Friday, March 09, 2007

Things I'm Thankful For

I belong to CHP. It’s a group of moms who blog, share ideas, chat, and have fun. One of the things they do is a weekly giveaway. I’ve never participated before but this one caught my eye. It’s about things we are thankful for. With the stress at the job, a friend leaving to go to a new job, China taking forever, and my mom dying this past November this will be a great time to think of the things I am thankful for.

One thing I am thankful for is my husband. He is my best friend, my lover, my supporter, my devil’s advocate, my everything. He is the best dad, staying involved in the boys’ sports to the extreme of coaching, helping to start a booster club, and being president of the baseball association for our area. (Trust me folks – that last one – wow, you just wouldn’t believe the phone calls he would get starting in January and not ending until September or October!!) I’m so thankful he came into my life that morning almost 23 years ago!!

Another thing I am thankful for are my boys. They are 14 and 17 and keep me very busy. They push me to keep up with them, get on my last nerve, drive me crazy with their antics, gang up on me, then tell me they love me at the end of the day. What more could a mom ask for?? They are so different in their personalities and looks yet so like their dad and me it’s scary. I’m thankful for the times they snuck into my room to sleep with me, for the little hugs I get and even for the cold water poured on me while I’m in the shower prank!! My life would be so boring without these two guys.

Since I started writing this I didn’t realize how many things I actually have to be thankful for! I could probably write a book on them. Take the slow down for referrals from China. What you ask? You’re thankful for the slowdown you ask? Yes! I know I gripe about it, I moan about it, I even cry about it but I’m still thankful for it. Without this wait I wouldn’t have been able to rekindle my friendship with some people. Without this wait I wouldn’t have been able to take the time with my youngest son and help him grow. I wouldn’t have been able to spend as much time with my neighbors getting to know them better. The possibility of a new job, meeting new people who are adopting, learning more about China, secret pals, learning how to knit – all of that would never have been done. This wait, this 2 or more year wait bothers me and I really can’t stand it but I’m thankful for it all the same.

My friends, my dogs, my house, my BED, my sister, my dad, the air I breathe, the food I eat. I’m thankful for all of these, from the mundane like my comfy shoes to the more profound like life itself. What are you thankful for?


Dannye said...

those are some really great things to be thankful for too!!


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