happy thanksgiving!

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i’d been putting off washing all of the baby’s clothes, partly because i tend to do everything last minute, but also because it just felt like the biggest task in all the land (i know it’s not, but when you’re 38 weeks pregnant, everything feels this way).  we don’t have a washer and dryer and a lot of it needed to be hand washed and air dried, so that’s maybe why it felt even bigger a task than normal. yesterday, i got the littles situated with some snacks and toys in their nursery and then went to work on the clothing in my bathtub trying to find a comfortable sitting position where i could actually wash the clothing and not keep banging my stomach into the tub ledge.

i had only washed maybe 3 or 4 little onesies before eleanor and samson had found their way into the bathroom and asked me what i was doing. “i’m washing the baby’s clothes,” i said. i feel like i hadn’t even finished my sentence before they were both rolling up their sleeves, climbing into the tub and asking to help (but i mean, they look for any excuse to get into the bathtub so i’m not sure where their motives were truly coming from.)  but within 30 seconds, i had two very excited toddlers with rolled up sleeves and rolled up pants inside my bathtub kneading the tiny clothes in a big metal bowl filled with baby detergent and water and having the greatest time doing so. “this is so much fun, mama!” they kept saying. i swear their excitement could have been compared to opening a christmas present!  it took me only a few more seconds to see the situation as a positive one.  grateful to own tiny baby clothes to wash in the first place, grateful to have two little ones already so eager to help and participate as we prep for the new baby, and just so very grateful to have a new baby who has stayed put in my tummy, and is healthy and doing well, and will be here in a few weeks (or days?) time!

i’m a true believer that life is all about perspective.  i can focus on my blessings, or i can focus on the ones i don’t have. there have been times in my life when i’ve only focused on what i hadn’t yet reached, or didn’t have, always feeling like i’d be happy or grateful once i reached a certain point or a certain something happened, etc etc. but as i’ve gone through some bigger personal trials and obstacles in my life, i’ve realized the energy it takes to just be down about them all day long is too overwhelming and exhausting for me to take.  sometimes it’s easier to let things go and trust in God and make a choice every day to be happy. i don’t have this sort of mentality down 100%, but when i work towards it, i’m aware of how much easier it is to get through my day to day, and i think i’m a little bit more pleasant to be around, too. ;)

i’m thankful for my life, my beautiful growing family, and the chance to live in my favorite city. i’m thankful to be pregnant, for good food, for music and the holidays, for donuts even if i eat too many of them…i’m thankful for smaller sillier things like dry shampoo and maternity jeans and christmas lights and good smelling candles. i’m thankful for the working subway elevators, the express trains, the few but so good and so loyal friends of mine who are always there and always have my back.  i’m thankful to be a daughter of God, to be a woman, to be a mother. i’m thankful for this season, and thanksgiving in particular, because it’s always a nice time to take into account what a beautiful world this one really is, even with all its ups and downs, and how much we have to be thankful for.

i hope you have a wonderful, happy thanksgiving, friends!

  1. Samantha

    You so blessed – each and every one of us are – and we have so much to be thankful for this time of year!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!
    ~ Samantha

  2. Emily

    Naomi, your posts are always so sweet and inspirational. All of your blog posts remind me that the world is a beautiful place, no matter no hard things may seem at the time.

    Happy thanksgiving!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

  3. Nicole

    Thank YOU Naomi for putting into words the exact thoughts I’ve been having too lately, coincidentally I’m working on internalizing the very same mindset (also after going through some challenging times). It feels so much better! A true gift to yourself I believe.

    Thank you for always putting a smile on my face, lifting my spirit and inspiring me with your colorful pictures and blog. I’m very thankful that you put all that energy and hard work in it! Happy to “know” you.

    Have a wonderful thanksgiving with your sweet family.
    Nicole from Amsterdam

  4. nana

    no washer and dryer? woow, my biggest respect! i don´t know how you can handle the washing of 4 (5) people´s clothing! keep strong, lady!

  5. I love E’s tutu- so adorable!
    Love this post– perspective is so important in our lives and if we look for things to be grateful for, we realize just how much there is!

  6. Leah

    Wow Naomi I have to commend you on working so hard getting these wonderful blog posts out to us readers! I really admire you and josh and how you parent but with all there is to do before baby #3 arrives you still keep providing us with some great reads. How on earth do you cope without a washing machine in your apartment? Does that mean you have to go down to a nearby laundry ? You are even more amazing now that I know this! Take care and all the best for the new arrival. Will be waiting to see that special post x

  7. Mirka

    Naomi you are so lovely. Like was said before me now without washing machine even more human like:)
    Every day I open my computer I go to check if there is anything from you. Can’t wait for your new baby.

