Drew, I said I wasn't done yet!! Gah! Of COURSE you're on my list of things to be thankful for. In fact, I'll put you first.
* My Drew- I am one of those lucky people, blessed I guess is a better word, that has been graced with a plentiful circle of friends. I have always had an easy time making friends in new places, whether that be school, work, or in random places. :) That's not to say that new places aren't scary as hell until you find that friend who makes your worries melt away. When I was 13, I met just that friend. Drew and I met in band on my first day in my new school. We had a couple other classes together too. He was like no other friend I had ever had. He instantly made me feel safe and protected. We became great friends that have grown over the years into best friends. He is the friend who has traveled the 600+ miles to see me in Oklahoma more than anyone else. More than my father and my brother combined. He has agreed to carry out "the plan" if I asked him to, and I honestly believe that he would do it if that's what I really wanted. I love him more than anything I know in my heart of hearts, that I would not be the person I am today had he not been there. We have been through everything together and I wouldn't trade him for anything in this world. There are just some people that you KNOW you will be friends with for a life time...he is definately one of them.
* My Job- As much as I complain about my job, I am SO lucky to have it. I work with a staff of amazing people and I get do to a job that I love. I work with the public, I get to run an office (and we all know my affinity for office supplies. I drool in Staples.), and get to play with kitties. My boss has given me a scholarship to school, I get paid time off (when I'm allowed to take it, ha!) and have benefits. I am 23 years old and have been allowed the opportunity to start a retirement fund. I am doing things with my life now, that I probably wouldn't be doing had I not started working here 4 years ago. Some of my best friends have come from this job and also, some of my greatest accomplishments. I am thankful to have a respectable job in a town that prides itself on academics and advancement.
* My church- I have never, in all my life, looked forward to going to church as I do now. I enjoy getting up and going with my roommates each Sunday. No matter the topic that day, I always learn something and am always touched in one way or another. The Wednesday group that I attend with Matt has also been a blessing. I never knew how much I was going to enjoy it, or how much I missed something I never knew I was missing. I have sat in that building and been touched more times in the past 2 months than I have in all my life. Now THAT is something to be thankful for.
* My car- I know that some people would consider my SUV 'unneccessary' or 'a gas guzzler', but the baby gets better gas mileage than my old corolla! haha! And the reason that I am thankful for that car, is that it has allowed me to go see family in Illinois, Watonga and El Reno without fear or hesitation. I often postponed trips places because I was concerned my car wouldn't make it or that something would happen. Now, I feel safe putting Reagan's carseat in my vehicle and driving her to see my Grandma, putting my roommates in it and driving to Illinois. I am blessed that I had the opportunity and the means to get the car I wanted.
I need to finish getting ready for work now. So I can drive the car I'm thankful for the job I'm thankful for. :) Have a great day everyone and God Bless.