Learning and growing as a person… I am so glad that I get to keep trying every.single.day! I think back to when I was first married.. I had so much to learn about being a wife. I am so glad B gave me time to learn. And I think back about our early days as foster parents–we knew nothing! I am so glad I get to keep moving forward! Even my jogging… I never knew I was a runner, it took me 30+ years to figure it out!
I am thankful for my “family”. Obviously I am thankful for my given family & the one I married into. But, this “family” is the one who stays around by choice! I am so glad I have friends who will drop anything if I need them. I have friends who have played huge roles in the lives of my kids. I am just so thankful for those people who have loved me like their own.
I am thankful for books. I used to get myself in trouble.. I would get caught reading under the covers time and again. And then I got a bit older, but the trouble didn’t go away, it just morphed. No more was my mom worried about my sleep.. So, unchecked, I would stay up all night reading and pay the price the next day (that’s a bad habit I still haven’t quite kicked!). But, I am so glad that books are there! V is becoming a reader–watching him dive into a new subject and devour a book makes me a combo of proud, delighted, and envious! So, thanks to the authors, librarians and the inventor of e-books!
I am thankful for the foster care system. It is so broken, yet still helped to create my beautiful family. I am thankful for all of the underpaid, over-worked people who picked their passion over a paycheck and who are working for kids and families. When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that a family can be revived after abuse or neglect, and it’s beautiful to see the adoptions in the cases where it doesn’t work out. It certainly leaves a lot to be desired, but “the system” is still something to give thanks for.
I am thankful for hand me downs and recycled toys… I am thankful that I found a community of moms who pass things along and share.
I am thankful for the quiet moments alone with B. He is an amazing provider and it’s fun to watch him be a dad. But, I love our pillow talk. I am thankful for those nights that we can’t get through a show from the DVR because we’re too busy pausing it to chat and catch up. I am thankful for the nights that we don’t really talk, but are just together–just being near one another and feeling sure of our love. I am thankful for the one day escapes and the date nights and our travels alone. I am thankful for our life and love as a couple,
I am thankful for my neighbors. My car wouldn’t start the other day & it was so reassuring knowing that I could call on a handful of people who were right there and willing to help. I love the fact that I can let my kids go play & I know that if my kids are annoying or they need to go, the neighbors have no issue sending them home. I love the fact that we know our neighbors. Some only by their wave, but many because they are our friends. And I love that my kids have friends to play with here. When we bought out house we fell in love with the backyard, but now I find that the real gem is right out the front door. *Note, the other day I was thankful for the hood, this is the people 😉
I am thankful for the release of crafting. I never really knew how much it meant to me until I put more time into it. But, I love the feeling of having made something. I love showing my love with the gifts that I hand made. I love learning a new skill or trying out a different technique. Thanks to the wonder of the internet and the black hole that is Pinterest, I always have an idea to try out, and some of them even turn out pretty cool. As I type this I am laying under some wall art that *I* made. At least two of the kids are sleeping with blankets I sewed for them… And the neighbor kids count on me to have a fun project to try. So, I like to think that I make use of this… But, I am so grateful for crafts.