01-30-2010, 08:13 AM
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There are so many things in my life that I love and am thankful for and happy about.
I love and am thankful for my husband. He's been by my side since I was just a teenager actually and I've been 29 for over a decade at this point! He supports me in all, including helping to do so much hard work that is related to my horse obsession.
I love and am thankful for my career and the business that I have owned for 15 years with my father. It's a special part of my life that I get to spend so much time with my dad and I am very close to both my parents.
My dogs are a huge part of what makes me happy and I love them beyond words. They are like kids to my husband and I. There are just not enough words to say how I feel for them.
Then my big hobby of horses... I'm thankful for it and for all that it has taught me. I am happy and thankful to have put together the herd we have. I still get choked up remembering my stallion that I bought as a fuzzy yearling show prospect won National Champion in halter in 2007 and Reserve National Grand Champion driving in 2008. Some of the horses I have and the wins we have recieved would have been just pipe dreams a decade ago. The horses have also "connected" me to most of the friends that I'm closest to.
Then to conclude this post, that I could turn into a novel, I am thankful for and happy about re-discovering the aquarium hobby last summer. We got into it again because I needed a distraction and a relaxing hobby (was diagnosed with lung cancer, never had smoked, but had surgery and should be fine from now on -- it was like a 1 in a million type of lung cancer and I'm "just" 41 now). The fish kept me sane when I was so scared. Instead of devoting myself to full time worry about dying (thought I would) and what would become of my family and horses, I just read books about fish, planned future aquariums. I mean, I seriously day dreamed about fish in the PET-CT scan machine LOL! Crazy, but it's what got me through and has snowballed into something both my husband and I enjoy so much (and man, so much easier / less stressful than horses).