originally shared on November 26, 2013, but I love it so…
‘Tis the season… of Thanksgiving. You know, that thing that happens before Christmas but isn’t Halloween?
All over people have been engaged in various memes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, posting something they are thankful for every day. I am terrible at committing to things such as that (daily?! definitely not for me) but I am sharing what I am thankful for as a mom this week.
As moms, we can complain a lot. I know why – it is HARD THANKLESS WORK. But let’s take a moment, step back, and remember how wonderful and blessed it actually is.
So here is what I choose to be thankful for this Thanksgiving –
1. My wide hips – they gave me 2 beautifully uncomplicated deliveries.
2. Waking up every blessed day at 7 am – I get to see the sun rise and we never feel rushed in the mornings.
3. Being exhausted by 8:30 pm every night – it is a sign as to how full my life is each and every day.
4. Plodding up the steps in the middle of the night to help a child in need – how smack-in-your-face precious is it that I have a big, warm house, my children have their own comfortable beds, and I can be so close to help them?
5. My “saddlebag chest” – I was able to nurse children, feed my own babies, and that is a miracle, no matter how much it messes with your postpartum head and your body.
6. The battle over dinner every night – it is amazing that every day I have the resources and the food to argue with my children about “what” to eat and “how much,” not “when” we will eat and “if.”
7. That I never have my hair styled, my eyebrows waxed, my make up on, and legs shaved all at the same time – I exist so far from an ego-centric world and that has to be making a difference to people somewhere, somehow.
8. When I take 2 kids (one sick) to the pediatricians’ office and have to wait over 30 minutes to be seen – I can’t believe how many times easy access to medicine and a doctor has not only saved my sanity but helped my children within 12 hours of first symptoms.
9. The bags under my eyes – my life is much too dynamic and exciting for sleep, and I am needed.
10. Constant loud noises in my house and life & the regular destruction of our furniture – there is so much joy, and under our roof memories are made.
Mostly though I am thankful for the love, the laughter, and the adventure. Of all things I can’t complain about in my life, it is ‘being dull.’ Happy Thanksgiving everyone!