I am thankful for the new life that was entrusted to me, us, to raise up and care for and love on and learn from. What a gift that little boy is. Never have I been so stretched and pulled in a million directions than from the moment his damp, shivering body was placed on top of mine. He has my heart and I am forever connected and entangled to his.
I am thankful for my husband who, even though this year has challenged us in ways we didn't expect, still comes home to us at the end of the day regardless of whatever state of mind we all may be in. I'm thankful for his way of setting differences aside and focusing on us - just me, just Liam, or both of us. Whatever is needed is what he gives so generously.
I am thankful for my parents who have showered us with support and love from afar, and showered Liam even more. I am thankful for the packages and FaceTime calls and sacrificial flights to and from. I am thankful they pick up my calls when I need some reassurance or affirmation or want to share the lately Liam-ism that only a few people will think is the best thing ever like I do. I am thankful for the rest of my family who has taken in our baby as though he is the greatest thing to happen this side of the 21st century. Their love for him radiates.
I am thankful for my friends who are moms and understand cryptic text messages at all hours of the night, who become the second mother whenever they are in the room with our baby, who share advice in a this-is-what-worked-for-us kind of way instead of a if-you-don't-do-it-our-way-you're-wrong kind of way. The conversations, second set of hands, advice - they are lifelines.
I am thankful for so much more than can fit in this text box: friends who have stuck by me through the transition from singlehood to wifehood to mamahood, a roof over my head, a dog at my feet, food in our pantry, a job that allows me to have freedom in my faith, and more, and more, and more.
And I am thankful for you, my readers. Even though blogging has been more sporadic these days, you still come and visit and encourage. You keep me writing, which is what I do this for most of all.