Thanksgiving is this weekend, and I am very much looking forward to turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, and apple pie. Lots and lots of apple pie. I am also looking forward to spending time with loved ones. It feels like it’s been forever since I stepped away from the computer and enjoyed some bonding time with our families.
I’m really looking forward to it.
Since it is a time of thanks, I thought it would be nice to list off 10 things that I am thankful for this year.
I am so happy that no one in our families has suffered any major health issues this year. Sure, there were a few head colds and that kind of thing, but nothing terrible. My number one fear is cancer and every year that goes by without anyone being diagnosed with it, is another year I can breathe a sigh of relief.
2. Being Pregnant
As much as I really don’t like being pregnant, I am so thankful that I was given the chance to bring another child into this world. Richard and I are so excited to have another little baby in the house, and I know that Elliott is really going to love having someone other than his mom to play with during the day.
3. My Best Friend
I honestly have the most awesome best friend in the entire world. She is always there for me when I need someone, no matter what. My life would not be the same without her.
4. Our Pets
I’m a huge animal lover and having so many animals in our home makes me happy. Sure, they can be a lot of work and can really stress me out sometimes, but I still love them. They make my life so much better. (PS. Miss you, Maggie!)
5. Online Friendships
I have developed so many wonderful online friendships over the last year or so and am so very thankful to have these people in my life (even though I’ve never met them in “real life”). Taya, Kerry, Ryan & Terra, Gail, Lori – and so many others. I love you all!
6. My Job
Running MapleMoney.com is one of the best things in my life. I love my job immensely and appreciate each and every person who stops by to read what I write. Thank you so much for showing up, leaving comments, and supporting my passion to be a stay at home mom by visiting this website.
Of course, no list of mine would be complete without coupons. I owe so much to them! Before I found coupons, my finances were a mess and we were spending ridiculous amounts of money at the grocery store. Thankfully, coupons saved the day and because of them, we are now able to enjoy grocery shopping, knowing that we will be saivng so much money every single time we shop.
My life would not be worth living if chocolate wasn’t involved in some way! I am obsessed with the stuff. I could eat it morning, noon and night if my body didn’t blow up every time I ate it. I’ve learned how to control how much chocolate I eat each day (sometimes none at all), but it simply needs to be in my life. It’s one of those things that just makes life better. Everything in moderation, I say!
When we made our first budget, I hated it. I felt like I was living at home and had an allowance. Even though I was making my own money – my budget told me where that money would go instead of me. It took some time, but eventually I realized how helpful budgets are. They are not as bad as some people make them out to be. I actually love making budgets now and always look forward to the end of the month when I can look over our budget to see how we did.
10. Baskets & Bins
I’m a bit OCD when it comes to organizing. I like things to be separated with bins and baskets so that things are easy to find when I am looking for them. Our local dollar store is great for these items and I tend to pick up one or two almost every time I go in there. I’ve also been known to use cardboard boxes for organizing if I’m out of bins and don’t have time to run to the dollar store. Containerizing… I love it!
There are so many things in my life that I am thankful for. I could sit here for hours listing each and every thing, person and place that make me so very happy.
This Thanksgiving is going to be special because I will be enjoying it with family, good food and lots of laughter… and there’s not much better than that!
What are you thankful for this year?