My sister is the Queen of Thank You notes. I get a box full of them from her each year. Thankful for my nephew’s birthday gift, her and her hubbie’s birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, and my nephew’s 1/2 birthday gift (yeah, I’m that kind of aunt!), and others. And, January is my big thank you note writing and giving month. We celebrate Christmas, our anniversary, and my birthday all within five weeks.
January has been my most thoughtful of all months. It’s the reset button with the New Year, and the reevaluation that I am another year older. Plus, now, it’s another year that I’ve been married. Am I wiser with age? Am I better with money, health, and time? Am I a better person or near any of my goals? And, how am I aging? Am I aging well- inside and out? Yes, I become both a little more vain and less vain with each passing birthday.
I think this year, though, I truly am more thankful. I try to look at the upside of things more, even as I write each thank you note. I am grateful my husband would rather play XBOX on a Wednesday night than go out with the boys. Grateful that he laughs at my jokes and still grabs my tush. *smile* Grateful that he works hard and is driven. Grateful he is “particular” and focused. Grateful when I don’t want to cook dinner, but grateful we have dinner. Grateful for the roof over our heads, even though it needs some repairs. Grateful that my husband got me flowers for my birthday, made me garlic risotto for dinner, and made me a birthday cake. Grateful we threw the cake out after we gleeful ate half of it throughout the day. haha And, grateful we have plans to work out together tonight (him on the treadmill, me on the stationary bike). Also grateful for his help in still helping me rehabilitate my knee. Grateful that I want to work on myself and my marriage more than my husband and things I cannot change. Being grateful makes me not want to change them.
Life is so beautiful when we live it with a grateful heart. We should live our lives with the daily thought of thank you notes, thankful for so many not perfect, but beautiful things. And, I am thankful for you, dear reader, and hope you have a happy Wednesday!
Love, another year older, and, hopefully wiser, Laura
p.s. my birthday prayers were answered this week! My hubbie got to spend my birthday with me due to weather! Hallelujah! G-d is good :-)