Thursday, November 12, 2015

10 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 1

Today I am starting my 10 Days of Thanksgiving post series, which is something I have done on this blog every year since I started blogging in 2008.  As a person who tends to focus on the future, goals, and what I am striving for, I tend to under-appreciate the many gifts and blessings in my life. This post series is a yearly reminder to stop, look around, and marvel at all there is to be thankful for!  Granted this should happen more than once a year but I am glad that I at least spend a lot of time reflecting on it each November.  Whether or not November holds the holiday of Thanksgiving for you, I encourage you to reflect on all there is to be thankful for and share something different each day in the comments!

Today I am thankful for Phil.

I'm starting off with a big area of thanksgiving in my life.  I am thankful for my relationship with Phil. We've been in each other lives for over three years and have been through some difficult things such as the loss of a parent, an unwanted cross-country relocation and challenges in our careers.

Phil's silly side never fails to make me smile and laugh.
But through it all, we have grown closer and have gained a better understanding of each other. We have many things in common, such our livelihoods, love of being outdoors and exercising, and our calm, rational temperaments.

Dressed in our best for a friend's wedding.
 
We love to sweat together.
But we certainly have our differences.  But the differences are what keep things interesting and prompt the most deep and intriguing conversations and debates. He challenges me to explain why I have the views I have or feel the way I feel about things, and vice versa.  He is inquisitive but always respectful when we don't see eye to eye on things.

Dressed up for Halloween!

He's the most loyal person I know and he takes care of the people in his life, like his mom and our beloved kitty Oscar.  

So much love between these two!


We've made a lot of memories over the years and I hope there are many more to come.



And I'm shaking then I'm still
When your eyes meet mine I lose simple skills
Like to tell you all I want is now
~ Snow Patrol
What are you thankful for today?

19 comments:

Charis Faith said...

y'all have been through so much together! I think you make a great team!!!

Marlys said...

Beautiful!

Jeanie said...

I am thankful for Phil, too. No, we've never met but I am grateful for all the joy he has brought to your life and I admire his steadfastness through your tough times, his (actually both of your) willingness to reconnect and rebuild your relationship after Charlotte and then he's a cat guy! What's not to love. Mostly, he has made you happy and that's the most important of all.

Vanessa Meads said...

This is so so sweet! I love it. Great idea for a post series.

Amber said...

I always love your 10 days of Thanksgiving posts every year and of course really love this post! I am so happy you and Phil have found each other and it's definitely obvious by talking to you that you have a very special relationship and both really love and respect each other. Can't wait to meet Phil in person one day!

Nora said...

I just love this!!! Gave me all the goosebumps :) Can't wait to meet him. It's happening in early 2016 I tell you. It must! xo

San said...

Ah, this is so sweet! I am glad you and Phil found each other! :)

Carolina John said...

Nice! yea, Phil's pretty great. Might as well hang onto him for a while.

Stephany said...

What a sweet post! I'm so glad you two found one another. :)

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Yay, I love when you do your 10 days of Thanksgiving!!! So happy you and Phil have found each other and he has made you so happy! You do seem to have a lot of fun adventures together, which as you know- i think is a sign of a good relationship. Also enjoyed meeting him a few weeks ago!

Erin said...

Okay--- you know I love your Day 10 posts. And I'm so happy to see YOU so happy with Phil! I have loved hearing about the journey your relationship has taken these past 3 years. Look forward to continuing to read your thankful posts the rest of the month!!!!

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I am so glad that you and Phil found each other! The fact that you have been through things like the cross country move and have survived it speaks volumes! He also seems like the kind of guy who can understand your drive and can keep up with your sense of adventure. I say that is a huge win!!

I am thankful that I applied online for the job that I have even though I already had a job and I never thought I would get this position. In the last year and a half, I have learned so much and have really had a good time doing it!

Linda said...

Dawww :) I love when bloggers share about their relationships!

Leigh said...

Love this! It seems like you guys are perfect together and am so glad you were able to reconnect once you moved back :)

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Awwwe, I love this post :-) Happy couples make me happy. You two definitely seem like a good match. You look adorable together. Also, just from reading, I totally get the sense that you're both calm and rational (and very nice) people. Would love to meet you both one day!!

Jenny said...

Love this post! Happiness is infectious and it's made me smile :D

Abby said...

This post makes me more happy that you'll ever know! I am so glad you have found someone who makes you shine :) You two are so great together. I'm a little bummed I live on the other side of the country, and haven't gotten to know him as well -- but soon that will change ;). It really doesn't matter though. I know he makes my sister happy, and that's the important part!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I'm glad you have Phil too. You seem very happy when you write about him!

A said...

Yay! I am so behind but you guys are still the cutest. XOXO