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It’s the first day of November, and the reminder that Thanksgiving is near.

And being thankful.

Originally, I thought I’d do a post a day throughout the entire month of November with something for which I was thankful. But when I sat down to think of all the things I was thankful for, I found myself being a mixture of profound and silly.

Thankful for Fall weather because I can wear my comfortable knee boots with dresses.

Really, Aimee? That’s what you’re thankful for? The short answer is yes, the “but wait, there’s more” answer is of course more elaborate.

Today, I’m focusing on the four things I am most thankful for.

I am thankful for my faith.

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I have had the priviledge of growing up in a Catholic school (before transferring to a public, country school- story for another post), then graduating from a private Christian college.  I know the value of a strong faith foundation and relationship with the Lord,  and seek to create a marriage built on those same principles.

I am thankful for having married my soul mate.

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Sometimes I wish I had figured things out and gotten this show on the road sooner. Life…….marriage…..all that good stuff. But the bottom line is that I’m thankful to have had a second opportunity to get it right.  If you had told me 7 years ago when I first dated Brian I’d marry him one day- I would’ve laughed at you. But now, here we are and I couldn’t be more thankful for sharing my life with him.

I am thankful for my family.

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I used to spend more time than I would like to admit comparing and wishing for a family other than my own. I think it’s easier to believe that some families have it all together, and that things are as perfect as their perfectly manicured lawns. What I’ve learned with age however, is that every family has faults, skeletons, and things that they’d probably want to trade….with you.

I am thankful for opportunity.

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Part of the focus of this blog is me letting go of the life I thought I was supposed to live, and learning to live the life I am meant to live. It’s the realization that a closed door often means an opened window. And that opened window allows you to breathe in the fresh air you didn’t know you were destined to breathe.  It’s a work in progress for me, because I’m the type of person that dwells on “remember when….” but each day I’m learning, and each day I am thankful to become one step closer to figuring it all out.

So there you have it. My ode to this first day of November and the top 4 things I am most thankful for. There are so many, many other things I am thankful for and I’ll talk about them later in the month (friendships, health, my Lucy) but I needed to narrow it down, and I needed to be real with what’s important.

And here’s an image I spotted on Pinterest that I’m thinking of working into my Fall decor.

I think it would be fun to compare each day what the husband and I are both thankful for. I can see all those little tags decoupaged onto wood and gracing my mantle afterwards.

Hhhmmm…..I think you might see a “Thankful Tree” soon.

Happy November, what are you most thankful for?