30 Days of Thanks: Day Eighteen

Today I am thankful for my husband’s employment. I’m grateful for every day that he comes home safe, that he can single-handedly take care of our mortgage, heat, electric and entertainment and that he’s good at what he does. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have such a comfortable life where I can spend so much time with my daughter and watch her grow.

30 Days of Thanks: Day Seventeen

Today I am thankful for my parents and grandparents.

Because my family struggled to make ends meet, I know the true value of a dollar. I prepared for my future, went to college and was smart about what degree I went after. I watched my parents and learned from their mistakes.

Without the love and support I received from my parents and grandparents throughout my life I never would have made it to where I am now.

30 Days of Thanks: Day Sixteen

I am thankful for my upbringing. My parents did the best that they knew how and never neglected me. Their decisions, their struggles and their love helped shape who I am now. I was taught values, to appreciate what I had, to take care of the things I had, to be kind and to be humble. If I wanted something, I worked for it.

I hope that I can pass these values onto Mila.

30 Days of Thanks: Day Fifteen

Today I am thankful for beautiful weather!

We spent the afternoon outside playing in the leaves, sandbox and on the slide. I love when Mila can get out in the fresh air and away from the tube.

Helping daddy…and throwing leaves.

November 15, 2012.
1 year, 4 months, 1 day.

30 Days of Thanks: Day Thirteen

Today I am thankful for those precious, intimate moments with my daughter. This morning she woke up at about 7:30am – late for her lately. I brought her into my bed because I just wasn’t ready to get up. We laid there and both drifted back off to sleep.

When we woke up, we talked, played and looked out the window, (I love those mornings waking up to the sight of fog rolling through the trees or blossoms on the branches).

She heard Apollo meowing outside my door and said, “ooooo! Buh-Buh”, (that’s our nickname for Apollo). We chatted and giggled and enjoyed a beautiful autumn morning, cozy in bed.

I’ll never let this memory go, just like last year.

30 Days of Thanks: Day Twelve

Today I am thankful for the memories of my grandfather.

He passed away in 2005 and there’s not a day that goes by that I do not think of him. He decorated for every holiday (even Valentines Day!), so when I put up the Halloween decorations, and especially the Christmas decorations I think of him. When I cook Thanksgiving dinner for my family, I think of him. When I teach Mila colors, I think of how he taught me “lellow” and “urple” and how my grandmother would throw a fit that he taught me the wrong words, (and we would just giggle at her). When I eat Lucky Charms, I think of how he let me eat all the marshmallows and he ate all the cereal. When I have my morning coffee, I think of how I would sit on his lap (or next to him at the table when I got way too big for his poor aching lap) and read the comics with him. When I see Ziggy or Snoopy, I think of him. When I think of the beach and fishing, I think of him. When I see a beautiful sea of colors from blooming flowers in the spring, I think of him.

He was my father before I had a father. He was my best friend. I was his Ande and he was my Poppy.