Are you tired of reading posts about what people are thankful for? I hope not because I have another one coming at you.
It’s no secret this year has been challenging for me. Sometimes it is hard for me to see the light at the end of the tunnel or to get through the slog but having an “attitude of gratitude,” helps to remind me that things could always be worse and to be thankful for what I have.
- My husband. He’s a rock. He puts up with my incessant questions and worry (there has been a lot of it lately). He makes me laugh. He knows when to hug me and when to give me space. He’s there with me and for me, every single step of the way.
- My family, near and far. A year ago my dad was recovering from his own health challenges and a year later I’m proud and pleased to say that he’s half the man (literally! more than, really) he was in terms of size and weight, but so much stronger in other respects. My brother has shown me grace and kindness and has aided my physical and emotional healing more than he knows (and he won’t know since he doesn’t read my blog!)
- Friends that are like family. I have friends locally and farther away who have been an amazing support system for me. They take me as I am and without judgment and are always there for me. Doesn’t get better than that!
- The chance to be a Bonus Mom. It has moments where it’s downright impossible – due to the situation, not the kids – but being in their life, able to influence them and love them and be here for them is such a blessing. One of my joys, really!
- A fun, flexible and challenging work environment.
- Our old dog, Jack. He’s 13. He’s old. He’s blind. He’s mostly deaf. But he’s mine and he’s sweet and hearing him snore makes me smile. I love how he leans into having his ears rubbed and how he is so predictable with his schedule (well, usually).
- For the resources available to me. I am lucky and privileged and blessed more than I know.
- Books. Always thankful for books. And the internet because it brought me many of my best friends.
To my stateside friends, Happy Thanksgiving!