"we can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." - thornton wilder
this has truly been a year of thanks-giving. it has not been perfect, but throughout it all, i have tried to focus on the blessings in my life, of which there is countless number. it would be easy to dwell on the hardships, focus on the have-not's, and cry over the what-might-have-been's, but when all you see is the negative, all you will feel is negative.
i've had my share of struggles and disappointments, as well as a little bit of heartache this year, but the list of good things to celebrate far outweighs them.
my mom always taught us that when things aren't going the way we want them to, to count our blessings, literally. we would make a list (sometimes mentally) of all the things we were grateful for (our family, our toys, the fact that we were born in texas...). this lesson has gotten me through many a tough time. throughout our years of yearning for a child, i would remember how blessed i was to have B by my side. when financial struggles overwhelmed us, i tried to focus on the blessing of having good health, that we were physically capable of working. when my endeavors have fallen short, i would take note of my talents and abilities, of the things that i have been able to accomplish. there is always something to be grateful for.
obviously, the biggest blessing in my life this year is the long-awaited arrival of our son, mack. all the years of waiting and praying and wishing that he would join our family were well worth it. the joy of motherhood is beyond "as advertised". there isn't a day that i don't look at him and send a little prayer of thanks up to heaven for him.
at this time last year, B and i were forced to live apart, only together on weekends and holidays. i am so grateful that he is home permanently now, that we're are all together as a family and that we will be able to spend the holidays under one roof. i couldn't ask for more!
i would be remiss if i didn't say how thankful i am for our extended family. mack may not know it now, but he was born into a wonderful extended family, with extremely loving grandparents, sweet cousins, and more doting aunts and uncles than a kid could ask for. there is certainly no shortage of loved ones in our family, between B's 6 siblings and their kids and my 10 siblings and their kids. i have been particularly blessed with lovely in-laws who accept me unconditionally and an immediate family who always stand by my side and support me with boundless love and encouragement. i am so grateful that mack landed smack in the middle of such a ridiculously large, endlessly loving family.
of course, i'm also thankful for this blog, for my wonderful readers, and for the outlet that this venue provides for me. the friends i have made here and the support i have received from so many who are not obligated to care about me in any way has touched my heart more than you all know. i am so blessed to be surrounded, both here and in my everyday life, by strong, courageous, talented, loyal friends. i know that i have been neglectful of reading/commenting on other blogs lately (thanks to a super-duper busy photo season), but still i am grateful for each of you, truly.
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