Thankful Trees and Other Things

FallI seem to always want to blog more when it gets colder, a chill in the air. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the temperature, the leaves, the activities and the way it makes me feel introspective and most like myself. It’s a time for tea, journaling, and curling up with a blanket and a good book. On a whim, I created a  Thankful “Tree” where Greg and I write what we are thankful for on leaves every day during the month of November. I felt like that was more personal and special than Facebook (though, more power to you if you’re posting your thankfulness on Facebook! We need more positivity). I am hoping to keep this Thankful Tree tradition going as a family thing, especially when we have children. It will be awesome to add what they are thankful for, as well as have them see what Mom and Dad were thankful for when we were “younger.”

I think I’m having major baby fever since one of my best friends just had an adorable and awesome baby boy. I’m longing for family time, family photos, family dinners and being in charge of a little human and shaping their life. Holidays are so much more fun, too, especially Halloween, Christmas and Easter.

And damn have my life goals changed.

Now I want to make our home the most important place to be for Greg, myself and our furbabies (and eventual human babies). I vacuumed and mopped the floors today and had fun for Christ’s sake. I am beginning to feel like family time, togetherness, love and comfort are the most important things I can provide to anyone, and that’s worth more to me than money or a cushy career. Especially better than dealing with assholes and asshole bosses. My time is my own, I make my own schedule, and I’m my own boss—unless you count Greg and the cats and Hank. I enjoy cooking wholesome meals for my family and being here to take care of the furbabies if they get sick, or just being here to let Hank out to pee and take him to the dog park.

I am glad that I can write and work from home, and work a part-time job for some extra income for a local small pet supply business that sells products I believe in. It’s so much less stressful than an office job, and I love talking to people about their pets. I feel like something with pets was always sort of part of what I was meant to do, especially because of my upbringing. I grew up with 16 cats, three dogs and a lot of fish. My Dad used to work for the Humane Society and my Mom grew up on a farm and loves all animals. I could never be a vet because MATH and I also don’t think I could ever put someone’s baby to sleep. As for working in adoption, I’d cry myself to sleep every night or adopt all the animals we can’t afford and don’t have room for. So to me, this seems like a logical compromise for working with animals. 

Dare I say, I’m pretty content with life right now, baby fever withstanding. We have two very loved and spoiled cats and a dog who has changed our lives for the better in more ways than I could possibly say. My parents are my best friends, and I see them more often now that I don’t have a corporate job and I quit smoking. I survived a stroke this year, and that’s definitely something to be thankful for—especially because it was the catalyst I needed to get Greg and I to kick our smoking habit.  I love Greg more and more each day, and we are learning, together, what marriage means to us. I’m learning every day who I am and what I want to achieve in this #blessed life of mine. I’m so thankful for every last trauma we dealt with this year, because it has given me so much to be happy about and thankful for. I’m so happy that every day, I get to live in a neighborhood I love in the perfect house and next to fantastic neighbors, who I feel will be lifelong friends.
Life is good sitting here in my own little cozy office while listening to the rain fall outside. I’m loving life right now, so much, and I feel like our Thankful Tree will be full and bountiful in our family’s lifetime.

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