So often lost in the daily drums of life, but I’m learning to be more grateful. Occasionally I will sit for just 5-10 minutes and write a gratitude list. It can be eye-opening, and is so very simple. A great way to start, or end a day as it completely changes perspective.

Today, I am so grateful and humbled by the amazing family I have.

My husband and I celebrate 60 days into this deployment we’re in, and he remembered this and sent me the most gorgeous bouquet of gerbera daisies I have ever seen, with the most beautifully written card.IMG_7609[1]

In addition to that, and to add an extra layer of safety with type 1 diabetes while he is deployed, I went live with the new FDA approved Dexcom Share system, and my sister (in Iowa!), willingly signed on to receive my blood sugars live, from the cloud right on her iPhone.Settings

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These are the things that matter ❤

Sister Love <3

My sister and I used to have a challenging relationship (10 years between us, probably added a layer to that), however, in the last 1 1/2 years or so, we have become very close. Not only as the big sister do I feel immensely proud of her, but she is one of my best friends, and truly is there no matter what.

Look what I got in the mail yesterday (yup, she still calls me “Neen,” from when she was 5?). This people THIS, is what’s important. Family, and showing your appreciation. How lucky am I?

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Giving Thanks

I think I fail to realize on a regular basis, just how lucky I really am, taking for granted all the richness I have in my life. I have a wonderful husband, supportive and loving family that I wouldn’t trade for the world, among many other things. Life is busy and stressful on a daily basis, and I feel like I get sucked into it, failing to realize the more important things. I really do have so much to be thankful for, every day, not just one day of the year.

Things I’m thankful for:

  • My husband, and the awesome life and marriage that we’ve created together
  • My family, their support and love, and for always being there no matter what
  • My friends, see “family”
  • My furbabies, they’re unconditional love, makes me smile daily
  • My health, a challenge, but one that can be met
  • My job, I love what I do, the company I work for and the product (it’s changed my life)
  • My home, in Iowa, where I was born and raised
  • Medical technology, for helping me live a successful, healthy productive life
  • Medical insurance, I have been very lucky with wonderful health coverage that has made chronic disease, very affordable
  • The way that I was raised, with values, ethics and tough love
  • My childhood, I had such a fun childhood, and my happiness and well-being were always put first

There are so many things I’m thankful for, but these are the ones that are on my mind today.

Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you have as many things to be thankful for as I do.