8 Things I'm Grateful For This November

November is the month of remembering the things your grateful for. We should try to do this all year round, and I think I'm fairly good at that, but for some reason, this year especially, I'm filled to the brim with gratitude for so many different things. I don't do these posts every year. The last time I did was in 2014 right after Em was born, so I figured it was a little overdue. (Ps. All these things are not in a specific order.)

Awesome Neighbors: We've been blessed with good neighbors. From the amazing ones we left behind in Georgia, to our new ones here in Utah, we're blessed to be around good people. I'm especially grateful that Jay has a new friend across the street that he wanders over and plays with often. He misses his Georgia friends dearly, so I'm grateful he's making new ones here too. 

Running: Running and I have had a rocky relationship for basically all of my life. But I'm grateful to be in a season of life where I feel like I have guilt free time when the kids are at school everyday to dedicate to it. Also grateful to live in a safe area where I can step out my front door, and run to my heart's content. 

Great Teachers: To the people who teach my kids in church on Sundays, and the ones who are with both my kids Monday through Friday, thank you for making my kids feel loved and safe. 

Community: I've never been one to put myself out there and meet new people when we've moved. I usually stick to the church crowd and that's it. This move though, I've made friends through various running groups and other outlets, and it's fun to have friends spread out, and not concentrated to one area of my life. 

A Non-Dramatic Move: This was our 8th move in 6th years, and by far the easiest transition for everyone. I'm grateful that it's been uneventful and how well everything has gone, because that hasn't always been the case. 

Family Nearby: This is a given since it's a main reason why we moved here, but I love that we have Derek's sister fairly close to us, and that the rest of his family is all within three hours. It's a blessing to have family so easily accessible. 

Rekindled Friendships: Derek and I lived in Utah six years ago, so it's been fun to revisit and rekindle those friendships all over again and catch up with friends that we loved so dearly back then, and still love now. 

Friends From Afar: I miss my friends in Georgia and NC so much. This has definitely been the first time that we've moved where I've made a large effort to keep in contact with people. Our friends in the southeast have made such a lasting impact on us, and I'm grateful for their roles in our lives then, and for continued communication now. 

Family From Afar: We're close to Derek's family, but far from mine. I'm grateful that we're able to talk with my family regularly through texts and FaceTime. Technology really it amazing. 

17 comments

  1. I recently broke my ankle, but I go over all the things that I am grateful for, because it is easy to get discouraged and frustrated. It is something that I have done as a daily ritual for a long time, but I need to look at those things now more than ever.

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  2. I love your list! I especially loved the one about a non-dramatic move because my most recent one was hell on wheels and I learned never, ever to move myself again! Mover all the way next time :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  3. Your post came as a perfect reminder of the things one should be grateful for. Inspired me to make a list, as well. Thank you!

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  4. I love your list :) I think gratitude is the best attitude and it should be something you practice every single day. I feel like making a list like this as well.

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  5. I am definitely thankful for my wonderful family and happy thanksgiving to you and your family from our family.

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  6. This is a very nice post to read. Going through your list makes me reflect on the things that I should also be thankful for.

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  7. Wow..Really the year 2017 was eventful and exciting for you.. I am also feeling happy to say that in this year I also get some precious gift from almighty.. So it is going to be one of the most memorable year for me too.. ��

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  8. I grew up as a military brat, so I am lucky enough to have friends from all over. I don't really have a family, but I am grateful for my sister, my husband's family, and of course, my daughter. Thanks for sharing this, you have a ton to be grateful for!

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  9. What a great idea for a post. Thank you for sharing this as it’s always lovely to hear what other people are thankful for.

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  10. I generally stick to my church crowd too, I need to step out of my comfort zone a bit! So glad you move went well :)

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  11. This such a great read, there many things and people the we are grateful for. I'm grateful to have my family,our wonderful and happy relationship. The thing that I treasure the most is my family!

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  12. Your post is a perfect reminder for everyone to be grateful about things in their lives! I'm thankful to God for my family and everything he has given to me!

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  13. Your list of things you’re grateful for is so much like mine (except the running... kudos to you!!). We also did a big move, and I’m so grateful for technology which keeps us in very close contact with family and friends from afar. Love your list. School and good neighbors! Makes all the difference. Happy Thanks giving month to you!

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  15. I'm inspired to make a list, as well. I am grateful for many things that happened to me this year

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  16. Love what you said about friends and family from afar, yet rekindling some friendships in the area. When we move, it can be so challenging with logistics and just finding sense of community again. Great job with that! and yes, I totally relate to the running...it's been sometimes great, sometimes not as great for me as well...but I'm super thankful I can have it in my life right now!

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  17. What a sweet, little list! I love it and I love your blog. I am excited to start checking out some more of your posts. Thanks for inspiring me to take stock of what I am grateful for today.

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