I'd like to start by saying Happy Thanksgiving to all the Mamas out there.

Although I truly believe that it is important to count your blessings as often as possible i tend to be one of those people who gets caught up in all the day to day things that cause frustration and discontent instead of remaining positive and focusing on the good things in my life. And I know that I am not alone in that regard. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on the blessings and try to establish a better outlook for the coming year. So here goes nothing....

This year I am incredibly thankful for my family, which includes my Hubby, my son, my mom, my MIL, FIL, BIL, SIL, nieces and nephew. Although they can all cause me frustration and even anger at times I love them dearly and don't know where I would be without each & everyone of them. We may not agree on things & we my get on each other's nerves but when push comes to shove they are there for me in whatever ways they are capable of. I want to focus on the positives in each one of them instead of getting bogged down in the things that annoy me.

I am thankful for my husband's job & the steady income that it provides. Although we have not be good stewards of our money and currently carry a lot of debt without even owning a new car or a house. We do have what we need & then some. The debt and lack of much to show for it is our fault. If we were careful we could have made it without accruing debt, we are now working towards that goal. But all things considered it has been a huge blessing for us. It is stable with very little chance of losing it. It has allowed me to stay home for 2 1/2 years w/ my son and then go back to school and that alone makes it incredible to me even if my DH doesn't agree.

I am thankful for the College of Staten Island and the Nursing Dept. It hasn't been easy... As a matter of fact it has been very difficult but it certianly has changed me for the better. I has provided an incredible oppurtunity for me to attend school, to hopefully get a degree in May & then hopefully a job. It is relatively inexpensive and they offered pretty inexpesve child care in a warm loving environment for my son that worked around my schedule. 

I am thankful that we have found a church where we feel comfortable and welcomed. Crossroads has welcomed us with open arms and made us feel at home. They have provided us with a spiritual home that I believe will help us grow. Thank you Pastor Ray & Jen & everyone in the Crossroads family of believers.

Last but definitely not least I am thankful to God, for all the love and grace and forgiveness I have been shown. And for leading me to the people in my life. I never though I would feel this way but the Lord can change anyone's heart who is open to it.

So there it is ladies. It is my goal to try to always remember what I have written here, so I can focus on what I have and not what I don't. Thank you to anyone who reads this. I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving filled with blessings. Feel free to share yours.

Marissa

Also I am thankful for Cafemom for allowing mom's a safe and inviting forum to share our thoughts and experiences and connect with other women. I like having a place just for us especially since I don't do facebook or myspace or twitter. Cafemom is the ONLY social network for me.

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