Giving Thanks

Every night as I lie in bed, I count my blessings to fall asleep (thanks Diana Krall!). It's a wonderful way to end the day, and since I have so much to be thankful for, it always puts the difficulties of the day into perspective.

  • When I think of how active and exhausting my baby is, I feel blessed that he is so healthy and curious and full of life, and how lucky I am to have been gifted with this child.
  • When I think of how hard it is to make it through the day alone with a baby, I am thankful for my wonderful husband who supports me (emotionally and financially) and who shoulders a lot of the childcare responsibilities in the evenings and on the weekends.
  • When I think of the mess that is my house, I am grateful to even have a home to live in.
  • When I think of how many fewer things we can afford, I'm thankful that my husband's salary allows me to stay at home to raise our son.
  • When I think about how exhausted I am from tending to a crying child two or three times a night, I'm grateful to my network of family and friends who have stopped over to watch the baby while I take a nap.
  • When I think of how lonely I am for adult company during the day, I am thankful for the blogger friends that I have met this year. Our shared experiences and their words of kindness and advice have gotten me through some really tough days.

This list could go on and on, because I'm learning to cultivate a grateful heart. I could name 50 things that I am thankful for right off the top of my head, from the little things like a cup of tea prepared for me by my husband, to the big ones like a large, loving family. I'm grateful for too many blessings to name!
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Erin said...

My list would be so similar to yours it's amazing. And mine would/could go on and on as well. I hope you and your family enjoy your 1st Thanksgiving with the little man.

Nicole Feliciano said...

I'm thankful for your too! Give that baby a big squeeze from your bloggy friend in Brooklyn!

Naomi said...

Oh my gosh! Look at how cute SoJo is! He looks so grown up.

Thanks for reminding me to think of the bright side. I tend to wallow in the cynical side of the pool too often.

mannequin said...

Beautiful, Kathleen.
Agreeing with Naomi in regards to how big Soren looks!?
He didn't look that big last week! What in the world did you feed that baby for Thanksgiving?
We all have so much to be thankful for. The "I don't have" list is always paralleled with "oh, but I DO have" list.

Jennifer said...

Sweet photo an beautiful list. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

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