Monday, December 3, 2012

30 Day Recap

Here's a recap of my 30 days of thankful!!!!

Day 1: I am thankful for medical technology. I have witnessed miracles and have had the honor to walk with them and I am so thankful for that.

Day 2: I am thankful for Sisterhood!!! From my only sister, Janice to my friends who are like sisters to my Kappa Delta sisters to my Army wife sister-friends and to my WW sister-friends. If it wasn't for all of them I would have never survived the days after January 22, 2011

Day 3: I am thankful for the Angels who walk among us. God can truly put some amazing people on your path. You never know when they will bless you. Thank you to all the angels out there who have blessed our lives.

Day 4: Today I am thankful for the top military leadership officials who truly care for our military families. You think they all sit in their offices and don't care about our families, but trust me some of them care way more than you'll ever know!!! I am so thankful to have the true open door relationships I have with them! 

Day 5:  Today I am thankful for education. I would not be who I am if God had not blessed me with amazing teachers. I want to thank the teachers who blessed my brain and accepted the challenge of dealing with my stubbornness!

K-Mrs Walker, 1st-Mrs Simmons, 2nd-Mrs Templeton, 3rd-Mrs Cathcart, 4th-Mrs Britton, 5th-Mrs Spray, 6th-Mrs Newman & Mr Dunlap, 7th and beyond-Mr Collins, Dr Greer, Mrs Greathouse, Mrs Hitchcock, Ms Clark, Mr Smith, Ms Collette, Mrs Dunham, Dr Conroy, Dr Schoenbachler, Dr Bradshaw, Col Vaughan, Dr. Oetinger, thank you for investing in me!!!! 

Day 6: Today I am thankful for democracy!! I don't care how you vote, just please pray, vote, then pray again today!!!

Too many have sacrificed for your privilege and right to vote. Make sure you use it!! 

Day 7: Today I am thankful for the blessing of forgiveness. I am thankful that I know I can mess up and those who truly love me will accept me for my flaws. I am thankful that I am also able to extend the same gift to them.

We are all human and we will all fail at some time. It's those who will accept us when we mess up who truly define love and friendship!

Day 8: Today I am thankful for transportation. Today we are heading San Antonio to attend the Fisher House Gala. Saturday we will be heading to OK to celebrate Veteran's Day with Chaz's family and hometown.

I am thankful we have the ability to get on planes and arrive at these places to fellowship with amazing people.

Day 9:  Today I am so thankful for the strangers who have become life long friends. So many new people have entered our lives since January 22, 2011. I still get emotional thinking about how blessed we are that God put them on our path

Day 10: Today I am so thankful Fisher House allowed us to speak on behalf of the wounded warrior families last night!! Nothing was better than having other WW families thank us for sharing "our" story!!

We are all one military healing together. It is our story and I am proud to share it!!!

Day 11: Today I am thankful for all the Veterans who have so unselfishly served our country. I am thankful that I am blessed to know real heroes and that I can tell them thank you for serving our country everyday!!

Day 12: Today I am thankful for the Facebook!! Without Facebook Chaz and I would not have been able to share this amazing journey with so many people!!!

Day 13: Today I am thankful for music. Music heals the soul. Music expresses things that we might not have the words for. Music has filled my soul and I love to share it as much as I can!

Day 14:  Today I am thankful to have my little family with me as I begin my 34th year of life!! I am also thankful for all the little freebies you get on your birthday! Starbucks and Redbox here I come!!! ;)

Day 15: I am thankful for the little joys of life that make me so happy. I am thankful for the laughter of our children any time of the day. I am thankful a great cup of Tazo chai in the morning, Starbucks and tacos from taco casa. I am thankful for friends who raid my home when they find out I am cooking one of their favorite things and for friends whose kids call me "Aunt Jessica" or call me "my second mom" because we are so close. I am thankful for a great book that makes me cry and for my husband's smile that makes any moment better.

Day 16: Today I am thankful that God blesses us with amazing people on our path. I am thankful to have them in the boat rowing through the storm with me. I don't know how I'd get through the storm without them by my side.

Day 17: Today I am thankful for Pinterest. Sounds trivial, I know, but thanks to this site I have found so many amazing ideas. It's amazing and I am very thankful for it.

Day 18: On this day in 1994, three of our high school friends were taken to Heaven way too soon. I am so thankful that God allowed me cross paths with Ryan, Dean and Melissa. I have a permanent imprint on my heart from meeting them and am so thankful I can share so many great memories of them.

I am so thankful God allowed us to keep our other three friends who were also in the vehicle. My friend Emily was severely injured and she taught us what a true fighter is. She, like Chaz and our wounded warriors, are living proof of God's amazing miracles. I am so blessed to still have her in my life.

I'll never ever forget November 18, 1994, but I am thankful for the lessons God taught us about how to truly appreciate life at a young age.  

I ask that you please lift up the families of not only my 6 friends involved in this tragedy, but all of those, like myself and Demetria, who were forever touched by the events of this day.

I have another trivial one, but I think if you are thankful for the little things, then the big things become even more important!

Day 19: I am thankful for my iPhone!! It is my personal assistant. It sure comes in handy a lot!!!

Day 20: I am thankful for my job with the Yellow Ribbon Fund!! I work with a fantastic team of people and we are changing lives! Woot-woot!!

Day 21: I am thankful for keeping my bar low with the military. It makes disappointments so much easier!! Now if I could teach this to my fellow WW Families!

Day 22: I am thankful for a second Thanksgiving in a row with my little family together!!! This is a new thing to us!

Day 23: Today I am thankful I just realized that this time next month I'll be baking up a storm in my kitchen and getting ready for Santa to come again!!!!

Day 24: Today I am thankful for seasons. I just love watching God's work!

Day 25: I am thankful for great books. There's nothing better then sitting down and escaping by allowing someone's writing take you on a new adventure!

Day 26: I am thankful for great girlfriends who let me whine and complain and don't judge me!!!

Day 27: I am thankful for finally learning that it's ok to say "No." I might hurt someone's feelings, but at the end of the day I know I have put my little family first and that's what matters.

Day 28: Today I am thankful for people who do their jobs for the right reasons. I love working with people who aren't in it for the money. I love being among those who are in it for the smiles and results and who get the big picture.

Day 29: I am so thankful to wake up some mornings and feel so blessed that my head might explode! I am so tired from this crazy week, but it has already been filled with awesome!!!!

Day 30: I am thankful for all the unique opportunities we have been blessed with! We get to go to very cool places and meet very cool people. Tonight we had a date night at the Australian Embassy. It was so much fun!!! We are so thankful for fun nights like tonight!


  1. No matter what happens in life, the Lord is always there! Praying!
    Habakkuk 3:17-19 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places...
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  2. Praying right now!
    Psalms 31:1-3 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
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  3. Know that I'm always praying!
    Psalms 31:5, 7-8 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth (7-8) I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities; And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
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