Yesterday morning, my boyfriend and I decided to start out first full day of vacation by going to church. After arriving almost 45 minute prior to mass starting, we decided to walk a few blocks to grab some coffee. Well, coffee for me, tea for him. So, on the way back to church we grabbed a few donuts that probably cheered my boyfriend up after being given an empty cup and told to make his own tea at a coffee shop, where you would assume they would make it for you.

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Anyways, while mass was going on I couldn’t help but think how much in my life there is to be thankful for:

  1. I’m healthy.
  2.  My family is healthy.
  3. My boyfriend and his family are healthy.
  4. I have a great family.
  5. I have a fantastic boyfriend.
  6. I’m on vacation.
  7. I’m with my family and boyfriend, the most important people in my life.
  8. The weather if beautiful.
  9. I’m not sun burnt, yet..

And as I continued to create a list in my head of how much I have to be thankful for, I remembered the number one reason I have to be thankful; the greatest reason that I have known since the moment I could understand words– God loves me. And everyone around me. And not a day should go by where I am scared, helpless, lost, or losing faith, because God will always steer me right back onto his desired path for me.

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And as cliche as that sounds, it’s true. The past few weeks leading up to vacation were definitely a test of not only my strength, but also my boyfriends, and not being together didn’t make anything better for either of us. I wish it didn’t take until I was sitting in a beautiful church in Cape May to realize how much there was to be thankful for, but it did. Being with my family and boyfriend for an entire week, soaking up the sun, salt water, and sand is exactly what I needed. And sitting in mass with my boyfriend right next to me was the right way to start our week off.

After a stressful week, anxious to see my boyfriend, beginning our first vacation by sitting through mass together was something unforgettable. After a beautiful dinner and a night of riding around the town on our bikes, I couldn’t be any happier than I am right now… and that’s all thanks to the past events that made my boyfriend and I’s relationship so much stronger. I am so thankful we both are where we are today– together, in Cape May… and stronger than ever.

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And to my boyfriend, a constant reminder of the last verse recited at mass– Luke 7:50 that reads,

“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”