One thing that helps me cope with the
train wreck seemingly never-ending cycle of unfortunate events that has been my 2016 is taking a moment when I'm stressed to think about 5 things that I am thankful for. And since this week just happens to be the week of Thanksgiving, that couldn't be more fitting.
I cannot even begin to explain to you how happy I am that being basic is a thing. Why people didn't think this was a great idea before, I'll never understand. For the sake of this post, I'll go ahead and define basic as your typical Starbucks-drinking, Target-shopping, SUV-driving, messy-hair-wearing, designer bag-carrying, iPhone-toting female. DISCLAIMER: you fit into some, all, or none of the aforementioned criteria, and you can be basic or not, but I think it's hilarious how this accurate little stereotype has gotten to be so widely recognized, be it good or bad. I think it's fabulous.
When I found out I was pregnant with Cole, Matt had just started medical school. We had just gotten married and moved to Spartanburg, and BAM. We weren't planning on having babies until a little further down the road, but hey, God's plan is better than mine. I was a twenty-three-year-old newlywed looking for a job. I wanted to put my BioSci degree to use. Actually, I felt like I had to put it to use. I owed that to my parents who were still paying off my student loans (God bless them for that). Then I got my first big girl job as an insurance agent with BlueCross BlueShield of SC. I would commute to Greenville to sell health insurance while Matt was in school during the day. Salary + commission! YEAH BABY.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that reached out to my family after we lost our sweet James. The Facebook messages, phone calls, texts, letters, voicemails, emails, Instagram comments, flowers, gifts, and visits. All of it. No matter how big or small, I promise everything was received and appreciated. In fact, I don't know how I would have gotten through the first week without having those messages to read. I still haven't gotten to respond to everyone personally, but I am doing my best.