7 QTs- REEEEMIX! (5): Thanks, Thanks, Thanks

I cannot believe it has been ANOTHER week.  It's just unreal.  So, as it IS Friday... we have come to know that this is usually time for 7 Quick Takes with Jen at Conversion Diary.  BUT, I am going to mix things up today and do my own thing, loosely based on 7, not-so-quick, things.  Maybe.  I don't know.  Vamos a ver (we shall see).  Hence, the title: REEEEMIX!  ALso, focusing on thankfulness, as I was vain and only blogged about my wardrobe yesterday.  Um...yea...

~ 1 ~
I mean... I feel like I could go on for.ev.er about the blessings that our Lord has poured upon me this year.  I mean everything in my life is because He has made it happen.  I don't give Him enough credit, even though He IS the only reason for the way my life is right now.  Today, I honor you , Lord.  I will do my best to thank you and credit you and turn to you more often.  You are, indeed, an amazing God who loves so much, and gives so much.  Thank you for allowing me to see my potential and challenging me to change, for the better.  Through your Grace, I have gotten through one of the toughest, yet AMAZING, years of my life.  I know you have so many other great things planned for me, and I eagerly await the time when they will be revealed.

~ 2 ~
Family (ALL of them, yes you.)
God has also blessed me with the best.family.ever.  Seriously.  We may be spread out, divorced, not agree on everything, dysfunctional at times, and get on each others nerves, but we are family.  These people have supported me, loved me, encouraged me, pushed me, challenged me, etc since the day I was born.  I have decided to put God and His church first in my life, and being the only practicing Catholic is hard sometimes, but they accept me for me, and accept that it's important to me.  Most of them thought I was crazy for quitting my really good job and moving to another country to serve, but supported me throughout it all.  They have affirmed my decision to not jump back into finding a job right away, even if it's not something they would do, and have allowed me to bum around at their houses while I travel, "find myself" and discern my next steps.  I couldn't ask for a better family.  I love them and thank God for them all of the time.  God loves unconditionally, but I think I would say that my family loves me unconditionally, as well.

~ 3 ~
Mom and Dad
They could just be lumped in with the family, but I think they deserve their own little number (and so much more!).  Gosh, what would I do without my parents?  I don't even like thinking about it.  My mom is my best friend.  The person I call for everything, good, bad, exciting, frustrating, when I just need to cry or hear her voice, when I need advice... on practically anything.  She is an amazing woman.  I am so blessed that she is the one that God chose to be my mom.  She has taught me so very much, but especially how to see the good in everyone.  She worked for 30 years with kids that did stupid things, getting locked up and going down the wrong path.  She always, always, always found something good in these kids, when on the outside you would think they were worth nothing.  I think I get my yearning for service, especially the underdog, the ones that people may think aren't worth serving, from her.  I desire to help and serve those who need it most, and is ultimately, probably, why I chose nursing; it's one of the most service oriented jobs, ever.  My mom loves me for who I am.  She doesn't always get the things that I do, or why I do some things versus others, but she accepts them.  She accepts that we don't agree on everything, and loves me... no matter what.  I still have so much to learn from her, and her ability to love.  It is a beautiful thing.  I strive to be more like that.

And my dad.  Oh, Dad.  You are a silly, goofy, fun-loving man.  I am jealous of your easy-going-ness and ability to find the humor in anything, sometimes.  We, too, haven't always seen eye-to-eye, but you love me just the same.  Thank you for loving me and showing me that love in the best ways you know how: making fun of me! ;)  Just kidding.  Kind of.  As I have gotten older, you have really reached out and expressed your feelings more and more.  At first, I thought this was weird.  You never really do that much.  But, I love it.  I love that you are stern when you are challenging me, forcing me to really think about things.  Thank you for accepting me for me, as well.  I don't think I would have done some of the things in my life if I didn't have your support.  You are a great, and wonderful father, and I don't tell you enough!

Mom and dad, I love you both SO much.  Thank you for everything.  Mostly, thank you for loving and supporting me, no matter what.

