so so many gratitudes.

It’s Thanksgiving morning and I just woke from a long-ish winter’s nap (five or so hours?) and I’m sitting here next to a snoring Wonderpup and we are all wrapped up in our toastys because it’s actually cold this morning (I love it when cold holidays actually are – never a sure thing in Alabama, I can recall MANY a 75 degree Christmas) and my electric kettle is warming for some tea.

Of course, it’s important to remember to be grateful everyday, but, with Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a bit to do a love list of some of the people and things I’m giving thanks for this year. ❤

First, I want to say how thankful I am for this space and for all of you who come and read my posts. I know it helps me to write and I hope that my words are of service.

For all of the hard that came my way this year, I could have never gotten through without my people.

Courtney, Sara, and me. ❤
Henry the Wonderpup, ❤
Mom, GJ, & me. (I think Pop was hiding from our football noise so he isn’t in the picture but I am super thankful for him too!) ❤
my bestie, Al, our girls, Meg & Sara, & me. ❤

I am so incredibly blessed to do life with my people.

I’m also so thankful for another year alcohol free. So much gratitude.

grateful for every day. bring on the la croix and topo chico!

And I am so so thankful that I have been able to get my Janis back!!! Yes!!! Unfortunately, nothing is mended or better – but my Beetle clutch is light and I am a determined woman and I have now discovered that driving her doesn’t hurt anymore than anything else I do now that the inflammation part of my breaks is as good as it’s going to get. So we are back together again! Hallelujah! And all God’s people said, “Amen!”

and all was well on the hippie bug front. 🙂

Despite the fact that I don’t enjoy taking a million meds a day, I am incredibly thankful to have all of my medications and patches and therapies that I need. So so many people don’t.

Filling my daily med packs. I am so fortunate to have all of my medications.
Just some of the hot mess that is med fill time. I have so many supplies – and others that aren’t in this picture – but I am so so blessed. ❤

I am so thankful for Christmas too. We’ve been in the spirit for several weeks and I just love, love, love it!!! My soul needs it this year especially.

the hippie hut has been festive since the first week of November! Merry Christmas, y’all!

This year I’m giving huge thanks for having graduated from nutrition school. It was a dream of mine for a long time and I’m grateful to have finally been able to do it (and thank you, Mom!).

I’m so proud of this!

And, because of that, I’m super excited to be working on my wellness practice. I feel like this is a gift to be able to do this even though I am often in my bed. It’s just a total God thing.

such a huge blessing.

And, despite my illness, there were so many wonderful things I was able to do with my loved ones this past year and I am just incredibly grateful.

Sara and I went to the Recreate conference at our church in Tuscaloosa.
And it’s always fun to take my girl around T-Town!
Our town had its first Pawpalooza and of course we took Henry the Wonderpup!
My husband really likes Five Finger Death Punch and I was so happy to finally be able to take him to see them as a gift!
Courtney took Sara and me to see the Lion King for Valentines Day! It was amazing!
My beautiful bestie and our girls and I went to the sunflower field! It was such a fun day!
I took these sweet girls to Pride – or rather they decided to let the old lady tag along. It was so much fun!
I got to see my precious friend Chani! We never get to hang out!
My amazing cousin Blair – one of my favorites – and I got to see Lauren Daigle! It was wonderful!
Halloween was amazing! Love these two so much!
Two of the Sanderson sisters for Halloween – and a Wonderpup! ❤ ❤ ❤
Love this bunch so much! And, yes, y’all, twin Popes!!! Gahhhh!!!! 🙂
Sara and I got to hear Jen Hatmaker speak. I was so freaking excited!!!
Sara and I outside of the Jen Hatmaker event.
Courtney and I going to an Alabama basketball game. ❤
I was so stinkin’ excited because our whole family had been able to take a picture with Big Al – except for me – until this game. 🙂
Courtney and me at his Father’s Day Braves Game. ❤
Sara and me at Jack Jackson in Tuscaloosa.
I got to go visit my Ginny in Tennessee (Gahhh!!!) – and we somehow forgot to take a picture. =0 However, here is my nephew, Wellington, eating lettuce. =)
While I was visiting Ginny, we ventured to Nashville and found this fabulousness. 🙂

I am so so thankful for a wonderful year. So many good things.

Honestly, most days don’t look like that though. Most days look like this:

My work and my Wonderpup and my Mickodemus and all the blankets.

Like, 97% of my days look like this. I’m not complaining. I have things to work on and my family and my Wonderpup and books and my husband has made the Hippie Hut so so cozy. I can’t thank him enough for all the work he’s done to make my bedroom super comfy for me too.

Since I’m usually in what I call my Sheldon Cooper spot on the bed, I especially grateful that my dreams of writing have started to come to true.

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was in the 3rd grade and my teacher, Miss White, always told me I could. She even called my dad’s house until she passed away (and I was grown) every time the movie version of my favorite book when I was in her class – Sarah Plain And Tall – came on TV. ❤ My high school creative writing teacher, and dear friend, Mrs O’Rourke continued to encourage and support me as well. I’ve been so blessed.

And, finally, in the grand scheme of things, it’s a small thing, but it’s a big one to me.

After having to let go of my hair last September, I’m grateful for fur.


I realize this is a long post – but, honestly, after so many posts this year about all of the really difficult health challenges – and there are many – I wanted to just focus on all the blessings today.

Despite the RA and the broken bones and the pain, I have so much love and so much joy and I am truly blessed.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.

Be well. Love your people and your furries. Eat lots of yummy food. Hail State and Who Dat!

Grace and Blessings.


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