Happy Thanksgiving!

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is today, and that means that 2010 is almost over. In a way it feels like this year flew by, but on the other hand, it feels like so much has happened that it’s hard to believe it’s been less than 12 months. I really love Thanksgiving because it’s such a great time to look back on the year before the chaos of Christmas and really reflect on God’s goodness and all the blessings in our lives (and the fact that it’s basically a whole day devoted to eating followed by a day devoted to shopping doesn’t hurt). This has been an amazing year, so now that my tryptophan/pumpkin cheesecake-induced coma has worn off somewhat, I wanted to give thanks for some good things in my life: 

  • My husband: Cameron has been in Oregon for the past few days visiting his family, but he flew back to Michigan yesterday, and I was so happy to see him when I picked him up at the airport yesterday afternoon. When we’re not together, I really feel like part of myself is missing because really is my other half. He is such a huge blessing to me, and I’m so glad that we found each other at such  a young age. He is my best friend, and I am so thankful for the person that he is. We celebrated our first anniversary this year, and while I am no expert on marriage, I am really thankful for how committed that Cam is to working to make our relationship better and stronger everyday, and I am really looking forward to the years ahead. Love love love 🙂
  • My family: It’s so wonderful to be back in Michigan this week to spend time with my family. I’ve really missed them being down in SC, so it’s great for everyone to be able to be together. I am so thankful for them! It is really hard not to be living in the same state as them anymore, but I feel like now that we don’t get to see each other as much, we really cherish the time that we do have together and don’t take it for granted. Tonight we had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house, and now that we live further away, it was even more special to have everyone together. We talked, ate way too much food, and my whole fam even watched the Taylor Swift and Beyonce specials on TV together, which was so great. And I’m looking forward to going to Oregon next month and seeing all my family on the West Coast too 🙂
  • My friends: Being back in Michigan this week, I’ve had the chance to get together with some of my good friends from high school and college, and I am so thankful for the wonderful friends that I have in my life. It’s so nice to just sit and talk with a good friend and reminisce about old memories and catch up on the new things in one another’s lives. This year has brought changes for me and many of my friends as well, and we no longer live nearby one another, it’s great to be able to get together and talk like nothing has changed. I am also really thankful for the new friends I have made in South Carolina. At first it was hard to be kind of isolated and feel like you don’t know anyone, but now that we’ve been there for a few months, I feel really fortunate to have met some wonderful people. So whether I see them everyday or only a few times a year, I am thankful for both my silver and gold friends 🙂
  • Our travels: 2010 has been a year full of travel for Cam and I, and looking back, it’s hard to believe all the places we’ve been this year! I’ve been trying to chronicle our adventures with this blog, but looking back, there are so many fantastic memories. Our country and our planet is filled with some beautiful places, and I’m really looking forward to continue exploring in 2011 🙂
  • Our new home in South Carolina: I am soo thankful that Cam’s job placed him in Greenville, SC, I really do like it. It’s the kind of place that you’d never really go on vacation, but it’s a great place to live. Even though we signed our lease for our apartment sight unseen, it turned out to be super nice and it couldn’t have been in a better location. I also feel really fortunate that Greenville has such a charming downtown. Coming from Ann Arbor, we weren’t sure what to expect, but I was so pleasantly surprised how beautiful the downtown is and how many great restaurants there are. It’s also nice that Greenville is so centrally located within the Southeast; only a few hours in the car can take me to the mountains, the ocean, or big cities like Charlotte and Atlanta. And for a West Coast guy and a Midwestern girl, it’s quite fun to get the experience of life in the South 🙂
  • Being employed: I am really happy I found a job. Period. And that Cam has a job. In this economy, being employed isn’t something to take for granted, so I am thankful that we are both working, and enjoy what we’re doing (for the most part) 🙂
  • Not having kids:  Ok, I know that this sounds silly, but this Thanksgiving, it’s really something that I’m thankful for. I am really looking forward to having kids someday down the road, but I know when that day comes, it’s all about them from then on. And I am really excited for that time in my life and being a mom. But until that day comes, I am trying to fully savor all the joys of not having kids. Being able to sleep in on weekends, pick up and go at on a road trip with my hubby, and spend money on frivolous things for myself. Being a mom in the future will be awesome, but for now I’m just trying to live in the moment and enjoy my life right now, because it’s pretty great just being a family of 2 at the moment 🙂  
  • Volunteering: When I was living in Ann Arbor, volunteering at the Humane Society was something that I really enjoyed. So I’m really thankful that I’ve been able to volunteer at the Humane Society in Greenville. Animals love unconditionally and bring so much joy to people, I’m really grateful that I get the opportunity to spend time helping out every week. Good practice for when we get our dog 🙂
  • Health: Being in good health is a real blessing, and as a young person, it’s something you kind of take for granted, but it’s something that I’m really thankful for. My new gym in SC offers a lot of fun classes, and I’ve enjoyed being able to go on hikes in the mountains in not far from our apartment. It’s great to be able to get up and move, and I’m grateful for that ability 🙂
  • Freedom: Another thing that I probably take for granted more often then I realize is the many freedoms that we have as Americans. I’m really thankful for all the men and women out the protecting our great nation, so I can have the freedom to travel, to practice my faith, and to live my life in peace 🙂
  • My faith: And above all, I’m thankful to the one from whom all these blessings flow, Jesus 🙂
Well, it was a great Thanksgiving, but now, time for bed…there’s a full day of Black Friday shopping ahead!! Night y’all 🙂