Being Thankful.

I am thankful to live in America and for the brave soldiers who defend our country, both past and present. Living in a place where we are allowed so many freedoms is not something I take for granted. I am also proud to live in a country where refugees are being treated {in most areas} with compassion and respect. For some Americans, that means opening their states, communities, and homes to people seeking a better life. Many Americans - both civilians and politicians - are giving careful thought to the refugee crisis in Europe and Syria. For this, I am thankful. 

I am thankful for the ability to grow my own food and be self-sufficient. Walking to my backyard for eggs and fresh vegetables is a satisfying use of our space. I am thankful to be a steward of a small plot of land in the city. 

I am so incredibly thankful to live in a community with engaged and active police and fire departments that keep us safe. One of the reasons why we love our city are the services that are provided to us; a privilege of this level which is not assigned to all areas of our country.

John and I are thankful for the health of our families and our friends. We are blessed to have so many caring people in our lives that lift us up.

We are both so grateful for the ability to work and earn a living for ourselves. Beyond that, we both have jobs which we enjoy that allow us to live a stable lifestyle, enjoy travel a couple times a year, to slowly build a homestead in the city, and to save money for the future.

For my four living {and healthy} grandparents that are generous, kind, and are willing to teach me new {old} skills, I am thankful.

Our pups, the ladies (chickens), our red wriggler worms, and every other beetle, bug and living creature  on our urban homestead make me well up with thanks. Each morning when I wake, I talk with Jesus about the people I am blessed with. Animals round out that list as well.

I am thankful to live only an hour from my parents, brother, sister, grandparents, and aunts and uncles. John and I make trips "home" about once every couple of months. We should {and hope to} make more visits home, which means seeing extended family is an added bonus.

I am thankful for John. Oh my. I am so, so thankful for John. This homestud of mine is patient with me, passionate about his work and hobbies, and is has a kind heart for others. While I know it seems hard to believe *cough* I am quick to anger, overreact often, and have an anxious mind. John is a calming force in my life, and is my voice of reason when I need it most. 

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