I Have Never Been More ThankfulNovember 23, 2011
It's Thanksgiving Eve... and many times I've thought of composing this post, and each time I even stare at the blank screen I start to cry.
For despite dealing with lack of sleep, low self-esteem, a colicky, refluxy baby, and a house that always seems in mess and chaos, I have never been more thankful.
At the beginning of this year, I set out some major goals: run a 10k, eat cleaner, lose 10 more pounds, but its funny how goals change. Here I am, with only a month left in the year, not having run a 10k, in fact, I haven't run since February, admitting that I have eaten way more than my share of pies and licorice, and 40 pounds more than I was last Thanksgiving. And while I find it hard to look at myself in the mirror these days and love what I see, I still have never been more thankful.
I have a turkey breast in my fridge to cook for tomorrow - who knows if it will ever make it to the oven, and my mashed potatoes are prepackaged from Costco, I have no gravy, and I shudder to think that my cranberries may actually have to come out of a can. I have high hopes to make a pumpkin bread pudding recipe, but in my heart I know that we'll end up with a store bought pie. And yet... I've never been more thankful!
At work this past week, I found spit up crusted to the shoulder of my new Ann Taylor shirt, and there was no makeup on my face. About 2 pm I felt as though I might actually collapse in a heap on top of my desk, and yet I have never been more thankful.
I clean poop out of the underwear of a 4 year old that can't seem to learn that holding it in all day is not working for him... and yet I've never been more thankful.
Currently I have no clean sheets, and in fact the last 2 nights I have slept on top of a pillowcase thrown over baby puke on my sheets. I also currently have no clean pajamas due to being projectile vomited on many times. My bedroom smells like sour milk and my couches are going to have to be replaced, but yet the reason is because there is a real, live baby girl projectile vomiting all over these items, and I have never been more thankful!
As you gather your families around the Thanksgiving table tomorrow, remember that you never know what is going to happen in life. Life can change so suddenly. So make sure to enjoy every single minute you have with the ones you love, and thank God for them regardless of the difficulties or circumstances.
Remember to give thanks for the obvious things... and maybe the not so obvious ones too!