Thursday, November 25, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you have all taken some time to reflect on the many blessings in your life. I have and would like to share with you.

I am thankful for...
I'm not sure how I ever lived without him in my life. He really puts things in perspective for me and teaches me the important things in life. I love him more than I have ever loved anything.


He can make me absolutely crazy at times, but I love him to pieces. He works so hard to provide a nice, comfortable life for us and I couldn't be more grateful. He puts up with all of my "neurosis" (as he calls them) and still loves me. He is the BEST father I could have ever hoped for my son.

My parents.
They will do anything for me & my little family without thinking twice. They are 2 of the best people I have ever met. They are kindhearted, generous & selfless. As Brian says, "They are good peeps."

Sue is a wonderful mother-in-law and I am happy to call her family. I am so grateful that we get along and that we actually enjoy each other's company (I know not many can say this about their in-laws!) She has had a rough year, but I'm so happy she is "fixed" (Jaxon's words).

My brother.
Yes, he is wacky, but I love him. Life in the Rios house would be quite dull without him around. He is like my parents, kind, loving & loyal. Jose has a heart of gold.

As much as she is naughty, she is loving & patient. She loves the 3 of us unconditionally. She puts up with all of Jaxon's antics with a "smile" on her face. She has really embraced going blind well. She has adjusted wonderfully.

Stryker is the company Brian is now working for. I am thankful to them for hiring Brian and for giving us the opportunity to move back to Tucson, something that wasn't happening at his other company.

My school.
I work with a great group of ladies. They are so supportive of each other. I love that I am able to work part-time. It is the best of both worlds. I am really going to miss that when we move.

This may sound weird since all I have wanted to do since we moved here was move away, but I am happy living here (I will be happier in Tucson however). I love all of the things we have been able to do with Jaxon... Gymboree, the Zoo, the Aquarium, Museum of Natural History, Balloon Fiesta etc. I love how living here has made us independent of our family. The only people Brian & I have to rely on is each other and it has made our marriage stronger. We have also made some good friends here that I will be sad to leave behind.

Our Health.
Yes, we have had our battles with health, but I am thankful everyday that we made it through, not everyone is so lucky.

As shallow as this may sound I am extremely thankful for Target, Starbucks, Pei Wei, Ulta, Chick-fil-A, & Old Navy. I truly love all of these places and frequent most of them weekly. I am so thankful that I am able to take Jaxon to lunch once a week or stop at Starbucks on my way to work or cruise Target just because. I know that I am very blessed and don't take that for granted.

It's almost over! Only 5 more days and I am thankful for that!


Ami said...

Umm, what about your Friends? Did that one get deleted by accident? hee hee. Kidding! I for one, am also very thankful for Stryker! :)

Nicole said...

That was a very cool way of doing that!!!

Jenna said...

Anabelle! Just reading this and it's so great... But, what caught my eye was Brian is now working for Stryker! You should get in touch with Regan, her husband, Mike works for them too! Maybe you 4 will meet on Company trips some day!