Wednesday, November 22, 2017


'Tis the season to reflect on all we have to be thankful for. This should be a daily exercise for us, but I'm glad that a holiday comes around once a year that reminds us to reflect on the many blessings in our life. I usually do a 10-day series of Thanksgiving posts but this year I decided to do one post instead! Here are some of the many things I am thankful for.

1. This Guy

Phil keeps me on my toes and prevents me from taking things too seriously. We celebrated 6 months of marriage this past weekend, which kind of blows my mind! Our first year of marriage is going to fly by!

2. Our Growing Baby

My baby bump at 24 weeks
While I don't love being pregnant due to how hard it makes it to manage my RA (I had to go off my most effective $1,000/week injection), I feel so grateful that we were able to conceive so easily and quickly and that the baby's development has been healthy and normal.

3. Our Sweet Kitty

Yes, she prefers Phil by a landslide, but it makes me appreciate the moments when she will cuddle with me even more. I never thought I'd be a cat lady but Phil has certainly made me one. I can't imagine our house without our furry little friend!

4. My Supportive Family

My beautiful nieces and nephews!

My siblings and their spouses

My dear mom, who is looking at my dad with such adoration and love

My dad during his very funny and sweet speech at our wedding. Phil is a lot like him - they have a strong sense of humor, hate attention, and have the softest hearts.
I don't know what I'd do without the love and support of my family!

5. The Amazing Wedding We Pulled Off

Our wedding was all I had dreamed of and more. I'm especially proud of the fact that I DIY'd so much of it - with the help of family and friends. Of course the most amazing part was marrying this guy!

This is one of my favorite photos from the day. You can see how happy I am wrapped in the arms of Phil!

6. The Travel Adventures We've Had

From hiking in Southern California...

to skipping rocks on the beaches of San Diego...

to hiking in Maui...

to hiking in Northern Minnesota...

to hiking in Western North Carolina!

We packed a lot of adventures into the past year! I guess you can tell how much we love hiking since we tend to hike on every trip we take!

7. Friends

URL  turned IRL friends

College friends

I'm lucky to have so many wonderful, supportive friends who have been there for me through good and bad!

8. A Warm House and a Fridge Full of Food

Through my involvement on my company's United Way Campaign committee, I've become even more aware of how many people are struggling in my community - 25% of the people in the broader Twins Cities area live in poverty. That is such a sad statistic. I thought about how very fortunate I am when I was loading up my grocery cart with food for Thanksgiving weekend. We have a warm house and never have to worry about how we will pay the heating or electricity bills.

What are you thankful for? To all my American readers, have a very happy Thanksgiving!


Nora said...

Oh, I love this post!
I'm thankful for friends, family, an amazing medical/care team and health insurance, a work environment that is fun, flexible and challenging and my rock, my husband. He's been such a dear to me lately and there is no way I would get through any of this without him. <3

Marlys said...

There is so much to be thankful for, as we all know of families who are struggling with so many issues. I am so grateful for the good health as that is such a struggle for some, especially at the Holidays.

Jeanie said...

My favorite gratitude post of the season! I am grateful my cancer was (hopefully) over and didn't spread; for wonderfully supportive family and friends; for sweet Baby Grand and Sweet Baby Lizzie; for a home I love and friends and family to share it with.

Big hugs!

katielookingforward said...

I'm thankful that my job that I don't always love at least lets me be my self while I'm there. I'm thankful that I get to go to my grandparents house tomorrow for thanksgiving. And thankful that I was able to skip going to their church tonight so I could have a little wind down time of my own this evening.

Leigh said...

You have so many amazing things to be thankful for! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Stephany said...

This was so fun to read! What a blessed life you lead, Lisa. So many good things on this list! (Minus the RA flare-ups, ugh.)

I have so much to be thankful for, as well, especially the strong relationship I have with my mom and brother, my friends, my job, reading, financial stability, and a ton of other things that are slipping my mind.

missris said...

Awww that photo of you in Phil's arms is so sweet!

Gracie said...

You've had a wonderful and exciting year for sure! Happy Thanksgiving!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Six months of marriage!? It feels like about two weeks ago that you got married!

I am thankful for a weekend with nothing to do but get festive; we've been thoroughly enjoying this weekend.

Amber said...

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving and you definitely had a lot to be thankful for this year. I am definitely very very thankful for those basic things I have like a roof over my head and the ability to purchase healthy and nourishing food as I know many people are not so lucky! I have been overwhelmed with thankfulness and gratefulness this entire year, but especially the last few weeks as I've been so blessed by our sweet little family!