Friday, November 13, 2020

My 30 Days Of Gratitude And Beyond...


The other day I mentioned that my "30 Days of Gratitude" would be written and published soon. Because. Quite a few of my social media peeps post theirs during the month of November. Every single day. For 30 days. I tried doing that. But. Sometimes I get really busy and I fall behind. So. Even though I have more than 30 things to be grateful for, here are my "30 Days of Gratitude." 

1. Lisa. Always and for more reasons than I could possibly list. 

2. Our kids. Our family has grown over the past years. We have 4 rescue furry kids. Our life revolves around them. They are our world. 

3. Our previous home. We rented the bottom half of a 2 family home back in July of 2012. We loved our home and the neighborhood. 

4. Our health. So far, so good. Even during this COVID-19 shit. Knock on wood. We don't take our health for granted. We don't assume that tomorrow is always guaranteed. 

5. Bodacious Biscuit Love. We spread lots and lots and lots of Bodacious Biscuit Love over the years.

6. Lisa's employment. She is going on 19 years with her company. She has gotten promotions over the years. She has worked hard for where she is at now. Management.

7. Books. I don't have the best relationship with my Mom, but we share a love of books. We have utilized Media Mail a lot. The bookshelves are filled in our home office.

8. My work at home experience. It has given me the knowledge, education, and determination to do great things. On my own. I don't have to be at the beck and call of shady entrepreneurs. 

9. My last Independent Living Student. She let me know that it was time to retire. 

10. The Mother of my last Independent Living Student. The cherry on top of the proverbial sundae. As the saying goes, "The apple does not fall far from the tree."

11. The memories made. We made a lot of sweet memories in our old home that we rented for almost 8 years.

12. Lisa's Mom and Dad. They're pretty great. Always there.

13. My cousin. After over 2 decades, we reconnected. Unexpectedly. 

14. The week of perspective a year ago. Yeah. We listened. We learned. We knew nothing was going to change. 

15. What transpired after the week of perspective a year ago. We decided to buy a house. After the Christmas season.

16. The first week of January. We toured a house that was perfect for us and our family. We made an offer. The sellers accepted. 

17. One of the greatest days of our life was sending you an email letting you know about it. Yep. we should have told you why, but we didn't. But, we know deep down, you knew why.

18. We officially became homeowners. Yep. We celebrated after 5 weeks of stress.

19. A few days after closing, we moved. So many people showed up to help. We rented a U-Haul. It took almost 8 hours to move. What was noticed by all is that YOU did not lend a hand despite everything we did for you for almost 5 years. That was okay. Your true colors radiated.

20. The immediate change. We went from daily stress and unnecessary noise and being yelled and sworn at and YOU allowing it to happen peace and quiet.

21. Our new neighbors are awesome. Seriously. We are very lucky and grateful and humbled.

22. My Work at Home Dog Mom life does not revolve around... Enough said.

23. Lisa's staycations no longer revolve around you. Or you. Or you. Or you. 

24. We know the difference between conditional and unconditional. Yep.

25. Our circle has gotten smaller. That is okay. 

26. You no longer have a "Lisa For That." Enough said.

27. Our house. Our home. Our rules. 

28. Eliminating our Big Bodacious Painting Project deadlines. Painting the interior home has gone from overheling to it being fun.

29. Our new dining room set. And, all the other treasures we stumbled on amid the Facebook Marketplace.

30. Extetending kindness and love. Always. Every single day. Because that is who we are.

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