In the spirit of the holiday, I’d like to take the time to write down (and remind myself of) the many blessings in my life. I’m going to mention my people-blessings by name, so if my declaration of love makes you uncomfortable, tell me and I’ll plug in a more suitably anonymous name in your place. Like Buttface. Fair warning.

I am thankful for my amazing family. I have parents who love and support me even when I don’t deserve it. Parents who know when to laugh and when to give tough love. Parents who have provided me with a warm and loving home where I have grown up beyond happy. I have two incredible, though sometimes stinky, little brothers who are now BOTH taller than me and who have put up with my singing and screeching and loud sneezes and hysterical laughter for their entire lives and somehow still want to love me and spend time with me.

I am thankful for my extended family. The grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who also somehow love me for all my strangeness. Though in fairness, I love them for their weirdness too. We are a ridiculous clan. But also really, really ridiculously good looking and hilarious. I love y’all.

I am thankful for my job. Even though it has sorta kinda eaten my free-time the past 4 months and has been rather stressful, I genuinely enjoy it and LOVE a good chunk of the people there. And they make it worth the unpaid overtime. Almost.

I am thankful for the prospects of my future. That I have at least a small bit of writing talent, and that I realize that and that I am pursuing my talent and my dreams. That I am able to pursue them. That I am loved and supported for pursuing them. Even by my bosses, which is pretty incredible.

I am thankful for my bess fran, Kaitlyn. That she really exists and isn’t just a clever ploy to pretend I have a best friend with the same name. “Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.” – 1 Samuel 18:1 I am thankful each and every day that God knit our souls together. I love that we’re different enough to be equally wise to the other’s problems. I love that we’re similar enough to have everything else in common ever. I love you, Not Me.

I am Thankful for Patricia. No one I have ever met or will ever meet makes me laugh like this girl. I love that she understands all of me. I love that even when she hates things like my mismatched earrings, she still loves me. I love how our talks go from imaginary what-ifs, to dramatic stories, to wistful longings, to deep thoughts, to shrieking laughter, and back again. I love you, Puh.Trish.Uh.

I am Thankful for Elizabeth. I cannot wait for her to graduate so I can selfishly hoarde her to myself like dragon’s gold. I love that I can scream and cry and cuss to her and a second later talk about awesome movies and books and songs and she takes it all in stride. I love that she is loyal; not only to me, but to her family, her country, and her beliefs. I love you, Lizzle!

I am thankful for Rebekah. No one completely understands every little jump and twitch of my mind the way she does. We almost would never need to talk except that we like to. I love her humble heart, her pure and Christ-like friendship, and how she is the most supportive and loving person I have ever met. And she really appreciates spinach-artichoke dip and the art of simultaneously being girly and never truly wanting to shower. I love and miss you every day, Fred!

I am thankful for Marquita. I love that she so completely loves and understands my love. Which will confuse the world but make sense to her. I love her intensely focused passion for anything and everything in her path. I love the way she always reminds me of the good parts of me when I feel like there are none. I love how often we text and how we never grow apart, no matter how far away we are. I love you, Marshy!

I am thankful for Catie. I love how much closer we’ve become. I love her genius analytical mind and the way that she sees everything as a little bit amusing. I love how quickly she’ll smile, how sweet her heart is, and her passion for music. I love you, Cottie Ride! (The only way I could think to phonetically spell that hahaha)

I am thankful for Kristin. I love her quick wit and her love for animals. I love her beautifully-crafted emails full of well-turned phrases. I love her encouragement, her amazing sense of humor, and how quickly we clicked. I love you, Bgame!

I am thankful for Cristina. That she has such an encouraging and loving heart. That her talent with words inspires me without crushing me. That she thinks I’m amusing instead of a total freak. I love you, Cristina! For Matt Damon!

I am thankful for Carol. That she came out of the woodwork and encourages me in my writing in a way that is unique and very dear to me. Though I don’t understand why she’s so excited about anything I write, I sincerely appreciate her support. I love that she loves Disney as much as I do and that she is so humble despite her beauty. I love that she is Facebook-Official with her car. I love you, Carol!

I am thankful for so many more and so much more. Like coffee and tea and Christmas carols and perfumes and chocolate and shopping and books and music and EVERYTHING IN LIFE EVER.

I am thankful for Chris Hemsworth.

I am thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through whom all these blessings are mine, though I do not deserve any of them.

Happy Thanksgiving! I love you all! Even though I already said it a billion times. You should all be used to it by now.

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