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That for which I am thankful


It might be cliché, or expected, to list out the things in your life for which you are thankful on, you know, Thanksgiving. But I don’t care! It’s always a good time to count your blessings and be thankful for each and every one. What follows here are just a few of the things for which I’m thankful.

1. My niece and nephews. My life would not be nearly as entertaining without them. My goal in life is to spoil them as much as humanly possible and then hand them back to their parents. I also find a special joy in giving them gifts that are exceptionally annoying to their parents. This year, four of them are getting Christmas presents that are sure to get confiscated within 24 hours. Mwahaha.

Nephew Two.

Who wouldn’t love this kid? He’s my brother’s son.

Nephew Three.

This is what happens when Aunt Laura is left in charge. This one belongs to my sister.

2. The great outdoors. I love the smell of fresh air, and I spend as much time outside as life allows.

At McCormick's Creek state park.

This was taken during a visit to McCormick’s Creek state park a few months ago.

3. Ryan Gosling. No explanation necessary.

Ryan Gosling.

Yes, please.

4. Co-workers. I’m blessed to have some of the best co-workers and friends around. Even though they do things like THIS.

Mouse baby.

I was mad that my mouse wasn’t working, and then I turned it over and found this. I still actually have no clue who pulled this off.

5. Ironman. I was lucky enough to show him for his owners a few times this fall, and we walked away with top honors at this particular show. (Sorry about the poor photo quality. It was the end of the show, and we were rushing to get on the road.)


Grand Champion Medium Wool Male and Champion Bred and Owned Male.

6. Stryker. He’s such a spoiled baby. I’m going to whip him into shape next year. We’ve got our eyes set on doing an extreme cowboy race at some point.

Stryker. A Gypsy Vanner stallion.

He wanted an apple. Which he got.

7. Magpie. She’s a total lady.

Magpie. A Gypsy Vanner mare.

She prefers peppermints.

8. Peyton Manning. I’ve been watching him for years, and I have a cat named after him. That’s high praise coming from me.

Peyton Manning at the Indianapolis Children's Museum.

This cutout is the closest I’ve ever come to Manning, despite years of stalking.

In all seriousness, my life is filled with blessings. Sometimes they’re unexpected or show up in disguise. Sometimes I forget to take it all in and breathe a prayer of thanks. Sometimes I don’t tell the people in my life how special they are and how much they mean to me. I guess if it takes a holiday to help me count my blessings, so be it. Happy Thanksgiving!

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” –Cicero


Author: Laura

I have a fern I named Frankenstein. I like leprechauns, practicing kung fu moves on my dining room furniture, and pretending that one day I will move to Fiji. I dislike my neighbors' kids, anything that is chartreuse, and Ben Roethlisberger.

6 thoughts on “That for which I am thankful

  1. Happy thanksgiving! !

  2. “Aunt Laura’s” are pretty much the best. That is all.

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