The First of November is NOT the First Day of Christmas

The First of November is NOT the First Day of Christmas

I mean I honestly can not wait to go home to a bright Christmas tree...but I can wait till after Thanksgivings for that.
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On halloween I was asked "guess what tomorrow is" and I was like what because honestly nothing came to my mind. It was halloween and tomorrow is none the less November first. I sat and pondered it for a second and finally asked "what".

ITS THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS TOMORROW!, THEY SAID.

At this point I laughed and shrugged it off because it is not the first day of Christmas and I will never consider November first the first day of Christmas. But do not get me wrong I love Christmas but you guy rush it way too much. It is already November which is insane and once Christmas hits it will be 2018 in a matter of 6 days after. The days are rushed because our society chooses to rush it.

November is the month of thanksgiving and the month where it is still fall but also could potentially snow at any point in the day or weeks. Before we rush to Christmas right away, here are some things to be thankful for in the month of November.

1. Be thankful for your Family

Be thankful for the wonderful family you have that supports you no matter what. They have given you everything and they deserve your respect more than you know.

2. Be thankful for your dog (or pets)

This is Baylee A.K.A the best dog on planet earth! I love her to the moon and back.

3. Be thankful for the opportunities you had this year


Yes, I was 5 feet away from Shawn Mendes back in August and I still cry about it to this day!

I got to experience Summer Bash for the first time and saw Niall Horan and Liam Payne solo...I miss One Direction so much.

These are just some of my memories and opportunities. You all should be thankful for every opportunity you had because those opportunities do not come around often.

4. Be thankful for the friends you have in your life, even if there are not many.


Yes, I do have friends...well...a couple...like only two. But hey you should still be grateful for them!

There are many things to be thankful for and I surly do have more to be thankful for than just these four things above.

But before we move on to Christmas, lets enjoy the little bit of fall we might have left, enjoy turkey dinner and being thankful for everything in your life, enjoy the craziness of black Friday and just be patient for Christmas. When December first comes around then you can tell me it is the first day of Christmas.

I mean I honestly can not wait to go home to a bright Christmas tree...but I can wait till after Thanksgivings for that.


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My mom is pretty darn special. And I'd be kidding myself to say that I tell her enough how much I appreciate her. There aren't enough breaths in the day to thank her for all that she has done for me, and all that she will do for me. So this is for my momma, these are just a few of the reasons why I think she's pretty great.

1. I can talk to her about anything.

I know for a fact that no matter the issue and no matter the story, my mom will listen to the entire thing with nothing but compassion in her heart. I don't ever need to wonder if she will judge me because I know for a fact that she never will.

2. She gives the best hugs.

I don't care if I saw her yesterday or if I've been away for three months; my mom will always hug me like she hasn't seen me in years, and there isn't a better feeling in the world.

3. I have never met a more selfless person.

She has such a heart for others and I am constantly blown away by her devotion and passion for serving those around her. If I (or anyone else) needs anything, my mom is the first one to jump up, drop everything, and run to help. If I have half as much generosity as my mom someday, I know that I would be making a huge difference.

4. I am inspired by her.

Always.

5. She cares so much for me.

I know that no matter how old I grow to be, and how mature I may become, my mom will always be there for me. She will always be waiting with open arms to either congratulate me or console me. I have never felt more loved by any other human than I do by my mom.

6. She loves me unconditionally.

I will never ever need to worry that she will stop loving me. No matter the circumstances, no matter the phase of life that I'm in, my mom will always be there for me, loving me every step of the way.

7. She is my number one cheerleader.

I don't think I will every meet another person more dedicated to my success and ready to celebrate my accomplishments than my mom. She is hands-down my biggest supporter and will always be standing at the finish line of whatever race I may be running. I could be crawling across that finish line and she'd still be cheering for me the whole way.

8. I can always count on her to point me in the right direction.

My mom will pray for me. She'll encourage me. She will lead by example and through the counseling that she is always ready to provide. I know that I can always count on her to push me in the direction of my dreams.

9. She has the best laugh.

I could pick my mom's laugh out of a crowd of hundreds. Her ability to laugh at herself (and at her own cheesy jokes) are part of what makes her so amazing. But the sound of my mom's laugh has the capability to make anyone's day, including mine.

10. I never stop learning from her.

See points 1-9.


Mom, you are such an amazing woman, and there is simply no way that I could put it into words. So I'll simply say thank you. Thank you for all that you do for me, day-in and day out. Thank you for loving me, and showing me what it means to live like Jesus and everything else that you do. I hope that one day my daughter might love me as much as I love you.

Love,

Me

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