One} I am thankful for Matt. If you read the preceding post about Brock, you could just adultify it a bit and that would describe me. Matt absolutely, unquestionably loves and trusts me, despite my innumerable idiosyncrasies that I insist on forcing upon my entire little family. He so patiently photographs the boys, over and over and over. He cleans the house and cooks for these events I plan and host, despite having no time to do so. Sometimes, I think he actually finds my psychosis endearing. Never, have I ever, met a more loyal, wonderful, funny - no, hilarious - happy, cynical person. I could not be who I am, nor where I am in life without him. So, more than anything, I am thankful for Matt.
Three} I am thankful for family. I feel like I say this all the time, yet not enough. I could never stop thanking my parents, Matt's parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins for their help and support. Mimi takes the boys to school 3 days a week. This is not a small job. And every day she takes them, she is forced to break Brock's heart by saying "no" to him coming over after school. As I know he asks every single time. She lets him, very frequently, probably more often then she should. And he LOVES it. Annora, my mom, and Mimi take the boys on little excursion's constantly. I don't think my children even notice that they have two, full-time, working parents. Their schedules are just to busy to allow them even a moment of down time. Nearly every Sunday, we enjoy a family dinner. All of our Holidays are jam-packed with family events, food, gifts and fun. When Matt abandons me and leaves town with a newborn plus multiple other children, the grandparents do not even hesitate to step in and help. No matter the madness, there is always someone there for us. Always someone willing to assist. If ever, people wonder what the heck I am thinking having 4 children, as well as considering more (and I know they do wonder) they just need look at the people I grew up around, and I feel it's very obvious. Nothing is more valuable than family. And more then the previous, without family, I could not be who I am, nor where I am in life.
Five} I am thankful for my wealth. I am not saying I have lots of money, but I never "want for anything". There is never a question that food will be on the table. Our clothes are not tattered, worn or unclean (well, besides Curtis). We have a fabulous roof over our head. Matt and I have a constant, steady income. We grew up in stable, wealthy homes. Again, I use wealth as a term not specifically pertaining to money. We are wealthy in love, friendship and health as well.
Six} I am thankful for friends. This can almost go under the "family" category, as good friends are as good as family. If not better. You choose your friends. So rarely do you have to put up with personalities that are not necessarily compatible with your own. In family, you learn to put up with these differences, but with friends, you simply don't click, so why continue the relationship. Six of our closest friends have been asked to be Godparents. I feel this is stating, if you could be family, you would be. They too, can be relied on for a helping hand, a sympathetic ear and a night out of fun and good company. Or a night in of board games, beer and friendly(ish) conversation. Friends visit when we have a new baby. Bring gifts and dinner. Friends provide fun mommy play dates when I am home with the boys all day. Friends enrich and optimize my life.
Seven} I am thankful that the list of things to be thankful for could go on, and on, and on. I could get down to specifics. I could write a book. I am thankful for our giant, Giblin-family thanksgiving. I am thankful for our small, O'Laughlin-family thanksgiving. I am thankful for a father that understands that you can only visit so many families in one day, but knows I love him despite not seeing him every holiday. I could just thank, and thank, and thank. And after all that thanking, I hope everyone reading this can do the same. I wish everyone could experience life in this way. I guess I am a bleeding heart, at heart. Happy, thanksgiving!