The Bouchard Family


Thanksgiving 2019 is upon us! It’s my second favorite holiday (after Christmas). Typically, I like to celebrate one holiday at a time. I really like to soak each one up…plus, my mom brain can only process one thing at a time. If I start doing Christmas before Thanksgiving (our tree and decorations go up the day after Thanksgiving), I’ll just be completely overwhelmed. On another note, I’m only about halfway finished with Christmas shopping, if that.


I’ve been running my blog for a few years, and this time of year really makes me stop and think about things that I am (and should be) thankful for…I think this is only the second year that I’ve shared it, but I think it’s important to share how grateful I am.

I’m privileged and honored to have a platform to share my thoughts and ideas…even my struggles with you all. When our oldest was born, I had so many thoughts and writing really helped, so I’ll say that I’m thankful for this platform and my blog…and very grateful for anyone who takes the time to read it.


Here’s a list (though not the complete list because I don’t have enough time to write) of things I’m grateful for this year:


-Our new home. We were looking at houses and had just listed our house this time last year. It stressed me out to the max. We moved earlier this year after selling our home. Huge blessing.

-We sold our RV. We had purchased it for Joe to live in as a geographical bachelor for the remainder of his Army career. God had other plans and brought us back together, so there was no need for the RV. We took a huge hit financially selling it, but hopefully we will make it back up over the remainder of what the loan would have been and in insurance payments. No debt is always a good thing in my book.

-“Small” things that aren’t really small at all: electricity, fresh water, money to buy groceries, and pay our bills. (I don’t actually know what it’s called, but there’s a box that runs electricity to our house in our front yards. Every time I pass it and hear it “humming” I thank God for the electricity that runs to our house.)


-Jac’s seizures seem to be under control and her meds are starting to even out. Last year, about this time, we were dealing with seizures after 10 years of not having them. It was scary and confusing. I’m grateful for her doctors and the medicine that helps her.

-My daddy has gone through another year cancer free and his liver is still good and he’s healthy! Blessed and grateful that God has kept him here on this Earth. Thank you Lord!


-Both my parents are now retired. It didn’t happen in a way either of them expected, but it’s been a huge blessing! They can visit when they want, come and go as they please…AND when we visit, we actually get to hang out with them.

-My husband is running out of time in the Army. He’s so close to retirement, and we can see an end to early mornings and insane work schedules.


-I’m grateful for a healthy body that allows me to teach fitness classes and take martial arts classes. It’s way more fun than I ever imagined, and I don’t take for granted that I’m able to do any of it.


-We are in our second year of homeschooling, and while it’s overwhelming at times, I’m grateful that I’m ABLE to do it.


-I’m grateful for my clients who put their trust in me to help them reach their goals. I don’t take this lightly at all. They are a blessing to me.

-I’m also grateful for my opportunity to share my love of food and writing with “Eat It, and Like It”.


-So grateful for a wonderful church family and our pastor and pastoral staff at Bible Baptist in Savannah.

-I’m also so grateful for all my supportive and loving friends here and far away (my bestie D).


As we prepare for Thanksgiving 2019, may we take the time to remember our blessings and focus on the good things in life. I know the world can be full of sadness, but sometimes we just have to focus on the “small” things we overlook daily. I’m looking forward to celebrating, eating, and then decorating the day after. Look out for my Christmas post. 🙂

Until next time friends…

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