because who doesn’t like a little Dean Winchester?
On my friend Katie’s ranch life blog she has been posting things she’s grateful for on Wednesday and has challenged others to do it as well. It came at a weird time for me because I was thinking about the direction of this blog myself and how when I originally started it I felt like I’d have all these insightful things to say while being pregnant because obviously I’m the only woman ever to be pregnant and go through the experience I am in the history of time ever … right? Not so much. I could fill up posts and posts about morning sickness and bloating, about how every little smell of anything sets me off, and of course I’m sure I’ll still be spouting off some of that (though some of my first trimester symptoms are dying down thankfully). I don’t want to be a complainer. This pregnancy is a gift and one that I prayed for quite a bit, and I want to be positive and happy and promote peace and energy. So I think a Wednesday gratitude post is the perfect thing for me. It reminds me that no matter how stressful life might be at any given time there are great things that I should be thankful for – and well, all of us need a reminder of that sometimes.
1. My Church Family
I’ve said it before but I really, really feel connected to my church home. I was telling a friend yesterday that if you had told me a year ago I’d be finding comfort in a giant church with six campuses and tens of thousands of members, I’d have laughed at you. That being said, I was convinced the first time I visited that Second Baptist was the church I wanted to be a part of. I have never really regretted that decision too. Everyone is nice and kind and genuine. I am especially thankful for my church orchestra. It not only gives me an outlet for creative expression, it gives me a way to serve and be connected and meet other people. I not only have a good time but I leave every time feeling good. And sometimes there’s cupcakes. Cupcakes are great for pregnant women.
2. My Sweet Husband and Doggies
My family here at home right now consists of me, my husband, and two sweet dogs – westies, or west highland white terriers. With their powers combined they make my days brighter and fill my heart with more love than I ever thought possible. Ivy, the female is definitely a daddy’s girl. She shadows Clayton wherever he goes and loves to sit in his lap and will pester him when he does. My Einstein though, my slow chubby boy.. that’s a mama’s boy through and through. He could literally spend all day snuggling me on the couch if I’d let us. And what can I say about my handsome amazing husband? He takes care of me and that is a tall order. I’m stubborn and sometimes forget to take care of myself because I’m busy with everyone else. He’s my voice of reason and he keeps me grounded and calm when I need it. I can always count on him for anything and vice versa. I really am a happy camper whenever he’s home!
3. Working From Home
I’ve had to slow down a little bit since being pregnant, but working at home is the best. I can stop to be sick if I need to be. I can work while lounging on the couch and binge watching Parenthood. I can take my work wherever with me (and it’s survived countless moves and lifestyle changes). It will continue to allow me to be at home with our child and not have babysitters involved, while being available to my husband when he needs me or when he’s home and spending plenty of time with family. Creating websites and graphics also gives me yet another creative outlet which is something that keeps me calm, sane and happy – so everyone wins!
So what are you thankful for? I challenge you to at least think about it once a week, and I am sure the world won’t look so bad.