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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What are you thankful for?

    Americans often think of the month of November as the month for giving thanks because of Thanksgiving.  While I believe we should be thankful all year round and not just one month a year, November provides us with the opportunity to take a step back an truly think about what we are thankful for.  My Mom, (I think this is her homeschooling/teacher nature coming out of her) puts together the "Thankful Tree".  We are each given a paper leaf to write what we are thankful for, at dinner each night.  They are then displayed on our living room wall for everyone to see. 

     Nothing is too small, nothing is too big to be thankful for, so it got me thinking about what I am thankful for, here are a few of the BIG ones...

My family, we are crazy, loud, nosey, large, kind and unbelievably caring.  Many people are always surprised at how close we are to one another, thinking that being from a large family we wouldn't get along... that so is NOT the case.  Growing up family was and is everything, if you didn't get along with siblings, you didn't get to play with friends.  We are always there for one another, no matter what the situation, time or place.  We love each other even if we can drive each other crazy.  I would be lost without them!

My parents, they are two of the most generous, loving, kind, and caring people I know.  They've made me into the person I am today.
My sisters - we have the craziest relationships and are able to make each other laugh at the drop of a hat.  They are constantly there for me and offer support when I need it the most.  They keep me sane... most of the time!
 
My brothers and the guys that are practically my brothers - They constantly talk cars, sports and other "guy" stuff, but I know that they would come to my defense if I ever needed it, all the way down to my 10yr old brother!
 
My nephew and niece... they don't get any cuter than this!!!  I love being an Aunt!

My Extended Family - a HUGE number of people from both sides of the family, that always make every holiday and family event crazy, loud, and SO MUCH FUN!

Great Friends - They've been with me through thick and thin.  Some of the best memories I have are from hanging out with them...

My Interior Design Company - It was a HUGE leap of faith to branch out on my own and pursue my dreams and there isn't a single part of me that regrets the decision!!

The ability to not take myself too seriously - Being able to enjoy the moment and be able to laugh really makes life more enjoyable!

Shots of Crown Royal - A tradition in honor of my Grandpa that marks every family Holiday.  We love and miss him!

 These are just a few of the things I am thankful for... What are you thankful for???

14 comments:

  1. What a fun look at your life and family! I'm thankful for so many things but this year, the top of that list is my little baby that will be here soon!

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  2. Wow...you have a tremendous list of things to be thankful for. You're lucky!

    I am grateful that my family is healthy and happy!

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  3. You definitely have a lot of things to be thankful for!!

    I also have a lot of things that I am thankful for this year... my family and our health are the top things in my list.

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  4. What a lovely post. Thanks for sharing. I'm thankful for a wonderful husband who cares for me every day.

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  5. It was so great to meet your family. How many siblings do you have? I lost count. Love it!

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  6. i feel so honored to know the two Hinderer sisters. I love the warmth your fmaily emits even in pictures and your mom and dad seem to wonderful for words!

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  7. I love the Santa shot, looks like you all were having a blast! What a wonderful, close, family you have!

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  8. Looks like you have had an amazing year! Love all of the pictures especially the one where you are all dressed up in your 4th of July finest. So much fun.

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  9. Aw, what a beautiful post! I love the tree idea :) We never talk about why we are thankful at dinner, I might do a post though! Thanks for the idea!

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  10. Sounds like an amazing year!!I absolutely love the tree idea!

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  11. You look like you have a fun family and I loved that you said you had learned not to take yourself so seriously. I think that is a real key element to life when we know we are able to make mistakes and laugh at ourselves. Love the photos. I am very thankful for my family and how close we are too.

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  12. Wow, looks like an amazing family!!!!

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