My girl Melina over at A Life Without Mofongo did this last week and I thought I needed to do one too. It’s been awhile since I’ve really counted the blessings in my life & I believe it’s so important to acknowledge them every once in awhile!
One. A job & insurance coverage.
Although our economy has bounced back since 2009 when things really took a turn for the worse, there are still so many unemployed people out there struggling. I am so thankful for my job, and with that come benefits. Rarely do I come across women in the TTC world with infertility treatment coverage. I consider myself to be more than blessed to have this coverage. I’m not sure if we would be able to afford an IVF cycle at this time without it since we are building a house right now too. So to whoever made the decision to allow Ameren contract employees to have infertility treatment coverage, I want to hug you.
Two. A really hardworking husband.
My husband is one of the hardest working people I know. He works his ass of every day, comes home COVERD in mud and sometimes really unpleasant filth from septic repairs. Some nights he doesn’t get home until 8 pm and barely has time to eat dinner, shower, and relax before having to go to bed to get up early and do it again 6 days a week. Not only does he work a full time job, he is also going to be building our house. He has built his own chopper and can fix just about anything whether it is mechanical or otherwise. If he’s not sure how to fix it, he will take the time to learn. It will be a big challenge for him to juggle work, house building, and a hopefully pregnant wife, but I know he will be able to do it.
Three. My parents.
Bless their hearts for taking us in and letting us use all of their utilities, live in their basement rent-free, bring our dog into a house where a dog has never lived, and so much more. We have been there for almost 2 months and have not even started building yet. We know we still have a long road ahead living in their basement. We owe them so much for their generosity of letting us crash with them until we are ready.
Four. Modern medicine.
Let’s face it, we owe a lot to the nurses, doctors, and researchers of the medical world. Although there is not a cure for everything, and not everyone survives, or has a successful outcome to what it is they are being treated for, there are so many possibilities in the world of modern medicine. For me, after our accident was the really the first time I was able to see those possibilities. With five broken bones in my leg and a badly damaged PCL tendon and tibial plateau, I was skeptical about making a full recovery, but I have. And now on our journey to have a baby, we are narrowing down the days to where what natural conception does for most, a doctor a laboratory, and an embryologist will do for us.
Five. My true friends.
True and authentic friendships are hard to come by, but I’m lucky enough to have a few very best friends in my life who I am eternally grateful for. They know who they are, and they know what they’ve done for me & that I would do anything for them. We are all at different stages of our lives and don’t get to be together as often as we would like, but we always try to find time, even if it’s just for a quick dinner. Many people say that friendships aren’t based on the length of time that you’ve been friends, and I agree, it doesn’t really determine the quality of a friendship, but I believe the more memories and the more time spent, and the more you really know about a person, the stronger your friendship. These girls have all been in my life for lots of years, from Kindergarten to grade school & that does say something about our friendship. We have all really been through thick and thin, really good and really bad times, and no one can break that bond. Try to, I dare ya! ;-)
Six. The TTC community.
Where would I be without it!? Lost and alone I’m sure. Between blogs and Instagram, and any form of social media that has expanded my TTC community, there are SO MANY of us out there & the love and support is just incredible, that’s an understatement! I’ve made some wonderful friends and been inspired by so many women who have been through struggles that mine will never compare to ,that are stronger than I will ever be, you all ROCK! I’m so thankful that this blog has taken me to the places it has. I will be eternally grateful for this community.
Seven. The little things.
As always, we have to be thankful for the little things that make life extra wonderful. A perfect cup of coffee in the morning, a favorite song, a fresh manicure, our pets, a cocktail on a Friday afternoon, a favorite pair of jeans, a favorite pair of yoga pants, a favorite product, fresh highlights, holding hands, a good book or movie. All things that we can certainly live without, but it would suck to have to!