    Kisses from Dublin

  8. Marina

    Hello,

    I am a french lector since many years and i love your blog. You have a nice family and your kids are so sweet (it’s a mama who talks :)
    Sorry for my english. I hope you will have a good delivery and a baby healthy
    Good afternoon

  9. Julianna

    such a beautiful post! thank you for sharing your life so honestly, in such a beautiful way. i start my day with my best friend’s blog and your blog and this is just what i needed this AM. we are all so blessed, each in our own ways, and whenever someone else shares that gratitude i personally find it to be contagious…so, thank you again and i hope you and your family have a very happy thanksgiving!!

  10. Carli

    This is such a beautiful post Naomi! I’m also 38 weeks pregnant (with our first) and couldn’t agree with you more about the importance of perspective. I’m still not 100% perfect at exercising an always positive/perspective focused mentality, but do try my hardest to keep as much perspective as I can. Life is so beautiful and I am so truly blessed. Focusing on this goodness is always more productive and joy giving than the distracting alternatives that pop up in life, however big or petty they may be. Here in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving several weeks ago, so I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving on your side of the border :) That said, I’m glad to be reading along today as an opportunity to reflect and focus on gratitude is one I never want to miss. Thanks for the great words and reminder this morning.

  11. Kerri Adam

    Wait!! How do you cope with no washing machine!!

    My lecturer introduced me to your blog last year and I’m still reading it! x

  12. amanda

    thanks for sharing your honesty. so excited for your new addition. have a happy thanksgiving in that beautiful city!

  13. vicky

    beautifully said, Naomi. Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. nanette

    happy thanksgiving naomi and family! you’re truly blessed. i hope you enjoy this time together!

  15. Johanna

    Thank you for sharing this! It’s wonderful to be reminded of all the great things we have in our lives. And thank you for being so honest an open with you readers. That’s why you’re my favorite blogger! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  16. Sophia

    Letting go and trusting God has always been the hardest, yet most rewarding thing to do for me. And thankfulness&humility must be the most beautiful attitudes/character traits there are! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Jordan

    Trust in God and make a daily choice to be happy, amen! So true and so simple but isn’t it funny how hard it is sometimes? Wonderful post as it shows a great example of how daily situations can be a blessing!

  18. Émilie

    What a beautiful post!

    And by the way, one can never eat too many donuts…;)

    I’m sending positive vibes towards that new baby! Cannot wait to see that little face !

    Have a nice day x

  19. Sonia

    Wow! I don’t have babies (and guess I will never) so it’s a little bit hard for me to really understand how happy those moments could be! But let me tell you that since I’ve jumped into your blog (while searching good advices for visiting NYC) I totally felt in love with you and your beautiful family!! A smile and good thoughs light up my face every time I read about your children and all the stuff they do. It’s not such a little thing because it’s a very hard time living right now and a smile is one of the biggest gift life gives us!! And I really thank you for make me smiling … thanks for your gift!! Love -Sonia

  20. mery

    Hello Naomi! Beautiful post and thoughts! I think it would be a good thing to have a special day in europe to give THANKS! Being grateful is the best attitude in our life!
    Happy day family!!!

    Cheer up! Your baby is almost here!!

  21. Romina

    Beautiful post Naomi! Eleanor is always so sweet!

    And then… a very (very) silly question: I just moved a few months ago to the United States from Italy, and I can’t find a hand wash detergent that works :( I’d like to find something for white clothes, and something for wool delicate clothes. Can anyone give me some advices? Sorry for this, but you know… life is also about (very) little things! Thanks!

  22. Tammy

    Happy Thanksgiving Davis Family!!

    It’s bee such a joy reading your blog. Have a beautiful holiday.

    xo

  23. Carly

    Another beautiful post!
    I am so impressed you do your laundry by hand…it’s official you are super mom. It’s easy to over look all the wonderful blessings when we have so many. During my mission trips I was always shocked with how happy people were who have so little. Love how freely you talk about this
    The Doctor Diva

  24. Giselle

    Beautiful photo full of love and happiness! Can i ask where your knit jumper is from, please?

    • TAZA

      The sweater? It’s from anthropologie a few seasons back. Thank you!

  25. Adriana

    Thankful to have some positive inspiration to look forward to in this crazy cyber world. Coming here is like a breathe of fresh air and I always leave feeling inspired.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful growing family. Wishing you the best!

  26. Sally

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! That made me smile. Your family is growing so beautifully and I am happy to see it through your blog!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    from Canada!

    http://happydaysbeantree.blogspot.ca/

  27. Mindy

    I love this post. Two words in particular stuck out to me- DRY SHAMPOO. Oh what would I do without my dry shampoo?? Haha! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family! <3

  28. Leanne

    Naomi, there is always a bright side to look on! Even when it’s so easy to focus on how green other people’s grass is. But God never wants us to compare, only to recognize what He has given us and how we can use that to spread His love and grow in it ourselves.

