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Thanksgiving NLM

Every year on Thanksgiving I like to take a moment and think back on all of the good and bad from the year and share what I am thankful about. Many studies have shown that giving thanks out loud to those you are thankful for brings more happiness than just thinking it, so I have been making an effort to give thanks to everyone when I can, no matter what is going on. Sometimes it is good to just get it out there at once.

I am Thankful


I am thankful to my husband for working hard at jobs he does not enjoy to help support our family. I am glad, although slightly stressed, at the idea that he found that working for higher pay was not worth the stress, anxiety, and ultimately depression involved in working at a job that he was insecure in and learned to hate. He is now staying at home with the kids while I work, and looking for another job. His tireless hours and stress filled days allow us to live the life we have grown accustomed to. I am glad he gets a little break before going back to the grind stone, even if we are in a tenuous financial situation. He is a wonderful, loving, patient and caring father and husband.

I am thankful for my two beautiful children. Almost 8 years ago I was told I was fat, infertile, and would be in pain for the rest of my life. After being blown off by several doctors I took my health into my own hands and now have my two beautiful children, and am much healthier than I was. My kids are the joy of my life. Their laughter lights my soul, their snuggles make my heart melt, their messes are fine because it is evidence that they are here, in my home, living a fun and fulfilling life as toddlers. My house may not be truly clean until they are long gone, but my heart is full with their love.

I am thankful for my parents who always support me emotionally through whatever I am going through. It is hard living away from family when you are raising one of your own, but nice to have the phone support whenever I call, even if it is just to complain that the kids are making me crazy. I can call my dad when in a car crisis (of which we have had many this last year) and he will give me advice of what to look for over the phone. My mom sends me recipes, herbal articles, kids activities and parenting advice when she comes across some good articles she thinks I could benefit from. I have some great parents. Maybe one day they will move to Colorado to be with us.


I am thankful to have had such a long time with my Grandpa, who is nearing his end from cancer. We used to go to grandpa and grandma’s house every Sunday after church for a late lunch. Once grandma died our Sunday dinners usually were a simple pot roast, but it was a pot roast made with love. My cousins, sister, and I would play in the back yard, climb the orange trees, hide from the purple bear, torture ants and more. We would watch cartoons (unless it was foot ball season) and generally make a menace of our selves. Grandpa didn’t care. He always loved having kids around. When I didn’t want to be in school and went home sick I would have the school call Grandpa to come and get me because his house had cartoons and spaghetti o’s. He never made me feel like an inconvenience. Now that I have kids he loves spending time around them, even when they do accidentally shut off his oxygen machine. He loves it when they bring him toys from all over the house, press buttons, or just sit in his lap and talk. I am glad he lived so long and was such an integral part of my life. I am so happy he got to meet the kids before he passed, and will miss him so much when he is gone.

I am thankful for my health. Although it is no where near I would like it to be, I have made huge strides in regaining my health and vitality from where I was 8 years ago. You can read all about my health journey in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. I will have a health update up January, so keep posted.

I am thankful to have figured out that I have Celiac disease. It sounds like a silly thing to be thankful about but now I know that if I avoid gluten, my health is much better. There are other gut health problems I have to worry about, but as long as I don’t get exposed to gluten my health and happiness is remarkably better than it was. I am so glad to have FINALLY figured that out!

I am thankful for you, my wonderful readers, who are right here with me through all of the crazy ups and downs of my life and natural living journey. Knowing that what is happening in my life is relevant to others, and that I can help you find some answers you were looking for makes me feel so good. You helped motivate me to learn more than I ever would have on my own about natural living, real food, parenting, herbs and more and you are the reason I started Natural Herbal Living Magazine and Herb Box so thank you for that.

I am thankful for the bloggers in my life. I am a member of a few wonderful blog networks including Green Moms Network, Nourished Living Network, Alternative Living Network, Bloggy Girls Club, and Bloggers Alliance which have all taught me different aspects of becoming not only a better blogger, but a more ethical blogger. There are more blogging legal traps then you would have ever dreamed and the people in these networks have helped me not only provide higher quality content and become a better blogger, they have become an invaluable source of information for me.

There are many other things I am thankful for, but really I am just glad to be alive and living this life I am living. I love being a mother, a wife, a blogger, a business owner, a friend, a daughter, and more. Life is good, even with the unknown ups and downs. Some days things downright suck but I always have a roof over my head, food in my stomach, my family, my friends, my health, and the power to make change for the better not only in my own life, but in the world.

Thank you for joining me today and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for? Write it down. Tell those who you are thankful for that you care and let them know that you love them.


About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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2 Responses to I am Thankful – 2013

  1. What a beautiful essay! Thanks so much for sharing, Amanda. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. […] Happy Black Friday! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you didn’t get a chance, be sure to check out what I am thankful for this year. […]

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