Five on Friday

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I’m still in a lovely, tryptophan induced haze – are you? I was in charge of the kitchen this year; however, it was only my Dad and I, so it was a smaller meal but enjoyed with precious family nonetheless. I’m soaking up the free time that the second day of my four day weekend (all the praise hands) is offering and soon I’ll be off to meet my friend Rachel for a movie (Fantastic Beasts!) and dinner!

Thanksgiving may be over for this year (just barely…) but there is always so much to be thankful for, every day of the year. So I thought in honor of the recently celebrated Thanksgiving holiday, I’d share five of the things I’m most thankful for – not just on Thanksgiving Day but every day.

One. My Savior – The true meaning of Christmas; a tiny baby born to save the world. Jesus; who humbled himself and became like man and was born as a baby in Bethlehem with the knowledge that He would lay down His life thirty-three years later to pardon the wicked world of sin. He paid the price I could never pay and showed grace and mercy that I will never deserve. I don’t think it is within my human mind to comprehend just how immensely grateful I should be for this gift…but that is only because my mind cannot comprehend the greatness of my Lord and Savior.

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Two. My Family – Oh man…I don’t even know where to begin on this one. The people that made me who I am today and continue to shape my life each day – in the best ways possible. I know without a doubt I hit the jackpot when it comes to my family (I may or may not have a few friends who’ve requested to be adopted…) and I would not be the person I am without their guidance, encouragement, support and ever present love.

Three. My Friends – Also known as some of the most amazing people in my life; hands down. My group of friends are made up of people that I have known (literally) since I was born to some sweet people I’ve only known a couple years…but I know are friendships that will last a lifetime. Wonderful, loving, supporting, caring, hilarious people who are so happy to share my joy and just as happy to be there to share my sorrow too. I’m not certain what I did to be able to call so many wonderful people friends, but I am beyond blessed and so very thankful!

Four. My Watson – The sweetest and goofiest little puppy dog that I have ever known and have had the pleasure of having for the past seven years. Watson just wormed his way so deeply into not just my heart but my families’ and I know I would certainly be lost without my little fellow. When I lived alone in Mississippi, he was my only companion and I’ll admit I spent many nights chatting with him – he’s a very good listener. In the past few years he’s adjusted better than I’d imagine to being more of an indoor pup…but then again, he seems to take any and every situation and just happily settle right in. I’ll never find another like him.

Five. My Home – And by home, I don’t necessarily mean my house (although I’m plenty thankful to have a roof over my head)…in so much as I’m thankful for the wonderful place I live. Mountains outside my door, history at every crossroad and turn, the greatest city in the US (in my humble opinion) just an hour up (down?) the road. My life has changed so dramatically for the better since I made the move to Virginia almost 2.5 years ago and I’m so thankful to call Virginia my home!

And so here we end Five on Friday – I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving and has just as many reasons to be thankful; if not more. Two of my three favorite months have come and are (almost) gone and December is looming…and December is MY favorite. So, until next time…have a lovely weekend!

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