Many of my Facebook friends have been sharing their ’30 Days of Thanksgiving’ blessings in their daily statuses. What an excellent idea…one day simply isn’t enough to focus on all of the things for which we are thankful. Obviously I’m a little behind with this idea so allow me to present to you my first ten days of gratitude:
1) My son, Adam Harrison Reed, brings me unparalleled joy. As you all know, he’s the coolest kid ever, and beyond precious. I cannot even remember my life without him and wouldn’t trade motherhood for the world. He is in such a fun, creative, and exciting stage of development right now! I prefer his company to anyone else’s.
2) Our new arrival, Tatum Marisann Reed, will complete our little family. I’m sure any expecting parent can attest to this fact, but I love her so much and I haven’t even met her. She’s kicking up a storm as I write this and I know these next fifteen weeks will fly by at lightening speed. During my initial pregnancy with Adam [before I knew his sex] I wanted a baby girl but I became so obsessed with my little dude– and even still I am so thrilled that I had my son first– yet the timing is just perfect for my daughter.
3) I cannot give enough thanks for the support we’ll receive with our apartment! This doesn’t even need an explanation, heh. Being ‘homeless’ [especially when you are pregnant and have a small child] is one of the absolute worst situations and this entire ordeal has made me a lot more cognizant of the struggles others face in their own lives. So many people associate homelessness with hobos sifting through garbage, sleeping on the concrete, and panhandling when in reality it can be any transitional living situation between one address and the next. An unexpected crisis does not discriminate.
4) Adding on to the previous blessing, I am eternally grateful for all of the support that is available in San Luis Obispo County. If not for all the resources at my disposal….I shudder just thinking about it. All of the empowerment reaffirms my desire to be involved with this community and give back to organizations that have helped me.
5) I am thankful for my job. Getting paid to do work you enjoy with people you love = WIN. Of course in this economy anyone with gainful employment has reason to give thanks but how many folks can honestly say they enjoy how they make a living? I’m so lucky to be one of them.
6) Everyone probably thinks they have the greatest friends ever– I know I do. Seeing the countless individuals [some of whom I barely knew] who have reached out to me lately– whether it’s sending me a care package, offering to babysit, lending me their ears, or just messaging me to let me know I was in their thoughts and prayers– y’all are amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
7) Despite the waiting rooms and medical bills, can you even imagine what our lives would be like without all the doctors, nurses, and other medical staff working tirelessly to keep us healthy? Katie Porter mentioned this earlier and I must agree: healthcare professionals make the world go ’round. And I’m also so glad that my son rarely has to see people in this field except for yearly wellness checkups.
8) Without reading material I would be so lost. Whether it’s books, magazines, blogs, or anything else– I devour it. Imagine my delight when a kind man came into work today– and told me that he’d heard from our pastor that I like to read– and offered to bring me bunches of magazines! Yes please. Speaking of books, I am think I may be overdue at the library. Thanks to the library as well for giving me a card even though I did not have California identification. Maybe I’ll add that to my list of places to volunteer at as well.
9) My family as a whole, especially my parents, do so much for me and I appreciate it more than I can ever express. No matter how old a girl gets, she always needs her mama. ;)
10) And last but not least, I’m thankful for Will Reed. Perhaps that strikes you as strange but I learned so much from my marriage with him– and more importantly– he helped me create the two best children to ever walk the face of this planet. I would be remiss to not mention the father of my kids and pray daily that he takes positive steps towards achieving a fulfilling life.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,