For the first time in nearly three years I have the holiday completely off. I mean COMPLETELY off!!!! Amazing as it may sound I work in an industry which runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. We must be there to take care of the guest. It's not a problem. I don't mind really. I simply love what I do. Period. End of Setnence. I love what I do!!!
I've been thinking lately about how much I've been blessed. Others may look at losing everything as a trial, but honestly...it has been a blessing, one after another. Looking back I can see that.
Because we have been given much we got used to having much. Losing it all, brought us back to reality. In truth, we argued about the store, the stress from the store dwelt with us 24/7 and I didn't like it. Yes, I was able to go to church every Sunday and Serve my callings easily. However, not everything in life should be easy...I never learn unless things get hard once in awhile.
When we were deciding where to move I told Hubby I wanted to live in a place with mountains, cold weather and snow.....We moved to San Antonio, Texas. Sooooo not any of those things. When we prayed over and over about different locations we were told no every single time. When we prayed about San Antonio we felt peace.....and so this is why we moved here. When we moved in I was able to pick up a new job quickly and the money started coming in. yes, our belts were tight but the bills were paid and there was food on our table.
A year after we moved into our apartment we moved again into our house....a rental we obtained from a friend both Hubby and I grew up with. He wanted soemone to live in the house he owns and pay rent and take care of the house. It has been a wodnerful move. All of our kids now go to high school together just as we did over to decades ago. So fun. Our two oldest are actually being inducted into the National Honor Society next Tuesday together. So much fun.
Hubby has earned a promotion and had his pick of schools to work for as Assistant Head Custodian. What a blessing it has been as he truly cares for the people he works with including a woman who comes over a couple times a month to help her learn english. It's awesome. I now work at the front desk at the Residence Inn next to the Alamo. It is awesome to take the bus downtown and walk along the city streets and walk past the Alamo every day. I've also gone back to school. I am working towards earning my Associate's degree before my oldest graduates from high school in 2013. So far so good. I am right on schedule. We shall see how it all goes though.
So, as I sit here with my feet up after days of cooking and planning. I am thankful for so much. I'm thankful for the headaches I get when studying late into the night and for the ability to power nap on the buses while going into work. I am thankful for the incredible people I work with and the faith they show in me. I am thankful for my sense of humor which has gotten me this far. I am thankful for Hubby and the foot massages he provides happily after I stand for 8 1/2 hours straight. I am thankful for air conditioning because with the humidity down here and the heat at 107 this summer it brought relief. I'm thankful for my children whose faith and testimonies have grown while going through all of this. I'm thankful for Hubby and our friend Bobby's rendition of "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" into the drumsticks today. I am thankful we can dance and sing "Don't Worry, Be Happy" with friends and family. For this and so much more I am grateful.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!