From all of us, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.
Here’s what we’re thankful for:
I know it sounds incredibly cliché, but this year I am so immensely thankful for my husband. My best friend, the father of my children, and my rock. He has worked hard his entire life to become the man he is today. Every day he wakes up at 3:15 to start his day. He commutes a little over an hour to his job, works a full day, commutes the 90+ minutes home and hits the ground running right when he walks in the door. He puts our 37lb toddler on his back in a carrier and walks our two labs so I can get a few minutes toddler free to start dinner. After we eat as a family, he cleans up and puts the kids to bed. I don’t know how he does it. Not a shred of complaining. Not an ounce of negativity. When our daughter was born he did pretty much everything for me for 6 weeks. I am incredibly grateful for him. For the lessons he teaches our children; To be present, compassionate and caring towards all creatures and nature. Sharing with them the love that so deeply fills his heart.
This year has been one of loss and also of joy. As we move on from our second loss of a pregnancy, I’m thankful for healing and happiness and the love that seeps out of every day I spend with my family. A husband who is truly a partner in all things, and the two beautiful little lives unfolding in our care. And as we look forward into the new year, I’m thankful for the joy to come – thankful that our family will grow in God’s time, and until then we will spend our days having fun together.
This year I am thankful that everything is in the Lord’s perfect timing – never late, never early, but perfectly timed. I’m thankful for the heartbreak He lets us experience and endure because without those moments there’s no room for growth with ourselves, in our relationships and with Him.
I recently finished reading the book, ‘Half The Sky’. It’s not a joyful read. It’s a hard read. It tugged at my heart in horrible ways. I sat and wept huge tears. It made me angry. I marked pages. It forced me to turn the mirror on myself, and the way I live, and that was truly uncomfortable. It was one of the most powerful and moving books I’ve ever read. I was exposed to truths I didn’t know (or pretended to not know) existed about gender inequality, oppression, and enormous humanitarian issues. So this Thanksgiving, all I can really think about is how truly rich we are. The $4 I spend on a latte at Starbucks could be a life changing amount for a woman living in rural Kenya. The obscene amount of food we feast on over the Thanksgiving table could feed so many people! Many of us gather happily with our loving families, but so many others suffer through this season alone. This knowledge shouldn’t drive us to guilt, it should drive us to action.
The world can be so full of cruelty and things that break my heart, but when I look for it, there is so much goodness to still be seen. So this year, I’m thankful for kindness and people who do the right thing. I’m thankful for smiles, encouraging conversations and the gift of being around women who make me want to be a better Mama and a better wife. I’m thankful for my kids and how the simplest of days with them can bring me immeasurable joy. I’m thankful for the gift of laughter and for the fact that smiles and kindness cost nothing and are always available. I’m thankful that we’re all capable of making someone else’s life brighter and I’m extremely thankful for the people who have done small things and brightened my life in beautiful ways they’ll never know.