Thirteen reasons why I’m thankful- Part 1

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I have been blogging for a little over 2 years now, and it has been a source of joy for me. Now I’m on maternity leave, blogging helps me to keep my mind ticking over and gives me a sense of balance. It actually forms part of my self care, as it’s something I’m doing for me that I actually enjoy. I set time aside for it each week. I am so thankful for that. 13 is usually associated with being unlucky, but I wanted to change this negative into a positive. I’m thankful for a load of things, but I have chosen 13 things for the sake of this post.

I don’t want the post to be too long, so I’ve decided to split this post into 2 parts.

Thankful for My husband

We have been together over 5 years and been married for nearly 2. He can be an absolute pain at times, but I’m thankful for him and the fact he is in my life. Relationships at the best of times, can bring about challenges, and these can often turn into conflict. Now conflict isn’t always a bad thing. I personally find, that it can be an enlightening experience for the parties involved. This is because, there may be certain behaviours or character traits that may need tweaking or a bit of work. I feel it helps me become a better version of myself.

Picture of My husband and me pulling a funny face

My husband is another source of joy, he makes me laugh and makes me happy. He is my shoulder to lean on in difficult times and my encouragement when needed. We have lively conversations, and make great family memories. He is a wonderful father, and great example for the children. Massive Man Utd fan, I can tolerate football now! Jokes ? the world cup made me a slight footy fan if there is such a thing! I was watching football even when he wasn’t in!!

Thankful for My children

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my children in some of my posts. I have a boy and a girl. My daughter is 18 in a few months and my son is nearly 8 months. My daughter has made me so proud up until this point. She has been doing so well academically whilst holding down a part time job. Excellent GCSE results, and a great 1st year A level report. I may be biased, but I think she is growing into a beautiful young woman. We have a great relationship and I like the fact that we have similar interests and can just talk on a level about various things. Can’t believe my baby is going to be 18! My son is already developing in character. He is such a sausage. He does some of the funniest things and has an infectious laugh.

My daughter and I

I’m thankful for both of my children. My son has been a blessing, as he is our rainbow baby. I experienced 2 miscarriages before he was born. These broke me, as I truly thought I was broken and stopped working. When I found out I was expecting our son, I was so fearful, I couldn’t enjoy my pregnancy. I was like 6 or 7 months gone before I started getting super excited. I didn’t want to build up the excitement only to be disappointed again.

My son

Thankful for My family

I’m an only child and my family is quite close knit. My father passed away when I was 13. When my dad passed, quite a few of my aunts and uncles passed away within a few years of each other. They were the one who held the family together, so when they passed, I lost contact with my dad’s side of the family. My mum’s side of the family comes with it’s own complications lol! My family is super small and is probably made up of about 10 of us, aunts and cousins included.

Now my husband is part of a blended family, so is essentially one of five! I can definitely say, that marrying Richard had increased my family numbers in a major way. I’m thankful for my family and my family I married into. Never have I been made to feel so welcome and loved. When we go through something, we go through it together.

Thankful for My church

What can I say? I have got too much love for ECC in Barking. They are as dear to me as my actual family. The love and welcome I’ve received since I started attending has been amazing. Whenever I’ve be going through something, knowingly or unknowingly, someone is praying for me. I had a beautiful experience this week, where a friend of mine sent me a word of encouragement. She had no idea what I was going through, because I didnt discuss it. I was having such a rough week and felt like I was in a bit if an emotional hole. When I received that word, I was at peace as a weight had been lifted. I felt such assurance. My church family are such a lovely bunch. Very warm and truly genuine.

Wedding picture with my family and church family

Thankful for God in my life

My faith is super important to me. I wouldn’t be where I am, if it wasn’t for God in my life. My faith in God has helped me through severe sickness, feeling empty, loneliness, and generally building my confidence, believing in myself. Before I started my journey of faith, I was in a very dark place. After about 6 months of working on building a personal relationship with God, I started to see so many changes. They were changes for the better, so I stuck with it. It has most certainly been a journey, but each road travelled has been a lesson, that has only made me better and stronger.

