This November, I am going to be updating this blog daily - I will be adding all of the things I am thankful for each day! Some days may be the things that happen that day - others will be things in my life!
Stay tuned for each day :)
November 1 - I am thankful for my supportive and loving husband! Without him, I would be an obsessive, over reacting, clean freak! With him, I am more clam, loving and happy! Thank you Josh for being my ROCK! I am a happier person because you are apart of my life!
November 2 - I am thankful for our beautiful daughter! Every day she seems to amaze me! I'm thankful for her interest in books :) Tonight, she helped me read her bedtime story - she read ALMOST the whole thing (I begin the sentence and she finished it with the correct picture!) She is so loving and happy! She is full of spunk and has truly made our lives meaningful! She is such a blessing :)
November 3 - Today I am thankful for technology! My mom and I SKYPE often-today being one of those "often" moments, because she happens to be online the same times that we are! Callie LOVES to SKYPE with her & has started saying "SKYPE" - in her own terms :) Just another way to stay connected to my mom (I can't help it I have been a mommy's girl my whole life!) and Callie's Gramma.
November 4 - I am so thankful for great friends :) Along with that, I'm thankful for their children! To know that we have found amazing friends in Austin and are able to allow our children to spend time together means more to me than so many things! Also for the fact that these friends hold the man to my daughters heart! That's right - Casey - my daughter LOVES you!
November 5 - This may sound crazy, but I am SO THANKFUL for Walgreens tonight! They had a promotion going for 25 FREE 4X6 prints. I did a little photo editing, used 5 email accounts and received 125 FREE 4X6 pictures that we are going to stuff inside of our Christmas Quiz this year :) WHOA WHO! Now that is how you save around the holidays!
November 6 - Today I am thankful for my Faith! We have been doing a better job of going to church again :) I want Callie to grow up in this loving, spiritual environment. This morning; however, was not my finest parenting moment. I woke up and was seriously "too" tired to go to Church. I felt horrible. But tonight, when Callie and I started praying, I saw my precious Angel sitting in my lap, hands folded, eyes clothes, listening to every word I prayed. When I finished, I said, "Amen" and her sweet words repeated by saying her version of "Amen" (not sure how to type that)! I knew God had forgiven us for not being in this Sunday's Congregation.
November 7 - Today I am thankful for my job! I love what I do and I am so thankful for the job security that I have! I went to school to become a teacher, and that is what I'm doing - I followed my dreams and achieved my goals! Our day care provider was ill today, so I stayed home with Callie. It was so refreshing to know how honest I could be with my employers! My boss told me, "that sometimes this happens when we are parents, enjoy your day off with your daughter"! And that I did ;)
November 8 - Today I am SO thankful for our day care provider, Jessica! She is AMAZING! Callie was very crabby this morning (overly tired), but no matter what, she is always SO happy to see Jessica in the morning. It is the best feeling to know how happy your own daughter is parting from you everyday, but getting to spend it with her good pal, Jessica! We are more than thankful to have Jessica in our lives :) She is family to us!
November 9 - Today I am thankful for the community of Austin!!! Thank you for supporting our schools and voting YES to our referendum!!!!!!!
November 10 - Today I am thankful for GOOD DEALS! I scored 127 boxes of Kleenex (100 count) for $17.00 TOTAL! Yes, it's a lot of boxes, but this stuff DOES NOT go bad and you simply cannot beat that price :) Thank you to my friend who shared the good news with me :) I was able to pass it onto some friends :)
November 11 - Today is Veteran's Day, so first, I would like to thank my DAD! He is an amazing man who served our country for 31 years! I love you more everyday Dad!! My Grandpa who is 86 years old (I think I have his age correct) and still rocking it! My brother in law, Bruce, who is serving our country with his family in Okinawa, Japan! My sister, Heidi Bredlow, who served our country proudly and STILL serves as she supports her husband! My "brother" (Godmother's son) Nathan VanBogart, who is currently serving in Kuwait - Love you man :) And for all of those serving our country - THANK YOU! I am also SO VERY THANKFUL that God is watching over my daughter as she battles the flu :( Her poor tummy can't keep anything down, but He is helping her rest peacefully through the night (so far) so she can get better!
November 12 - Today I am thankful for my girl Shannon! We got together yesterday for the first time since the beginning of the summer. It was like we hadn't been apart! The moment we saw each other we started chit chatting and the moment we parted was the first time we stopped! I'm so thankful to have such good friends in my life!
November 13 - I'm so thankful for the blessings in my life! To be able to take one entire day, relax, take naps with my hubby, cuddle with my daughter, grocery shop with no financial worries (and lots of coupons), and spend time with my family. It's days like this that make me smile :)
November 14 - Today I am thankful for my husbands understanding in my ability to sleep anywhere at any moment! We were all playing in the living room, I made the mistake of laying down on the floor to play with Callie...just like that, I was out cold.
November 15 - Today I am thankful for my loving marriage :) 3 years ago today, I married my best friend! I think back to how "in love" I was on this day, and I can't believe that I love him more today than ever! Josh, you have made me the happiest woman! I love our conversations, our commitment to each other, our moments where we only understand each other, and the beautiful daughter we have made together! I can only imagine how amazing our second child will be! I love you with my whole heart!
November 16 - Today I am thankful for two things! First, my good friend Alyssa :) She is such a good friend with a heart of gold! Thank you for the surprise card in the mail - I loved it and it made my day :) Also, I'm thankful for today being the day that Callie turned 20 months! I can't believe my baby is 20 months old already! You'd think she was two by the way she's been acting! Still love her :)
November 17 - Today I am thankful for Kix, our cat! Every morning, we open the drapes to welcome a new day into our home! We then leave for work. Every afternoon when we come home from work, we close those drapes...meaning the ONLY time these drapes are open is when we aren't home! Thank you Kix for enjoying the sunshine while we work our tails off to support you :)
November 18 - Today I am thankful for the gifts God has provided us with! So often you hear, God wouldn't give you anything you can't handle...boy is that true :) The McRae's are SO blessed!!!
November 19 - Today I am thankful for our family and friends! Josh and I always knew how blessed we were with such amazing relationships :) Yesterday and today have been a whirl-wind of feelings :) We are so unbelievably excited for the birth of our TWINS; however, it is our family and friends that are going to help us get through this :) Thank you for your love and support :) Here I've been stressing how on earth Callie will still receive attention, and out of the woodwork she'll be more spoiled in June than she is now :) THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
November 20 - Today I am thankful for the love and laughter Callie brings into our lives! We go about our days like clockwork. We love spending every moment we can with Callie, but sometimes, I think we take that for granted. We drove up to my mom and dad's house to drop Callie off until Tuesday. Josh and I have conferences ALL day Monday & Tuesday, so we figured it would be best to have one of our parents watch her. It worked out best to have her at my parents for two days. When we got home tonight, I couldn't believe how empty our house felt. No giggles, no sassy meltdowns, no "Hi Mommy!" It's sad. I love her more than anything, but I miss her so much already! I feel like we're a boring couple without her - how on earth did we have fun before her?!
November 21 - Today I am thankful for technology! Because of technology, I am able to talk to my daughter on the phone when I am away from her (and miss her TERRIBLY), see pictures of her that my mom is emailing me throughout the day (because she knows how much I miss her), and receive constant updates on her day :) Man I miss my baby girl!
November 22 - Today I am thankful for my slow cooker :) Call me crazy, but after two long days, it's so nice to come home to a nice pot of cooked food :) YUMMY FRENCH DIPS for the McRae's tonight :) MMM...and sweet potato fries :)
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