It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and lose sight of all things that make life so enjoyable.
That's why I adore the Holiday's.
This time of year is all about gratitude, giving, and love. It's what makes the holiday season what it is.
I like to think that I am a grateful person, and that I don't take too much for granted. But, truth is, we all do. It's part of life. We get caught up in our own little world, and do what we need to do to survive the craziness of life, and then things that we normally would take the time to notice are put on the back burner. It's a battle that is meant to help us learn and grow.
Since I started my Radiology education, I have felt like it has taken so much time and caused so much stress, but the rewards are tenfold. I can't tell you how much better I feel knowing that I am working towards my full potential in a field I am passionate about. It would have been much easier not to go outside of my little box of comfort, but I am glad I took that leap of faith in myself. Although, mainly, for the tiny little person that I am so proud to call my daughter.
Throughout the past few years, I have had major ups and downs, and I know I have driven everyone to drink with my madness. Especially my hubs. I have meltdowns and times of pure joy. But he is always there to keep me going. I have days where I am struggling and with one conversation with Dustin, I feel energized, confident and good to go. How a person can do this for you is unreal. Why can't I do that for myself? Sheesh. Guess that's what makes marriage so great. Keeping each other solid and confident for the world.
I had a few "moments" while I was preparing for Thanksgiving to think about how far Dust and I have come. We were kids when we met. Literally. I was 16, he was 17. We have grown with one another in to everything that we are today. All we have, our decisions, it's all been together. How lucky are we?
And, although it's obvious, I am so proud and happy of the best thing we have ever done....Bringing little Jaiya Ivie in to the world.
It's a scary thing to become parents. This world has gone mad, and the thought of a child growing up in all of this mess is frightening to say the least. But, the Lord saved the strongest...So, we have faith that she will be strong, grow to be wise and set out for her dreams. That's all we could ever want. Pure happiness.
Raising kids with solid values and confidence can't be easy. But we are going to give it our all and hope for the best. She'll need it. Just like we do. I strive for balance, confidence, and bettering myself daily. It never ends. But, it's important to be what you want your kids to be.
That is my gratitude this Thanksgiving. I hope you all enjoy your holiday's, take time to reflect, and remember what makes you, YOU!
I have more pics of Thanksgiving day...once I figure out how to get them on my laptop.
Happy Thanksgiving All!