I'm thankful for the way the Internet allows me to stay connected with people in the US.
I'm thankful that no one I talk to regularly lives in MST or PST.
I'm thankful for my dear friend and "twin," Jen, and for the many ways God has made her a blessing in my life.
I'm thankful for getting to see a long awaited flower begin to blossom... even from thousands of miles away.
I'm thankful that I have never had to deal with a serious injury or illness.
I'm thankful for the people in my life who make me want to be a better person.
I'm thankful for the ways I've grown this year (both the past 12 months and 2011 so far).
I'm thankful that I have a job.
I'm thankful that I live in a city I love.
I'm thankful that I have health insurance.
I'm thankful that I speak enough Hungarian to (usually) get by.
I'm thankful for my "commute" which provides Rosary time built into my day.
I'm thankful that it is so easy to get to daily Mass.
I'm thankful for my imagination and for my will and reason which help keep it in check when it tried to run wild.
I'm thankful for God's sense of humor... yes, even in those times when I feel I'm the punch line of His latest joke.
I'm thankful that it's been warmer this past week, especially since I turned my heat up because I'm sick.
I'm thankful that I was raised in a Catholic home but also that I've had the chance to choose it for myself.
I'm thankful for Skype.
I'm thankful that I decided to write this list rather than complaining about some corollaries of these statements.
I'm thankful for (and excited about!) my upcoming trip to Sweden with Deb :)
I'm thankful for my family and friends (yes, I know this is basically a "given" but still good to state).
I'm thankful for movies that are available online and for the work my Dad is doing on finding a proxy or filter so I can watch American TV.
I'm thankful for my Mom's health and that we have gotten closer in the past few years.
I'm thankful for the perspective Teresa often gives me when we talk (is she really three years younger?).
I'm thankful for fun "Watching Biggest Loser via Skype" times with Miriam.
I'm thankful for the colorful, funny letters Helen has sent... and that she hasn't complained when I've not responded :(
I'm thankful that John is being a pen pal with my Year 5 students.
I'm thankful for the girls I met in college who are still my closest friends: it's true what people say - I didn't go to college to meet my husband, I went to meet my bridesmaids.
But, most of all ...
I'm thankful for all that God has done and is doing in my life, for the way that He always provides what I need, and for the many ways He constantly reminds me how much He loves me.
**** Please pray for my friend's family as they mourn the loss of their amazing mother ****