I AM THANKFUL:
*for my parents! They always seem to know when I need them, no matter the reason. Whether it's a compliment, help on the house, or cuddling some grandkids. Calling out of the blue to watch the kids so D & I can go eat a dinner - alone. I am thankful.
*for my best friends! I'm grateful that we still connect even having long distances between us. Florida, Indy, & Australia - you got nothin' on us.
*for my husband! I may give him a hard time about certain things, but he takes it well. Very rarely does he let himself get stressed out, which is a trait I wish I had. Sometimes I make myself step back and really just appreciate him for who he is.
*for my job! All I have ever wanted since I had Emma was to stay at home with her. But financially that was impossible. I also had a small problem with just quitting working. I have worked full-time for the greater part of the last 11 years. I have always taken pride in the fact that I've been promoted multiple times in every job I've had. I also have some feministic tendancies and hate the idea of being the typical "mom" who has a baby & quits her job. So when I decided to go part-time after I had Dean, I was excited to not have to decide for one option or the other. I am home with my kids Sunday-Thursday every week. By the time Friday comes around, I am ready to get dressed in my suit, play with my makeup, and actually be a working woman for a day and a half. After my half-shift on Saturdays, I'm back to being mama, and I'm excited for that time too. It might seem weird to say, but I actually consider those 15 hours a week a BREAK.
*for my kiddos! Even though I let myself get stressed out with the amount of work I feel like I have to do for them, it's all justified when I realize how lucky I am to even have them in my life. They couldn't be more different in the way they were as babies, but that's what makes it fun! I am excited to see who they grow up to be, and how their relationship develops between the two of them. I was always so close to my brother, and I can only hope they are like we were.
*for my brother! The guy just got engaged & bought a house all in the same weekend! It's great to see him so happy & comfortable with his decisions he is making. And I am thankful he found a fiance` I get along with and makes him happy.
*for my in-laws! My mother & father in law are very helpful. They let us live with them for seven months while we found our dream house. They watch the kids at least once a week while we work. They always put themselves second so they can help others first. They may not get told enough, but we are thankful.
*for my house. I feel so comfortable in my new house. It feels like HOME & that is important.
I am thankful.