i love these boys. i love that they look like twins in this picture. just look at those expressions! i love that every day is an adventure with these two. i also love that benji's green train, percy snuck into our photo op. (i don't know where we'd take pictures without this couch. i'm surprised it didn't make our christmas card.) i am ever thankful for b and d, they are my little family and love me through thick and thin, dawn to dusk. to the moon and back. how amazing it is to me that i indeed have a little household with a little family to care for. my life is so rich and full and shimmery with them in it. even amidst the emptying of the dishwasher, the picking up of the toys, the disaster areas in the kitchen, the constant rumply quilts on our
trampoline bed, i still know we are living the days–the golden days–which we'll remember with fondness. when i step back, i truly realize how important this role is. what a glorious gift it is to be alive. i say that with all the zeal i can muster. i love that i am a wife and a mom. i also love that i'm a daughter, a daughter-in-law and a sister too.
i am grateful to live in a free country; to act as i please, to work as i may, to tend my little lamb and have a fabulous side job. i am ever thankful for good health and amazing relatives who inspire me. i am happy i wake up with a roof over my head, am free of aches and pains, and have the ability to see my alarm clock with my own eyes! i feel lucky in life. i know i am fortunate. i love having supportive people surround me; online and off. i love friends who are my constants. i am thankful that i can read and write. am happy i can forever be a student of life and learn the lessons that teach me to be courageous and strong and mighty. how glad i am for empathy and the feeling of heartache, even for another's pain. letting my heart breathe a bit for them. so grateful for prayer. i would be nothing without God and the paths He has led me to. i am thankful that the sculpting of one's character does not require a diploma or a classroom even. i appreciate that we can control the heights we attain. am forever glad my parents have always been (and may always be) my biggest fans. my mom was at every community play i was ever in (and i was never the lead role). my dad was the one who helped me figure out how to earn enough money for a high school trip to new york city. he knew it would be the chance of a lifetime. (he was right.) i am grateful for the ever-motivating voice inside that pushes me to be all that i can be; to follow through with ideas, to be bold, to try a new recipe, to write a kind note, to be more today than i was yesterday.
seize the day. happy thanksgiving.
p.s. am also thankful for the non-stop incredible creative talent found online. my favorite calligrapher, mara is offering a stunning (free!) pattern for a gratitude apron or other gratitude project. yay. just in time! read more here.