Today I am grateful for one more year! One more year of love, laughter, blessings and opportunities. Today I am turning 46 which just seems absolutely absurd. In a blink I have been 21, 30, 40…all those milestone birthdays and now I’m just plain old 46. There are so many days when I question whether there is something I am missing. Should I be doing something else with my life that is more impactful? Should I be striving harder to move up the ladder or striving harder to be a better mom at home? All of those questions that I’m sure plague many of us every day. The difference for me at 46 is I have the confidence to know it is up to me every day how I want to respond and shape my life. And I believe that I can! So today here are just a few things I am grateful for.
I am grateful to still have my mom here with me. Knowing I will hear her tell me she is reminiscing and thinking about her little pink bundle and how happy she was the day I was born will make me so happy. Sure, I will totally roll my eyes and pretend I think it is cheesy but deep down inside knowing how much she means it will make my day.
I am grateful for my man who is so imperfect but so incredibly perfect for me. If you have been around this little blog long you know I am not an easy one to love but he does every single day. He completes me.
I am so grateful for my family. I realize another year with a healthy family is a blessing. Seeing their faces today will make my day. They are my greatest gifts.
I am grateful for my friends both near and far. Being blessed with positive and supportive friends is a gift I am not sure I deserve but one I definitely cherish.
I am grateful for my home and the comfort it provides. There are a thousand and one things I would do to “upgrade” but the home I have provides shelter and comfort and everything I really need.
I am grateful for grace. My oh my how I fail every single day and I am so grateful for a savior who knew I would and still chose to extend grace anyway.
I am grateful I have learned to be myself. So many years of my life were wasted trying to be someone else; anyone else but who I really was. My skin feels so good these days and being comfortable in it has been the biggest blessing.
I am grateful for my health. Having a body that can still keep up with all my kids and do the things I love to do is such a gift and I know it could be taken from me in an instant. I honestly am probably still a good 15 pounds over my “ideal” weight and honestly some BMI calculations would classify me as overweight but I feel stronger than I have most of my life.
In this 47th year I know there will be some unknown struggles and I hope that I can face them with courage. I hope I can day dream of the future without letting it cloud the every day joys I have right in front of me. Mindful health is a gift, I hope to continue taking care of myself eating “real” food and exercising but also making sure to indulge in my favorite things now and again. Loving God and others and unselfishly providing grace when it is least expected is something I hope this year will call me to.
Today I am 46….here’s to the best years yet to come!