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As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday I am reminded of all the things I could be grateful for!  However, since things really aren’t nearly as important as the people in my life, I wanted to share  a little note of thanks to my peoples!

In the past few years my life has made a huge turn around… 3 years ago I was at a stage in my life where I felt a need to flee my city of choice and return home.  It’s a bit of a complex twisted story that may involve the ending of long-rough relationship, a touch on loneliness, mixed with a break in to my town house, cost of living out pacing my income, betrayal from former friends.  So with that came a sudden urge to up and leave and start over.  I’ve come a long way. 

This year has been full of lots of “I Loves.”  I’m in a happy place…These phrases are often uttered between my husband and I.  “I love our house”…it really is perfect mix of character and enough storage space in a nice area of town. I feel home!  “i love our dog”…he adds so much joy and entertainment to our lives.  He has broken us into the idea of what parenting is REALLY like! And we even share “I love you” to each other.  It is a sense of contentment.  But I don’t think I’d be in this place with out the love and support of some pretty special people.

I’m grateful for my parents- who quietly supported my decision to up and leave Chicago, who have helped me scatter my life across the most of WI and Illinois (8 cities and 12 “homes” in 10 years).  Who gladly welcomed my now husband into our family, and let me have the perfect wedding at their house.  For recognizing the value of family, and maintaining old traditions, and carrying out new ideas.

For my sister-in-laws who understood that there was so much more to the story.  For letting me crash at your place at a moments notice.  Sharing experiences of dishonesty and beating cheated on.  For going out of your way to invite me to things to help me “escape” from the constant inner struggle. And for your girls…letting me experience love and laughter through some great memories created with them. 

For my brothers who gave extra hugs, or kisses on the cheek.  For telling me what they REALLY thought- and reassured me in my decision to leave.  To welcome Brent with open arms, and treat him as another brother, and friend.  To let me tag along with you and your friends, and sometime even tell your friends how proud you were of me.

For Jenny and Megan, Who are the epitome of best friends.  Who dropped whatever they were doing to lend an ear or hand no matter what time of day.  Who listened intently and encouraged me to “do” what I needed to do.  To cherish our friendship still as years and distance have grown.

For Brent- who allowed me to open up.  For being honest and open from the start.  For being adventurous and follow the rules all at the same time.  For recognizing that little things everyday are far more important that the big stuff that happens occasionally throughout the year. 

For the friends I’ve reacquainted with from my home town- For understanding my resentment.  For mature and honest discussions, for early morning running groups (even if we don’t do it regularly) and evening volleyball…or any idea of getting together to be social!  For letting loose and having a good time no matter what the situation.  For introducing me to Brent!

I’m very grateful that I was able to share fond memories with grandparents who have now passed on.  For family members who recognize the importance of just being together. 

I’m also grateful for this blog…as silly as it seems, I began this blog a bit over a year ago not knowing what I was doing or where I was headed.  I had no idea what I was going to post about, or why I created it in the first place.  This blog has been an outlet for me…sometimes venting fear or frustration, or sharing some of the things I’ve done with others and the appreciation I get in return.  For the ability to express myself to unknown readers who may be able to identify with my situation.  While my addiction to the Internet has grown a bit stronger, I feel much more connected to something much bigger…even if it’s just a random post on my measly blog. I feel better at the end of the day knowing I have it!

I wish everyone a safe and happy thankgiving!


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My ten things…or more

I’m thankful that I have an awesome family, that we are “normal” in our own form of the definition. 

I’m thankful that I have 3 pretty cool brothers that allow me to hang out with them; for sister-in-laws that are even cooler and that don’t talk about hunting or fishing at every family get together….and 3 ridiculously cute, fun, and joyful nieces! I’m the luckiest aunt EVER!

I’m thankful that I have  fiancee that allows me to make a mess, and he helps me clean up sometimes.  And for waking up early in the morning, cause you do that SO much better than I EVER will!

I am thankful for my 2 strong legs that take me lots of places, and for deciding to return to running marathons around the country….and that the rest of my body continues to allow that to happen.

