I love that term; Grateful Heart. Although, I must give credit to my friend who coined this term while she posted the lovely grateful thoughts throughout November on Facebook. Thanksgiving may have passed but since anytime is a good time to reflect on those things we are grateful for here are just a few…
• My Larry, my partner, my love. Although there are times, especially tired, uncomfortable and pregnant that I do not show it my life is only complete because I wake up everyday next to someone that I know will always love and support me.
• My Ava, love beyond what I thought love could be. I cannot imagine a day without hearing her perfect voice and laugh.
• My Ella soon to join our family. Each kick, roll and nudge a moment just between us.
• My best friend who is always at the other end of the phone, everyday. Who is the voice in my heart as I raise my girls… the best mom… my mom.
• That I question, wonder, search for answers and opinionated qualities that took time to grow into but so grateful to have and pass to my children, thanks dad.
• For a brother that has become more a part of my life and more importantly my Ava’s it is a joy and honor to be on the sidelines watching that love grow.
• My extended family who despite distance are in our hearts always.
• Friends, some of which are much farther away than I would choose but everyday present in my heart. Incredible mothers who instead of judging, comparing and competing support, encourage and lift my spirit.
• Starbucks for providing my mommy sippy cup when I just need something for myself.
• Warm chocolate chip cookies and milk wrapping up a long pregnant day with childhood memories.
• A warm shower and nap time which I am currently about to enjoy….
Most days I know how truly blessed my life is. Of course I could have included all those things we take for granted; not just a house but a home, my car that gets be from point A to point B even with a warm butt thanks to a handy button, warm food in endless supply… I think I am like most people however, we forget the little things. It is hard to stop, realize and truly feel the happiness that life offers. Although I am grateful beyond words I hope someday to be able to remain more often in a state of peace, gratefulness and happiness.
In the wise words of Simon and Garfunkel;
“Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the moments last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.”