Being Grateful – Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I know I didn’t publish my usual weekend “being grateful” post last week; I figured I would save it for today. Makes sense, as we are all thinking about what we are thankful for (I hope).

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  • I am grateful for the free pajama pants I got from none other than my grandma. While she is usually a frugal person, I swear shopping is her downfall! I am pretty sure she has 30 pairs of pants, all different colors. She does make yearly donations, but I think she keeps buying. She had purchased these cute pajama pants and never wore them, and I gladly took them. I can always use more, as some of my older ones have developed holes. pjs
  • I am grateful that I only had to work two days this week. I am also grateful that my boss was understanding that I had made prior plans to visit my parents, otherwise I’d be working Saturday (I had thought I’d be working M-F during training).
  • I am grateful for my cats. They’re silly and adorable, and even when they’re being pains in the butt, they’re a part of our little family. Our life would be a bit boring without them around for entertainment!
  • I am grateful for family time. I get to see my parents again, though I know that when I leave, I’ll be wishing it were Christmas just so that they could be up here. I am a little sad I won’t get to see the rest of my family, but hopefully we will be able to Skype with them.
  • I am grateful for R. This year has seen us go through a lot – my parents moving, us moving, job changes, and through it all, he’s been supportive. Now that he’s going to be trapped in a car with me for 12 hours, we’ll see how long he lasts =). In all honesty, I’m sure there’s lots of guys out there who don’t want to drive that long to see their girlfriend’s parents. R knows how much it means to me though, and he’s never once complained about going to a family event of mine.
  • Lastly, I am always grateful for you guys. The readers that keep coming back, leaving comments, and even contacting me outside of the blog. I truly appreciate how amazing the people of the PF community are. So many of you were welcoming right off the bat, and if it weren’t for that, I’m not sure if this blog would exist. I’m very shy in real life, and it takes a lot for me to put my opinions and stories out there. I’m so glad I started reading blogs this year and for the great experience that blogging has been.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy the long weekend! Thank you, as always, for reading!



    1. E.M. December 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Thanks Kali, I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving as well!

  1. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer November 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Love your post, E.M. :-) What an awesome attitude of gratitude you have. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. :-)

    1. E.M. December 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Thank you Laurie, I hope you had a great time with your family as well!

  2. Moneycone November 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too EM!

    1. E.M. December 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Thanks, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well!

  3. Ashley November 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    I am also grateful for pajama pants… especially after thanksgiving dinner ha! :)

    Hope your drive went well and you’re having fun with family! :)

    1. E.M. December 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      I can be such a bum sometimes – I change into pajama pants as soon as I get home most of the time. The drive went as well as it could besides traffic, but I did enjoy seeing my parents again.

  4. Budget and the Beach November 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Hope you had a nice time with your parents and the ride was fast and uneventful! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. E.M. December 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Uneventful, yes, fast, nope! But I am glad we made it home safely. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  5. Jen @ Frugal Rules November 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Reading your post made me think that yes, there are so many things we can be grateful for. The little things that when added up more than make one great thing. Sometimes they are forgotten but they deserve some “thank you” notes too. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. E.M. December 2, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Too often the little things are forgotten. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  6. jefferson @See Debt Run November 30, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Thanks for sharing.

    You really nailed it. The PF blogger community and the support that they offer really does give a lot of motivation to keep working towards our goals.

    1. E.M. December 2, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      It definitely does. Having a supportive community full of people in our situation is priceless. Sure, we might have supportive family and friends, but if they haven’t been there, they don’t truly understand. Not many people share such a passion for finances!

  7. SarahN December 1, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Funny, I get tangled in PJ pants, so I’m not a fan ;p

    I’m thankful for
    – making thanksgiving a thing (it’s not an event in Australia) and having people around (I’ll blog about it tomorrow)
    – walking every day for a week, including heaps yesterday
    – my friend washing up after thanksgiving AND generously providing so much for our diner en blanc on Saturday evening – what an iconic event
    – great photos from the above event – even some of them of me look great!
    – coffee, oh great coffee
    – savings – making it possible to consider a ‘last minute’ trip in Feb/Mar to Brazil, perhaps.

    I am, of course, also thankful for the blogging community. I wonder about them like real friends!

    1. E.M. December 2, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      That’s so cool you did your own version of Thanksgiving for everyone. Those are all great things to be thankful for!

  8. Done by Forty December 2, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    That’s a great list of things to be thankful for, EM. You are blessed!

    1. E.M. December 2, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Thanks, sometimes having family, health and love is all you need (besides food and shelter, of course).

  9. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans December 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Those pajama pants are the cutest! Hope y’all had a happy Thanksgiving, EM! :)

    1. E.M. December 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Thanks Lisa, I hope you did as well!


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