Happy Thanksgiving Family and Friends :)
Today I am thankful for many things and it is my goal to keep remembering all of these things I am thankful for throughout the year, especially on the days where I need the refresher :)
I am thankful for my children. My two beautiful children that light up my world. They keep me on my toes and keep me very busy but the love they give me is such a blessing that I couldn't ask for anything more. I am thankful that I was able to have both of them because with my disease it was hard for me to get pregnant with both but I was blessed with two healthy pregnancies. I am thankful that they are both happy and healthy. Hailey is head strong, has an opinion of her own on most things, is super smart, loves everything girly, has a vocabulary of a kindergartener, and amazes me everyday. Kyle is confident, has a gentle spirit, is competitive but not in an arrogant way, has his mom's love of music, is smart, and is cooler than I ever imagined he would be.
I am thankful for my parents. They are always by my side without question. They may have opinions of their own, but they never turn their backs on me even if they disagree with me. They are wonderful grandparents and they are important figures in my children's lives. I understand now being a mom, how hard it is to be a parent and so my respect for them has definitely increased.
I am thankful for my brother. He know's me and just "gets" me when sometimes other people don't. We have a lot in common and it's nice to chat weekly and talk about life, current events, our OCD (ha ha), and anything else that is on our minds. He is also a great uncle!
I am thankful for my friends. I honestly have the best friends. Even if I don't see them all the time, I know that they are always there for me. I haven't been the most social friend this year and haven't had time to really stay in touch with them besides text, email, and Facebook, but I know they know I love them to death and if they needed anything at all, I would be there. Throughout the years I've started to put more emphasis on "real" friendships instead of the quantity of friends and I'm blessed for those "real" friends who feel like my family.
I am thankful for my health. Yes, I said health. Besides my battle with UC, I am pretty healthy overall. I am thankful that my UC isn't as bad as others I know that suffer with IBD. I am thankful that I have medicine to help control my symptoms. It may not work perfectly and I may have bad days, but I am thankful that I at least have options. I am thankful that I have still been able to avoid surgery. I know my chances of cancer have increased not only because of my UC, but because of my pre-cancerous polyps, however I'm hopeful for new ways to treat IBD.
I am thankful for the roof over my head. Many people don't have the luxury of a nice house. Matt and I have been so obsessed with trying to find a home to buy that I think we've forgot that home is where your family is.
I am thankful for the food I have to eat, the clothes on my back, and the car I have to drive. I am rich not by the material items I have, but by the family and friends I have around me.
I hope everyone has a blessed Holiday Season!