10 Things I Am Thankful For This Year

Thanksgiving is this weekend, and I am very much looking forward to turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, and apple pie. Lots and lots of apple pie. I am also looking forward to spending time with loved ones. It feels like it’s been forever since I stepped away from the computer and enjoyed some bonding time with our families.

I’m really looking forward to it.

Since it is a time of thanks, I thought it would be nice to list off 10 things that I am thankful for this year.

1. Health
I am so happy that no one in our families has suffered any major health issues this year. Sure, there were a few head colds and that kind of thing, but nothing terrible. My number one fear is cancer and every year that goes by without anyone being diagnosed with it, is another year I can breathe a sigh of relief.

2. Being Pregnant
As much as I really don’t like being pregnant, I am so thankful that I was given the chance to bring another child into this world. Richard and I are so excited to have another little baby in the house, and I know that Elliott is really going to love having someone other than his mom to play with during the day.

3. My Best Friend
I honestly have the most awesome best friend in the entire world. She is always there for me when I need someone, no matter what. My life would not be the same without her.

4. Our Pets
I’m a huge animal lover and having so many animals in our home makes me happy. Sure, they can be a lot of work and can really stress me out sometimes, but I still love them. They make my life so much better. (PS. Miss you, Maggie!)

5. Online Friendships
I have developed so many wonderful online friendships over the last year or so and am so very thankful to have these people in my life (even though I’ve never met them in “real life”). Taya, Kerry, Ryan & Terra, Gail, Lori – and so many others. I love you all!

6. My Job
Running MrsJanuary.com is one of the best things in my life. I love my job immensely and appreciate each and every person who stops by to read what I write. Thank you so much for showing up, leaving comments, and supporting my passion to be a stay at home mom by visiting this website.

7. Coupons
Of course, no list of mine would be complete without coupons. I owe so much to them! Before I found coupons, my finances were a mess and we were spending ridiculous amounts of money at the grocery store. Thankfully, coupons saved the day and because of them, we are now able to enjoy grocery shopping, knowing that we will be saivng so much money every single time we shop.

8. Chocolate
My life would not be worth living if chocolate wasn’t involved in some way! I am obsessed with the stuff. I could eat it morning, noon and night if my body didn’t blow up every time I ate it. I’ve learned how to control how much chocolate I eat each day (sometimes none at all), but it simply needs to be in my life. It’s one of those things that just makes life better. Everything in moderation, I say!

9. Budgets
When we made our first budget, I hated it. I felt like I was living at home and had an allowance. Even though I was making my own money – my budget told me where that money would go instead of me. It took some time, but eventually I realized how helpful budgets are. They are not as bad as some people make them out to be. I actually love making budgets now and always look forward to the end of the month when I can look over our budget to see how we did.

10. Baskets & Bins
I’m a bit OCD when it comes to organizing. I like things to be separated with bins and baskets so that things are easy to find when I am looking for them. Our local dollar store is great for these items and I tend to pick up one or two almost every time I go in there. I’ve also been known to use cardboard boxes for organizing if I’m out of bins and don’t have time to run to the dollar store. Containerizing… I love it!

There are so many things in my life that I am thankful for. I could sit here for hours listing each and every thing, person and place that make me so very happy.

This Thanksgiving is going to be special because I will be enjoying it with family, good food and lots of laughter… and there’s not much better than that!

What are you thankful for this year?

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  1. Betty says:

    We love you too!!! If my oldest were here, she’d say we sound like Barney the Dinosauer but that’s ok cuz I love Barney too. The one thing I am thankful for is Banting & Best’s discovery of insulin. I’ve only been on it a month for diabetes but I feel so much better on insulin since I’ve started taking it. A lot of people are scared of the thought of taking a needle every day, but I’m here to say it’s not as bad as it seems. It’s so easy; it’s not even funny. I thought there would be further restrictions on what I eat but found out I have more choice of what I can eat while taking insulin. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  2. TallNFunny says:

    Loved the list (especially 6 where you mention those who visit your site :)). It’s very important to count our blessings everyday, but sometimes we lose sight of it. Very insightful. Thanks for sharing and thank you for running such a helpful and interesting site Cassie.

  3. Andrea says:

    I am thankful I found your website this year!! 🙂
    I am also most truly thankful that my husband supported me to “take a break from work” (a care and nurturing leave)and stay home with our 3.5 yr old. Life is too short, and in a blink she will be a teenager and want nothing to do with me!! (Believe, me I know, I have a 19 year-old from a previous marriage!)

  4. Anne says:

    What a terrific, inspiring post, Cassie! Thanks so much for it.

    I have to tell you that your website (and daily emails) seem to inspire me the most when my spirits are low. Today, I tried to redeem a raincheck at Shopper’s Drug Mart, from 2 weeks ago, when they’d advertised “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” on Duracell Batteries. Long story short, the cashier had made an error in her “ringing up” of the 2 packages. And when I (nicely) said she could show the first package at full price and “take off” [deduct] the cost of the 2nd one entirely, since it was a BOGO deal, this other cashier overheard that remark and started shouting at me about my not getting it for free! (Which I was, in a way, doing!) In the past, I might have let someone shout at me, but I was really upset that she thought I might be trying to steal something that I said, as firmly as possible, “Don’t you raise your voice at me.” I didn’t shout back, but boy was I tempted!

    Then the assistant manager of this SDM had to come and correct the first cashier’s error, and I told him what had happened. The entire time, I was calm but firm. He completely ignored me and pretended that he hadn’t heard that I had just told him his “employee”–who was still standing right next to him–had shouted at me. I know the first cashier could tell I was upset, but not one of these 3 people bothered to apologize for the incident.

    So I would like to say that I am thankful for your wisdom too, Cassie. I was really upset when I left that SDM store; now time has passsed, and I’m a lot calmer. Your #1 fear (cancer) is my #1 fear too–my mother passed away really quickly of metastatic cancer. All we can do is count our blessings–as you did, Cassie. And remember to spend our time on this earth with the people who matter most to us.

    Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Whether you eat turkey this Thanksgiving or not, we live in a country where most of us do not have to worry about hunger or war or famine. That’s what I am the most thankful for, for having been born in Canada, instead of a country such as Chad or Libya. Don’t forget to hug the people who mean the most to you!

    Take care.

  5. Taya says:

    Great list Cassie! I have so enjoyed getting to “know” you online! Maybe one day it will actually be real life! 🙂

  6. EricaM says:

    I love you and am so very thankful for you tooo 🙂

  7. Michelle says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Cassie. Enjoy the weekend

  8. Mrs January says:

    Thanks for the lovely comments everyone. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

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