On this beautiful Thursday, I am thankful for:
Blue skies, sunshine, daffodils and trees in bloom. Our neighborhood is peppered with the white blossoms of pear trees, cherry trees and magnolias. I don't know what is blooming in our front yard, but I can't inhale the scent of it's flowers enough. Addie's unadulterated enthusiasm for spotting bright, yellow daffodils can't help but put a smile on my face.
The arrival of spring - even if it showed up with summer-like temperatures. Spring always makes me feel more alive, reminds me to recommit and helps me to become inspired. I love the open windows, the sound of the birds and opportunity to go on walks with my beautiful girls.
Quiet moments. When I was the mother of just one little girl I don't think I realized how I would cherish quiet moments. Quiet moments to myself in the morning with a cup coffee, quiet moments as I tuck a four year old into bed, quiet moments sitting with my husband, quiet moments in the wee hours of the morning while I rock with a baby. It is in these quiet moments that I feel happiest - they happen every day, but I don't always remember to revel in them and be thankful for their existence.
Friends who remind me to be me and accept me for who I am. I am thankful that they love the train wreck side me just as much as the "got it together" side of me. I am thankful that I am able to celebrate with them and lean on them and look to them for guidance. I hope they never doubt how deeply thankful I am for them.
Family - we've had some health scares in my family over the past few weeks and there is nothing like worrying that you could lose someone to make you realize how much you love them. I am thankful to be part of such a large, crazy family and I cherish the people who make up my circus.
My darling daughters - lately I have felt my patience waning for a certain four year old and I don't like who I am when that patience is so thin. I am trying to remind myself to not get so caught up in the details and the drama, and instead enjoy the sweet silliness of my little diva. Every day she seems to be eons older and I am trying to remember that these childhood days are numbered. Seeing Addie so grown up has helped me to slow down and enjoy the babyhood of Brenna.
And I am thankful that while there are moments like this: