I have so much to be thankful for this holiday weekend. My life is good, and I should appreciate it more. Here is an alphabet of things I am thankful for today and every day.
A is for adoption. I am so thankful that when my girls needed a family that adoption was possible for them and that we were chosen to be brought together as a family.
B is for books. We love books at our house and are thankful to own so many and to have access to thousands more at the library.
C is for cats. Oh those cats. Despite all their throwing up (Zephyr) and hissing (Musette) and their general shedding and furniture destroying and the fact we just found out David is highly allergic to them, I really love our furry family members. Maybe I'm appreciating them even more now because they will be our last cats, because of David's allergies.
D is for daughters, of course!
E is for elephant! Adeline's lovey elephant has seen her through so much and gives her so much comfort. Elephant really feels like a part of the family. I'm also thankful that Vivian seems to be developing just as close a bond with her cat stuffie.
F is for family! And friends - both in life and online.
G is for good food. I am thankful that without having to think about where we're going to get the money or the food that I am able to make healthy and tasty meals for my family every day.
H is for home. I am so thankful to have a safe and comfortable home. Knock on wood, I am especially thankful that this fall it doesn't leak.
I is for ice cream. Especially the mocha cheesecake, dulce de leche and key lime pie from the artisan ice cream place we discovered this summer. They're almost closed for the season and I'll be counting down until they open again in spring!
J is for jokes. Our family loves to laugh and laugh and laugh and I love all our family jokes.
K is for kindergarten. If I was Queen of Kindergarten I would do things differently, but I'm not, and I will admit that Adeline is loving it. Every day she tells me her day was "Terrific!" or "The best day ever!". I am especially thankful for kindergarten teachers who obviously love their jobs and are delighted to spend their days with five year olds.
L is for laundry. I am often shocked by how much laundry four people can generate and I seem to spend a lot of evenings folding it, but I am thankful to have a washer and dryer and an unlimited supply of clean water right in my house to make keeping my families clothes clean such a simple task.
M is for Mom. I am so thankful to still have my Mom and to have her living so close by is wonderful.
N is for noise! Our house used to be very quiet, but now it's filled all day long with the sounds of running feet, little girl giggles and dance parties! Yes, there's some whining and crying too, but today I'll even appreciate those noises!
O is for orange! Pink isn't every five year old girls favourite colour and I'm glad of it!
P is for Pinterest. There is nothing more soothing after a busy, stressful day than just scrolling past endless pretty pictures. Want to check out the sorts of things I look at? Here's me on Pinterest.
Q is for quiet. Yes, I love all the noise that little ones bring to my life, but I am always thankful for those small moments of quiet that come as well.
R is for my rockin' awesome husband! I love that man so much!
S is for sleep. I am thankful to have a comfortable and warm bed and I am thankful that Adeline is such a deep and easy sleeper. I am thankful that I remember that Adeline didn't sleep at all for two years (or at least it felt like that) so I know that someday Vivi will sleep too.
T is for tea. I get so much comfort from my daily cups of hot tea.
U is for "uh oh". I'm thankful that Vivian has passed that stage where she likes to pitch everything off the side of the high chair and gleefully exclaim "Uh OH!".
V is for violin. I am thankful that Adeline discovered the violin and insisted that she start playing it. She seems to have a talent for it and I am impressed by the hard work and dedication she shows. I think she's learning lots of good life lessons far beyond how to play an instrument.
W is for work. Both for David's job that he works very hard at and is rewarded well for and for the fact that because of choices and sacrifices we've made I don't have to go to work while my girls are little.
X is for no x-rays. Last year at this time I was so sick for so long and so scared because I didn't know what was wrong with me. There were two trips to the hospital where I did every test they had, including x-rays. Turns out it was no big deal and I eventually got better with no intervention, but it really made me appreciate my health and the health of everyone I love and how easy it is for us to access medical care.
Y is for yes! I always appreciate how my circumstances in life have given me so many choices and I can say yes or no or maybe and mold my life as I choose. I know for so many people in the world there are no choices, only survival.
Z is for our old ginger cat, Zephyr. Yes, he's a puker, but he is so sweet and patient with Adeline and Vivian that all is forgiven.
If you've been celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend then I hope yours was wonderful, and if you're not celebrating I hope you're still thankful today for the sweetness in your life.