Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Giving of Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

As this CRAZY busy semester comes to an end, not being able really to post that many blog entries this month, I do think it is VERY important to post about Thanksgiving and what I have to be thankful this year!!!!!:) It seems so weird that last year during this time I had been in India for only 3 months time, and now it'll be 17 months!!! I think back to last year and all the friends I grew extremely close to, now have gone back to the states!! Mostly not by choice at all, but because certain circumstances came up!!! But let's get started!!! THE LIST OF THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR IN THE YEAR 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Health (both physically and emotionally)!!!!!!
  • Family (both American AND Indian!!)!!!!!!!
  • S.C.!!!!:)!!!:)!!!!:)
  • Friends (both American and Woodstockian)!!!!!!!!!
  • Woodstock School (students, staff and of course the job)!!!!!!!!
  • Paavo Nurmi Marathon, New Delhi Half Marathon, and World Run Day 2010!!!!!!!!
  • Having a strong passion for life!!!!!!!
  • Skype (to of course stay in touch with everyone back home)!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Running (especially in the mornings during sunrise)!!!!!!!!!!!:)
  • Smiling!!!!!!
  • The look of friends and family after not seeing them for 1 1/2 years!!!!!!!!!
  • Some lengthy, overdue welcome back hugs at the airport December 17, 2010 at 12:25pm!!!!!!!!
  • The Peters (Indian Family; mentioned earlier!!!!)!!!!!!!
  • The Wiebe's, especially Cookie and her kicking butt of cancer!!!!! See you guys soon!!!!!:)
  • Walks in the moonlight and around Mussoorie!!!!!!;)
  • Enthusiasm towards things you love!!!!!!!!
  • "Glass always is and always will be half FULL" look on life!!!!!:)
  • The little things in life!!!!!!!
  • Thursday night yoga!!!!! AND SPECIAL FRIDAY NIGHT PRE-RACE SESSIONS!!!!!!
  • Having someone always there to help get through the rough patches in life!!!!
  • Bedtime prayers!!!!!
  • For having things to be thankful about!!!!!!!!!!
  • and of course.............EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
So granted some of these haven't even happened yet, HOWEVER, I know when they do happen I will be very, VERY thankful for those moments!!!!!!!!!! I can't say this enough, but I am SO VERY VERY VERY thankful for having such wonderful parents!!!!! Mom and Dad you are the greatest parents a son could ever ask for, and I know I don't say this enough or talk to you very often but I love you guys and there is not a day that goes by that I'm not thinking about all the things you've taught me to be in life!!!!! Not only through words but through your actions as well, which definitely spoke louder than words!!! Dad your passion for your job and always having such a positive look on life is one characteristic I am truly thankful for you having!!! And mom your caring and warmth you bring to everyone around you every single day has shown me how to open arms to everyone around!!!!!! And yes Nat don't think I forgot about you!!! You smell bad!!! Thank you for that!!!!:) That's older brother talk for I love you and thank you for all the support you have shown throughout all the years and even over here in India, with the COUCHSURFING.COM incident in Finland!!! I will always remember that!!! One of the sweetest acts ever!!!!!!:) I'll make it up to you someday, somehow!!! S.C. thank you for EVERYTHING these past 3 months and 5 days!!!! You not only have put even a BIGGER smile on my face every single day, but everything about you makes life worth waking up to, earlier and earlier just to see you or think about you!!!!!!!:) The little things you do make you such a special person and make my heart fill with warmth!!!!!! Now Dan, even though you're a HUGE jerkface, make my life a living hell, and constantly make fun of me, you are my best friend, will always be my best friend, and forever we will be united with all the memories in Shako, your basement playing video games, and those long tennis road trips to Hutch!!!! It won't be long my friend until we're back playing those video games and laughing at the most ridiculous moments ever!!!! AND my Shako Coaches don't think you're escaping this post without being mentioned!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The summer of 2009 will ALWAYS be in my most cherished memories!!!!:) What we did that summer can never be repeated, EXCEPT FOR THIS WINTER IN 2010-2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HECK YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) Can someone say frozen campout in the tennis shed!!??!?:) It'll only be -30, no big deal!!!!!!!! Laughing, frozen feet, and movies!!!!! Sounds perfect!!!!!! And even though there are a BILLION more people I could go on and on about I have to mention The Peters!!!!! This past semester has been so wonderful getting to know you guys!!!! You have made me feel at home ever since Day 1!!!!!! The warmth and care your family has, not only for each other, but for others you bring into your home is something most families have lost!!!!! That is fantastic you guys!!!!! I feel like one of the fam every time I come over, and with being so far away from blood family, that means so much more to me than you can imagine!!!!!!!!!!!!! All of you I have mentioned AND of course everyone else in my life past, present and to come I cannot thank you enough for all of the memories and moments we have shared, sharing, and are going to share!!!!!!!!!!! Without you guys, I definitely wouldn't be the person I am today!!!!! I have all of you to thank for that!!!!!!!!!!:) I wish everyone (on Thursday) the HAPPIEST AND MOST SPECIAL THANKSGIVING YET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone back in Minnesota I would proudly like to announce this very urgent news bulletin:


You know it!!!!!!!!!!!! I miss you all sooooooooooooooo sooooooooooooo sooooooo very much!!!! Can't wait to see you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone at Woodstock I WILL SEE YOU TOMORROW BABY!!!!!!!!!!!:) HECK YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY SMILING AND HAPPY GIVING OF THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Let the sunshine in, and never let it go!!!!!!!!!!!

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