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I'm just a boring example of everybody else

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Things I am thankful for

This year I want to write about the things I am thankful for... it is that season ya know.

- My husband of course.  Even though he's been away for 11+ months now, he's still my strength.  Sure I blame all my problems and stuff on him, but that's what he's there for.  I still couldn't imagine myself with anyone else but him.  He makes my days worth being awake for, knowing that he will be home soon.  3 years ago, I drove across the country with nothing to find him.  You better believe i would do it again in an instant.

- My son, Elijah Westley.  Yes, Eli stresses me out to no end.  He gives me more stress and exaustion than I have ever had in my whole life.  But he also gives me the most amazing joy I have ever had.  2 years ago, I was in the hospital with him.  Thanksgiving will always hold a special place to me.  It has been the most awesome thing to watch him grow and learn.  Kids do grow too fast.  I remember him being no bigger than a bag of flour and now he's a wallking sort-of talking toddler.  Soon enough, he'll be moving off to college and getting married and what not.  He'll always be mah wee kiwi though.

- My parents.  If it wasn't for my folks, I don't know what I would do right now.  My dad is always there to listen to me bitch and moan.  My mom is always there to tell me to shut up and relax.  They also raised me, which come on.  I won't lie.  It had to be a feat.  I blame my parents completely for the person I turned into.  They had a hand in that.

- My baby sister, Chelsea.  That girl is amazing.  I heard her play the piano and I was in awe.  She has a great talent.  And she is hilarious!  I really miss her a lot.

- My seeester, Jessica.  Jessica I can bug day or night.  The drawback?  so can she.  Especially 4AM drunk as a skunk. She is strong and beautiful and I wish I could be somewhat of the person she is.  She's tough as nails and doesn't let anyone take advantage of her.  Of course, she does whine.  Not plesant.

- My grandparents, on my mom's side.  They are always there for me to talk to, and have overcome so much.  Theyre always there if I need someone to cry to or just to vent to as well.

- Grimmy.  Just Grimmy.  She knows and I know, and that's enough.

- My cousin Amanda.  Amanda is my twin, my mock-sister.  She and I share everything, especially all our problems and a lip-gloss addiction.  I miss her a ton right now.  Sometimes I feel like she's the only one that understands me completely.

- My sister-in-law, Carine.  Who has helped me immensly in the past few months, especially with my inlaws and extended family.  And her whole family and my mess of nephews.

- My family.  If it wasn't for them, I don't know where I would be right now.  They hand out tough love and it has taught me more than anything else could.

- My best friend Beth.  Beth has been my rock since Feb.  Ever since we met, we have been closer than I have ever been to anyone, not family related.  I am honored to have her and her children in my life.  Sure, her kids drive me nuts, but I love them like my own nephews.

- Ella.  She is my wiser, older (but only in numbers!), southern belle, stubborn "sister".  If I need any advice or someone to rant to, I call this girl.  Even though we haven't met, she has quickly become one of my closest friends.  I feel like I know her completely.

- Niki, same applies as Ella, although she is my total redneck-midwestern gal.  She and I both grew up hayseeds and we're embracing that past. 

- Tom and Jess, for all the help in the past 8 months or so.  :)

- Ramiah.  We've been around each other twice, but I don't think more than a day has gone by without us yacking online.  We've been there for each other through both our pregnancies and with the late night tortures of our kids.  She never fails to make me laugh.

- Le Ron (AKA Carlton, AKA Vasa), for believing in me, helping me, making me grow, believing in me (hey, thats a big thing!), and giving me an oppurtunity even though he was against it.

- Russell.  For being the greatest friend I have ever had.  For always being someone inspirational to me.  "Touched, you say that I am too.  So much of what you say is true ... I looked into your eyes and saw a world that I wish I was in.  I'll never find someone as touched as you"  No matter the years, no matter the distance, you will always remain my best friend.

- Lana, although most of this is recent.  She has become someone I talk to everyday and I feel something is missing if I don't.  She has been inspiring me to become a better person.  To look inside myself and discover why I am the way I am.

- All my friends, even if I didn't list you, you mean a lot to me.

- this deployment.  If it wasn't for this, I don't think I ever would have had this chance to get to truely discover myself.  Having all of this time to look inside myself has made me get to really know "me".

- all the chances I am getting in my life.  I honestly feel like I am truely becoming the person I always knew I was, now.

- my health and my family's health.  that no one is sick, really hurting, etc

- my finances.  I am rich by no means, but I am not where I was a year ago and i am grateful for that.

- That all my friends deployed are safe and coming home soon.

- music.  If it wasn't for that, I don't know what I would do.  Jon Crosby of VAST especially.  His music has changed me so much in the past 6 months.  My chance to have a radio show - if I don't screw it up.

- lexapro.  'nuff said.

I have a lot to be thankful for, good and bad.  Everything in your life teaches you a lesson.  I truely think I am sitting at the best time in my  life right now and it can only get better.
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