November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

Today, I am thankful for...
  • Family - I have never taken my close relationships with my mom, dad, and sister for granted at all, but moving away from them has given me a whole new perspective on just how blessed I am to have them in my life. My dad's leadership and sense of humor, my mom's prayers through every situation, and my sister's perspective on life that is so different from mine...I am so lucky to be loved by them and to get to learn from my family every day. 
  • My team - this has to be on of the most unexpected groups of people that has impacted my life so strongly this semester. From honest and encouraging talks with Sarah and Jennie to late night donut runs with Richard or Andrew...I never expected to be so strengthened and encouraged through a rough season like I have been by this team. 
  • My Disney family - this is a family that most people will never understand. There's something surreal about a family of parade vendors, balloon vendors, photo pass photographers, glow crew, and custodial that all know each other because we circled the hub every day, crossing paths during the castle shows and before the parades. Hundreds of people and friends who I will probably never see again, but for the time I knew them, they were the best of friends. I'll never forget them and I'll never forget the magic we made.
  • 5 Gum- Seriously...I think I've gone through 20 packs since school started. I don't think I'd have half as many friends if I didn't carry gum around with me most of the time. 
  • Katie, Kirsten, Jenni, & Cortney - These girls have been my apartment mates and my roommates throughout this whole year. Living with Katie, Kirsten, and Jenni in Orlando was one of the best things about my internship. Sitting in Katie's car eating cookie dough and talking in radio code, shopping with Kirsten, laughing with Jenni...these girls were there for me when I needed someone to tell me that it was okay to call-in. They were there for me when the going got tough. They were there for me every step of the way through our challenging internship, and I'll love them forever because of it. And Cortney, Cortney has to be the best roommate ever at SNU. We laugh until we cry every night, running off on road trips and adventures because we get too bored on campus. I'm so thankful for the way that we've gone from good acquaintances to good friends, I can trust her with anything and I know that she won't let me down. 
  • Florida & Oklahoma -  Two separate worlds. Two totally different homes. But two places that have stolen my heart over the course of this year. I'm so thankful for the way that Florida became my home overnight, and I can't wait until the day when I get to move back to that state. But I am so thankful that I have Oklahoma to come back to. Starry nights. Fields of wheat. Open spaces. My heart is a torn between a love for the coast and a love for the country. 
  • Jamba Juice - me and Jessika hunted all over Orlando to find a Jamba Juice, going so far as to circle an empty parking lot somewhere near Clearwater looking at the building that used to be a Jamba Juice. During pre-season week, after I'd been home less than 7 days, I drove a bunch of the girls on the team to Jamba Juice for an after workout meal. They have no idea that I had 6 months of hidden motives behind that trip. 
  • Forgiveness- Honest to goodness, letting go of the past, it's in God's hands now, forgiveness. Talk about freedom. 
Thanksgiving 2011:
I am thankful for a year that is dramatically split in two: Disney and College. The lessons are crazy different. The friends are worlds apart. The only common denominator...is me. But somehow or another, it's all worked out. And I am so so thankful for the friendship, the challenges, the opportunities, and the little moments that have shaped me into who I am right now. 
I am crazy thankful today.