    I’m from Canada and our Thanksgiving has come and gone. Around that time, though, my friend pointed out a lovely sign that said “Thanksgiving isn’t just one day, it’s a state of mind.” And you seem to live that out on this blog quite beautifully!

    Thank you for continually allowing us glimpses into your life. Can’t wait to see what joy baby number three brings to you all and this little blog community!

    Much love,

    Leanne
    https://somebodysdove.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/time-flies-2/

  29. Sarah-Jane

    This made me tear up a little and smile. Having gone through quite a period of personal growth myself the last few months being thankful is really the best gift you can give yourself. Best wishes for your sweet family.

    xx

  30. marie

    I’m thankful for my family, my 2 beautiful kids and the chance to live in a country where it’s so safe to even walk on the streets late at night. life is beautiful and there’s beauty everywhere if we open our eyes wide enough. :)

    http://smittenbyangels.blogspot.com

  31. I am right there with ya on the no washer and dryer in unit with 3 kids—city living! But it can be done:) Goes right along with what you were saying, it just takes a choice of seeing the good over focusing on what we don’t have. Thank you for sharing! Hope little one arrives soon and safe! Happy Thanksgiving:)

  32. Mia

    Beautifully said. Beautiful photo. I always love your nursery photos most; it’s such a fun room and it’s apparent the kids love it and feel comfortable in it. Such inspiration as I’m trying to put a house together! Do you remember where you got Eleanor’s bedding, particularly the bow pillow case? I love that every time I see it. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • TAZA

      Thank you! The bow pillow case is from my friend’s shop, Caitlin Wilson Textiles!

  33. Seda

    No washer and dryer?!?! Big respect from me too! Having to wash baby’s clothes by hand, while 38 weeks pregnant, while posting in your blog, while having a big smile (seems like all the time)…..you are an angel…thank you for giving us the perspective, can’t wait to meet your No.3 here on your blog…Happy Thanksgiving!

  34. Sinead

    Your kids are just the cutest – I love how eager they are to help! Hope you guys have a lovely Thanksgiving :-)

  35. Nancy

    I love your blog more & more every day! Praying for a healthy mama & baby through delivery. Your littles are so adorable!
    P.S. where is your outfit from? I need this for when I am pregnant some day again ;)

  36. Melissa duarte

    I am super excited to see if the baby is a boy or girl and the fact that you haven’t mentioned what names you have in mind yet is killing me! Lol! I can’t wait!

  37. Sanna

    Truth! Thanks for sharing, such a beautiful post. Hugs :)

  38. Jess.

    Naomi,
    You made me cry. It is such a blessing to have two sweet children, so happy and excited to help their mama. And another on the way. A very special Thanksgiving to you and all of yours.
    xox

  39. Bea

    You’re soooo right, life is just about perspective.
    Everyday I chose to be happy, and grateful, because I have all I need, and this is really a looot!
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your beautiful growing family!
    :)

  40. Tara

    Love this post, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I also wrote about what I was thankful for today. Hope you check it out!
    Love, Bess
    http://www.lovebess.wordpress.com

  41. Shelly M

    Wonderful post, something I needed to hear after a rough couple of weeks!

  42. Amy

    i agree with you. it’s very hard sometimes to not want what someone else has, when it’s something you want! but if we truly focus on our blessings & remember why we are here, then all those sorts of things get put into perspective.

    i’ve known/know people that think others have it so much easier than them or that so many people are lucky and they just aren’t. but what i find is that everyone has sadness in their life, no one is exempt from trials. it’s just how you choose to live through them. does it get the best of you or doesn’t it?

    i like what i heard on the radio the other day, this singer (i wish i remembered his name) was being interviewed. he said that people always tell him he is so lucky. and he says to them “yeah, the harder i work, the luckier i get.” i just loved that!

    happy thanksgiving to you & yours.

  43. Melissa J

    Other things to be thankful for: your health, shelter, hot water, your extended family, your freedom…. You seem to have missed those.

  44. Paola

    That’s for ROMINA (who just moved to the US from Italy… just like me!!!)

    I have tried lots of detergents so I can suggest you few names: it really depends on what are your needs actually.
    If you are kinda natural gal (as i am!) I suggest you Puracy or the one from Trader Joe’s. Both of them are very good.
    If you go for the conventional brands there are lots of effective stuff but I would not use them ’cause here they can put into detergents some chemicals that are forbidden in Europe.. thats why i tend to avoid them!

    Please, if you want to keep in touch with me for anything (or just because we are in the same boat hihi) feel free to write me at paola . aroomwithaview (at) gmail . com

    Love, paola

    Ps. Thanks, Naomi!! :)

  45. Adrienne

    What a wonderful post! Happy thanks giving :-) xxx

  46. Katie

    Beautiful post! Please share your regular laundry routine. I’m intrigued!

