My buddy at work posted a status update every day in November of something he was thankful for. I did something similar a few years back on this blog and while I didn’t get around to posting something every day (and it is December 1st), I have a lot to be thankful for:

  • Obviously, there’s nothing I’m more thankful for than my amazing wife. She inspires me and makes me laugh every day. Our relationship is the thing that I am most proud of in my life. 10 years of marriage and I fall in love every single day with her.
  • My family always is at the top of the list. I’m thankful my parents have returned from overseas and I’m thankful for my in-laws and my hilarious nieces (and nephew on the way).
  • I’m thankful to be blessed with a great group of friends…people I’ve enjoyed being around for most of my life, who make me laugh and occasionally let me win at poker and fantasy football.
  • I love my church family. For the past year, I’ve served as the Assistant Pastor at the Olathe Community of Christ, a church that I grew up in and has been our congregation since we got married. The people there are amazing and I’m so excited to serve another year.
  • I’m thankful for a terrific job that allows me to do something I’m good at (digital and online marketing) in a field that I absolutely adore (the movies).
  • I’m blessed to have a house that I love coming home to — cozy and perfect for the two of us and Dreyfuss. And our new backyard! (more on that later)
  • Speaking of Dreyfuss, I don’t know what I would do without that mutt. He is seriously one of the funniest personalities in my life.

I could name so many other things. I’ve truly found myself very blessed this year. I hope that as we’ve passed Thanksgiving and entered into the holiday season that you find time to be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving

I wanted to wish all of you a happy thanksgiving. I know many of you will be off today and traveling.

Alli has been posting regularly over the past month about what she is thankful for every day. Last year, I took the opportunity to do the same thing, but I listed one thing each day. It was a wonderful exercise and I enjoyed it a lot. This year, I haven’t managed to post everyday like I did, but I am by no means any less thankful.

Just want to share some of what I’m thankful for today:

  • I’m thankful first and foremost for my lovely wife Alli who makes my life complete. Plus, she started my fan club.
  • I’m thankful for my loving and understanding parents who set a terrific example. 
  • I’m thankful to have a brother who is my best friend outside of my wife. 
  • I’m thankful for Alli’s family, who have accepted and loved me as a son and brother.
  • I’m thankful for Kelly and Ireland, the newest members of our family. Love you guys!
  • I’m thankful for my wonderful dog, even if he constantly licks and chews his feet.
  • I’m thankful for a great group of friends that I’ve grown up with and acquired along the way.
  • I’m thankful to have a home that I love being in and a great job.
  • I’m thankful for the cool fall weather and the evening dusting of snow.
  • I’m thankful for having teams to root for in the fall - Rock Chalk and Go Chiefs! 
  • I’m thankful that Alli and I got to take a dream trip to Paris and Italy this summer.
  • I’m thankful to have a great church family that I enjoy worshipping with every Sunday.
  • I’m thankful for the thorns in my life that remind me through tears the colors of God’s rainbow are more brilliant.

Happy Thanksgiving.
Love, Shane

WITFV30: This Exercise

This last day of November, I’m really thankful for the thankfulness project (thanks, Rachel!). I have really enjoyed thinking about all of the things that I’m thankful for in my life. It’s been a good experience this month, forcing myself to post every day (although they may not have been released exactly on the day)

It was fun though…and it was the most regular posting that I have done on here in a really long time. As a review, here’s the stuff I was thankful for this month:

Free Stuff, Days Off, Alli, My Company, Chili, Burritos, My Computer, DVR, Fall, TV Shows on DVD, My Music and my iPod, My Dog, Technology, Our House, JJ Abrams, Good Books, My Friends, My Family, “Friends” (the TV Show), The Chiefs, Freedom, My Church, Thanksgiving, Lazy Days, My Camera, Life, My City, and Alli (Take 2).

So the project is over…Alli had the idea to maybe do something for the month of December where I reviewed a new Christmas movie every day…I like the idea, I don’t know if I could watch and post every day. Might be kind of difficult. I haven’t decided if I’ll give it a shot yet or not, but keep your eye on here…there’s a possibility I might move this site soon. Stay tuned.

WITFV29: Alli

Now, I know I don’t ever talk about my wife on here, but I have to close this month out by reiterating how lucky I am to have such an amazing wife.

Her business is starting to pick up and I’m very excited that she is doing exactly what she wants to do with her life. She’s also beautiful and she’s my best friend. I’m so thankful that I get to go through life with her.

WITFV28: My City

Technically, I live in a suburb of Kansas City – on the Kansas side, but I consider the Kansas City metropolitan area my home.

I lived in Iowa from the ages of 1 – 4 years old (and also during college, sort of), but outside of that, I have always lived in the KC area. When Alli and I got married, we moved into an apartment in the suburb of Lenexa, then got a house in 2001 in Olathe.

Suburban sprawl runs rampant in Kansas City. Unfortunately, the metro is so geographically large that it is difficult for the city leaders to develop an identity because everyone lives outside of Kansas City proper.

However, that suburban sprawl does not prevent a fierce loyalty to our sports teams, particularly the Chiefs. In addition, there is an intense movement to revive the downtown area right now and I am hopeful that it is successful because I would like to see Kansas City return to its status as one of the premier cities in the country.

One of the things that I have always loved about the city is that it has all the amenities of a large metropolis, but the attitudes of the people are significantly less harsh.

Not only that, but we also have WINTER.

I’m a big “changing seasons” kind of guy. I couldn’t live on a coast where the weather is always the same. It snowed today in Kansas City and it was glorious.

So I’m thankful for where I live.