 I’m thankful that I continue to meet new people and make new Friends….that my best friends still want to see me and spend time together although our geographical distance continues to grow.

I’m thankful that I have a friend named Jon, who planted a seed in my head, and it keeps growing! I’ve allowed myself to give it light and water it from time to time….and it’s growing.  Maybe I can have a garden some day.

I’m thankful that I got to spend so many wonderful amazing years with my grandma Lange. I’m pretty lucky to have such a wise, hip woman as my gramma….and I’m glad she and grandpa continue to look out for me 🙂

I’m thankful that my ability continue to search and explore all of the terrifying things out there…like text messaging, and blogging.  Also that my mind and eyes, explore new things to do and new places to see….but more importantly in 2007 that I see and do things in a different light than in years past.  I’ve embraced forgiveness, and explored possibilities and seeing people for who they are as loving, often times lonely individuals.

I’m thankful that my car is still alive and kicking, that Brent and I have merged households and are peacefully living together with disappearing storage, and a Harley.

I’m thankful for Wisconsin cheese, and tasting Ghiradelli ice cream while exploring the site of San Fran with new friends. For the mysterious Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that show up on my desk on random mornings.  For mouthwatering meals, and the times that I can have chips for dinner, and it’s satisfying.

I’m thankful for camera’s and photos…for capturing the best and worst of times.  And then telling the story through scrapbooks.

I’m thankful that I found my “happy List” that I made years ago and that seeing it made me so happy.  For reliving the creation of that list and smiling at all the random things that continue to make me happy.

I’m thankful for big cities and country woods, for seeing the oceans on both the east coast and west, for bridges that gratify me and birds that make me cringe.  For all the beautiful things that I have yet to see, but look forward to seeing in the coming months, years, decades, as long as my body and mind will allow me to do so!

I’m thankful for the Internet, and for really great bridal bargains that make wedding planning so much more budget friendly and gratifying for people like me who are always looking for the best deal.

I’m thankful for books, and appreciating the stories, wisdom, and experiences they share with all who read them.  That when I read them I see a little piece of myself in the character and they allow me to go on the adventure with them.  For Barnes and Noble being open late and that they have comfy chairs, and I’m a member of the discount club.

I’m thankful that my mom is my best friend!

I’m thankful that my fiancee encourages me to wear cute shoes.  That he is okay with me wearing heals that make me taller than he is.

I’m thankful that I’ve learned to appreciate being a girl and continue to embrace womanhood. 

I’m thankful that I have girlfriends, that we can talk for hours, and catch up after months and years of not keeping in touch.

I’m thankful that I get lots of really great hugs, and I can share my beautiful smile at least once per day (but usually more).  That I can laugh often, and hard!

I’m thankful that I have a really cozy bed to oversleep in, and big cushy couch and chair that suck my body in for hours on dreary days when I want to rest.

I’m thankful for  the ability to be a kid, to play, to dance, to be 4, to enjoy all the little things in life that many people pass by on a daily basis.

Happy THANKS-giving

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Photo Shoot…aren’t we cute?

So I recently returned to San Francisco Bay area for a whirlwind of a weekend, as I mentioned in my previous post.  My friend Jon invited us over for the Gordon Thanksgiving….what an experience! While I didn’t get to experience the actual sit down meal, I saw the craziness of hosting 50 plus people.  better yet, I saw the aftermath and all the goofy festivities following the meal.  Honestly it looked like they just fed an army, or the Last Supper, depending on how you look at things.  There was literally food in every common area in the house.  Hmm…and it was delicious.

However following the craziness we kicked back and reminisced.  Since I neglected to take pictures of my latest and greatest friend last time I came to visit, this occasion required it.  As you can see from the pics… it started out pretty chill…

it started as a pretty chill moment….

They progressed to get pretty goofy…..

They progressed to get pretty goofy

Until finally our true feelings emerged.  Honestly, I have no idea what inspired this moment…but whatever it was, it’s now captured and rather entertaining 🙂

Finally our true feelings emerged!

Very entertaining, I love wearing hats!

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