Everyday Thankful | Brandi
My dear-hearted, wonderful, beautiful friend shares today's Everyday Thankful. I love this girl to death. She's one of those people that I was just meant to meet and I know she will be a part of my life for a very long time, no matter the distance.
Our friendship started with running. It was early on in my running days and I had no idea what I was doing. I had somehow managed to work my way up to 3 miles and one evening while out on a run, I saw this beautiful woman walking her buffalo beast of a basset hound and her sweet little Boston Terrier. Somehow we stopped to chat. I had never met her before in my life, but she had kind eyes and she encouraged me in my running pursuits. Plus, she had dogs. That's always a good sign. Shortly thereafter we started running together on a weekly basis and my heart can barely contain how grateful I am that we met.
We ran through a lot, literally and figuratively. We ran in the cold, in the heat, up hills, away from dogs, trained for our first half-marathon, and ran our first marathon together. (One time we heard an abandoned kitten in the bushes and she ran with it in her shirt the rest of the way home because we couldn't bear to leave it.) She was there for me during a very difficult time in my life and her positive outlook kept me sane when life and long runs were difficult. Our conversations were filled with anything and everything and she never judged.
Brandi, my dear-hearted, wonderful friend - I love you so and I am so grateful you are in my life. Thank you for all the runs, all the support, and the gift of your friendship. Thank you so much for doing this.
First, I'd like to thank Ashley for inviting me to write a post about my Everyday Thankfuls. I am blessed by numerous things to be thankful for and they won't all fit into one post, so following are just a few that I captured with my iPhone. Some are big, some small but all important to me.
The promises of spring and summer soon to follow.
A freshly made bed with sheets that smell like sunshine.
These friends of mine who are always waiting for me to arrive home safely, excited to see me, wanting nothing more than a little of my time and affection.
I am thankful for these feet, these legs, and the tremendous opportunity that they afford me in the ability to run. Because of running I have been blessed with beautiful friendships. I have been given the opportunity to see numerous things that I might have missed had I not been out on a run: sunrises, sunsets, neighborhoods, flowers, snowfalls. Running has taught me that I can do more than I ever imagined. I can do really hard things.
This man who is strong and steady, always leading the way for our family and giving us a place to come home to. He is the first to smile, laugh, forgive, and love. He is grateful for the life we have and I am grateful for him.
He laughs when I make/mess up his birthday cake and loves me anyway.
He loves my friends as much as I do.
He is teaching my boy to drive. Yeah, I said drive. Is it possible that he will be sixteen this summer? He will, and what's more, there is a possibility of a surgery that would give him the opportunity to see well enough to be able to drive. I am hopeful and thankful for this opportunity that time will reveal to us.
*I realize this picture is hard to see, but I had to take it from inside the house because he is elusive and not cooperative when it comes to taking photos.
The sunlight pouring through the window.
Sites I Dig
The Road is Home
The Seed & Plate
Sharon Covert Photography
The Define School
The Noisy Plume
Sarah Gee Photography
Fox & Owl Studio
The Stork and The Beanstalk
Mellow Yellow Photography
A Simple Little Journal
What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann