3 Things I am Grateful For Now


Hello, dolls! Hello, Mommas!! <3 The past weekend was very rewarding. I celebrated my second Mother’s day and boy am I, one lucky Mommy!! My husband A started off our day by making me breakfast. I am lucky because my husband loves to cook! As a wife, there is a part of me that feels guilty that I don’t spend enough time in our kitchen. People think that Chefs are all about being in the kitchen. Truthfully, being in the kitchen at least 10 hours a day makes me want to just lay in my bed all day! The last place I want to be in is our kitchen and be on my feet again.  I am really grateful that I have my husband who misses cooking so he takes on that responsibility for our family. YAY for me!! 😛

I know Thanksgiving is still 6 months away but here I am, sharing with you how we celebrated 2 years ago. So let me make it bearable for you 😛 I am grateful for A LOT of things. My life has been nothing but an adventure and I honestly couldn’t think of any reason that would make me say “I wish things were different”. All of the negative situations that I experienced lead to more positive blessings that made me grateful for the life that I have.


Since I will be sharing how I spent my Thanksgiving in 2015, let me start this entry by talking about the 4 Things I Am Grateful for Right Now..

  1. Opportunities – The last time I was able to relax and not think about anything was during my maternity leave, almost 2 years ago. Every time I feel like I am close to just being in the moment again, a big blessing comes up and I am my “crazy busy” self again. I sometimes wish I could just sit back and not be worried about anything, but I feel like the fulfilling feeling that I get whenever I work on something and be successful will not compare.
  2. Patience – I have a couple of things that have been bugging me every day. It’s not easy to walk around with something heavy in my heart. As I dwell on these “roadblocks”, I noticed that I am getting more patient — which wasn’t my “thing” before. I used to be the kind of person who wants to see results right away. Whenever something made me unhappy, I am quick to resort to change. Then I started to count how many events in my life I had to change and asked myself, “are you quitting or changing?”
  3. Time – I feel like I’ve been mentioning this a lot in my previous posts….but seriously, working as a Chef is never easy! Love your weekends and holidays?? You will eventually be forced to forget about those once you work in the food industry. I am fortunate that I found a job that gives me weekends off!! I have never been happier with my schedule.

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Sunday diner date with my husband before we officially welcome Thanksgiving week.

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We went to Pier 1 Imports after and found our dining table for our new home!!! <3

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Thanksgiving breakfast in New Jersey <3


Stavrides Thanksgiving table staple.


Grateful for this bountiful Thanksgiving table <3


I LOVE Thanksgiving food! Since I was in my first trimester that time, I struggled to finish my plate. Looking at this picture makes me excited for Thanksgiving this year! YUM

A and I decided to announce our pregnancy during dinner. We were kicking each other under the table because we couldn’t figure out when to let them know. Is it before they serve wine? Should we wait until dessert? I told my sister to call my parents on Facetime (yup! midway dinner lol). Luckily they picked up right away! A broke the news to everyone and it was just pure happiness all around. It must be the hormones because I definitely did an ugly cry face. I am not much of a cryer when in public, I could say that I could really “keep it together”. That moment was the exception! Seeing everyone so happy made my heart so so so full.


A and I brought a case of oysters for us to enjoy on Thanksgiving. YUM!

Thanksgiving fixings 😉



Our perfectly cooked turkey. A has been cooking the turkey ever since we started dating. For the past 3 years, we started brining (we…meaning I actually help him prep the bird!) our turkey…and boy what a difference!


My sister’s first Thanksgiving <3


I always leave room for dessert. Pumpkin pie is definitely one of my faves! My SIL introduced me to it and I am just obsessed with it especially during fall.

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Finally celebrated my birthday with family <3

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving this year!!! <3 Baby A is going to love all of the food on the table for sure.

Is there anything that you are grateful for right now?


R <3



4 thoughts on “3 Things I am Grateful For Now

  1. Working as a nurse means you don’t get to work on weekends either— so I feel you. I recently switched to working outpatient and I am so thankful for my time with family now too.

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