2015 was not an easy year – I think I hit 4 of the 6 top stressful life situations this year and I’m still chugging along. Adjusting to being a mom of three, moving to another state, starting a new job, and illness. We are coming towards the home stretch of this year and we made out to be healthy and happy. Overall, I’m very blessed and super thankful for everything especially these five things:
I’m thankful for my husband, who left his hometown and his family and friends to start a new chapter with us in Florida.
He is my partner in crime and has been such a champ through the entire process. Also, we hit our seven year (civil) wedding anniversary this month!
I’m super thankful for my parents, who graciously let us invade their home during our transition here to Florida. Living with my parents now that I’m 33 with kids is just as awesome as it was when I was living with my parents when I was 13. I don’t have to cook or clean or do laundry or pay bills! Seriously, I’m so spoiled here with the free babysitting, too. And it’s oddly comforting to be under my parents’ roof. I even got tucked in the other night.
I got super lucky with the kids that God has given us. I’m sure every parent thinks their kids are the best kids, but mine really are the best. They are super sweet and well behaved. Insightful, thoughtful and such a joy to be around. They are kind to others and more importantly, to each other. The only time they are brats is when they are fighting for my attention. Other than that, they are really awesome little humans.
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I am so thankful for my new job. Not only to be employed, because that really is true blessing, but because of the amazing people I work with. Sometimes, I sit in meetings and I’m blown away by how intelligent these people are. I listen and observe and think, “Holy shit! That person is so smart. That is a genius idea!” I cannot tell you how inspiring it is to be surrounded by people who are smart, but at the same time humble and kind. They are not intimidating and they make me feel like I have a place at the table and value my input. Not only that, but I get to work on the coolest projects.
A Home to Call Home
We left our home in Illinois about five months ago and I’m anxious to move into our home in Florida. It is exactly the same in terms of square footage and number of rooms. It even has a very similar layout. I’m very thankful that we will soon have a place to call home.
Okay, I know I said five things, but I’m adding one more. I’m thankful for babywearing – which has been a very strange hobby of mine over the last six months. This has given me an avenue for me to bond with Alyssa, who is growing way too fast. I love being able to carry her close, especially since I miss out on so much time with her when I’m at work. I never got to do this with Arielle and Zavier, so this will always be our special thing.
Lots to be thankful for this year! What are you thankful for?
Now, let’s go eat turkey!