Thursday, November 28, 2013

So much to be THANKful for!

LONG POST ALERT...Each year we celebrate being thankful on one given day... As I reflected on this past year and the upcoming one as well, I began to wonder ... What exactly is the definition of "thankful?" Merriam-Webster says that it is defined as a "conscious of benefit received" and "glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists..." 

I hope to have this "consciousness" each and every day. 

Some things that I am thankful past, present and future... 

My sweet and loving hubbie {we have known each other since "back in tha day" when I was 14 and he was 16}. You will always be my "Sweets of all Sweets". I love you to the MOON, MOON, MOON! 

My gorgeous, beautiful children born from my HEART and SOUL! I knew that I would be a mom one day, but did not know that God would send a modern day stork {in the form of adoption} to our doorstep. To be able to adopt biological siblings and have these 2 bubbly children to call my own has been one of the biggest blessings in my life!

My sister, Arbeeno {no that's not her REAL name! LOL!}, for your friendship, love, support and all things wonderful that come in the form of sisterhood. God has blessed me more than gold with your birth and continued presence in my life. 

My parents for making me the strong woman that I am today. For my dad who always reminded me to "think positive, happy thoughts and you will be positive and happy." For my mom who taught me that "there is ALWAYS more than one way to fix a problem." Both of these bits of teachings were put into OVERDRIVE while going through the trial when adopting our son. Seems quite meant to be, doesn't it?

Friendship. I have the BEST friends in the world ... supportive, generous, loving and EXTREMELY TOLERANT {of this silly girl} friends. You give me laughter, joy and a mental break from the stresses of the daily regime. My life would be less rich without you in it. Thank you so much for your friendship {you know who you are} past and present. 

I am also thankful for my career as a teacher. I was (am) an "I refuse to grow up" type of person and a little bit of a late bloomer. It took me a while ... A good while ... To figure out wanted I wanted to be when I grow up. Once I found the education profession I felt right at home {and not because I was the same mental age as my kindergarten kiddos} and knew I was right where I belong.

AMERICA, land of the free, home of the brave. I am able to be a blogger and creator of Smart Tarts Learning creations because of this wonderful country. I am so thankful to be an American. I am also so thankful for you, your comments and kind words. I hope that I can get to know you better this year and years to come. 
From my family to yours ~ Happy, Happy Thanksgiving. 

Smooches ~ Nikki

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