This year has been so eventful. Definitely been through some really awesome highs and a couple really awful lows. 

I want to take time to reflect on what I'm thankful for this past year.

I'm thankful to have a career that's always in demand. I'm thankful to have experienced the industry life and thankful I realized I needed a little more public accounting experience to get me to the level I want to be at in 2 - 3 years.

I'm thankful for my and my family's health.

I'm thankful that I got to marry my best friend. I'm thankful for the progress we've made together and individually. We definitely have grown together instead of apart which I'm thankful for after 6 years. I'm thankful for our wedding, for the people who helped and attended. I'm thankful for the memories because it really was a beautiful day.

I'm thankful to have reconnected with friends and family. I'm thankful for my hermana who I continue to grow close to. I'm thankful our friendship is a mixture of light and fun things but also we can go into deeper topics.

I'm thankful for my friend Erin who gets me on so many levels. I'm thankful she was there for me during my bridal shower, I don't know how I would have pulled it off without her help! I'm thankful I made a great friendship during my stint at the Big 4 and that Juicy loves her friend Molly (Erin's fur baby).

My sister and papa live in California and I don't get to see them very often so I'm thankful to have gotten to spend time with them this year. I'm thankful my sister came in the nick of time before my wedding to save me from a complete break down (literally the moment I saw her I walked into her arms and burst into tears). I'm thankful my papa is doing well and is healthy. I'm thankful for my mom & dad who are always there to help me whenever I need it. I'm thankful my mom has started adding smiley faces in her text messages because it freaks me out a little but is still funny. I'm thankful I got to spend time with my cousin Kate.... it's so funny how just a few years can go by and our personalities change a little but we get along so well.

But I think most of all this year, I'm thankful that Juicy is still alive and well. I'm thankful for her sweet demeanor and thankful she is like my little shadow (seriously, look at my pictures and videos, she always somewhere in the background or near me). I'm thankful for her energetic way of greeting me each and every day when I get home, it makes my day! 

About 3 weeks before my wedding, I had noticed Juicy losing weight and she started having a ton of accidents in the house. She was 5 1/2 at the time and really hadn't been making such accidents since she was a puppy. I took her to the vet and they misdiagnosed her. The medicine they gave us for her made her even more sick. She stopped eating and would throw up a lot. She would shake because she was in pain and she literally wasted away just over a span of a few days. Finally, I took her to another vet and they found she had pancreatitis and that she was diabetic. She was in a really bad stage of diabetes, where there are ketones in the urine. We couldn't afford to take her to the 24 hour emergency care facility to have her on fluids 24 hours. The next best thing was to take her to the vet who correctly diagnosed her at 7 am and pick her up at 11 pm. The vet is 40 minutes away from my house, in the opposite direction of my work. But I didn't care and even if I got 3 hours of sleep, I didn't care. There were nights where I'd "sleep" on the bathroom floor to keep her company so that if she peed, it wouldn't be on carpet. I did this for about 4 days, driving her to the vet. At first I was just so scared and sad for her. She was so itty bitty and she had a catheter in her arm that they would tape up at night. It was really really scary. She literally is my baby. Thankfully, she started to feel better. I knew she was feeling better because one day she started whimpering and barking when we got to the vet. I hadn't heard her talk in days and it was music to my ears. She obviously wasn't eating so she wasn't pooping.... so when she finally pooped a little log, I took a picture & sent it to Mike (he was excited too). I know that's weird but I was SOOOOO happy she was getting healthy again, I took a poop picture :)

Anyways, thanks to the vet, she became healthy again. Now I routinely give her insulin shots twice a day and have her on a strict diet. I still worry about her health but so far she has been doing well. I just had to get over my fear of needles and blood. But I overcame it. Like I said, I am very thankful for her health and I have to remind myself even when I feel irritated with her about something, at least she's around to irritate me (like non-stop barking at animals or babies on tv)! 

It's been an intense year and I am thankful for the experiences! Juicy being sick was seriously the most stressful and awful I've ever felt in my life. It's awful to feel so helpless and all you can do it have faith things will get better. Mike helped keep me strong throughout the process. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? 

Happy Thanksgiving to y'all!

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