Just before Thanksgiving Alex and I made another trip to Michigan – this time with my BFF Ashley in tow, to show her where we grew up, spend time with our friends and family, and eat at all our favorite restaurants (of course). Driving around our old neighborhoods brought back a lot of memories (some good, some bad) and made me stop and think about how much my hometown shaped who I am.
One afternoon at my parents’ house, my mom brought out a few boxes of old photographs. We sat on the couch laughing at changing hairstyles and silly faces, reminiscing about family members we’ve lost over the years, smiling as we remembered family vacations and holidays together. It was beautiful to share those moments with my husband and best friend, showing them a little more about who I am, where I came from.
Even though my family ties are much different now, I look at those photos and hold the memories dear. I’m thankful for those memories and grateful for the people I share them with, even if they aren’t an active part of my life any longer.
Below is one of my favorite family vacation photos (minus my mom, who was frequently our photographer). It was during a small hike in the Smoky Mountains, we stopped to wade in a creek.
Of course I’m thankful for having an apartment to shelter me, a husband who loves me, friends who support me, a job that challenges me, etc. But it’s easy to overlook the small, every day things that make my life better (or easier). I thought it would be a fun project to document 30 simple things that have made me smile in the past month, things I’m grateful/thankful for. What about you – what are you grateful for this month?
Having no more laundry to do… for at least a week
Learning a new word
Eating a ridiculously good meal
Having everything in its place
Getting a nice foot massage
Drinking red wine on a weeknight
Unpacking and organizing the last box from our last move
Going on a good morning run
Having a girls night
Waking up to sunshine
Working from home
Making time for date night
Handwriting notes and to-do lists
Listening to a music
Practicing the piano
Laughing with my friends
Finishing an amazing book
Enjoying a new book
Preparing a nice meal
Planning an trip
Playing a board game
Cuddling on the couch
Texting with my sisters and mom
Getting a Sophie pic
Watching a fantastic new movie
Reading all my saved Feedly articles
Goofing off on Pinterest
Getting a thank you card in the mail
Wearing a pair of flattering jeans
When writing this list, knowing I could look around and be happy about something