The Whimsical Mama

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Top Ten Tuesday #19: Things I’m Thankful For November 26, 2013

Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Ten Things I’m Thankful For

I have so much to be thankful for this time of year and everyday. These are just a small sampling. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving holiday! (Dummy me scheduled this and forgot to finish it, so here’s the complete one now!)

1. My faith. I am a Christian and I am so thankful for the love of Jesus Christ. I’m so thankful to live in the US where I can worship as I choose.

2. My immediate family. I am so blessed with my immediate family. On my mother’s side we currently have five generations living. It’s so wonderful. From my great-grandmother to my daughter, I am thankful for them all.

3. My extended family. I’m from a large family on my dad’s side with dozens of cousins. My in-laws are wonderful too. Being surrounded by family is always a blessing, even when up to your eyeballs in drama.

4. My friends. Stretched across the country, we may not often get to talk or hang out, but I know they’re there when I need them and they know I’m here when they need me. I love you guys!

5. My best friend, Mary. We live hundreds of miles and several states apart now, but this year has really strengthened our friendship. We were great friends in college, I only wish we’d taken better advantage of living in the same town! Thank you so much for being there for me, my Mary. Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful expanded world of reading. Thanks for recommending so many awesome books which opened a pathway to be friends with them. I love you! (:

6. My children. I know I did immediate family already, but I am in particular thankful for my children. They are such blessings. They may drive me a little batty every now and then, but what kid doesn’t do that to his or her parents every now and then? (: I love that they already love being read to. My son brings me books, my kindle, my iPod, anything that can be read and asks me to “Read, mama, please.” My only thing I hate about his love for books is chewing on them. Not just a little chew mark here or there, but GIANT GAPING HOLES. I wanted to cry when we moved the bookshelf out of their room. ): But for the good of having books for the duration of their childhoods, I did it.

7. My husband. We’ve definitely had a roller coaster ride this year. I am so thankful I have him by my side for all the ups and downs of life. Military deployments and schools, job changes, raising our children, losing family, all of it. I’m so ridiculously thankful God brought him into my life.

8. Staying at home with my kiddos. Like I said, some days they drive me batty, but I LOVE being able to stay at home with them. My mom stayed at home with me and I loved it. I never thought I would want to stay at home growing up and in college. I can’t tell you what changed my mind, but whatever it was, I’m glad it did. Money can be tight, but the memories aren’t something you can put a price tag on.

9. Wonderful authors who treat readers like we’re their friends, not just crazy fans. Being able to talk to an author about something in particular about his or her book is incredible! Just chatting to see how days are going, how characters are treating them, or how they’re treating characters (I’m looking at you, Jodi!), it’s just great. Also, taking time out of a busy schedule to meet up for lunch and giving me an ARC to share with my friends was the BEST FREAKING BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER. (Thanks, Jodi!)

10. Being able to read and easily having access to basically all the books I could ever need…. er… want. (: We really take reading and our easy access to books for granted. Think about how it was in the Dark Ages and even up to today. People don’t always have access to education. Girls used to be thought as stupid and useless to educate. There are STILL places in the world that hold this view. For the easiest way to get books, all I have to do is open my computer, pull up the web browser, type in Amazon, and go to town. This isn’t a luxury everyone has. I’m very thankful for a wonderful library and interloan system. I’m thankful I have the ability to buy books every now and then. (My purchase list is ridiculous. I’m always up for gift cards for gifts!) I’m thankful for bloggers, authors, publishers, etc who host giveaways for FREE books. This is a wealth that should be spread with everyone. *steps down from soapbox before I blow up my blog…*

Thanks for dropping by and checking out my TTT post! Do you have a post for today? I’d love to stop by and read it! I hope you all have a great and safe holiday season. (Yes, being PC cause I can’t remember EVERY holiday that occurs in the next six weeks or so)


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