1- My children. I cannot imagine waking up without them each day. Every breathe of theirs becomes mine. I am grateful that they chose me.
2- My partner. Our lives are intertwined by love, commitment, and friendship. We are a team.
3- My parents. The two people who gave me a loving and supportive home. Who taught me important values and lessons that I hope to pass on to my own children.
4- My brother. For all the memories we have shared and for the ones we will create in the future as a family.
5- My sister in law. She is not only my brothers wife, she is also my friend. An added bonus is she gave birth to my niece and nephew whom I adore.
6- Our home. I am fortunate that even though we do not own our place that is filled with love and feels like home. We have a roof over our head and walls that keep us warm.
7- The animals. I couldn't imagine a house that I lived in that did not have furry creatures in it. I am grateful for the happiness they bring me and especially bring to my children.
8- A kick ass job. I am happy that I have a part time job that helps me keep the balance between family and work. My bosses are wonderful and I feel appreciated.
9- My health. I am grateful that I am healthy, strong, and active. I consider it a blessing to be able to run or be active with my children.
10- Friends. Old and new, my heart is full when I think of all the amazing people in my life. I have wonderful friends who have supported me, loved me, and watch me grow as a person. I am beyond lucky to have a fabulous support system known as my friends!
11- My grandmother. I have one living grandparent that not only do I get to see on a regular basis but that my children get to spend time with. I am happy that both boys will have memories of her to share in the future.
12- Food. I always tell Chase that he needs to be thankful for the food we have and not be wasteful. I explain that not everyone has food like we do. We may not always want what we have in front of us, but should never take it for granted.
13- Beer and Wine. Same category so I will count them as one. I think they deserve to make the list! Lord knows there are days they helped me through!
14- My camera. I love capturing special moments . Simple moments. Silly moments. Pictures to me are treasures.
15- The Ocean. The sound of the waves. The sand on my feet. The memories I have created and will continue to create with my family while going to the ocean.
16- Being a Woman. Really, I am truly thankful for this. I am thankful for this amazing body that created, carried, and birthed two creatures.
17- My Boobs. Yes, they are a part of my body and being a woman, but they deserve their own recognition. I am grateful for the milk that they made/make to nurse both my boys.
18- Laughter. My children's laughter and the ability to laugh. Good, deep down, belly laughs can make the worst day vanish.
19- Cupcakes. With lots of frosting!
20- Nexxus Hair Spray. I am serious, this stuff is the bomb. After trying several I keep going back to it. It tames your hair and doesn't make it feel like a rock. True Story!
21- Music. All different genres. The sound of it, the words, the ability to sing it, and the beat to dance to it.
22- For our soldiers. All the men and women who fight for this country and selflessly give themselves, sacrificing their lives and own family time during the holidays.
23- Second Chances & Forgiveness. Enough said here.
24- A Creemee on a hot summer night. I miss you summer!
25- Words. The power of them. A good book. An inspirational quote. Words spoke by a loved one that touch your soul.
26- God. I am grateful for a God. The higher being, whatever that means for each of us, who gave me all these things.
(If you wonder why I chose 26 I will tell you. I actually thought that I had 25, but I miscounted and came up with 26. I was never that good at math, Ha!)