1. My family - As with many things, being away at college makes me appreciate my family on a whole new level. For me, being home all summer made it easy to take for granted the fact that I lived with my family and could therefore see them whenever I wanted. It also made it easier to get annoyed with them about trivial things that didn't really matter. However being back at school for a few months has helped me to regain my appreciation for my family and everything they give me. Those of you who know me know that I have an extremely close relationship with my mom. I always keep in contact with her when I'm at school, but there is something special about actually seeing her face, being able to give her a huge hug, have sporadic talks, or just watch our TV shows together. I've been home for a little more than 24 hours and already I'm loving it and am so appreciative of the blessing that my mother (and my family) is in my life.
2. My house - I'm pretty sure anyone who's ever spent a significant amount of time away from home can attest to the fact that there are simple comforts of home that cannot be found anywhere else. Since I never moved growing up, I am thankful for my house in general and all its little quirks. Being home again reminds me of all the things I love about it - my goats, doing as many loads of laundry as I want, the sound of my mom working in the kitchen (and preparing wonderful home cooked food), emptying the dishwasher (my favorite household chore, weird, I know), having a room to myself, and countless other things which are all unique my house, town, and the wonderful state of New Hampshire!
2. My friends - I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have such wonderful friends, both at home and at SMC. Not much more to say except that I love them all and I'm so happy that I've been able to stay in touch with friends from NH as well as meet some absolutely amazing people at Saint Mike's!
|Hiking Mt. Philo this past weekend...check out Alex's post about this!|
|Surprising my best friend Paige at the airport last year :)|
4. Opportunities - I am thankful every day for the opportunities I have been blessed with, specifically in the form of higher education. I know not everyone has this privilege, and going to school at Saint Mike's is more than I could've asked for. There isn't anywhere else I would rather be. I absolutely love it there and can't wait to go back on Sunday!
|Oldie but goodie :) Getting ready to send in my deposit!|
So there you have it. These are just some of the countless things I am grateful for this year. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and gets to spend some quality time with family and friends, and eat delicious food of course!
As always, thanks for reading my blog!