With 2016 coming to an end I feel like I want to look back at this year. A lot has happened to me that I didn’t expect that would happen.

I’m grateful for my friends who have been here for me throughout this year. Not only for the good times, but also for the bad times. One person in particular, my ‘re-enactment hubby’… When I was feeling down about the way things went downhill with my ex he was there. He kept telling me I was an awesome person even when I felt I wasn’t that awesome… Of course, he also kicked my butt during training, but hey… that’s what friends are for right..
I’m also grateful for one of my close friend who’s being going through a rough year. And of course the friends who’s kid I get to borrow every once in a while to visit indoor playgrounds or to show him how the Vikings live.

I’m also grateful for my ex. Yes, it may not have worked out the way I hopped it would. But thanks to him I learned a lot about myself and I did things I probably would have never done (both good and bad).

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I’m grateful for my former co-workers, from whom I got to learn so much over the last year. Leaving that job was hard, mostly because of them. Good thing I have a nice stack of cookbooks to remember them by. And of course, I still hear about them every once in a while via de Mr.

I’m grateful for my Mr., because he makes me want to be the best version of me, without pushing me to be someone I’m not. We both have our history that we’re bringing into this relationship, but it just feels so natural to be around him. He accepts my flaws and the fact I’m not a typical girl and have no desire for stuff like marriage or kids even. The nights that we’re not together feel like there is just something missing, being around him is just so natural to me. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next year.

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I’m also very grateful for my family. Who have stood by me for the last years. For all the fun stuff we’ve done together, like going to the movies and of course the re-enactment events that I visit with my brother. I’m happy everybody is still healthy and that we where able to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday this year.

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I’m also thankful for my new added family’s. My Mr. sister and her hubby and his second family. His extended family feels like my parents in law. So I didn’t just got an older sister in law, but also a younger brother and sister. We have shared food and fun times. I’m hoping for more fun nights and days next year. We’re heading of on a good start with a D&D session planned somewhere in January. They are open-minded people with an interest in the world around them.

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