I'm thankful for my son, Eliot, who has both challenged me and brought an incredible amount of joy into my life in such a short period of time.
I'm thankful for my husband, Eli, who has stood by me as a partner through even my worst moments and given me the strength to keep going.
I'm thankful for my parents and in-laws, who have given us so much help and support, especially in caring for Eliot.
I'm thankful for Libby, even though her being a teenager scares the hell out of me. ;-)
I'm thankful for the fellowship we have with extended family and the time we're able to spend together.
I'm thankful for all of the delicious food that I shouldn't have eaten over the holiday, especially pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll, pumpkin cake...
I'm thankful for those who prepared all of that food, especially Mom, Elecia, Connie, Grandma S., and Pam. I still don't know how to make food that is not only edible, but mouth-watering. These women know something I don't. Okay, well, they know a lot of things I don't. ;-)
I'm thankful that Eli has taken on the role of cook at our house.
I'm thankful for pumpkins.
I'm thankful for rainy days.
I'm thankful for good books to read on rainy days.
I'm thankful for the naps I get to take with Eliot.
I'm thankful for the naps Eliot takes without me. ;-)
I'm thankful for our daycare provider, who takes such good care of Eliot and is always willing to listen to me rant/cry/worry over Eliot/work/stress/life in general.
I'm thankful for the everyday beauty I find all around me and the moments of sheer poetry I've experienced this year and in years past.
I'm thankful for the bad times that make the good times shine so much brighter.