This year has made us all reflect back on what we took for granted that we won’t in the future. As soon as I woke this morning and remembered it was Thanksgiving Day, I felt a deep and content feeling of thankfulness. My next thought was the irony of experiencing such a significant feeling in this year of sadness, hardship, and general craziness. But, I guess that’s what a day of acknowledging thankfulness is for, right?
Here are 30 things I am thankful for in 2020:
A loving, close-knit extended family
We are blessed with a close extended family. Family get-togethers are my absolute favorite thing and luckily since we live so close together, we are blessed to be able to do that more than many families. Not being able to gather has not made me feel distanced from other family members at all. It just feels like we hit the pause button on big group gatherings. We have a foundation of love, caring and interest in each other that is carrying us through.
Wonderful and loving children
I share so much about my Jess and I know we are all thankful for the joy and happiness that she exudes and shares with others.
My other children, Madison and Hannah, also bring to me joy and happiness. The are kind and giving people and both chose career paths that are service oriented. Madison is a Senior Neurology Resident, and Hannah is an American Sign Language Interpreter. Not only do they give to others, but they also give to me love, kindness, respect, and happiness.
Wonderful, loving, and involved parents
Nonnie and Granddad!! Many of you know them from our videos, and if you don’t, you are missing out. They are the best support system for all of their children and grandchildren and have set a wonderful example for us all to follow in our lives.
In an (autism) world where there seems little time for friends, I’m thankful for the ones that have stuck around, and loving and supportive and only a phone call away.
Abby is our ~ 13 year old border collie mix. She has lived with us for 10.5 years and has been the best pooch. She has always been calm and is so loyal, smart and loving.
Omg – What to even say about this one. Zoe is our 5 month old poodle puppy. We feel super duper thankful for adding this amazing pooch to our family and can’t wait to see what lies ahead.
Especially in these times, I’m super aware of my thankfulness for the health and wellbeing of myself and my family and friends.
We are blessed with the ability to have quality and nutritious food to eat on a daily basis
Biscuits and Gravy
I can’t imagine life without biscuits and gravy. Wondering what the heck are biscuits and gravy? Check out this blog post: What are Biscuits and Gravy? (Recipe)
I’m thankful for Jessica’s full-time caregiver, Marlow, who makes a huge and positive impact on our lives.
Bless all of the doctors out there who are dedicated to keeping us healthy and guiding us in healing when we need it and do so at the detriment of their own health and that of their families.
Naturally, I have a special place in my heart for nurses. I know first hand how nurses give their patients their all and are a major key in teaching and healing the sick and wounded. Thank you, nurses!! We love you!
A College Education
This year, I have been extra thankful to have a college education that taught me to think for myself and seek out science and current and reliable resources for information.
Working from Home
For the past 6 years, I have been blessed to be able to work from home by piecing together projects via independent contracts. Without this, Jess and I would not have been able to remain independent in our own house. I am thankful for this every single day.
Thankful that we have a roof over our head, and a safe and cozy space inside to spend our days.
A Big Backyard
I’ve never been more thankful for my backyard. In fact, I have cursed it many a time because it’s such a steep slope and not fun to maintain. However, this year our leisure time along with visits with friends and family has moved to our backyard, and it’s nice to have such an open space in nature to hang out. Also, Zoë especially appreciates the big back yard to run around in.
Jess has had Medicaid Waiver funding for 6 years. The Waiver has been a lifesaver and is so good for her.
This is how we are able to have paid caregivers for Jess, allowing her to have social interaction, leisure time, stimulation, community access, and to continue working on developing self-help skills. While she is having this positive interaction with caregivers, I can focus and work to earn money so that I can pay my bills.
Club Crispy Supporters
Ah! Club Crispy! If you enjoy our videos and content, you should also be thankful for Club Crispy supporters. Without their support, I would not be able to spend time creating content and would instead have to find more independent contracts. You can learn more about Club Crispy here: Why We Started Club Crispy
I am eternally grateful for Autistic Interpretation followers. You have changed our lives in more ways than you can ever know. Our lives were so closed up before we started blogging and vlogging and found people who either understood our world or wanted to understand better. We feel so much love from you everyday! Thank you!
I was a latecomer to Apple products because, yes, they cost more. Thankfully, my eyes were opened to the wonderful world of Apple and, just, yay! Thank you, Apple!
Memories of Disney Trips
Sadly, we canceled two pre-planned Walt Disney World vacations this year. However, I am thankful that we have many Disney World memories to fall back on, and that we got to experience the Disney before Covid because I feel certain it will never be the same again. Not that it will be bad or worse in the future, just different.
I love mountains, especially the Great Smoky Mountains! It’s my go-to place when I need to chill and re-group. Love. I’m so thankful.
I also love the ocean. It’s a different kind of peacefulness laying or sitting in the warmth of the sun by the ocean. I sort of feel like I’m going home when I’m heading to the ocean, as I was born near the Emerald Coast.
Where would we be without our coffee ritual? I’m /ALWAYS thankful for my morning coffee. I grind beans for my coffee every morning and like m coffee with French Vanilla Creamer.
This year has been a test of traditions. For our family, there have been many that have had to be adjusted or put off until next year. I’m thankful for the memories of old traditions and knowing they will still be there next year.
Isn’t it nice to have the ability to try out some new traditions to get us through 2020? In our family, reconfiguring routines and traditions has been an important part of making it through this pandemic. I’m thankful that we have been able to establish new ones especially to help Jess get through all of the changes.
I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I have a thing for apocalypse type shows, but watching them definitely makes me be thankful for the simple things, like having electricity and all of the things that run off of electricity
Toilets that flush
Ditto. Plus, we got a new toilet that flushing 1000x better than our last one, so yeah, toilets that flush.
In 2020, where would we be without Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus, the CW (Supernatural), etc? Thank you, Thank you!!