~ 4 ~
I also, think I have some of THE best friends in this entire world.  Like my family, they love me unconditionally.  They have been there for me in more ways than I can ever count.  Listened, loved, encouraged, put me in my place (which is hard b/c I am so emotional... who wants to criticize/call someone out/etc when they cry at a drop of a hat, or may get upset really quickly?), encouraged me, supported me, hugged me, let me cry, made me laugh, and on and on and on.  All of these things are such great and wonderful things, but the best part- they have brought me closer to our Lord.  They have the desire to bring me closer to Heaven, just as I do with them.  We are in it together.  It's not easy, but it's never easy living a life for Jesus.  It sure does make it more fun and entertaining and fruitful when you can do it together.  Community is an amazing thing... no matter how far apart we are there for one another.

I really am just so grateful for the wonderful people in my life.

~ 5 ~
Food, water, shelter, clothes
These are some obvious things, but things that I am so grateful for, but take for granted.  I am incredibly thankful to have family and friends to give me shelter and food these days, when I don't technically have a place of 'my own.'  Being in Honduras and seeing people with so little and unclean water, living their lives the best they can... is something I will never forget.  These things may be taken away from me any second, and should always be mindful of how so very blessed I am.

~ 6 ~
Internet, email, Skype, FaceTime, phone
Seriously.  I mean, what would we do without these modes of communication these days?  I wouldn't be able to see my cute niece in Kansas, or chat with my friend in Spain, teach/entertain my Aunt or grandmother about Skype or email, be in the know through Twitter and FB, or talk to anyone that I want to, practically whenever I want to.  It really is so awesome to be so connected to the people I love the most through these awesome powers of communication.

~ 7 ~
Really.  I mean it. I have SO come to enjoy my time writing my thoughts, even if it only gets praise from my grandmother (love you, Grammy!).  When I think of things, I love having a place to keep my thoughts together.  I have also really enjoyed reading other people's blogs.  I really get into it, and it's hard for me to turn my computer off (I mean, that blog WILL be there in the morning when I wake up, right?).  I always love learning about other people's life, even if you do feel like a stalker sometimes (I was made fun of really bad in Honduras for reading a past volunteer's blog through and through, and got ridiculously excited when I almost got to meet her.  Yes, I was bummed when I didn't.).  Now, reading the blogs of the Catholic women out there has been so much fun!  And encouraging.  And such a blessing.  I am building this virtual community that I can literally take with me no matter where I am in the world.  SUCH an amazing thing.  So, thank you to all of those ladies out there (and to the ones I haven't discovered yet) that have been there for me virtually.  You rock.

~ 7.5 ~
I seriously know some awesome kids.  My niece... my goddaughter... my friend's (multiple friends) kids... my step-niece...  I mean, really?!  How lucky can one girl be?!  I just love kids so much, and am so grateful to have them in my life to hold me over until I get my very own one day (God willing)! :)  And of course to their respective parents for letting me love them and kiss them and brag about them!

I mean... I guess I DID do it in 7 (not) Quick Takes. :)  Please remember to go check out everyone else's 7QTs over at Jen's!!  I hope you all had such a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, friends, good food and great memories!  So many blessings your way! :)


  1. I just wanted to say - good job remembering to label your post! :D

  2. I have to say once I found your blog I feel in love. I too am a young Catholic gal, am pursing my BSN and I am involved in missionary life so I was so happy to find a blogger very similar to me!! Can't wait to read more posts!!

  3. So many things to love about this post (and so many similarities!) Kids = amazing. I spent a month this summer babysitting a bunch of missionaries' kids and couldn't have been happier doing it! And family...ohhhh family. Haha. I feel like they're our biggest supporters and biggest challenge all rolled into one.

  4. I am so honored by your sweet words and I am thrilled to have this authentic relationship with you, based on love and respect. As I've said to you before, I love you, that's a given, but no one ever said that you have to like your children..... But I do really like you, who you are! I am honored to be your friend and to be your mom! You continue to amaze me, and I know, God has really big plans for your life! With XOX from your very proud momma!


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