On Gratitude

Over the weekend Buzzfeed posted an article called “10 Privileges I Have Complained About,” and…well, actually, I’m not entirely sure whether they truly posted it over the weekend. I suppose it could have been posted a long time ago, and just recently resurfaced via sharing and social media, as Buzzfeed links are wont to do. I could go check the date on the article, but that seems like a lot of work right now. Maybe later.

Where was I? Oh yes. The article sure seemed conveniently timely given that Thanksgiving is swiftly approaching (so maybe it really *was* posted over the weekend?) and it got me thinking. How often am I guilty of complaining about things that are truly a privilege? I’d rather not say. So in the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I put together a list of things that I consider to be some of my biggest blessings in this world.

Andy – If you come here often, you’ve probably gathered that I am rather fond of my husband. No, let me rephrase that: I adore him. He is my very best friend, and I love that we have just as much fun getting all fancy for a night out as we do staying home and playing darts in our pajamas. We’ve both got big dreams, and though he’s much too modest to admit it, I think he hung the moon and could damn well do so on the daily if he felt so led. Love you for always, Hess.




My family and our health – Sometimes things in life shake you up and you realize just how special family is. I’ve always been close with mine, and when my mom kicked cancer’s ass a few years ago, I drew even closer to these wonderful people. My parents, grandparents, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and now in-laws – you name ‘em, mine are the best. I am so very grateful for this special tribe I get to call my own.



I have way more family members who I love tremendously, but YOU try getting all those humans together in one room, smiling in unison with no blinking, funny face making or general tomfoolery-doing for a nice family picture.


Specifically, the women in my family – My mom, my nana and my Aunt Linda are my most admired role models and if you met them for even five minutes, you’d understand why. Saturday I got to go shopping with Nana, and per usual, we had a blast. In a couple of weeks, I get to spend the weekend camping in an RV park and scouring the grounds of Texas’ largest flea market with Mom and Aunt Linda and I. CANNOT. WAIT. These women are everything, they made me into the awesome lady I consider myself to be. [wow, humility much?] What can I say? Strong women run in my family.




My dumpster cats – These are my precious, precious babies and I love them arguably way too much. No one asked you, Andy.





Writing – For all the complaining I do about how hard writing a book is, I know that writing is a talent with which I have been entrusted to use. Yes, writing is a lot of hard work and sometimes I get mentally exhausted, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I need to remember to shut up with the complaining and get back to the writing. You’d be happy to help me remember to please shut up when and if I get all whineypants, right?

Yahoo for saving Community – No further explanation needed. Who out there ISN’T thankful for this?

The little moments – Andy singing in the shower, waking up with a warm kitty snuggled around my head, watching Sunday night TV with a cozy fire roaring in the background, kissing in the snowflakes last night during a freak Texas snowstorm – these are the small flashes of joy and wonder that make up my happy life. And I wouldn’t trade them for the world.




Wow. That was a lot of sappiness for a Monday. I’d apologize, but I’m not sorry for it at all. Now it’s your turn – what are you thankful for, not just because it’s Thanksgiving, but because you just are?
—The Wife in Training


  • Reply November 17, 2014


    I can’t promise I won’t copy your idea. That is all.

    • Reply November 17, 2014


      Girl, go for it.

  • Reply November 17, 2014


    I read that article last night and it literally made me cry. We are SO blessed. The one about losing my keys got me–I do that so often and have never thought of it that way. Because we live in a house that is so big, I lose things. ALL the time. Gracious. Thank you for this reminder–my Monday morning needed this :)

    • Reply November 17, 2014


      YES that one got me too. And the flying for leisure one. I’m really good at complaining when things don’t go my way, so it was a much-needed reality check. Happy Monday to you!

  • Reply November 17, 2014


    this made me all warm and mushy and I loved every sappy second of it.

    • Reply November 17, 2014


      Aww thanks friend!

  • Reply November 17, 2014


    This is just really really sweet and honest and gave me all the fuzzies and you’re so pretty.

  • ahhh this is SO good! i love this. i also love that you are surrounded by strong women-that makes me happy for your because i only recently discovered not all people are lucky enough to have that :)

    i am super thankful for the ability to choose the life i want. if i want to work for myself-i can. if i want to move states or even countries-i can. it’s pretty spectacular.

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