It’s kind of been a crazy year. Honestly, I feel like I don’t really remember much of it as it’s whooshed by me at a thousand miles an hour. But, I guess, that’s not a bad thing. Maybe it’s just a sign that nothing has slowed us down or held us back.
And for that, I am overwhelmingly thankful. I’m thankful for the past crazy year and all we’ve achieved.
This year (as every year, really), I’m mostly thankful for my family.
I’m thankful for my four amazing kids who only push me to the edge and not over it.
I’m thankful for my husband who works hard to provide for us and constantly strives to be the best he can be.
I’m thankful for our parents and my sister and our extended family who are always there for us.
And I’m so unbelievably thankful for our newest little turkey and that I was able to be there to meet her.
I’m also thankful for technology that keeps us connected.
I’m thankful for Skype and Facetime that allow me to watch my niece grow and not feel so much like I’m missing it.
I’m thankful that our families who live far away can be part of our celebrations including birthdays and holidays.
I’m thankful for texting and that my sister and I can easily and quickly send pictures of the kids, it really is almost like being together.
I’m thankful for Facebook and e-mail and cellphone cameras and being able to share all the things my kids are doing with friends and family all over the world.
And I’m so thankful for our health.
I’m thankful we’ve not visited the hospital a single time this year (other than to welcome a sweet new girl into the world).
I’m thankful the worst we’ve experienced in our house was a few colds and stomach bugs.
I’m thankful that those who have suffered injuries this year made a full recovery (and I’m hopeful they’ll do it again!)
I’m thankful that our family has not been rocked by terrifying diagnoses or life changing medical treatments.
I’m thankful for the kindness we’ve experienced in the world.
I’m thankful for the great friends we have all over the world.
And I’m especially thankful for the wonderful friends we’ve made at home this year.
I’m thankful for the gym and dance program that gratefully took my kids in while we were away from home for so long.
I’m thankful for all our neighbors who looked after our house during Hurricane Irma and who are always kind and friendly to us.
I’m thankful for anyone who has smiled as we passed, held the door open for our brood or said kind words to our family.
I’m also thankful for all we have.
I’m thankful for our home that withstood Hurricane Irma and keeps us warm (or cool!) and safe each and every day.
I’m thankful for our cars that reliably get us where we’re trying to go, whether around the corner or across the country.
I’m thankful we’re able to travel when and where our hearts desire.
I’m thankful for all the toys, books, clothes, keepsakes and piles of other things that we’ve accumulated over the years and that we rarely want for anything.
And I’m thankful that we’re able to help those in need.
And I’m thankful for the craziness.
I’m thankful to be able to homeschool my kids, the flexibility it gives our family and the ability to experience the world and daily life with them.
I’m thankful that my kids have found their passions and that we are able to support them in working hard to achieve their dreams.
I’m thankful to be back sharing my love of dance.
And I’m especially thankful for those who have supported Beyond Mommying through years, throughout its many ups and downs!
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Need some ideas? Here’s what we’re looking at for our kids this Christmas (affiliate links):
Honeybun (9 years old)
Sugarplum (7 years old)
Doodle (4 years old)
Pipsqueak (2 years old)