Thanksgiving time always has people saying what they're thankful for. I like to be thankful all year long, but I will play along at this time of year as well. Here's what I'm thankful for right now:
1. Being able to stay home with Ingrid. I love being a mom, I love going on walks, coloring with her, hearing her say new words, watching her pretend things and marveling over all the things she knows how to do.
2. My husband for working and making money and never once saying I should get a job. He has always been supportive of me staying home, and now he's supportive of me doing my etsy shop, too, even though it means I buy lots of fabric and a new sewing machine and there's always scraps of everything laying around the house.
3. My etsy shop! It has given me a reason to sew, which I LOVE to do. And it makes me feel like I have a talent and I've never had that before. It gives me a creative outlet I have needed for a long time. I never realized how badly I needed it, but now that I have it, I see I was missing something before.
4. My mom. She is the only person I feel comfortable leaving Ingrid with, and therefore the only babysitter she's ever really had. Thus, my mom is the reason we get date nights. And when she's here it just makes my day because she plays with Ingrid and bakes and cleans up and gives me a much needed break :)
5. My friends. I have made some great friends here in Michigan that are always willing to have a playdate. I can't even imagine if I were here with no friends and it was just Ingrid and I at home all day long...I love being home most of the time, but I need that socialization big time!! And my friends in Milwaukee that have kept in touch with me after I moved--I miss them so much! I am thankful that our friendship is important enough for them to still love me even though I'm six hours away.
My family is healthy, we are no longer as poor as we were last year living off a grad student stipend :) and we are loved by friends and family. I will play along at this time of year, but I think it's important for people to remember why they are lucky all year long. I am thankful for all these things every single day!