Thirty Days of Thanks: Days 7, 8, 9, and 10

Super long post alert!

Okay, okay, so I know what you all must be thinking…but no, I didn’t get lazy or distracted from blogging, and I didn’t just give up after specifically saying that I was trying to be more consistent in blogging every day. Wednesday morning on my way to work I was in a car accident, which kind of threw my whole week for a loop. I wasn’t badly injured, and my car is okay, but the doctor gave me a prescription for some muscle relaxers for my whiplash, and man oh man…they knock me out. So for the past few days I have been neither conscious nor coherent when I have been home and able to blog. My apologies! Today is a new day though, so let’s play a little “catch-up” and I’ll throw in today’s “thankful-for” as well.

7. I am grateful for having been kept safe, both in this week’s accident and throughout my life.

Not too much to elaborate on here. I am just so grateful that I have always been watched over, both by people who love me here on earth and by God and His angels in heaven. I am sincerely thankful that nothing horrible has ever happened to me, especially when looking back on my life I realize that I have on occasion put myself into really scary situations. I feel lucky, too, to have not been injured more than just whiplash this week, and I am so glad that my car is only a little banged up, but still completely able to be driven.

8. I am grateful to have a job to go to every week.

Especially now, when many people can’t find work, I am grateful for my job. Sometimes I lose sight of that, particularly on the 12 hour days, or when dealing with “work drama,” or when customers or patients are really rude to me. Lately, however, I have been trying to remind myself that at least I have the opportunity to work and provide for myself and my husband while he is in school. Here in Hawaii, life is incredibly expensive. I can’t tell you how much I took for granted living on the mainland where a box of cereal doesn’t usually retail for $8 bucks a pop, and where you can get a gallon of milk for less than $6. Yes, of course there are sales, but beyond groceries the price of rent and the cost of living in general is kind of outrageous. Paradise comes at a price! I just feel lucky that I am able to go to work each week, work hard, and earn a living. On top of that, I am grateful that it only took a very short amount of time for me to find this job when we first moved to the island.

9. I am thankful for the opportunity to have gone to college, and for the opportunity for my husband to be going now.

Not everyone has the opportunity or ability to be able to receive an education. In our lives, we have been blessed that both my husband and I have been able to be in school. It hasn’t been easy, and we have both had to make sacrifices so that the other could pursue their education, but we both know how important it will be to our family in the future. My husband worked full time for me so I could finish my last year of school after we were married, putting his own education on hold. Now, I am happy to have the opportunity to do the same for him. I’m filled with gratitude for the opportunity we have in the United States to be able to go to school, and find ways to afford an education as well.

10. I am grateful for my parents. 

My parents are some of the best people I know.

No one works harder than my dad does. It doesn’t matter if it is his job, or a project around the house, or a church function, or work on the car…no matter what it is, my dad does the job, and does it right. He has the most amazing work ethic, and though through most of my life I’m pretty sure he thought I was lazy (sometimes a very well deserved title, I admit) I have learned my work ethic from him. I don’t think I have ever seen my father give up on something. He has an incredibly powerful determination to follow through on things he starts, and to succeed in what he does. I admire that about him so much. It is because of his hard work that I was able to have everything I had growing up. My family owned a restaurant through 10 years of my childhood and adolescence, and the things I learned while inside of those walls–both about food and life–will be with me forever. I think sometimes my parents regret that we never really got the chance to take summer vacations as a family, but I don’t regret it at all. Growing up in that restaurant is better than any trip to Disneyworld we could have taken.

My mom is one of my best friends. No doubt I have put her through hell and back, but she survived my teenage years and now, we can talk about anything. Granted, I have always felt that I could talk about anything with my mom, but at this point in my life I realize that she really does know so much about the things that I am going through and experiencing. She is an amazing woman and I am grateful for her unconditional love. I am grateful too for the example she set for me as a wife and mother. I don’t have any children of my own yet, but in my marriage I have reflected upon the example of my mother in her relationship with my dad. She was, and is, always so loving, so supportive, so willing to sacrifice; these qualities have been ingrained in me as well. God really knew what he was doing when he blessed my life by giving me my parents.

There we go! Now I’m all caught up with my daily “thankful-for’s” and I can blog about other more crafty and delicious things that have been happening around my house. If my day is productive as planned, I’ll have at least two more posts going up today, and probably a third tomorrow. Hopefully there will be no more accidents this week and I can go on blogging as I had anticipated. Keep checking back to see what fun and delicious things are happening!

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