Yesterday, while we were in the check-out line after shopping for groceries, the man putting our things into bags looked at me and asked if I was a stay-at-home-mom. I let him know I was, and he handed me a wonderful compliment: “You’re doing a great job then!”. Little did he know that through the store we were reprimanding our eldest left and right for attempting to force his brother into one awkward position or another in the cart, yells coming from both of them and frustrations building from bad grocery-run timing. They just happened to be behaving relatively well when were getting through the line because I took the little one out of the cart and began singing the alphabet song with them (how simple it is to transform their little attitudes sometimes!). But, despite the man’s half-knowledge of their behavior while we were in the store, I was bolstered by his compliment.
I am thankful for strangers that find a way to somehow give you a boost, even if it is only with an encouraging look, through a difficult moment in public.
Last week was Thanksgiving. We spent a few days at my aunt and uncle’s house for the holiday, and they welcomed us and kept us happily – even after having to house us for almost the entire summer while we were in negotiations to buy a house to move into. We had a great Thanksgiving, and spent the following evening (which happened to be my aunt’s birthday) playing cards with my aunt and uncle while the kids slept. When we got home from that trip, I called my aunt to let her know we’d arrived safely, and she said it was probably the best birthday she could remember, and she thanked us for staying with them for the holiday.
I am thankful for relatives that dedicate themselves to one another, to support in times of need, and to just peacefully come together on occasion, even if they very recently may have had their fill of one another.
These past few months have seen some trying times, from driving across the continental United States with our two small children and all of our necessities in the van, to staying in someone else’s home for two and a half months, to finding that many of our household goods didn’t weather the trip very well (and that’s putting it lightly). Through it all, my husband has been nothing but a rock – getting us through with minimal issue, and making sure that we were never to want for anything. He even managed to slip in a lot of good through the last few months, ensuring that we would all smile every now and then, and in doing so, kept our spirits on an even keel.
I am thankful for my husband, without whom I would most definitely be lost right now.
One gift I most definitely wouldn’t have predicted for myself at this moment of my life has come in the form of two small children, born from my own body. My two little (and quickly growing) boys. While they drive me crazy most days of the week, I realize that they are indeed a blessing. In the last two years I have learned more about myself and my abilities as a person than I would have ever thought possible. They have made me push through the hardest times because they depend on me to be present for them. They have made me laugh on numerous occasions (even when it might have been a little inappropriate). They cause me to pause and look at our life, and to embrace the moments as they pass by now, because we won’t have them again as they grow older. They have taught me how fast time goes, and how much I know I will miss in the future, yet how much I can’t wait to see and experience.
I am thankful for my kids. They have opened a new world for me, and continue to daily show me new things through their eyes that I might never even have fathomed without them.
Lastly, I’d like to mention that next week my husband and I are going to go on a vacation to Disney World. It will be very much like a honeymoon for us, since we didn’t have one three years ago when we were married. Disney World is one of my favorite places on this planet, and I’m dying with anticipation of being there for an entire week, one-on-one with the person I love most in the world. But none of that would be possible if it weren’t for the person that has volunteered her time to stay here with the boys and keep watch over them for us while we’re gone. My best friend, Jet, will be spending the week with them, and says she looks forward to playing with them, and that they’ll be having a better time than my husband and I while we’re gone. Jet has come through for me as a best friend again and again, and I cannot express enough how much she means to us. Without her I would have had a very difficult time getting through much of the last few years, for she has come to my aid even from three thousand miles away.
I am thankful for best friends. Without whom I feel the world would indeed stop turning because they are so essential to life itself.
So even though this post is a bit delayed, it is never the wrong time to express thanks. What are you thankful for this holiday season?