I almost didn’t post this.  I mean, everyone seems to be sharing their long list of thanks and, well, Sand Between the Pages is dedicated to bringing you honest book reviews.  Do you really want to read my ‘what I’m thankful for’ list?  You don’t have to if you don’t want to, but I needed to share my thankful list.  This site has become so much more to me than just a book review site.

2014 has been a crazy year.  A life changing year as I graduated in August, adjusted to life without school, tried to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up, and eventually became a homeowner.  Not to mention the craziness that is NaNoWriMo in November.  But as I sit here, exhausted, waiting for our trip this afternoon, I cant help but to feel thankful.  Now, I feel thankful everyday, but Thanksgiving is tomorrow and it has me thinking about all the things that have gotten me through this last year.  These items have pulled me through the hard times and kept me smiling all year long.  They deserve mentioning.  So without further ado, here is my list!


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My husband puts up with a lot from me.  He survived the grad school years, embraces my lack luster cooking, and turns his head to my sometimes obsessive book buying.  He shares my love for adventurous hobbies and I couldn’t imagine having a better man by my side each day.


I usually refuse to discuss faith, or politics, on this site because it is my personal belief.  But, I do have a personal relationship with the Lord and there are days were only prayer gets me through.  There isn’t any better gift than that.



My family is my support system.  They are quirky, fun, somewhat crazy, and do their best to be supportive.  They love me no matter what.  And this includes my best friends.  They are there daily to answer frantic texts, share laughs, and down coffee.  I am lucky to be surrounded by such a caring group!



I took my first creative writing class last spring.  It was a graduate level class which was crazy for little untrained me to take.  But I have never regreted my decision to jump in with both feet.  I learned so much, developed confidence in my writing, and finished that class with an A.  I was more proud of that A than my actual degree.  I have continued to write and it has become one of my favorite hobbies.

My Old Men


This one surprised me because the last month has been tough at work.  I will have to move on and find a job with actual career opportunities eventually but I am happy to see all the old men daily until then.  I couldn’t have made it through the last year without all the extra grandpa hugs and hours of stories that leave me clutching my gut and laughing until I cried.  How many people can say they love the people they work with?

Reading and You

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This blog has enabled me to start reading for fun again.  I am now excited to pick up a new book; I giggle with each plot twist.  And I can not wait to share my readings with you!  Your comments and likes are always appreciated and I can’t tell you how thankful I am to be a part of such a wonderful blog community.  I just want to give you all a big hug!

It has been a long, tough, and yet wonderful year.  The thankful list continues: coffee, the beach, my amazing NaNo group, Florida, our new home…and just so much more!  But these five things have helped me overcome the hard times during the year and that is definitely something to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!



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