Thankfulness Thursdays Week 9--Friendship, Time, and Money

Today is week nine of Thankfulness Thursdays where we meet up each week to share what we are thankful for from now until Thanksgiving.  You can write a simple list or focus on writing about one thing you are thankful for.  No rigid rules! 

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As you read this I am on a plane back home from three days in Santa Barbara visiting one of my best friends from high school who recently had her first baby.  Though Santa Barbara is not as far as some have to travel to see close friends and family, because of the distance I do not see her as often as I would like.  I feel so blessed this week that I have been able to spend all day with her and her sweet baby girl for three days straight.

There is something so fascinating about watching my dear friend, with whom I have known for years, have their first child.  I have gotten to see a whole new side of her that I have never experienced before but also have gotten to see her familiar personality traits come out in parenting.  Her easy going personality reminds me that when it comes time to be a parent it is perfectly wonderful to be myself and not feel the pressure to fit into a certain mommy bubble. 

Besides having a wonderful time catching up with my BFF and getting sweet snuggles from this baby, I am reminded how thankful I am for friendship, time, and, quite honestly, the money that got me here.

It is so easy to get caught up in the everyday life, to find flying across the state as an inconvenience, but it is the friendship that makes it all worth it.

And to have the time to carve out four days to travel and visit cannot be taken for granted.  To be able to work very part time, from home, and watch a baby who has eager grandmas to take a couple extra days with my nephew while I am gone are real blessings.

And, finally, to a husband who works hard and sees paying for a plane ticket to visit my friend, during this special time of her life, a priority.  I am very grateful for the extra money we have to get me here.

These are the precious moments of life that I do not want to miss.  I am very thankful.

What are you thankful for this week?