Being Grateful

There’s so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, so I want to take a moment today to reflect on those things.

  • First and foremost, I’m thankful that Dragonfly has made a safe appearance. I had a lot of anxiety and bad dreams this time around, but it was all unfounded, thankfully. (I blame it on the time I spent reading pregnancy forums; a lot of those women went through things I’ve never experienced and can’t imagine.)
  • I’m thankful for my husband. I’m thankful that we share the same values. I’m thankful to him for working hard to make it possible for me to stay home with the kids. Without him, homeschooling and raising our kids ourselves (meaning, not putting them in public school or daycare) would be impossible. I’m blessed to have him for a partner.
  • I’m thankful for the rest of my family. The other boys have been a huge help with the baby. It’s nice to be able to leave him with one of them for a few minutes so I can do things like shower. Having older kids who can help with the younger ones are a true blessing.
  • I’m thankful for sleep. I’ve never had a newborn sleep as well as Dragonfly does, and it’s a wonderful thing.
  • I’m thankful for the ability to homeschool. I’ve said before (not necessarily on the blog, but in other writings) that homeschooling the boys is one of my biggest joys as a mother, and I truly mean that. I cherish having them – all of them – home with me during the days. I couldn’t ask for better kids, and I love getting to spend my days with them.
  • I’m forever grateful to my doctors (both my obstetrical surgeon and my family practice doctor). My overall pregnancy and delivery experience this time around was amazing (except for the bad dreams), and I credit my doctors for that. My obstetrical team was different this time than it was for any of the other three, and I honestly think that’s why my surgery and recovery went so much better than ever before. (When I first found out I was pregnant, my other doctor was on sabbatical, so I was assigned the other doctor in the practice. That turns out to have been a huge blessing.) I’ve even had my “substitute” doctor become Dragonfly’s main pediatrician rather than just sticking with the doctor who the other boys have used.
  • I’m thankful we have a nice home to live in. We rent, and I’m thankful for our landlords for providing us with a nice home that’s big enough for our family for a reasonable rent.
  • I’m thankful that we don’t have to worry about financial things (most of the time). I know we’re luckier than a lot of people in feeling comfortable and being able to pay our bills and make sure there’s always food on the table.
  • I’m thankful for friends. I’m glad we have such a supportive church family (two of them actually – long story). I’m glad my kids have friends in the neighborhood. I’m glad for the friends that Will and I have locally. And I’m thankful for all of my internet friends. I’ve never met some of you, but I consider you some of my closest friends.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Remember to count your blessings, not just during this time of year, but every single day.


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