Today’s the day for being thankful

So, yesterday I wrote a blog post that took me a long time to actually get through. There was a lot of tears shed while writing it. When it came time to post it this morning I couldn’t/didn’t want to. I’ve been going off of feelings a lot lately and it just didn’t feel right to post it today. So instead, today I’m making a list of all I’m thankful for (given the holiday week that it is).

Sometimes it isn’t easy to feel thankful but we are.

So in no particular order, here is my list of many things I’m thankful for this year and always:

  • Pumpkin everything (cliche but so true)
  • Receiving a phone call from the nephew saying “Auntie, will you come over?” (It’s a ‘yes’ every time!)
  • Puzzles
  • My friends…who I have known for almost 25 years (which is weird since we’re all only 21 yrs old…so odd)
  • Weekends away
  • Crazy family
  • The “pickle bite” of a McDonald’s cheeseburger
  • A husband who likes to cook
  • The Hamilton soundtrack
  • A sister who was willing to learn anything and everything medical related to help when Quinlan was home (and who introduced me to the Hamilton soundtrack)
  • Reading a good book
  • Knowing that there are others out there who understand what we have been through
  • Being able to reminisce about something that happened 20 years ago with a group who knows each other all too well
  • Still being able to go into the woods that I’ve been exploring for as long as I can remember…as long as I can see the barn I won’t get lost
  • Grilled cheese
  • Grammy Judy’s kitchen table (that still smells like Grammys house)
  • The smell of Thanksgiving
  • Christmas stockings
  • Macaroni pie
  • Nights sitting on the couch with Bear watching our shows
  • Sunday’s with the family
  • FaceTime/Facebook Messanger video/Skype
  • Growing families that start off as “step” or “in law” but have become great friends
  • Chill pills
  • Being able to talk to someone who is unbiased
  • Mani/pedi’s
  • Random nights involving fireball and 45’s
  • Memories of an amazing pregnancy
  • Understanding co-workers
  • A niece who can change everything with a smile
  • IVF w/PGD, giving us hope for another child who won’t have the Brat1 mutation
  • Beach days
  • Wine
  • Get togethers with new friends
  • Still being able to smile
  • Football
  • The feeling of knowing others miss Quinlan, too
  • Knowing no matter what, I always have someone I can turn to
  • Oreo’s
  • Target
  • Friends (Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, Rachel and Ross)
  • Making dinner and having it actually taste good
  • Bare feet
  • Meme’s bloody Mary’s
  • A short commute to work every day
  • The letter Q – and the little girls who recognized that letter before any others
  • Going to the salon (and even for the grey hair gene coming from both parents, which in turn “forces” me to HAVE to go every 4 weeks…thanks, Mom and Dad!)
  • Cheese…all the cheese
  • A brother who works to take bad guys off the street every day and a brother training in the National Guard
  • Tulips
  • Autumn
  • Being told you’re a good parent
  • Memories of driving home with Bumpa, counting the houses with Christmas lights
  • Pictures…so many pictures (and the amazing professional that takes them)
  • Having the strength to get out of bed
  • Falling asleep to the sound of rain
  • Libraries
  • Cupcakes
  • Being Bear’s wife
  • Being Quinlan’s mom

💚Mama Bear

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