path that we must take to get to all He has planned for us! Whew.

~Each other...we are best friends, lovers, fighters, parents and children. We (ok, I) struggle with letting go/getting past the stupid stuff, but at the end of the day, we love each other. We work together to get things accomplished. We are each other's strength when we need it. We love. each. other. and will for another however many years we have together (see below for my husband's thoughts on that subject:) He is my better half. He makes me a better person everyday.
~Health...even with a hypochondriac husband who seems the think he is dying on a daily basis...we are healthy!
~Our children...they are healthy, smart, beautiful and good children. They challenge us, but they are children. That's their jobs! I love them more than I could possibly say!
~Our family...they're dysfunctional to the core, but they're our family. And, they love us...what more could you ask for?
~Our jobs...we have two great jobs. Do I wish we made more money...of course, but do we like where we work and what we do...Yes! Yes! and Yes! I'd rather have a great job that I love paying little, than a job that I hate paying lots. That's just me!
~Our it my dream home? No. Do I constantly want to change things, etc...? Yes. But, at the end of the day, we have a home. A beautiful home that a lot of people would give anything to have. So, dream or no dream, pretty or ugly, we're blessed!
~Nashville...ok, so it's not perfect and we miss Florida every moment of everyday, but we are here for a reason. This is where we are meant to be for now. So, we might as well enjoy it. We've got great friends and we are finally getting to know our way around. When God is ready for us to be back in Florida, he'll make that happen. I KNOW!

We don't always get to do the things we want to do, buy the things we want to buy, be where we want to be, the end of the day, we have what matters the most -- God and family. Without these two beautiful things, we are nothing. NOTHING!

So, to end 2009, a year of scariness for a lot of Americans, we are blessed. beyond. belief.

We are beautifully blessed and for all of this, we are truly thankful!