I know that Thanksgiving is not for a few more days, but I work tomorrow and then we’re traveling most of the next few days to try to see all the grandparents and other assorted family members, so I’m giving thanks a little early.
I’m thankful first and foremost, for my family. For each and every one of them.
For my incredible husband who works spectacularly hard at work and then comes home and gives all his remaining energy to our boys and to me. He is truly an incredible father and he’s a wonderful, thoughtful, loving husband. I am thankful for him and for the sacrifices he has made for us.
I’m also thankful for my parents and their spouses, for how often they selflessly give their time to watch our kids when we need them to and for being constantly available for help, support, suggestions or just to chat. I’m thankful for my in-laws who open up their gorgeous home to us, who love our children so thoroughly and who have taught me a great deal this year.
I’m thankful for my older sister, even when we disagree and argue, I could not be more lucky to have her in my life. She is truly my best friend (whether she wants to be or not) and she’s such an important part of my children’s lives. I’m also thankful for my younger sister, who I don’t get to see very often, but who has grown into a really incredibly thoughtful adult that I truly love to spend time with.
I’m thankful for my home. I’m thankful that we were finally able to give our kids a house, a yard, a neighborhood that they are safe in. I’m thankful that we have space to live and to grow, a place that, at least for the foreseeable future, is our home base, our happy place, where were are making memories.
I’m thankful for my health. It has been an incredible year of good health for me personally, which is something that I never take for granted. I’m really thrilled that Will is doing much better the past few months and that he is getting such good quality healthcare these days. I’m also thankful that the rough first year or two of Eli’s daycare career has paid off in the form of generally great health for him. We are very, very lucky.
I’m thankful for family and friends who show me constant love and grace, even when I have not earned it. I’m thankful for forgiveness- forgiveness that I probably don’t deserve, for grace that I do not for a single moment take for granted. I’m thankful to be loved and surrounded by people with understanding and a willingness to move forward in spite of mistakes and missteps in the past.
I am thankful also for all of you, for being here, for reading and supporting me along the way.
I’m thankful especially this year, to live in a country where my children are safe. Where I don’t have to escape by boat or by foot. I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about tomorrow and where we will live or what we will eat. I’m thankful that I live in a place where I have a voice in society, where I can work and drive and exercise my religion freely.
It becomes a bit cliched to use the word blessed, but it would be wrong to categorize myself as anything other than that. This has been an incredible year for us and I’m just so fortunate, so grateful, for all that I’ve been given in this life. What a year. What a life.