What I'm Most Thankful for in 2017
As the holiday season quickly approaches, I often find myself reciting that verse over and over in my head. I have so many things to be thankful for, but in this current season of my life, I’m most thankful for God’s grace in my boyfriend Doug’s life and my life.
This past year has been full of ups and downs for us. It began last October when my dad had a series of four strokes, forcing him in and out of hospitals and rehabs. He had to learn how to talk and walk all over again, and it has literally taken a village for him to recover. But the hardships don't stop there.
In February, Doug’s final season of college baseball came to a not-so-great start. He had worked so hard all summer and offseason to earn the position of a weekend starter, and finally that work was recognized as he was awarded the position of the Sunday starter. I can remember how excited we both were, he had worked so incredibly hard for this. When the time came for him to start, it did not go so well. Long story short, he was taken out after the first inning, and our spirits were crushed. After a season full of heartbreaks, we were pretty depressed, and we weren’t sure what would happen in the future.
Fast forward to June 14th, when we were sitting on the couch, playing a game against each other on our phones while listening to the draft. I was praying to God every second in my head, and we were patiently waiting for the 35th-40th rounds to come, sure that if he were to be drafted at all it would be in those rounds, as a few scouts had told him previously. Then, the 27th round came. “Miami Marlins draft pick overall draft number 809….” We both immediately started freaking out as we heard his name called, and before you knew it his phone was blowing up with teammates, coaches, family, and friends congratulating him.
After an emotional goodbye (I’m a cry baby who has never had to do long distance before) he was off to his first season playing in the Gulf Coast League for the Marlins. You guys, he was phenomenal. I don’t want to brag (okay, I do) but I am seriously so proud of him and how well he did this past season. His confidence, his attitude, everything, was so much different from this last season and I am so grateful that God has given him this opportunity.
I truly believe that he was given this opportunity because of God’s grace in our lives. I think God has also been showing me way more about myself than I ever knew. For instance, I wasn’t as bad at long distance as I thought I would be! Also, I’ve really had to check myself before I wrecked myself as my Type A personality has had to calm down a bit with this unpredictable lifestyle. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet some of the nicest fellow WAGS who are amazing!
Right now, I am extra thankful for this offseason. I’m thankful to have my boyfriend home with me to enjoy this beautiful time of year before he goes off to his first full season of baseball. I'm thankful that God answered my prayers and my dad has recuperated since his strokes (he started driving again last month!) I’m thankful for fall foliage here in Connecticut, apple picking, pumpkin carving, lazy weekends, my family, and friends who are uplifting and cheering my boyfriend on right along with me. And finally, I'm thankful for seasons where I can stop and reflect on all the good God has brought into my life.