This year has been a year – and it’s not over yet! I’m so thankful that I’ve survived what has probably been the hardest year of my life after losing my Dad. I’m still grieving but with each passing day I realize I am getting stronger and that’s a good thing because for a while I kept feeling like all the air kept getting sucked out of the room. And that feeling sucked. So with the holiday season upon us and this being the first Christmas without my Dad (and his birthday is near Christmas too) I want to focus on what I’m thankful for because that is what keeps me going on a daily basis.
My Dog, Cher
I’m sure that lots of people think I’m ridiculous about my dog. I am and I am totally okay with that. We adopted Cher two Thanksgivings ago and it was the best decision we ever made. She came into my life when I was struggling on a lot of levels. I think she was struggling too, she spent 3 years in 3 different shelters and just needed someone to love her. We were a perfect match and 3 months into her adoption I was happier, healthier (down 30 pounds) and was coming out of my fog and focusing on what was important. I didn’t think I could love a dog as much as I love a person but I do. And this dog gives me back so much more than I could’ve ever asked for, so for that I’m grateful.
My family and friends
I love my family. I talk to my mom, one of my sisters, or a combination of all 3 every single day. My husband is just the kindest, sweetest man and I’m lucky to be married to such a wonderful guy. I’m surrounded by support and unconditional love. How could I not be thankful for these great people?
And my small circle of friends that are so amazing are my family too. The laughter, the daily silliness, the texts, emails and phone calls make life good and I am so grateful to feel so loved.
And you, my knitting friends
I came back to blogging this summer and have been happily surprised by how big of an embrace I’ve received from the knitting community. The comments you leave here and on social media. The emails and direct messages…it feels good to have a place to share what I love with like minded people and this is just the beginning. Knitting is the thing that calms me and brings me such joy. I’m happy you are a part of what brings me joy too.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my US friends and I will be back next week! Thanks for reading my little corner of the internet.