I’m thankful for the four amazing, healthy, beautiful people I have the honor of parenting. I’m thankful for every strong little toddler hug, every giggle, every second I’ve spent with a child in my arms. I’m thankful for conversations about everything from earthworms to God, and especially thankful that I often have to see things through my children’s eyes.
I’m thankful for my husband: my partner in crime, the love of my life, my best friend. No one can make me laugh as hard, and no one on Earth “gets” me the way he does. I’m thankful for our past, our present, and the dreams we have for our future.
I’m thankful for gardening. It has taken me so many places — mentally, physically, spiritually, professionally, creatively — I can’t imagine my life without it.
I’m thankful for writing, and that, surprisingly, I’m good enough at it to earn a living. I could not have seen this coming in a million years when I wrote my first terrible novel the summer I turned 13 (Also, I’m thankful for About.com, Planet Green, Mother Earth News, and Lone Pine Publishing for giving me the opportunities they have.)
I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made through this blog. If you’re someone I’ve complained to, gossiped with, or otherwise wasted good work time with — thank you!
I’m thankful for dreams, big and small, and the work it takes to make them happen.
I’m thankful to everyone who visits and comments here. You are the reason I keep writing posts, and the reason I keep trying to find something original to say. Thank you for all of the encouragement over the years.
Finally, I’m thankful for times shared with those who are gone, but not forgotten, especially my grandmother, Frances. You never know, in the moment, how big a difference one person can make in your life. The little things, the quiet moments, end up meaning so much in the end. I’m thankful to her for listening the the ramblings of an adolescent girl and making her feel important. I try (and sometimes fail) to remember that with my own kids. I still miss her terribly.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!