Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thankful Thursday

I can't seem to focus on anything lately. This school shooting has affected me in ways that most news events do not. I feel like i'm walking around in a fog and not really concentrating on anything, just going through the motions of my day. Today i'm making a conscious effort to get back to myself. I owe it to my own beautiful children to give them 100% of their mommy. I'm going to honor those 20 precious little babies by making each and every day with my children the best that it can be, and cherishing each moment that I get to spend with them.

It's quite fitting then that today is Thankful Thursday. What better way to refocus and remember my blessings than to write them down for all of you to read. So here it goes. Today (and every) day I am thankful for:

~My Children. This week, more than ever, i'm consciously grateful for their health and safety. I've found myself saying a little prayer of thanks every time that i'm able to hug them, kiss them, and play with them. Life is so short and I'm trying my best to let the little things go and with them. I'm letting the dishes linger longer in the sink so I can build a tower with Joseph or play dollhouse with Stephanie. I'm spending extra minutes cuddling with each of them before bed, and i'm setting the computer down whenever they are awake. They deserve 100% of my attention.

~Christmas. This Christmas season is not going to be a time of merriment for many families this year. But for my family it will be. We have so much to be thankful for, and my little ones don't know anything about the horror that many other people are facing. And for that, they deserve to have their sweet, innocent Christmas. They deserve to experience all the magic of the season, and I am determined to make it extra special for them.

~My husband. He has been working feverishly these past few weeks to finish the grad school class he's taking, as well as the regular end-of-the-year work that always keeps him busy in December. He's staying up late, putting in extra hours of work and yet still makes time for us. He still walks in the door and drops everything to play with the kids or help with dinner. He loves us and our family and I don't often remember to tell him how much we appreciate all that he does. But we do appreciate it, more than he will ever know.

~Friends. This past week has been full of the joy of friendship. I spent Friday night drinking wine and discussing the Newtown tragedy with Sarah and Melissa. I spent Sunday morning having coffee with 3 of my best friends who I have known for years. I spent Tuesday delivering food to a food bank and having (more) coffee with Melissa and Sarah. (Same Melissa as Friday, different Sarah.) And Tuesday afternoon Stephanie had a special Christmas gathering with her best friend and her cousin. (Whose mommies blog here and here.) What a joyous, social week it has been. I couldn't be more thankful for the love of these amazing friends, even if I tried.

~Stephanie's Teachers. It was not easy to drop her off at school on Tuesday. During the drive there I had clammy hands and a pounding heart. But I know she is in amazing, capable, and loving hands during her school hours. Her teachers are two of the sweetest women ever, and I know them both personally and professionally. I trust them with my child's life, and that's saying a lot. I am so, so thankful for them.

What are you thankful for this week? I'd love to hear from you :)

Thanks to Joanna for hosting Thankful Thursday!

Feel free to link up if you have your own Thankful Thursday post!


  1. You couldn't have worded all of these things more perfectly. Beautifully said, Megan. :)

  2. I love that you posted about the people, and not just things you are thankful for. Our poor hardworking hubbies sometimes get forgotten, and teachers are so important, as we all recently learned. Love this post.

  3. This past week has really opened my eyes to all the wonderful things around me. And all the things to be thankful for!! You have a similar list. :) xo

  4. I love your list Megan. I've been in a fog too, such a rough week. I'm glad you were able to have some quality time with your friends :)

  5. This is a lovely post, such a great list! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Great list. :) Your husband sounds like such a great dad! And I love that you, Sarah and Melissa went to the food bank. Our little group of Rhody Bloggers is pretty special.

  7. Megan, you write so beautifully! I always look forward to reading what your write. I can't wait to see you next week at dinner! Hope you can make it. Thanks for sharing. I just love this link-up. :)

  8. I think all of our Thankful Thursday posts had some similarities centered around our families this week! Like you my kids, husband & friends were on my list this week!

  9. Just beautiful! We definitely need to all focus on our kids. And I second I love our group!!

  10. I love this! It's nice to really focus on the things (and people) that matter most, especially at a time like this. Thanks for the reminder :)

    Also, I tagged you in my "Five Wishes for a Near Year" post - I hope you keep it going!

    Merry Christmas!


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