Giving Thanks

This thanksgiving I am especially grateful. These are things I am grateful for:

  1. My husband.  Some days I am still in awe of the idea that we get to live in the same house and hang out all the time. 
  2. My parents.  I truly didn't realize until I become an adult just how much they love me and how I will never have enough time to repay them for all that they've done for me.  This sinks in more and more with each passing day.  I will forever be indebted to them.
  3. My sisters and brother.  As I get older, and friends come and go with the natural cycles of life, the more I realize that there is no one more committed to being there for me, when I need them or even when I don't. 
  4. Feeling safe.  Feeling safe in the relationships and friendships in my life.  Not having to worry about people's motives and intentions all the time.
  5. Feeling free.  Not just the 'I live in a free country' kind of free but more of an 'I'm free to be who I am' kind of free.  Being who I am and not who others want me to be. That kind of free. 
  6. Knowing I am loved and how it gives me the ability to unravel and be careless now and again without consequence.
  7. Getting older.  I am thankful for all the experiences I've been fortunate to have and how there is no where in the world I'd rather be then where I am in my life right now.  I certainly do not miss my twenties and for that I am grateful!
  8. Getting pregnant.  Getting pregnant wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.  It's not always like it is in the movies.  The day I found out I was pregnant will forever be one of the most vividly memorable and emotional days of my life. 
  9. Being pregnant.  Sure there are many physical downsides, but knowing there is a little baby girl growing inside me is a completely surreal and magical feeling.  The wildest trip, the ultimate blessing.

Over the halfway hump now.  Here's what week 21 looks like for me...