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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thankful Thursday...

Today I  was asked by the absolutely lovely, Jenna @ to join a link up, called Thankful Thursday!  I of course said yes, because A.  I LOVE Jenna and B.  I am one blessed girl and have so much to be thankful for.  I feel like lately, there has been so much negative in the world that why not focus on all that we DO have to be thankful for, not what we wish was different.  So here goes!

1.  I am so thankful to have the most amazing parents in the world.  They have loved me no matter what!  And let's just say this, at times, I have not been so lovable.  They have taught me that it could always be worse.  And they are right.  A few years ago, when I was having a REALLY rough time, my mom told me to STOP focusing on what I don't have and look at ALL that I do have.  Boy was she right.  Life is just too short to not enjoy all that you have.  Sure we all wish we had more money, were thinner and prettier, but none of THAT, will every make you truly happy....

2.  My babies.  OMG I cannot tell you how amazing these two are.  They make me laugh every single day.  For example the other day, Liv asked me what the doctor did when I had my colonoscopy.  Yeah, she is odd like that.  Any who, when I explained to her that they had to take a camera and explore inside mommy, her response was this...."YOU mean they took a cell phone and put it in your butt?"  "I mean did they text what they saw?"  I sh*t you not, this is what my child said!  I guess to a kid born in 2006, a camera is a phone. :) And then there is Drew, my sweet little boy.  The one that tells my he thinks I am beautiful and the best mommy ever, at least 10 times a day.  He too makes me laugh, every day.  On Monday night, from the kitchen I hear, "Oh  man, my right ball hurts".  I could not help but burst out in laughter.  I looked at Ray and said, "ok this one is yours".  hahah!!  Thankfully, all was well in the old "ball" dept.  I am pretty sure his sister "accidentally" kicked him.  Just sayin... 

3.  My husband.  The one that I refused to let get away.  We have been up and down and way down but we never gave up.  We have been together 10 years and married 9. (these numbers were reversed, until my girl Marcy, pointed out to me, my mistake...I am blonde after all ) :) I can honestly say, I am happier than I have ever been.  We FINALLY get each other.  We know how to fight and we know how to love.  So it all balances out.  He knows that when I have PMS, to just walk away and let me fly off the handle.  And I know when he just needs his ESPN, its ok.  I have learned over the years that NOTHING worth fighting for is easy.  Love is hard.  Especially true love.  You must take the good with the bad. 

4.  All of the amazing women I have become friends with, thanks to IG!  Aly, Darci, Jenna, Sara, Marcy, April, Michelle, Wendy, Danielle....just to name a few.  I absolutely adore these women.  And I get to meet a few of them IRL, in 6 weeks!!!!  SO EXCITED! I know we will laugh until we cry and make these girl's weekends, a regular thing!

5. I am thankful that I have had to struggle in life. Because it has made me stronger than I ever thought possible.  I am thankful for my too small of a house, my 10 year old car, my ability to buy only things that are on sale.  I am also thankful that money truly doesn't mean sh*t to me. Yes, it would be nice to have more.  BUT....only so I could share the wealth.  No matter what you might think of me, based on what you see in pics or read here, I really am just a simple girl.  What makes me happy is being with my family.  Yep, a night at home with my loved ones by my side, is ALL I NEED! :)

And there you have it!  Just a few things I am thankful for....



  1. loved this post! I put my little ones on my list today too. The things they say are hilarious and my little guy is the same way.

  2. Lori, Lori, Lori!! I can't even describe to you how much I love this post!! I am in tears right now, because you are such an amazing woman. You have your shi* figured out and have come a long, long way to get to where you are!

    You are the TRUE definition of an inspiration. You are stronger than I think any of us could ever comprehend. And to top it all off, God has blessed you with an amazing family and some pretty awesome friends to live this live with!

    Love you to the moon and back my sweet, sweet friend!! Thank you so much for linking up with us today!!

  3. You have been together 9 years but married 10?! How does this work? Are you magical?! LOL
    PS Liv is HEELARIOUS and our kids would have so much stinking fun together!
    I cannot wait to hug your sweet ass in 6 weeks gah!

  4. Lori! This is such a beautiful post & can I say how beautiful you are to?? Your family is precious and I am so glad that so many people are taking part in the link up today.. so many days we get lost in whats wrong & its SUCH a breath of fresh air to see everyone be so thankful!

    1. You are so sweet!! Thank you! And yes, it has been SUCH a breath of fresh air. I tell you what, sometimes on IG, the negativity of some, gets too much. I have to step away. I hope today's posts, open some eyes! :)

  5. wow I am impressed with your attitude towards money. I admire you unfortunately I keep on feeling that I need more so I can give to my kids whatever they want.

    1. I grew up with parents that taught me that if you want nice things, you have to earn them. And we did. We were not a rich family by any means but I never once felt like I needed anything more than what we had. I guess I am just carrying that over into my own life. I was in a marriage where we had a lot of money, that marriage failed and all that money never made me truly happy. I was also a nanny for very wealthy families that were miserable. SO maybe that is why money has just left a bad taste in my mouth. As long as I can take my babies on vacation, get the some cute clothes on sale and treat them to some fun meals out, I am happy. :)

  6. You are so completely amazing and I'm so happy I've gotten the chance to know you through our blog world. I wish I was able to make it to Chi-town to meet you IRL...hopefully sometime soon!

  7. Love this post! I definitely think that you are so much more grateful for things when you've had to struggle. You have such a beautiful and good heart and I'm so glad that we connected.