I’ve been thinking about being thankful a lot lately. The amount of things I have to be grateful for and I’m sure that it’s sparked you to think about the things in your life that deserve your recognition and gratitude.
In the spirit of the Thanksgiving Holiday and the fact that my hope for the day is to be totally present and not blogging, or writing, or being on social media and in the spirit of gratitude I’m going to share with you this brief list of the top 8 things I’m grateful for this year. I like the number 8 because I’m the 8th child ;).
- Chris – Okay corny or not. It’s real. This does not mean that things are perfect in my marriage or for either of us. Not that at all. I will say that marriage is one of the craziest, hardest, most challenging things I’ve ever embarked on. Commitment is hard. Working and dealing with life through all of the ups and downs has many rewards but it’s not all sugar and roses. I cannot imagine anyone else I could do this with or for, there is nobody else for me. And for that I’m thankful.
- Vincent- From the moment this little boy entered my life. I’ve spent most of my days thinking holy shit I’m not sure what I did to deserve this ( I mean that in the best and worst way possible. For Real.) Watching him grow and learn and become the person he is and will be is a privilege and terrifying all in the same breath. Becoming a mother is one of if not the most defining moment in my life. I will forever be thankful for this little boy who was brave enough to take the journey with me.
- John- I hate to say it on the off chance that he will read my blog one day…but I will say this. These days John is at a frustrating stage. I cannot lie about it. I don’t think it’s fair to you parents out there who think oh look her kids are perfect….Sorry I had to just pick myself off of the floor from laughing so hard. Phew, I’m back. I also don’t want to lose all credibility with those of you who know my children. John is a crazy lunatic who spends 75% of his day standing in the center of my kitchen table, 5% finding something more dangerous to try to do, 5% losing his shit….But that other 5%. HOLY MOLY. That kid is sweet. He holds my face in his hands and kisses me. He rubs my hair and smiles the cutest smile. He basically thinks I’m the coolest thing EVER. He’s super cute and sweet and when Vincent and he are not fighting or pushing, watching them as brothers is one of life’s greatest joys!
- Home- This is a thing I’ve always been grateful for, whether it’s the home I grew up in. The home I live in now or the one we will one day settle down in. Home is home. It’s where you lay down at night grateful for all you have. It’s where you make memories-both the good ones and the really freaking hard ones. It’s YOUR place. The place in the world where you belong. It doesn’t need the fanciest furniture or best decorations, heck it doesn’t even need walls. It just needs to be that place where you know you belong.
5. Passion- There are days where I’m terrified of where my business and my personal journey
will take me. Then there are days where I think how lucky that I finally found what I
love, what I’m most excited and driven by, and that I get to rock out doing what I love!
6. Family- In many ways family is your home. The people who’ve always known you and love
you no matter what. For better or worse the ties of family are everlasting and tight. I’m so super grateful that I have these
crazy amazing people in my life. They
are a great blessing.
7. Freedom- I feel like this one is so ridiculously underrated. I do not think enough
about the many blessings that are afforded to me by my freedom. If I turn on the
news for one second and see the horrific trials and tribulations in the world I
think wow. To be honest if I think about this for long enough I could weep. So
instead of that I’ll be grateful today. Thank God for the many freedoms I have and I
pray that all people will know freedom and love in it’s fullness. For this I am
8. Support/Friendship- From my earliest days on this crazy planet I’ve been loved and supported by many people. People who’ve stuck up for me in times of hardship. People who’ve challenged me in my own growth. Some people have played longer and
more defining roles than others but I have the utmost amount of gratitude for each of
you! As has been said in print and lyric and is true in my own life, “no man is an
island” and for that I’m eternally grateful. Islands are best shared with friends
and for drinks with umbrellas.
Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that each of you are surrounded by all of the things for which you are most grateful!