|Hubby & Daughter|
So, I will use today's Friday Five to count my blessings. These are only a few of my blessings. There are so many more. But here goes:
1. I'm thankful for my husband who understands me and loves me and makes me laugh. And I'm forever grateful that God saw fit to bless us with a lovely daughter who has developed into a lovely young woman.
2. I am thankful that Daughter is happy.
3. I'm thankful that we have returned to the town that I grew up in. I have my Dad and my Mamacita so close by! They bring me joy and laughter. Plus, added bonus: Both my sisters live here too.
One Sis recently had knee surgery and because we live in the same town, I was able to visit her in the hospital. And I've been to her house several times to just sit and talk and laugh. I have missed her.
The other Sis is also quite important to me. She has the gift of hospitality. When I first moved here she brought a bag of goodies to help me start to feel at home. She has taught me where some of the coolest consignment stores are.
4. I am thankful for my job. Let me just say, I am truly lucky. I have a job that I absolutely enjoy! And one that afforded us the ability to move "back home".
5. I am thankful for my friends both close and far! (This includes cousins...). Growing up I was able to hang out with cousins because we lived so close and were fairly close in age. They were and are very true friends.
My girlfriends from HS! That's right!! We are able to hang out. Just like old times. I can't believe how much our friendship still works. We still laugh heartily and empathize with each other. In the old days it was HS stories that we shared and sought comfort for (and laughed about). Now, we applaud each other's triumphs. (One just completed a 5K! One is an amazing Kindergarten teacher and helped relocate her displaced program to a new school! Another one is successful in her Non-Profit role and has the beginnings of a plan for another adventure soon.) We also share our very personal struggles and fears. Just like high school, just having someone who understands the "real you" helps make it feel better.
I also have two special friends that are permanently etched on my heart. One was with me when my daughter was born. She had a young son and we did wonderful things together with our children. We helped each other stay "ourselves" in addition to being mothers.
The other friend has been with me since our children were in pre-school. She is so artistic and creative that I'm always inspired to be near her.
I so miss my friends from Puget Sound. And because of them, I am immensely thankful for Facebook!