11. Heroes

Thank you to all of the strong, courageous, selfless men and women who have served and continue to serve our country! Today’s society has a distorted image of what a role model should be. There are no greater heroes than those who proudly wear that uniform sacrifice everything and give up so much for those they do not even know.

Thank you, Paw Paw. Thank you, Mr. Larry. Thank you, Uncle Frank. Thank you, Scott Guillory. Thank you, Bryan Garrett. Thank you, Lance Hargrave. Thank you, Rachelle and Will Rachel. Thank you, Mr. Duval. Thank you, Poppa. Thank you, Greg Liem. Thank you, Jason Babin. Thank you, Layne and Steven Edelman. Thank you, Mr. CJ Smith. Thank you, Stephanie Landry.

I am sure I missed some, but please know, that I am thankful for each and every one of you, past, present, and future. I know freedom doesn’t come free, and I thank you for paying the price for my family and friends and me!

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10. Family

Tonight, as I reflect upon the weekend, I am so thankful for my family! On Saturday, we traveled to my hometown where we got to spend some time with my mom and my brother. We went to a local festival, had lunch, and just spent some great quality time together. Today, my dad and stepmom came in for a visit. We went to lunch, and then the girls had a full afternoon of shopping while the boys came home and played outside. I am so grateful to have such an amazing family who especially loves my babies so much! Thank, God, for them!

9. My Ergo

Today, I was reminded how much I love my Ergo! I finally broke down and bought one last summer, and oh, how I wish I would’ve bought it sooner! We went to a festival near my home town, and I used my Ergo to wear my 18-month-old son while we walked around the downtown area. It was so nice to not have to hassle with the stroller, fighting the crowds and running people over! I also loved the fact that my hands were completely free to shop and eat and hold my daughter’s hand! Also, I didn’t have to worry about “keeping track” of my little on-the-go munchkin! I knew he was with me and safe the entire time! Plus, he loves to ride on my back (or sometimes my side). I think he enjoys the view from up high! We had a splendid day, and the Ergo helped make the day smoother and more pleasant!

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Oh! And, at the end of lunch, when the hubby was holding little man, my nearly 5-year-old daughter said her feet were tired and asked if she could ride for a while. I love that I could easily carry my 25-pounder, as well as my 45-pounder!

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8. (A Day Late) My Students

As many of you know, I am a fourth-grade teacher. The life of a teacher is a stressful one, and it is easy to forget all the good things when you’re drowning in the sea of curriculum changes, lesson plans, paperwork, data folders, duty schedules, and so on!

However, on Friday, I was reminded just how thankful I am for my job, especially my students! I walked into my room to find that a student had snuck a note onto my table before leaving the day before. Not sure what to expect, I opened it hesitantly. This is what I found:

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(*Note: Some names were blacked out for confidentiality purposes.)

This note was just what I needed to help me get through the end of a very long work week!

So, when you’re having a rough day, just remember that you are the cheese on someone’s hamburger. Put on a smile and carry on!

7. Power of Healing

Today, I am thankful for the news we received about William’s broken arm! It is healing really well (Yay!), and it looks like he will be able to have his cast removed in just two more weeks (Double yay!!). We could not be happier with his orthopedic and all of the staff in that office! They have all be amazing and have taken such wonderful care of my sweet boy! We are so blessed that William’s break was not worse than it was and that things have been going as smoothly as they have! Amen to that!

6. Puppy Breath

Today, I am so thankful for the newest addition to our family–Roux Brûlée Chauvin. She is a pointer mix that we just adopted from a local humane society, and she is just the cutest thing ever!

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Our beloved Cowgirl (a black lab) of 13 years passed away a couple months ago. Things just haven’t been the same around here since she’s been gone. We knew we wanted a new dog baby, we just weren’t sure we were ready. We figured we would know it was right when the time came.

We went to Bark in the Park this past weekend, and we immediately fell in love with this sweet girl! Tonight, we completed the adoption process and brought her home to be a part of our family. She fits right in! I think she’s happy she found her fur-ever home!💜

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5. Education

Today, I am thankful for my education. Growing up, there was nothing more important than education in my household. School came first, no matter what! I didn’t even know that “dropping” out of school was an option! I had no idea it was even legal! It was just not something that was ever even thought of. Because it was so embedded in us, my parents never had any school-related issues when it came to my sister and me. We never argued about going to school or tried to play sick. We actually enjoyed school! So, thank you to my parents for pushing me, for believing in me, and for never letting me stray!

I was blessed to receive an amazing Catholic education from second to twelfth grade. My grandparents were huge proponents of education. Because of them, I was able to attend college and graduate debt-free. I can never repay them for that unbelievable gift!

I have slowly been working on taking graduate-level courses. My goal is to obtain my master’s degree in counseling, hopefully within the next 5-6 years. I would love to make the transition one day from a classroom teacher to an elementary school counselor!

My husband and I are working to pass on the value of education to our children. I hope that they, too, see the importance of building a strong educational foundation!

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4. Sleep

Tonight, I am thankful for sleep. And sound machines. And a husband who doesn’t mind doing bedtime with both kiddos because I am exhausted and have a terrible headache. So, on that note, sweet dreams, my friends! Sweet dreams!

3. Beautiful Sundays

I am thankful for Sundays. I especially love Sundays when the weather is perfect like it was today! It was an unbelievably beautiful day! We started off by visiting a local park for a fundraising event for local animal shelters. We may or may not be adopting one or more of the following adorable puppies!

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Then, we spent some time playing on the playground at the park! The kids had a blast!

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We also had lunch with my in-laws at a little local restaurant where we ate the most amazing hamburgers ever! After that, we walked around downtown and did a little thrift-store/antique shopping!

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The weather really could not have been any better, and the day as a whole was pretty darn perfect!

This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad!
-Psalm 118:24

2. Weekends

After a fabulous Saturday spent with my lovely family, I am grateful for weekends! I am so thankful that my husband and I have jobs that allow us these extra days to spend together with our kiddos and other family and friends! Soccer game, lunch, and puzzles are just a few of the fun things we did today. And what a beautiful day it was! Although the days will be getting shorter, the gorgeous weather that comes along with the time change will make it all worth it! Looking forward to spending lots of time outdoors in the weeks to come!

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