I, like Elizabeth at Confessions of a Working Mom, am in desperate need of a few minutes to reflect on all of the many things I am thankful for. So I am participating in Thankful Thursday, sponsored by Welcome to the Nuthouse, who's blog I haven't started reading yet, but I'll be heading over there shortly! The pics of her kiddos are so cute!
#1 My Baby Boy Z. I am thankful for my beautiful, healthy, happy baby boy. My heart has been aching as I watch little Stellan struggle with his unhealthy heart this week, and today on his 1-year birthday. I know I cannot control what happens either with my baby, MckMama's or anyone else's. All I can do is be grateful for what I have and hope that he will stay healthy and live a long, fun-filled life. I imagine his smile and new way of saying "hi!" while at work and miss him terribly. I think of his new-found attachment to me and like it and dislike it at the same time. I love his independence and free spirit and hope that the limits that are inevitably put onto his world won't inhibit his desire to explore. I love him so very much.
#2 My Husband. He is such an amazing man. He really is. He breaks into an awesome dance in the living room at least a couple times per week. He writes songs all about me or BBZ and says funny things in the middle of dinner like "I think I should get into a rap beef with someone". He helps me tidy the house. He laughs with his baby even when BBZ is not being a good boy. I have never seen him lose his patience with BBZ, and he always comes through when I do. He is handsome, hard-working, has a strong and boisterous laugh, and keeps my feelings at the forefront of just about everything.
#3 My Job. I am lucky enough to not only have a job, but have one that I like. My boss allowed me to take one extra day off per week to spend with my precious BBZ. We have incredibly fun activities for a common great cause. I get to help people every single day.
#4 My House. We are also lucky enough to have bought our house during a time that will likely allow us to at least get what we paid for it if not get a bit of equity to spend on our next house when we do sell. A realtor came to the house tonight and gave us a good idea of some ways to maximize the value of our house and get it ready to sell. During times when people are losing their houses and their jobs, this is something I am so very grateful for.
#5 My Health. I have the use of my legs. I have my sight and my hearing. I don't have to use a machine to breathe or a catheter to pee. While people who have disabilities related to these things are not miserable by any means, I see what challenges people face and do not take for granted that I am healthy and able-bodied. The people I work with are living life like anyone else, but a life without these challenges is truly a blessing.
I think I should spend every single day thinking of the many things in my life I have to be thankful for. This post made me realize, I am completely satisfied with my life and can honestly say I am at peace with everything around me. It is a wonderful place to be, and just another thing to be thankful for. Happy Thursday!