  47. emily

    wait so how do you do laundry? you should do a post for people who move from houses to nyc! what’s your laundry routine like/where do you go to do it?

  48. Tara

    Love this post. It was so relaxing to hear you talk about what you’re thankful for. I feel that way with gratefulness. It seems whenever I focus on what I’m grateful for, I can take a deep breath and let out all the angst I experience when focusing on my goals. I love moving forward and working towards my dreams, but there’s a timelessness when appreciating the moment.

  49. Anna

    thank you so much for your words today. i’m going through a really rough time and lately it’s like i haven’t been able to see all the good things i have in my life and to be thankful for, i’ve been focusing on the negative side and your words just made me think and made me aware of what i was doing. i have so much to be thankful for… so thank you and happy thanksgiving day to the four (or 5 :)) of you, it is always a pleasure reading you :)

  50. sara.

    it is SO hard to keep a positive frame of mind these days. i feel it’s something we all experience one way or another in our twenties.
    life’s a doozy when you’re the ultimate pessimist and your brain is constantly buzzing with thoughts.

    your blog is one of the little things i do to remind me of all the sweeter moments in life. these kind of posts are the ones that encourage me to get up and do that pile of dishes left lingering in the sink.

    love.

  51. Jessica

    Thank you for the wishes and happy thanksgiving to you and your family too.

  52. What a beautiful post! (Not to mention you look beautiful for 38 weeks) I love how sometimes kids can go so excited about something you would think they would feel the exact opposite about! They make the little moments so special sometimes. I like how you ended with a list of all the things you are thankful for. I need to do the same thing. I have had a rather tough year, but I still have so much to be thankful for and I need to remember that.

  53. Happy Thanksgiving! In Canada, we’ve already celebrated in October, but your holiday marks when we start to decorate for Christmas! Love seeing all of your holiday pictures and the recipes online.

    Leslie
    http://www.alifewellconsumed.com

  54. Katie

    Thanks for your beautiful words and for the reminder that amidst a crazy world, God is in control and we all have so much to be grateful for, it’s all about perspective. This post put a smile on my face.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  55. AGATA

    Hi Davis Family!

    That’s so nice to read your posts! You should be thankful for your very helping kids, haha, I think all moms want to have THESE kids :) I mean, I want it the future.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    http://www.am-kubicowelove.blogspot.com

    love, xoxo. take care.

  56. I agree with your sentiments in this post. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

  57. Valentine

    Naomi, your blog and posts are so inspirational. Everytime i go on the internet, i spend some time on your blog reading the news from you and your family.
    You have such an amazing family. Everybody is looking good, your kids are literally the cutest and you guys always seem so happy to be together.
    I’m a french 18yo girl and my biggest dream is to have a family like yours.
    Throughout your blog and the posts you’re sending, you make me believe that it’s possible to have it all and that our dreams can actually come true.
    Thank you Naomi, Josh, Eleanor, Samson and baby#3 to share a bit of your everyday life.
    Valentine from France.

  58. Justine

    Thank you for sharing. I needed to be reminded of some of these things. Xo

  59. Sophia

    Hello, I love reading your blog. It really makes me look forward to one day having a family as beautiful as yours. Thank you for this post, I need to read it. I am in my mid 20’s and my boyfriend and I have been moving slowly and trying to be smart about taking the next step of marriage and a family. It is so refreshing to hear that you refer to yourself as a daughter of God. Thank you for your kind words and always admitting that life is tough and the only way to get through it is to stay positive and keep in mind the ones that are dear to you and always in your heart. You’re beautiful, your family is beautiful, God bless you and your family ! Happy Holidays!
    _Sophia

  60. hanna

    That photo is just too cute.

  61. Loved reading this and such a beautiful family. You truly are blessed Naomi and I wish you and your family nothing but continued happiness. Good luck in these upcoming days (or weeks!) with the arrival of the new baby, and I know all of your readers are looking forward to meeting him/her too! <3

  62. Jessica

    Naomi, you are always so positive. I needed this today. Motherhood is really hard and it is so inspiring to see you enjoying it. Thanks for being an example to me.

  63. Anna Horn

    I awoke tonight at midnight thinking that you might like the name Grace for a girl and Max for a boy. Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to your newest babe!

  64. Anna Horn

    I just realized that I didn’t know your last name! :) Happy naming!

  65. Jade

    You write so beautifully, so authentically. It feels great to be inspired by the beauty of your soul you share with us. I’m grateful to be able to come here knowing each time my spirit will be uplifted and my heart filled with joy and my face brought to smile and laugh. You provide such a haven of love and goodness, here. It serves us immensely.

  66. alexandra

    Hi! Sorry to date back but would you mind sharing who your jeans/jeggings are by? Thx so much!

    • TAZA

      from ASOS! they are maternity jeans!