I realize that Thanksgiving has already come and gone, but I wanted to take a minute and talk about the things that I am thankful for. I have been blessed so much with so many wonderful friends and a family that I can always count on. I am thankful for a husband who helps me with the laundry everyday. I am thankful for a husband who is kind and understanding. I am thankful for a husband who loves his kids and takes time to really be with them.
I am thankful for my children and all of their differences and unique little quirks that makes them who they are. I am thankful for DJ and his kind heart. I am thankful for a son who is patient with his little brothers and sisters, and I am thankful for a son who can make me laugh with the lamest jokes.
I am thankful for Coley, a daughter who is beautiful not just on the outside but more importantly on the inside, a daughter who never hesitates to help out when we need her to, a daughter who is growing into a very lovely young woman.
I am thankful for Jake who is intense in all that he does from sports to helping me around the house. I am thankful for a son who always has time to spend with his little brothers and sisters. I am thankful for a son who is as stubborn as I am who can make me smile.
I am thankful for Isaac, a son who has grown right before my eyes from a toothless chubby baby into a toothless kindergartener. I am thankful to have a son who happily gets ready everyday to go to school and learn. I am thankful for a son who as he struggles to grow up still loves to snuggle up with me on the couch.
I am thankful for Hannah and her big beautiful blue eyes that study everything around her. I am thankful for a daughter that is convinved that she is a princess and insists on being treated as one. I am thankful for a little girl who loves bubble baths and nail polish and drawing pictures of angels.
I am thankful for Gianna, our beautiful girl. I am thankful for a daughter who is filled with spunk and attitude (a trait that I am sure will come in handy as an adult!). I am thankful for a little girl who always has her lamby in her hand and her thumb in her mouth despite her newly painted manicure.
I am thankful for Noah, a son who has morphed from a little baby into a wild toddler before my very eyes. I am thankful for a son who loves to play with his "guys" fighting and punching, and then give his "bear-bear" a kiss and put him into bed for a nap. I am thankful for a healthy son who climbs and rolls, runs and giggles.
And finally I am thankful for the soft bumps and kicks that I can feel coming from inside of me as our littlest blessing continues to grow and prepare to join us. I am thankful for the reassuring thumping that is his heartbeat that I get to hear once a month at the doctor's office. And I am thankful for the news that this little one is in fact another little boy, full of promise and excitement.
These are the things for which I am thankful...truly thankful.