Counting My Blessings

Hi, everybody!

Yesterday was my birthday and it’s a great time for me to express gratitude for all my blessings.  I actually count my blessings regularly in my prayers, but my birthday is a great time for me to express my gratitude to others.

1.  My family

My greatest blessing is, of course, my husband and two amazing boys.  Our life isn’t always easy, and it certainly isn’t tidy, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

The awareness of just how blessed we are is much greater since Russ’s cancer diagnosis, treatment and remission.  Since 2011 not a day goes by that we don’t give thanks for his health.  The fear and uncertainty, the possibility of losing my best friend, have given way to daily gratitude for the chance to make new memories and watch our boys grow up.

My family doesn’t, of course, just include the people who live in my home.  I have been blessed since I was born with two amazing parents.  My parents are two of the most loving and giving people I’ve ever known.  They are always there with support and advice, ready to help in any way they can.  I am who I am today in large part because of the lessons they taught me when I was a child.  I love you, Mom and Dad!

2.  My health

There was a time I felt guilty because I am so healthy.  When Russ came home from the hospital and was weak and sick and sleeping all the time (terrifying for someone who knew him strong and powerful with more energy than any two fortysomething men) I wanted so badly to give him what I had in abundance.

My health is something I don’t take for granted.  I do my best to eat right and exercise regularly.  My Shaklee supplement regimen, of course, helps a lot too.  I feel good every day and rarely get sick, in spite of being surrounded by cooties every day, LOL!

3.  My faith

At the risk of sounding sappy, I am awed at the sacrifice God made for me.  Every Easter our pastor sings the Exultet, the announcement of Christ’s death and resurrection.  The line that resonates most with me:  “To ransom a slave, You gave away Your Son.”  We are so unworthy of His sacrifice, but He did it anyway!  All He wants is our love in return.

Every day, I know God makes the sun come up for me.  He brings the rain so I can have food to eat and water to drink.  He protects me, guides me, speaks to me and loves me as if I were the only person on Earth.  His love is a gift I will never understand but give thanks for every day of my life.

4.  My career

That’s right, I am grateful for YOU.  The ability to make a difference in the lives and health of others is a blessing that I can’t understate.  When someone tells me I helped them feel better, understand what’s going on, or take control of a health concern, that’s a happiness like no other.

Beyond seeing patients in the office, I’m thankful for the idea that led me to create my website and blog almost 3 years ago.  Since that time I have learned so much about medicine through my commitment to write quality content for you.  If I didn’t have my readers expecting me to deliver posts week after week, I wouldn’t have had nearly the incentive to keep reading and researching.  I discovered a passion in myself for integrative and holistic health that grew from my research and curiosity.

I’m 44 years old and wouldn’t change one little thing in my life.  It’s not perfect, but it’s mine and I love it.  I have been so thoroughly and extravagantly blessed that I can’t imagine what good things are going to happen over the next year.  Can’t wait to see!  Thank you for following along with me!


7 thoughts on “Counting My Blessings

  1. Hi Jennifer…I have been following you almost six months and enjoy your insights tremendously. I appreciate your ‘up front’ attitude and your quiet support of our own personal journey. As a Community Herbalist and budding Ayurvedic Practitioner, I have found several ways to incorporate your information in my wor and classes. You are a fine example of courage and insight. KKeepgoing…and Happy Birthday!

  2. Your post was written beautifully and such an inspiration. I, too am blessed with a wonderful husband, 3 children, 3 stepchildren and 16 grandchildren. It is a large family but what fun we have when we all get together. I am blessed to have a wonderful mother and 3 sisters. I have the privilege to care for my Mom since my Dad passed away 2 years ago. God has provided me with plenty to eat, clothes to wear and a nice home. I am thankful that my Savior loves me in all circumstances and died on the cross for mankind. Even though I have diabetes, I feel healthy and hardly can believe that I am 61 yrs. old. Thanks for the opportunity to take a look at the blessings in my life. Have a wonderful day.

  3. I would like to Wish You Belated birthday.
    yes every day I am thankful for all I have my husband of 48 years
    My 3 grandchildren and of course my 2 girls and their husbands and all the friends I have made through my 71 years my health and the strength
    To get thru every day.

  4. Dr. Jen: I’m thankful every day also for the wonderful life I have and for God sending me, through a friend, my husband Jim. We were both widows and are very lucky to have found each other. On August 6th, we will celebrate 10 wonderful years together.
    I am also thankful for your blog–I enjoy everything you write in it.


  5. I’m thankful for the time that I had with my late sister, Joanne. She passed away 15 years ago this month, but I still feel her presence from time to time.

    And Happy Birthday to you Dr. Jen….you look fantastic for 44!! Good health and happiness to you and your family in the coming year!

  6. I am thankful for my good Lord Jesus and what he has done for me. Everyday is a blessing! I am blessed to have a loving husband who cares for me and I am forever grateful for my furkids <3 I am thankful that we still have my parents around (now that Alfred's parents have since passed on) – the time we spend together is so special now (more so than before). Plus, I cannot forget that we have one of the best, most caring doctors in the world – Dr. Jen! Happy birthday to you and be blessed today and always!

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