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November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks

2009 was an incredible year. It marked the year that I married the love of my life and had a child. How could 2010 even begin to top that? But as the new year started off, it was clear that it would be an amazing ride.

This year I have watched my baby grow into an almost-toddler. He has his own not-so-little personality and there is absolutely no mistaking those delighted squeals or just how badly he is trying to learn to say the word dog when he sees my parents' puppy scampering around the house. He knows his mama and his daddy, he is happy, and he is healthy. For this, I am grateful.

I am thankful for a wonderful husband who is more patient and giving than I deserve. He keeps me grounded, both in reality and in my faith, and is always ready to wrap me in his arms and remind me how much he loves me.

I am thankful for parents, a sister, in-laws, and extended family who love our little family of three. Not only do they love to celebrate time-honored traditions of birthdays and holidays together, but they constantly open their hearts and homes to spend time with us. As I've grown older, I have begun to realize just how rare these relationships are; likewise, I have realized how grateful I am to have these people in my life.

I am thankful for all of you. For the connections and friendships that have become part of my life since I began this blogging adventure. Meeting people I have come to admire and respect over the internet wasn't something I expected when I started writing about poop and sleep deprivation, but this community and the support within has become an important part of my life and something I value deeply.

I could go on and on about the things I am thankful for, but when I sat down to write this post, I realized that I am most thankful this year for love. The love I have found in a God who cares. The love that spills over each and every day in the smiles and snuggles from my little boy. And the love of a husband and family that I can depend upon, on a good day, a bad day, or any time in-between.

This Thanksgiving, regardless of where you are or who you are spending the day with, we wish all of you a holiday filled with thanks and love.

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