This week’s gratitude lists:
Day 12: Thankful for a visit from Zakk/Uncle Gibby (one of our best friends from Boston and Emmett’s godfather) and getting to have lunch on campus with Emmett, Neil and Zakk (who are both alumni of the school where I work). Having new projects entrusted to me at work. Having a boss who is invested in teaching me skills that will serve me well in the long run (project management, learning about grant writing, etc.).
Day 13: Family…. I’m thankful that this year we will get to see my family for two holidays in a row. I’m really thankful that we will get to spend time with my sister at Christmas since she moved to St. Louis this year and has had so many exciting adventures that I can’t wait to hear more about. I’m thankful that we’ll get to see my brother who recently was elected to be the President of his fraternity and continues to do a great job at Rutgers University! I’m thankful for my parents who celebrated 30 years of marriage this year, and have sacrificed so much to provide for us over the years. I’m thankful that we will get to see my Grandmom and Poppy and my dad’s side of the family. It would not be a real holiday for me if I didn’t get to see them!
Day 14: Thankful for simple reminders to slow down, apples, the way my body thanks me for eating healthy after days of eating for pure convenience, a sweet voicemail from a best friend to start off my day, great conversations with my husband while working on our business, laughter.
Day 15: Thankful for Fridays- the clear, decisive end of long weeks, with the hope of weekends ahead. Thankful for a greatly-needed girls’ night with my sister-in-law Beth (brownies, catching up, watching our favorite shows, laughing at YouTube videos, and curling up on the couch and playing with my in-laws’ new puppy, Gretel!)
Day 16: Thankful for a long day to play catch-up with Emmett (I miss him SO much during the week!), pumpkin waffles, thrifting, Christmas records from my husband who knows me so well, feeling creative, getting to do some preliminary writing for a children’s book idea I’ve had floating around in my head for quite some time, designing new paper cuttings, and going to bed early!
Day 17: Today, I am thankful for quiet time while the boys sleep in, a hot cup of good coffee drank out of a favorite ceramic mug on the cozy couch instead of a to-go mug in the car, and Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas music.
What are you thankful for today?