Thankful for Food and drink

You may or may not have heard about the book, The 5 love languages by Gary Chapman. I’m convinced the food is the unofficial 6th love language ?. I love food. If I’m hungry, or left without food for too long, it’s a problem! I love to eat and eating out is one of my favourite pastimes. I’m the same with drinks. I enjoy a lovely glass of red and the occasional cocktail. I’m thankful, I have provision to feed myself and my family.

Meal from Busaba Eathai

Tapas and cocktails at Las Iguanas

Me pretending to drink 2 cocktails at Las Iguanas

So here are six of my 13 reasons why I’m thankful. Find out what the next 7 are in part 2! What are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments

Did you see my last post? Check it out here

Trousseau xx


  1. August 14, 2018 / 8:16 am

    This is so beautiful. I love it ?

    • trousseau
      August 14, 2018 / 10:36 am

      Thank you so much ?

  2. August 14, 2018 / 8:43 am

    I know how you feel about being thankful for your husband and family. I appreciate my husband so much for all he does for my family and I. Yes, having food and drink we have lots to be grateful for compared to the rest of the world.

    BTW, love your wedding profile pic–you made a beautiful bride!

    Trace x |

    • trousseau
      August 14, 2018 / 10:24 am

      It’s so wonderful having loved ones that enrich your life in different ways. I think that profile pic was the only selfie I got to take on my wedding day! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, it means a lot ?

  3. August 14, 2018 / 8:47 am

    Love love love this post! So often we can focus on the negative but it just holds us back! Focusing on the positive makes life so much nicer! Great post!

    • trousseau
      August 14, 2018 / 10:20 am

      So glad you liked it! Last week was a bit tough for me, but I was reminded of all the things that I have, that bring me joy. This may sound cliche, but the attitude of gratitude is so important in this life. Thanks for stopping by ❤

  4. August 14, 2018 / 8:49 am

    Great post! Its so important to be able to pinpoint the things you are thankful for. Excited to see part 2

    • trousseau
      August 14, 2018 / 10:17 am

      Thank you so much! The MCU makes an appearance in part 2 so stay tuned lol ?

  5. August 14, 2018 / 8:58 am

    So much things to be thankful for, enjoyed reading this ?

    • trousseau
      August 14, 2018 / 10:14 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it ?

  6. August 14, 2018 / 11:00 am

    You’re a lucky one, these are all true reasons to be thankful for… <3

    • trousseau
      August 14, 2018 / 12:36 pm

      I do feel blessed! Thank you ?

  7. August 14, 2018 / 11:04 am

    It’s so important to count your blessings. Thank you for sharing yours❤️

    • trousseau
      August 14, 2018 / 10:41 am

      Definitely! Not a problem at all. Thank you for stopping by to have a read ?

  8. August 14, 2018 / 11:04 am

    Absolutely love this post! ??

    I sometimes go to the ECC service in Ealing, it’s always so loving and welcoming. There’s so much to be thankful for in life, we really do need to just take the time to realise that. X

    • trousseau
      August 14, 2018 / 3:34 pm

      I think that love and welcoming is an ECC thing then! There really is much to be thankful for xx

  9. August 14, 2018 / 11:15 am

    This is such a wonderful, positive and beautiful post full of joy. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

    • trousseau
      August 14, 2018 / 10:51 am

      Thank you so much! These things/people really do bring me great joy. Thank you for your support xx

    • trousseau
      August 14, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you Becca! It can be easy to forget them, you are right. We should make a point of setting time aside, every so often to acknowledge all we are thankful for xx

  10. August 14, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    Beautiful! So many wonderful blessings. Lovely post.

    • trousseau
      August 14, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      Thank you so much ☺

  11. August 14, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    Merrel-Ann, you are beautiful and thank you for opening up and sharing this with us. Just from reading this, I can feel your gratitude jump out of the words. I look forward to part two.


    • trousseau
      August 14, 2018 / 7:54 pm

      Thank you so much Jenna. Your comment means a lot. No kidding, I’m a massive fan of your blog and your writing. Xx

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