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Monday, November 23, 2015

Thankful Blogging Challenge Day 1

This is a challenge hosted by the amazing Parajunkee.  She has such a wonderful, lively blog!  Please check it out!

I am all about Thankfulness this week!  Being thankful is not only a kind thing to do, but I think it also makes us feel more positive about the world.  So I saw Parajunkee's post and jumped at the chance to get involved. 

Day 1:  What am I thankful for?

There are so, so many things to be thankful for right now.  I was honestly thinking about this today as I was sitting in the dentist's chair!  

1.  I am really thankful that I have good health insurance and that dental is included.  This may seem to be a stupid thing to be thankful for.  However, growing up we did not have health or dental insurance and every time we had a problem, my parents had to worry about how they were going to pay for it.  It was scary.  So we never went to the dentist except for when we had a toothache.  We just couldn't afford preventative care.  My heart still races every time I sit in a dentist's chair because I associate it with the only times I would go to the dentist where I would be getting a filling.  I am so grateful my kids and I don't have to live in fear.  I wish everyone had this security.

2.  I am also very thankful to my Husband who works so hard for us.  He not only works a long day at his job, but then he comes home and works some more.  We tag each other out helping kids with homework (I help with History, while he can assist with math and science).  He also works VERY hard on house projects.  He is a Mr. Fix-it!  He can do just about any repair job needed and if he doesn't know how to do something, he will find the skills and learn them!  In this past year he has painted the outside of our entire house, fixed the sewer, and refinished the cabinets in the kitchen.  That man works tirelessly for his family!

I could fill pages with Thankfulness, but I will stop at these two for now.  If you want to join in, make a Thankfulness post and add your name to the Linky Link ( I will try to add the code as soon as I can) .  

Have a great Thanksgiving week! 

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  1. Being grateful for the insurance is not stupid. In fact, without insurance, I will probably be in a huge amount of debt now. :) So, I guess that should top the list of grateful things to include. That's actually thoughtful of you.

    1. Thank you, Viday (what a lovely name, BTW). There are so many things to be grateful for. I have had many health issues in the past few years so this has been on my mind.

  2. Yes, what Vidya said! I didn't have health insurance for the last 2 years, being self-employed it was just too expensive. Luckily, nothing happened, but i lived in fear of getting sick. But, my husband's job only covered him and my daughter, putting me on would be too expensive. But, now he has a new job and it's affordable, so I'm covered. I know exactly what you mean! It's also wonderful that you two help each other out and he is handy. Mine tries, but we are both artistic lol. :D Wonderful post.

  3. Spouses help out in many different ways (housework, childcare, emotional support). I'm happy for you that you now have health insurance. I know it is a weight off your shoulders. We went without it for a short time when my husband was laid off from work. It took a while for him to find a job, and then we had to wit for him to qualify (6 months!). RIGHT after he finally got insurance, my daughter had a stay in the hospital. If it had happened two weeks earlier, we would have been in such severe debt!


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