Mama? What You Thank-You For?
We have a “Thankful” poster on our wall. When we remember, we each share something we’re thankful for. After a few days of this ritual, Ainsley started taking her writing utensils and standing at the poster, shouting to me, “Mama (actually, “Mah-mom”)? What you thank-you for?”
In the spirit of so many wonderful thankfulness posts this holiday weekend (Shana, Elise, Katie, and others), here are some of the many things I’m thank-you for.
- The view. We can see much of the St. Paul skyline from our apartment window, and every day we’re amazed and grateful. It is a tangible and regular reminder of how much we have to be thankful for.
- Living in the city. I love how close we are to the library, beautiful parks, a playground, the Children’s Museum, the Farmers’ Market, the Landmark Center, free outdoor concerts, movies, and dancing, winter displays and a skating rink near Rice Park… We may not live near downtown forever, but I feel so fortunate for this opportunity.
- Unexpected blessings. An encouraging word from a friend. Meals when we needed them. A check in the mail. A vacuum.
- Family. I am indescribably thankful for our parents, grandparents, and siblings. Today, I am extra thankful for a special Thanksgiving weekend with my sister.
- Life not being what you planned.
- Real food. I often take for granted that we not only have food, but that we get to eat real food. Like Elise, I am thankful for quinoa. And squash, caramelized onions, cashew cream… Mmm.
- Books. More on that tomorrow.
- Ainsley. She gives us laughter and humility. She is our first-born, our life changer.
- Thaddeus. Smiles and gurgles. All boy. All joy.
- Scott. He works so I can be home. He is trusting and reassuring. He is young at heart and strong in his convictions. I am most “thank-you” for him.