often times when one of my children says the prayer around the dinner table or at bedtime, i am reminded how much i take for granted around me. there are times where one of them will go on and on sharing their gratitude list which includes anything and everything from thanking our heavenly father for the moon and the stars to thanking Him for the firefighters and the ocean water. they’ll thank Him for music and friends, for the playground and for movies. for our family and airplanes, for specific books or for the white towel in the bathroom (still needing more details on this specific ask). i admit while it’s adorable and such a good reminder to see all the good around us, there are times where i’m like, ok- let’s wrap this up, which even now as i’m writing this i’m like NAOMI!… but by golly, i’m working on it. (i also want to note there are times when they pray and don’t list a single thing beyond asking for everything! it ebbs and flows over here. we’re all working on it!)
this week has been a big week for our family. with many things, both big and small, coming together in a way that has left me feeling such tremendous gratitude for a father in heaven who knows my heart, and is always always there. (i can’t wait to share more with you when i am able… soon!!!!)
with the thanksgiving holiday upon us, this is the perfect time to publicly express my love for my people and the many things i’m thankful for in that fun mushy gooshy way without as many eye rolls, because – thanksgiving! so, i’m happily taking my minute to do just that.
i am grateful.
for my 5 babies that aren’t babies anymore but will forever be my babies.
for the man by my side who loves me at my best but also at my worst and all the minutes in-between where i’m trying.
for my friends who inspire, challenge, love and lift.
for my readers who support and cheer on and remain with me – through the hair changes, the differing seasons of life, the learning and growing moments and also through the frequent posting and not so frequent posting.
for new york city (i know i know. i’ll just leave it at that….)
for health. for family near and far. for good schools and community in my neighborhood.
for soft gooey chocolate chip cookies and warm bagels and candy gushers. for all the good hiding spots away from my children in my apartment for said candy gushers.
for laughter and giggles and poop jokes by my children.
for music and movement.
for holidays. and even hot summer days. because all of it’s good when you’re looking for it.
for winter hats and pine needle scented candles.
for really good airfare deals and sunsets that are pink.
for my heavenly father and the comfort and peace i feel when i turn to Him and invite Him into my life.
and for sweet potatoes with those mini marshmallows on top that scream THANKSGIVING IS HERE AND CHRISTMAS STARTS TOMORROW!
i want to wish you a happy thanksgiving, whether you live in a place that celebrates this day or not, i wish you a day of gratitude and love. thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here. whether you’ve been here since the beginning of this little space way back when over 12 years ago or just began reading last week. you mean so much to me, and i’m thankful for you.